Beyond Twilight

First, a disclaimer: I have not read Twilight. I do not intend to read it.

However, I know enough about it to be able to suggest books to people looking for something similar. And, in my not-usually-very-humble opinion, these are better books than Twilight, because I’ve heard lots of complaints about Ms. Meyer’s work that I haven’t heard about the books listed below.

Anyway, this list is here because it’s Tuesday, and I like putting book posts on Tuesdays. Also because there’s still 3 shopping days until Christmas (including today) and you may need ideas for a Twilight fan.

In no particular order, here are books I would suggest to those who care whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob:

Sorcery and Cecelia: or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer
A fun book written as a series of letters, complete with magic and romance (but not heavy on either of the two).

Anne McCaffrey’s Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums
Part of the classic fantasy series of Pern, but more YA-oriented than the rest of the series.

the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine (book 1 is Glass Houses)
Yes, there are vampires. No, they are not sparkly. Yes, they are scary.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
No vampires present in this one, though there is (am I allowed to say without this being a spoiler?) a werewolf and some assorted spell casters.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
This is the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses, and has the magic you’d expect from a classic fairy tale.

All of these are fun books, and they all feature strong heroines in (relatively) normal relationships. You must make considerations for the fact that they’re all one variety or another of fantasy, but still. I love them all, and own most of them.

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2 thoughts on “Beyond Twilight

  1. Chris says:

    Perhaps one could include some glitter in the stack of books, so that any vampires one reads can be sparkled on up?

  2. Sommer says:

    I haven’t read most of these, but I definitely liked Anne McCaffery’s Harper Hall Trilogy. Quite nice! Maybe I’ll have to check out some of your suggestions.
    I like the glitter idea Chris 🙂

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