With Underworld: Blood Wars not reaching cinemas 'til January next year, some of us vampire-werewolf fans are dying from the itch the trailer has created. We need some bloodsucking, furry action right now! So, while we wait, here are some interesting book series to ease the itch 'til January and get your imagination fully prepared for #Halloween!
And no, #Twilight is not on this list.
1. The Night World Series (L.J. Smith)
L.J. Smith may be better known now for the The Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle, but before all that there was Night World. The Night World book series is an oldie but a goody when it comes to vampires, #werewolves and other #paranormal creatures. The series consists of 10 stories, 9 of which have been published thus far.
The series presents a story in which vampires, witches, werewolves, and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence and, 2) Never fall in love with a human.
Each volume of the series follows a different protagonist (always a teenage girl) who must face various challenges involving love, the "soulmate principle" and the Night World's strict code. In the first six novels, the plot focuses on the protagonist discovering her soulmate and the danger which ensues.
In the seventh book of the series, the concept of an impending millennial apocalypse is introduced. Although the theme of the "soulmate principle" continues to be present, the later books' plots focus on the search for four "Wild Powers" who, according to an ancient prophecy, will either save the world or aid in its destruction. (Wikipedia)
However, you should be warned that fans have been waiting for the last book, which wraps up the series, for close to 20 years. People are not even sure if the book is ever coming out! But either ways, the previous 9 stories are good on their own, and they're definitely worth a read for vampire-werewolf fans, especially those who prefer shorter novels.
2. The Dark Hunter Series (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
Got a LOT of time on your hands? Then the Dark Hunter book series is for you. This 25 book (and growing) fantasy gem has many devoted fans because of the magnitude of the universe within the books (in fact, why isn't this a TV series already?). Not only does this series contain yummy vampires and werewolves, but you can also find gods, demons, and many other creatures that go bump in the night forming the weirdly wonderful world of Dark Hunter.
We are Darkness. We are Shadow. We are the Rulers of the Night. We, alone, stand between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. We are the Guardians. The Soulless Keepers. Our souls were cast out so that we would not forewarn the Daimons we pursue. By the time they see us coming, it’s too late. The Daimons and Apollites know us. They fear us. We are death to all those who prey upon the humans. Neither Human, nor Apollite, we exist beyond the realm of the Living, beyond the realm of the Dead. We are the Dark-Hunters. And we are eternal. Yeah, yeah. Enough of the doom and gloom because, baby, that ain’t us. You want to know what a Dark-Hunter is? We are what the intro says. We’re Mad, Bad and Immortal. We’re ancient warriors with attitudes who fight rough, and play hard. We are the scary things that go bump in the night. And we love every minute of it. So when you think you’re being watched. You just might be. The question is…is it something evil or is it one of us? Sherrilynkenyon.com
Most of the books can also be read as stand-alones, if you don't want to read them all. Definitely a great series to get into, especially for the action parts.
3. The Southern Vampire Mysteries (a.k.a Sookie Stackhouse Series / True Blood Series)
OK, OK. You can totally cheat and watch True Blood on TV instead of reading through this book series, because these novels are the source material for the TV show. That being said, think about it for a second: Reading gives you the power to recreate the world of True Blood in your own mind! Also, didn't your mom ever tell you reading is good for you?
In 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' series, Harris has developed a detailed mythology. Her series describes an alternate history which assumes that the supernatural is real and that vampires, shapeshifters, maenads, werewolves and other supernatural beings have only been public knowledge for a couple of years. Its history has otherwise unfolded so identically to that of the real world that the series contains occasional references to popular culture. The series is narrated in first person perspective by Sookie Stackhouse. She is a barmaid and telepath in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. SookieStackhouse.wiki
Jokes aside, this book series falls somewhere in between the first two on this list in terms of length, with 13 books from the first book to the finale. The Southern Vampire Mysteries is probably the most contemporary of the 3 series in this post, so if you want something more urban and relatable, then this is probably it.
There you have it, three book series to scratch the Underworld-caused itch while waiting for the movie to be released. Of course, if you need more, get acquainted with Goodreads.
Check out the trailer for Underworld: Blood Wars below:
Have you read the above series? Tell me in the comments (or you can just tell me about how you are dying for Underworld: Blood Wars to hit the big screen!)