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Vampire Books for Young Adults

Vampire Books for Young Adults/Teenagers

The interest in vampire fiction has reached a fever pitch and one of the most popular subgenres of fantasy has fast become the Paranormal Romance genre, which is stacked with urban fantasy featuring vampires, witches, and werewolves heroes and villains. 

This sort of fiction touches a number of genres: paranormal romance, the vampire genre, the romance genre, and the urban fantasy genre.

Vampire books are popular these days. In fact, it's some of the most popular category of fantasy out of all the subgenres. If you've looked around at all the various indie fantasy, you'll see hordes and hordes of vampire fiction on the market.

Perhaps the most popular vampire books for young adults are/were the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. This helped set the gold standard for vampire romance fiction -- and proved just how much money can be made from these types of books.

And millions and millions of people -- tween, teens, and older women -- loved the books, gaining an appetite for this type of fiction.

So if you loved TWILIGHT, you are left with a pressing question: what should you read AFTER Twilight? 

We've compiled a list of the top ten best vampire books for teens right here to make life after Twilight bearable! 

These fantasy books focus on YA readers. There is, of course, a whole horde of paranormal fiction that focus on adults (see our best vampire romance books for adults list).

Keep in mind that many of the Vampire Books for the YA also have strong romance plots and can also be categorized as YA romance books too. So you might want to check out our Romantic Fantasy Books list for more romance recommendations (if that's what you are looking or) or look at our Best YA Fantasy Book List for some YA Fantasy that covers multiple genres, not just Vampire or Romance.


The star of the book, Rose, is a half-vampire who’s been on the run. She’s forcefully brought back to the Vampire Academy she’s escaped from. 

The novel centers around the normal angst a teenage girl might experience at high school – boys, peer pressure, gossip, bullying – plus the added problems of being a vampire. Life is hard as a teen vampire as you’ll find out. It’s a fun series with a lot of teen drama. This is one of the more popular vampire series for young adults/teenagers and is a recommended read if you love Twilight.

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Goth girl meets vampire and falls in love. This book will appeal to young adults who adore the Twilight style of vampire romance. This is the classic girl-torn-between-two-different-guys story. If you want a vampire series for teens that’s ALL about teen romance, this is your best bet. Now there's even a Manga spawned by the series.

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Companion Of The Night

(Vivian Vande Velde)

Another vampire romance series, but one that has a pretty interesting vampire character. The plot follows Kerry, a young woman, who saves Ethan – a vampire – from vampire hunters. It’s a choice that she may regret as Ethan turns out to be an untrustworthy character. Of course, Kerry also falls madly in love with him which makes things complicated.

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With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans.

In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it. 

From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality. Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. 

No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled (or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun) by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale. 

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The vampire book that spawned a thousand copycats, Twilight is THE premier vampire novel for young adults. The first book came out in 2005, but it took a couple of years before the vampire craze really started to hit. The story revolves around a loner, Bella, who falls head over heels for Edward, a reformed vampire. But Edward can’t consummate his love because it would destroy her.  The four novels in the series follow the pair as they struggle to stay together despite the various opposing forces that try to prevent them from being together.

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This is a vampire tale that's different from the rest of the books/series on this list. Peeps is a much more edgy and gritty type of modern vampire tale. If you are looking for a vampire romance novel for preteens or teens with simplistic characters and a high school drama fest, look elsewhere on this list. But if you want a more mature vampire tale, Peeps is one of the most interesting vampire tales I've read in a long time.

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The Evernight Series

(Claudia Gray)

A combination of Mean Girls and Vampire Academy. Bianca is forced by her parents to attend a private school. What her parents don’t realize is that this private school is one attended by vampires.

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This series is a supernatural fest with vampires, werewolves, and witches involved in the plot. Night World is a supernatural society that’s “hidden” from normal humans. The story centers around the Night World cardinal rule, which is ‘Humans can never under any circumstance know that Night World exists.” Each story follows what happens when this rule is broken. This is a darker series than many may be used to, but it’s also incredibly fascinating too.

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This series follows sassy 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she transforms into a vampire after being marked out by a vampire tracker. She’s forced to move from home into a sort of “school for new vampires” which is called House of Night. Life, as expected, proves to be pretty tough in this new school, from stuck up popular girls who take bullying to a new level to  a string of mysterious deaths at the school. This novel is entertaining, if a little dark, with some adult features. Don’t expect a novel as sappy and happy-go-lucky as Twilight –the series has more of an edge to it.

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A vampire series that has a bit more of a bite than Twilight. Unlike Twilight, these novels actually have some “scary” moments in them. Vampires are not very nice in this series. The book explores the “what if I lived in a town that vampires completely controlled” question. It makes for a bit of a chilling and highly entertaining read.

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If you are looking for a revamped version of the traditional vampire story, this book is for you. It follows a group of wealthy kids as they go to a privileged school. What these teens don’t realize is that they are “Blue Bloods” or vampires. The plot centers around their struggle to live with what they are, and to survive as another vampire group seeks to murder them.

Blue Blood really spends a lot of time following the activities of the privileged high society with a good dose of the usual teen high school drama thrown in. The vampire aspect adds an interesting twist, but the story is more about “life as a spoiled rich kid” than about vampires. The story itself is pretty entertaining and a lot more solid than some of the other vampire fiction on the market.

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