Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Review: Frostbite

Title: Frostbite
Series: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Released: 2008

About the Book:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians - including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand to- hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian (So not cool)! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks....This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

Read an excerpt from the book HERE.

My Thoughts: If you liked the first book, Vampire Academy, you will LOVE this one! This book has more of everything - more danger, more emotions, more romance, more friendship, more suspense and more adventure. This book is absolutely amazing!

As always, Richelle Mead's characters are great and well-developed, I relly feel for all of them. In this book we got introduced to a new character; Lissa's cousin Adrian.
Adrian is interested both in Rose, and in Lissa's abilities, but is he good or bad?

Adrian is cocky, sarcastic and selfish, but yet I liked him!

Then we have Mason. Oh sweet, poor little Mason. Why did you do that? Mason is a really sweet guy and a great friend, and he's really into Rose. To prove himself for Rose he does something really stupid and foolhardy that puts both himself and other people in grave danger...

Rating 5,5 of 5 (Yes - it was that great!)
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Review: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy
Series: Vampire Academy (Book 1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Released: 2007

About the Book: Rose and Lissa may act like two normal teenagers - but they're not. Rose is a Dhampir - a mix between a human and a Vampire, and she is a guardian for her friend Lissa, who is a royal Moroi (the good kind of Vampire). They have been on the run from St. Vladimir's Academy, their Dhampir and Moroi training school, for over two years. A lot of people have tried to catch them, but not succeeded - that is until Dimitri, one of the best guardians in the world, shows up. Rose and Lissa are being dragged back to the boarding school - and the danger they tried to escape from.

Back at the school Rose and Lissa have to make up for the years they lost while they were on the run. Rose has lost a lot of valuable guardian training - so she gets a personal trainer to help her improve her skills. And it's not any teacher - it's Dimitri, the hot seven years older famous Russian guardian, who took them back to St. Vladimir's. A dangerous attraction are formed between Rose and Dimitri - and they both do their best to ignore it. But Rose has more things to worry about than her forbidden romance; the school's ruthless social scene, the unspeakable nighttime rituals, and most of all, saving Lissa from the danger that hovers over her.

My Thoughts: The Vampire Academy books are absolutely amazing! If you haven't read them yet - do it right now! You won't regret it.

This book has everything - drama, suspense, mystery, friendship, humor and romance -
forbidden romance.

Rose is a kick-ass heroin. She's smart, strong, funny and caring. She's cocky, outspoken and very, very brave. I wanna
be Rose, or at least have her as a friend!
Dimitri is another great character - he's a badass guardian, protective, mysterious and very sexy. All characters were great and very well-developed.

So again, this is an amazing book - READ IT!!

Rating: 5 of 5

Fan(g) Girl

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vampire of the Week

It's time for another VoW post! And this week's Vampire of the Week is . . .


That's right folks, it's Dimitri from the Vampire Academy! Don't you just love him?

Dimitri is one of the main characters in the Vampire Academy series, written by Richelle Mead. The Vampire Academy series consists of four books so far; Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise. The fifth book, Spirit Bound, will be released in May next year.

Why does Dimitri deserve to be Vampire (Dhampir) of the Week?

Well, here's how Rose describes him, the first time they meet:

"It was him, the guy I’d seen across the street watching me. He was older than us, maybe mid-twenties, and as tall as I’d figured, probably 6’6” or 6’7”. And under different circumstances—say, when he wasn’t holding up our desperate escape—I would have thought he was hot. Shoulder-length brown hair, tied back into a short pony-tail. Dark brown eyes. A long, brown coat like horse riders wore, not quite a trench coat. A duster, I thought it was called. (...) Sensing my resignation, the man stepped forward, turning his attention to Lissa. His face was calm. He swept her a bow and managed to look graceful doing it, which surprised me considering his height. “My name is Dimitri Belikov,” he said. I could hear a faint Russian accent. “I’ve come to take you back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, Princess.”"

Conclusion: Dimitri is H O T ! He is also a badass guardian; one of the best in the world. He's loyal, fair, honest, strong, and a true gentleman.

IF you haven't read these books yet, you HAVE to! They are great! You can read more about the books, and read excerpts by clicking here.

Since the Vampire Academy series haven't been made into a movie, we don't know what Dimitri really look like (the picture above is from a book cover).
But if Vampire Academy were made into a movie, who would you like to play Dimitri?

I googled and found some different suggestions.
Here are the most popular choices:

Ben Barnes

Taylor Kitsch

and Garrett Hedlund

Who would you like to see as Dimitri, any of the following guys or someone else? Comment!

Missed my previous Vampire of the Week posts? Click here and here!
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Quote: "No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Moonlight follows Mick St. John, a private investigator - and immortal vampire, and his struggle to exist after he was bitten 60 years ago by his vampire bride, Coraline, on their wedding night.

Mick meets online newspaper reporter Beth Turner at a crime scene, and they solve the murder case together. As time goes, Mick and Beth get to know each other better and better, since Beth frequently accompanies Mick during his investigations. But is this really the first time these two meet?

As he works, Mick must deal with the ups and downs of being immortal, his adversaries in the vampire world, Coraline, the woman who turned him into a vampire, and the forbidden love he feels for mortal Beth.

Starring Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St. John, Sophia Myles as Beth Turner, Jason Dohring as Josef Kostan and Shannyn Sossamon as Coraline.

Moonlight aired on CBS during 2007 and 2008. Moonlight was cancelled after 16 episodes, even though it won the People's Choice award for "Favourite New TV Drama" and had a large loyal fan base.

Moonlight on IMDB
Moonlight on CTV

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Review: Night World No. 2

Title: Night World No. 2 (Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate)
Series: Night World
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: As stand-alone books 1996-1997.
Together as Night World No.2 - 2008

About the books:

In Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. Only visible to Gillian, Angel will fulfill her heart's every desire. But when Angel starts making strange and sinister requests, Gillian must question who he truly is and what his intentions are.

Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire's mind control, Rashel struggles to avenge her mother's death in The Chosen. Then she meets Quinn, her soulmate, who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy.

Hannah receives notes warning her of incredible danger in Soulmate. But if death is her destiny, is the Lord of the Night World's love strong enough to save her?

My thoughts:
This book was great, much better than Night World No.1! All three stories were mysterious, romantic and action-packed. This book is about 700 pages - but they flew by! I couldn't stop reading.

My favourite story of these three was The Chosen.
Since Rachel's friend and mother were killed by a vampire, Rashel has sworn to kill every vampire she discovers, and has devoted her life to tracking down her mother's killer. She has become the most feared vampire hunter among the Night Worlders. But when Rashel meets Quinn - a bad-ass vampire with a reputation to to match her own, she finds herself unable to kill him. The meeting leaves the both of them confused -and very much alive- and they discover a bond between them, that could be their undoing.

Rachel and Quinn's characters were great - they were both very stubborn and kick-ass, but at the same time very caring and tender.

L. J. Smith is a great author - even though all the Night World books have the same theme - human meets non-human and they fall in love - she manages to deliver unique and inventive storys with well-developed and colorful characters, every single time.

Rating: 5 of 5
Fan(g) Girl

Fun-Post Friday - Week 2

Who haven't fantasized about dating a Vampire? To have a boyfriend like Edward Cullen or Dimitri Belikov? Admit it - you have! (I sure have at least!)

Here are two books that might help you if you're interested in catching a vampire - and keeping him!

How To Date A Vampire by Sophie Collins:

This is a fantastic magazine-style guide to romance for young teens...with a twist! For any girl looking for a boy who's more Cullen than caveman, this book is your helping hand to a happy ending. A vampire boy is smart, he's sexy, and he's waiting to discover someone a little bit different; so use this little lifesaver to show him what's so special about you and set his pulse (if he had one) racing. Of course, if like Bella or Buffy, the man of your dreams is more than just a high school crush, you won't find help in the problem pages. Luckily for you, this book is packed full of quizzes, charts and failsafe advice, from finding out if the guy giving you sleepless nights is a real vamp or a fanged faker, to great date ideas that don't involve Type-O milkshakes. With space to write about your own close encounters, plus style advice and beauty tips that are sure to slay him on sight, this is the only guide you'll ever need to spotting a vampire and knocking him (un)dead.

How To Catch And Keep A Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide To Loving The Bad And The Beautiful by Diana Laurence:

Who needs a book on dating a vampire? Well, Bella Swan and Sookie Stackhouse to name just two. They are fortunate to have vampire boyfriends. But what the heroines of Twilight and True Blood don't have and could use is some advice on getting along with them. Everything they and every other red-blooded American girl (and guy) wants to know about finding a dreamy blood-drinker and keeping him is within How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving The Bad and the Beautiful. And who better to introduce mortal readers to the world of dating a 21st century vampire than a few mouth-watering immortals? The cast includes: Ethan, with his aquamarine eyes and supernaturally seductive piano playing. Mordred, classically cruel, dark, and handsome, with a thing for black leather gloves. His entrancingly cute carrot-topped friend Adam, as sweet as Mordred is scary. Gunnar, with his rich, golden hair, and dastardly but delightful knack for getting his way. The experienced and fascinating Colin, with his exquisite latte-colored skin and exotic beauty. The eccentric but gorgeous Aidan, purveyor of ancient magic. And enigmatic Conner, with his deep, dark eyes and protective soul. These undead charmers will win the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, and author Diana Laurence will be their expert guide.

Want to read more How-To Books? Read In To This posted a funny piece about other "How-To" guides at her blog! Go check it out!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review: Night World No. 1

Title: Night World No. 1 (Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder)
Series: Night World
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: Each of the books were published in 1996, but they were published together, as Night World No 1, in 2008

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a society with very strict rules to prevent discovery; 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence, and 2) Never fall in one with one of them.

About the books: In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. As a vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

My Thoughts: L. J. Smith has created a whole new world with her Night World series. Even though Smith has written about vampires before (the Vampire Diaries), this world is different from that and has other laws and creatures.

I really like that there are three storys in one book, as soon as you finish one story you can start reading the next story, without any waiting!

Each of the three storys are stand-alone books, but there are some things that tie them
together - which is really cool! A subsidiary character in one book can suddenly become one of the main characters in the next book, and so on. And all books have one thing in common - forbidden love between a human and a creature from the Night World.

Definitely read the Night World books if you get the chance too - you won't regret it!

Rating: 4 of 5

Fan(g) Girl

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

True Blood: Hotness Factor

I hope you enjoyed my post about True Blood yesterday! If you still aren't convinced about watching this show, here's a little something that *might* change your mind!

The True Blood Hotness Factor!

This show is teeming with eye-candy. First of we have one of the main characters, vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer.

Those eyes!

Sookie's brother Jason Stackhouse (played by Ryan Kwanten)

Her boss, Sam Merlotte, played by Sam Trammell.

And last but not least, Viking Vampire Eric Nortman, played by my fellow Swede Alexander Skarsgård.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

True Blood


About the Show:

Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out.

Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. "Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.

A sexy, scary new drama from 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball, 'True Blood' delves into the meticulously-crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. Described by the Emmy®-winning Ball as "popcorn for smart people" the first season of ‘True Blood' caused an overnight sensation — and the new installments only build on his colorful cast of supernatural misfits.

The first episode of True Blood debuted at a very modest 1.44 million viewers, but since then True Blood has become more and more popular. The second season exploded, doubled its ratings and became the second highest-rated show ever on HBO.

The third season will air in June 2010! That may seem like a long time to wait for all True Blood fans out there; but if you haven't watched this show yet, it will give you plenty of time to do so before the third season begins!

I really like this show, it has drama, mystery, vampires and romance; what else could you ask for? True Blood is more appropriate for an adult audience though, it's rated MA.

The Cast:

True Blood on IMDB
True Blood on Wikipedia

True Blood is losely based by the Southern Vampire Series (a.k.a. the Sookie Stackhouse Series) written by Charlaine Harris. Has anyone read any of those books? If so, what did you think? Should I read them or is the TV Series better?

Don't forget: Season 3 - June 2010!

Fan(g) Girl

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vampire of the Week

It's Monday, and time to choose a new Vampire of the Week!
And this week's choice is....


The first time we all fell in love with Angel was in the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, where he appeared in 57 episodes, during seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
And because of Angel's huge popularity, he was awarded with his own show, called Angel, which lasted for five seasons.

Angel was played by David Boreanaz, now starring as Special Agent Seeley Booth in the popular TV series Bones.

Why does Angel deseve to be the Vampire of the Week?

Always well-dressed, handsome and polite, Angel appears when you need him the most. He is brave, protective, and fights against his own race, vampires, to protect the human race.
Who could be a better candidate for Vampire of the Week?

Missed last week's Vampire of the Week? Click here to see who it was!

Know another vampire who deserves to be my next Vampire of the Week?
Feel free to leave your candidates in the comments section!

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sucks To Be Me

Titel: Sucks To Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe)
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Released: August 2008

About the book:
So, you think your life sucks? Try being Mina Hamilton. Her parents are vampires, which would sound cool if they weren’t so bo-ring and parent-like. And now Mina has to decide whether or not she wants to be one too…in a month. As if high school wasn’t bad enough, now she’s got to go to vampire classes with a bunch of freaks who actually want to drink blood (Gross! As if sushi wasn’t bad enough.). And she can’t even tell her best friend about any of it, not with a bunch of red-tape-loving vampire bureaucrats breathing down her neck. How’s a girl supposed to find a prom date and get through school with all this blood-sucking drama going on?

My Thoughts: I haven't read this book, but I really want too. It seams like a light and funny book, very different from other vampire books, that mostly are dark and dangerous.

And this book has gotten some great reviews, for example this one from The Electrical Book Café, and this one from Love Vampires.

You can also read the first chapter of the book HERE!

There is a sequel planned for this book, called
Still Sucks To Be Me, most likely to be released in September 2010.

Fan(g) Girl

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I don't know about you, but I'll head over and enter right away!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Book Review: The Struggle

Title: The Struggle
Series: The Vampire Diaries (Book 2)
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: 1991

About the book:

Determined to make Elena his queen of darkness, he'd kill his own brother to possess her.

Desperate for the power to destroy Damon, he succumbs to his thirst for human blood.

Irresistibly drawn to both brothers, knowing her choice will decide their fate. But who will she choose. . .?

This is the terrifying story of two vampire brothers, and the beautiful girl torn between them.

My thoughts: This book was really hard to put down.
It picks up right were the first book, The Awakening, leaves off.

The book is filled with drama, mysteries, tension and fear. And then, of course, there is the love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon; Even though Stefan is a vampire, he's kind. His brother Damon, on the other hand, isn't. He wants to turn Elena into a vampire and make her his. It's a struggle between good and evil as one brother wants to protect her, while the other wants to possess her.

I love how this book ends, it's a cliff-hanger, and it leaved me wanting to read the next installment right away!

Rating: 4 of 5
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Fun-Post Friday

It's time for another World Premiere here @ YA Vampire Books! A few days ago, I introduced you to VOW (Vampire of the Week) - click on the link if you missed it! And today I'll launch a brand new feature called Fun-Post Friday! In this feature I will show you some fun things I discovered. It can be anything; a funny video, a webb site or a product. Mostly Vampire-realated, but also other things.
Got something fun you want me to highlight in a Fun-Post Friday post? Please leave a comment or contact me in any way!

Enough about that, time for today's post!

You have read books about vampires and you have watched movies about vampires - but have you ever listened to songs about vampires?

Here's a song called "Vampires Are Alive" performed by D.J BoBo. This song was actually Switzerland's contribution to the
Eurovision Song Contest, a yearly European music contest. What do you think, is it a hit?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Review: Betrayed

Title: Betrayed
Series: House of Night (Book 2)
Author: P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published: 2007

About the book: Zoey has managed to settle in at the House of Night, she has come to terms with the vast powers the Goddess Nyx has given her, and she is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

My thoughts: This book was so much better than Marked, the first book in the House of Night series. This book was filled of romance, drama, mysteries and suspense. One of Zoey's friends actually dies (the friend I liked the most), Zoey thinks that she's seeing ghosts and her mentor, Neferet, is acting strange. Who can Zoey really trust?

Ok, starting with the romance, Zoey is actually attracted to no less than three guys in this book;

Erik: Her vampire boyfriend, and the hottest guy in the House of Night. (and kind of boring, if you ask me)

Heath: Zoey's human ex-boyfriend. After drinking Heath's blood in book one, Zoey and Heath share a special connection and are drawn to each other. Since then Heath has also stopped drinking and smoking, the reasons why Zoey broke up with him, so is there really any reason for Zoey not
to take him back (well,except her present boyfriend, Erik)?

Loren: Young, beautiful Loren is House of Night's newest teacher, and he is definitely interested in Zoey. Zoey finds Loren very attractive too, and they flirt heavily - but Loren's a teacher and forbidden fruit.

Well, finally some action in the romance department! Erik's gone for the largest part of the book, which makes it possible for Zoey to flirt seriously with Loren, and go to a secret meeting with Heath (where there is some serious making-out going on!).

This book is also thrilling, and full of mysteries. There is stuff going on all the time, so you don't get bored while reading it.

The only thing I didn't liked about this book was the characters; I think most of the characters are annoying. They are well developed, but narrow-minded and single-tracked. I do like Zoey a bit more in this book though and
I really admired her in the end of the book; instead of lying and pretending, she was very brave (and a bit foolhardy?). But the other characters, especially "the twins" are so annoying, I just don't like their personalities.

This book was very good
overall, much better than the first book in this series, so I can't wait to read the third book, Chosen!

Rating: 4 of 5
Fan(g) Girl

Read the first chapter of Betrayed here


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Titel: Vamped
Series: Vamped Series (Book 1)
Author: Lucienne Diver
Published: May 2009

Gina Covello's Perks and Pitfalls
of Vamp Life
1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!
2. Free. Designer. Clothes.
3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.
4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.
5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone's going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.

Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning. There's very little she can't put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophecied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council. Hey, if anyone's going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disaster and her own fanged fate.

My thoughts: I haven't read this book yet, but it looks like a fun read! And look at that cover! Isn't it amazing? I'll definitely read this book as soon as I get the chance too!

Wanna know what people are saying about the book? Here's some reviews of Vamped! Just click here, here or here.

P.S. The second book in this series,
Revamped, will be published next year! D.S

Fan(g) Girl

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vampire of the Week

It's monday today, and you all know what that means! (Well actually you don't since I haven't told you yet...) It's time to elect the Vampire of the Week (VoW)!

So, what does it take to be the Vampire of the Week, you might wonder.

- Well, obviously you have to be a Vampire, that's the main condition. Second of all, you have to be hot. (Hot as in good-looking that is, not warm since that's pretty hard for a vampire). And that's about it! Wasn't that complicated, was it? ;)

So today, for the world's first Vampire of the Week, I've chosen....


Edward is loved by millions of girls and women all over the world, so who could be a better choice for the very first Vampire of the Week?

Edward is one of the main characters in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) and is also one of the main characters in the movies Twilight and New Moon (premieres November 20), based on Meyer's books. Robert Pattinson is playing Edward in the movies.

Why does Edward deserve to be the Vampire of the Week?

Well, Edward is often described as 'the most beautiful creature in the world', so he definitely fulfils the "hot" criterion. He is also very charming, protecting, and polite in an old-fashioned way. Being a Vampire makes Edward incredibly strong and fast, and he also has the ability to read minds. And Edward is a "good" vampire, he drinks blood from animals instead of humans, and wants to live in peace.

Edward with his "vegetarian" vampire family, The Cullens

So, Edward is our first Vampire of the Week! Do you know any other vampires that deserves to be the Vampire of the Week? Please leave your candidates in the comments!

Fan(g) Girl

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Review: Evernight

Title: Evernight
Series: The Evernight Series
Author: Claudia Gray
Published: 2008

About the book:
When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she's spent her whole life. She's a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There's a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can't be denied. She would risk anything to be with him — but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed to be true.

thoughts: This book was full of mystery; what is the boarding school hiding? Why are all the students acting so weird? And, most important of all, what is Bianca and Lucas hiding from each other?

About halfway through the book there is a HUGE twist, and I was like
whaaat? I did NOT see that coming. And the twist wasn't very well done. I would have liked to read some clues before the twist, something that made you go " A-ha, that's why that person did/said that, and that's why that person was reacting that way" instead it was built up like this. "And by the way, this is the way it is. Change everything you thought and read so far to the total opposite."
I felt like ther was two different books - one
before, and one after the plot twist - and they didn't fit very well together .

I really liked the ending of the book though, it was full of suspense, romance and action. Bianca ended up in a situation where she had to choose between Lucas - her love - and her parents and their believs, and she solves the situation very bravely, and trustes her inner voice.

This book didn't blow my mind, but it was good. The twist in the middle of the book was annoying though, it wasn't well written at all, but other than that the book was well worth reading, and it leaves you wondering about what's going to happen in the next book in the series.

The second book in the Evernight Series, Stargazer, was published in March 2009. There will be two more books published in this series; Hourglass and Afterlife.

Rating: 3,5 of 5
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Book Review: The Awakening

Title:The Awakening
Series: The Vampire Diaries
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: 1991

Elena: She is the high school golden girl, the one every boy wants, and every girl wants to be. And Elena is used to getting what she wants, so when she meets handsome Stefan she swears to make Stefan hers - or die.

Stefan: Torn by guilt over his past, and mindful of the threat his vengeful brother Damon poses to anyone Stefan gets close to, he swears to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: Sexy, dangerous and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, who betrayed him, Damon follows his brother to Fell's Church - and Elena.

Soon Elena finds herself torn between two vampire brothers - one good and one evil - and in terrible danger.

My thoughts:

I can honestly say that this is the book I liked the least of the four books I read in this series. I didn't like Elena at all in the beginning of the book, she was spoiled and egocentric and used other people for her own good. But as this series continues Elena changes to a better, more caring person, and she realizes how much the people in her life mean to her, and how much she is willing to give up in order to protect them.

The story was also a bit slow in the beginning, but about halfway through the story paces up, and gets more exciting, action-filled and mysterious - and I started to like the book.

The rest of the books in the Vampire Diaries are much better; the characters are more developed and dimensional, and the pace is faster and more exciting.
This book, with it's 250+ pages, is a quick and easy read, so my advice for you is to quickly read this book, then pick up the rest of the books in the Vampire Diaries! You won't regret it!

Grade: 3 of 5

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P.S Don't forget to watch the Vampire Diaries, the TV-series based on these books, Thursdays at the CW! D.S

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is a YA Vampire series of novels written by L.J. Smith. The series centers around Elena Gilbert, a high school student torn between two vampire brothers; Stefan and Damon.

The Vampire Diaries was originally a trilogy, The Awakening, The Struggle and The Fury, and was published in 1991. But after massive pressure from the readers, L.J. Smith decided to write a fourth volume in the series; Dark Reunion, published in 1992.

Last year L.J. Smith announced a new spin-off trilogy entitled The Vampire Diaries: The Return, which continues the series with Damon being the new main protagonist. The trilogy will consist of The Return: Nightfall (published in February 2009), The Return: Shadow Souls
(2010) and The Return: Midnight (2011).

The Vampire Diaries is also made into a TV series, which premiers tonight at the CW at 8/7 c.

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The Vampire Diaries

The premiere of The Vampire Diaries is tomorrow! :D
The first episode aires on the CW at 8/7 c - don't forget to check it out!
The TV-series is based on the book series with the same name, written by L.J. Smith.

Four months after the tragic car accident that killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), are still adjusting to their new reality. Elena has always been the star student; beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends, but now she finds herself struggling to hide her grief from the world. Elena and Jeremy are now living with their cool-but-overwhelmed Aunt Jenna, who is doing her best to be a surrogate parent.

Elena manages to find some comfort with her familiar social circle – best friend Bonnie, frenemy Caroline, and former boyfriend Matt, but Jeremy is on a more dangerous path, hanging out with the stoners and using drugs to hide his pain. Jeremy is also trying to figure out why Matt's sister, Vicki, is suddenly rejecting him and hanging out with Jeremy's rival, Tyler.

As the school year begins at Mystic Falls High, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, although Elena is puzzled by Stefan's increasingly bizarre behavior when he appears suddenly at the cemetery where her parents are buried. What she doesn't realize is that Stefan is hiding a dark, deadly secret of his own – the fact that he's a vampire. At a bonfire party the next night, Elena and Stefan are just getting to know each other when chaos erupts after Vicki is attacked and left bleeding from a savage bite to the neck.

Fearing that he knows who is responsible for the attack, Stefan returns home and finds his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), whom he hasn't seen for 15 years. Damon is also a vampire, and the two brothers have a long and bitter history. Damon ridicules Stefan for rejecting their legacy of violence and brutality, but he understands his brother's obsession with Elena, since she looks exactly like a woman Stefan loved more than a century ago; a woman that Damon tried to make his own. Now these two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for Elena's soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia.

Sounds good, right? So don't forget to check it out! September 10, at 8/7 c. And Ian Somerhalder ("Boone" - LOST) is playing Damon, Stefan's dangerous but oh-so-hot brother, so you have no excuse for not watching this show! ;)

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Book Review: MARKED

Title: Marked
Series: House of Night Series
Author(s): P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published: 2007

About the book:

When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. When Zoey joins the House of Night she makes some good friends, but also an enemy in the form of Aphrodite, a beautiful and popular older student who makes life as difficult as possible for Zoey and her friends and is her rival for the affections of school hearthrob, Erik Night.

When Zoey discovers that Aphrodite, the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends.

My thoughts:

This book did bring something new to the Vampire genre. Instead of the usual girl-meets-boy-falls-in-love, boy-turns-out-to-be-a-vampire story, we meet Zoey who is a tough, ordinary girl - until the day she gets marked by a vampire. Relieved to leave her mum and stepfather behind, she moves to House of Night, a boarding school for vampires-to-be. But it turns out that Zoey isn't that ordinary after all; Nyx, the vampire goddess, has chosen Zoey as her eyes and ears at the boarding school, and has rewarded her with powerful gifts.
But Zoey isn't only turning into a vampire, she's also part Cherokee.
And that's the part that bored me. The old Cherokee traditions and rituals, and the Cherokee language that was used in the book wasn't interesting at all, and it didn't have any important value for the story. For me it was just confusing and over-the-top.

I haven't made up my mind about the main character, Zoey, yet. I really liked her in the beginning of the book, she was funny, quirky and tough. But then something happened, I wasn't moved or touched by Zoey, or any of the other characters in the book for that matter, and I didn't really care about what happened to Zoey, or between Zoey and Erik/Aphrodite. Instead I found Zoey a bit annoying, biased and winy.

The book was okay overall, not the best book I read, but not the worst either. Am I longing to read Betrayed, the second book in the House of night series? No. But I'll read it anyway since I borrowed it from the library. Perhaps the series will get better?

Grade: 2 of 5

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

House of Night

The House of Night series consists of five books so far, the sixth book, Tempted, will be released in the end of October. The series is written by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. The fist book, Marked, was released in 2007.

Here's what Marked is all about:

When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. When Zoey joins the House of Night she makes some good friends, but also an enemy in the form of Aphrodite, a beautiful and popular older student who makes life as difficult as possible for Zoey and her friends and is her rival for the affections of school hearthrob, Erik Night.

When Zoey discovers that Aphrodite, the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends.

Sounds good, right?

I'm reading Marked right now, so check back in a few days for a review!

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Okay, let's start this blog with a classic TV-series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (short "Buffy") is an American supernatural drama series that aired from 1997 until 2003. The series consists of seven seasons, which gives us a total of 144 episodes - with other words: Lots of material to watch! And trust me - you want to watch this series.

The series follows the young heroin - Buffy Summers (
Sarah Michelle Gellar). She is a Slayer, chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons and other forces of darkness. (As if she wasn't busy enough trying to survive high school?) With help from her Watcher, Giles, her two best friends Xander and Willow, and Angel, a hot Vampire-Turned-Good, she saves the world. Over, and over again.

My thoughts: This series is amazing! It's funny, cool and exciting. Buffy (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a kick-ass heroin, and all of the characters is just great and funny. So if you haven't watched Buffy yet, DO IT NOW!
(And Angel, played by David Boreanaz is H-O-T! ;))
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Welcome to a brand new blog! This blog will focus on one of the biggest trends right now, Vampires. I'm sure you have heard of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, watched True Blood on TV, and maybe even read Dracula in school. But there are so many more vampires out there!
This blog will put at least one Vampire Movie, TV series, Vampire Book, or Vampire Book Series, in the spotlight each week - and hopefully help you find tons of great books to read, and dozens of movies to watch!

I hope you will follow me as I guide you through the big, and sometimes dangerous, world of Vampires!

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