Archive for 2011 vampire books
I love to read all kinds of books, but primarily those “all kinds of books” do often tend to fall into the genre category, just different genres. Science Fiction was my first love, and still is one of my favorite reads and fantasy has become such a huge section of my shelves that it has pretty taken over one of my rooms (yes- I said rooms) of books.
But genre isn’t much respected outside of the halls of our own little sub-culture, even today with all the hoopla about fantasy and science fiction in films and all. Fangirl Unleashed, one of my favorite writers about genre, did a great bit about genre, especially fantasy and SyFy in one of my favorite blogs, unleashthefanboy.
I agree with so much of what she says – that it has always been in fantasy and science fiction that many women found a calling because it is in those genre fiction areas that women have been the most welcome. Even in a “boys club” like mystery, women writers have flourished and women characters have had the opportunity to be more than just eye candy.
Today’s fantasy, with the focus being now on vampires and their relatives like werewolves and faeries, have still done remarkably well in portraying women as characters of substance. Take our own in-house heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Now there is a gal that does not wait for “the boys” to take care of her fighting or righting of wrongs. She rolls up her sleeves and demands to take care of it herself. And yet, without losing any of the nurturing female side to her, the side that cradles Erik or Bill when they are hurt or finds a solution to someone’s pain. Sookie is the kind of gal we all want to be.
So even if you have problems selling someone on a book because it has vampires in it, there is still always the fact that most of these books have great female characters in them. Yes, strong men and we all love that in the stories, and even vulnerable men who allow women into their lives. But in the end, for me at least, it is the fact that for all element of escape that so much fantasy can have, what really works for me is the real world values of women who take care of things, and men who appreciate that they do.
Title: Blood Legacy: Origin of Species
Author: Kerri A. Hawkins
Release: December 10, 2011
This is the second book in the series, and this time Ryan Alexander is going through a frightening change. She knows that the root of her problems, the physical and mental battering she is constantly fighting is from the contact she has had with the one species she wishes she could avoid. The species are those that spawned her kind and continue to do so. She struggles to control her new found abilities and even more her memories of how the Old Ones came to be. What is more frightening is that as those memories come the memories that are hers begin to fade.
In Blood Legacy, even those that are closest to her have no ability to assist, and are forced to stand by helplessly as they begin to fear that she has become more of a liability to her own that a help. But worse, she finds that lately she has begun to see things, beings that no one else seems to see. She begins to fear she is losing her sanity or worse yet that they are a manifestation of her own guilt. Her captivity coupled with the torture she endured has had a toll and the blood contact may have been the worst of it all. She feels that she is changing deep within herself and wonders if the blood mutation that has created her vampire like symptoms are the cause. Can she be changing again, this time into a yet more fearful being?
Title: Dark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Release: October 2011
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Caldwell New York is not your average city, because in the dark shadows there is a turn war going on. Not between your average gangs, but between vampires and their slayers. And many innocents can be caught in the middle.
But Wrath is not innocent, he is the last pure-blood vampire left to walk the earth. Asked for aid by one of his own warriors, he regrets turning him down when he finds Darius dead. And so he decides he will help Darius’ daughter as she begins her journey towards her own emergence as a vampire. The only problem is, she doesn’t know she is one.
Beth has had dark dreams for nights now, dreams of a strangely erotic dark man. He is both menacing and compelling and the dreams leave her troubled. Soon she will meet Wrath, confront her own truth and find a way to live with it. And so with Dark Lover begins a new series – as we meet the Black Dagger Brotherhood and enter the dark world of vampires and more.