Twilight: Read-a-Likes

By now everyone at least knows of Stephenie Meyer’s novel Twilight whether they have read it or not. Even though the four book arc is called a saga, it does remain finite leaving fans with a dilemma after they have worked through all of the novels. Instead of harassing Meyer to finish Midnight Sun, here are some other titles that might be enjoyable for readers.

If you’re Team Edward (Vampires):

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  • Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan: Mel is used to having a lot on her plate as a high-achieving, athletic senior trying to figure out her life, but even she is going to have a hard time thwarting her best friend’s romance with the new vampire at school, investigating a disappearance, working with a curt vampire cop, and trying to understand a most unusual boy
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: Entering Coldtown is a terrible risk. But it’s also the only option Tana can think of that might actually save all three of them. With time running out and no good choices, Tana will have to embrace the monsters in Coldtown if she wants to avoid becoming one
  • Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst: Pearl is the perfect predator at the top of the food chain in her Connecticut town. And she is fine with that. At least until the unicorn comes along and stabs her in the heart with his stupid sparkly horn making her a vampire with a conscience.
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld: Infected by a mysterious parasite, Cal found himself exhibiting some very vampire-like symptoms. Given the choice of hunter or hunted, Cal chose to hunt down others like him (specifically the ones he infected). Part vampire story, part medical thriller, all action–almost no romance or melodrama. If you like this one, be sure to check out the sequel The Last Days.
  • Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde: Kerry drove to a laundromat in the middle of the night to retrieve her little brother’s stuffed bear. She found the bear, and a vampire. All the emotion and action of Bella’s story concentrated into a much shorter volume.

If you’re Team Jacob (Werewolves):

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  • Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: When Brynn was four-years-old her life changed forever when a rogue werewolf killed her parents. Rescued by the Stone River Pack and Marked by the pack’s alpha, Callum, Brynn’s safety is a matter of pack law. The only problem is Brynn is human.
  • Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause: As Vivian, a werewolf, grows closer to her human classmate Aiden, she has to fight her base animal instincts leaving Vivian to wonder if she really can live as a human and a werewolf.
  • Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock: Mackenzie’s life was turned upside down when her best friend, Amy, was murdered by a werewolf. Worse, Trackers have come to town looking for the white werewolf that killed Amy last spring and might be back to continue its murder spree.
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: Every year when the temperature drops, Sam changes into a wolf–Grace’s wolf, the one always watching her from a safe distance–trapped in his changed form until spring when the temperatures rise and he can become Sam again. But the temperature is falling in Mercy Falls and with the looming threat of winter Grace and Sam are running out of time.

If you want a fantasy with some strong female characters:

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  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Change is in the air when Lena Duchannes arrives in town. Ethan is inexplicably drawn to the beautiful outcast, but nothing with Lena is straightforward. As Ethan gets to know the mysterious new girl they begin to unearth ages old secrets that could change everything for them and Gatlin County.
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand:  Clara Gardner is part angel. Not a big part, but enough to make everything in her life different. She is smarter, stronger, faster than regular humans (and possibly prettier–at least until an unfortunate run-in with some hair dye). She also has a purpose–a reason for being, a task she was put on this earth to complete.
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: Sophie Mercer is a witch. But not with many perks. She has no broomstick to fly, no spell books, no talking cat (she’s allergic). She can perform magic. But not particularly well. And not without a lot of unforeseen . . . complications. In fact it went so badly that Sophie’s been sentenced to Hecate Hall; a reform school for wayward witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West: Being Divergent isn’t the coolest ability in the paranormal compound Addie calls home. She can’t erase memories like her best friend Laila or move things with her mind like the Telekinetics on the school football team. Instead, when faced with a choice Addie can Search her future and see both outcomes for any given decision.
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White: Evie is pretty normal as far as teenagers go: She wears a lot of pink. Easton Heights is her favorite television show. She likes to gossip and hang out with her best friend Alisha. Every normal girl has a shiny pink taser strapped to her belt while fighting crime, right?

If you want impossible romance:

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  • Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniAs Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
  • Eve by Anna Carey: Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
  • The Jewel by Amy Ewing: While she walks a fine like between obedience and contempt, Violet learns that there is more to the Jewel than meets the eye. Learning more could mean finding a way out before the Jewel swallows her whole. But it could also mean disastrous consequences when Violet begins an illicit relationship in secret.
  • Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones: Polly has two sets of memories. As she sorts through, trying to figure out which memories are real, Polly realizes she’s missed entire parts of her life–including Tom Lynn, who might be the most important thing Polly has ever forgotten–in this modern retelling Tam Lin.
  • Die For Me by Amy Plum: As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

If you want a series you can really sink your teeth into:

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  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is unlike any finishing school Sophronia could have fathomed. While she can’t be completely sure, Sophronia is fairly certain Mumsy didn’t have this kind of finishing in mind when she sent Sophronia away. Manners and dress will certainly be in the curriculum. But so will diversion and deceit.
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is almost content with her boring real life in Brooklyn. Trips to the Pandemonium Club for dancing and people watching with her best friend Simon add enough excitement, even if Clary is too shy to talk to anyone. That changes when Clary witnesses three teenagers with mysterious tattoos murder another boy in the club.
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz: When a popular classmate dies, Schuyler Van Alen finds herself thrust into a new social circle to help investigate the death. Stranger still, Schuyler soon realizes the classmates at her posh New York school are actually vampires.
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:  Rose Hathaway and her best friend Lissa Dragomir have been on the run for two years. After so long away from St. Vladimir’s Academy, the girls thought they were finally free. They were wrong.
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