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L. J. Smith's Night World series begins with 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. 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.
Another series by L. J. Smith is The Vampire Diaries. Start with The Awakening and The Struggle.
In The Awakening Elena Gilbert is a high school golden girl, the one boys want and girls want to be. And Elena is used to getting what she wants. But when she meets handsome, haunted Stefan, he struggles to resist her because of his dark secret.
Be sure to check out our Vampire Diaries book match for more suggestions.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray has no vampires, but it is a story of supernatural powers. After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
Check out our book match for A Great and Terrible Beauty too!
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the story of Risika, a teenage vampire who wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.
For even more great suggestions check out our Twilight book match!
This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Book #1 in the Mortal Instruments series)
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
Here are some other books you might also enjoy:
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (Adult Fiction)
When twenty-three-year-old Sister Evangeline accidentally stumbles upon some mysterious letters exchanged between the late mother superior of her convent and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, she is thrust into an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
A beautiful teenage werewolf falls for a human boy and must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
The Blooding by Patricia Windsor
Maris is spending the summer working as an au pair for a couple in England. She discovers that the husband is a werewolf intent on blooding her and making her one too.
Cirque du Freak (Book #1 in the Cirque du Freak series) by Darren Shan
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. There are many more in this series.
Since you say you really enjoyed the Lasky book about Elizabeth I, I
think you should be aware that there are 19 more books in that series by a variety of authors. They cover many female world leaders such as
Queen Victoria, Mary: Queen of Scots, Anastasia, etc. You can find them
in our catalog by searching "series" and typing in "royal diaries."
I'm glad you asked for a Book Match. Here are some books I think you will like:
Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel
George and Martha books by Marshall
Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
All of these have lots of stories about the same characters.
You might also like My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Grossman, What?
Cried Granny by Lum and The Red Racer by Wood.
I also love Jan Brett's books because her art work is so special. If
you have not seen any of her others you should look for them. Some of
my favorites (more snow pictures) are: Annie and the Wild Animals, The
Mitten: a Ukranian Folktale, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Christmas
Trolls, and The Hat. If you visit the library you can find most of her
books in the Juvenile Easy Collection. There are many to choose from
and a librarian will be happy to help you.
Some other good stories with beautiful art work are:
If you like reading children's classics, here are some recommendations:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
A classic series of fantasy books about the land beyond the wardrobe. Four brothers and sisters
enter a fantasy land where they help Aslan, the lion, triumph in battle
with the White Witch.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
A young boy is sold by his wicked uncle as a slave and is helped by an outlaw.
If you enjoyed Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, you may want to look the sequel to that book, which is Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Mull. This book continues the story of Kendra and Seth as they race back to the refuge for mythical and magical creatures in order to protect it from the Society of the Evening Star, an organization trying to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of power.
Some more good books for you are:
I’m so glad you found our Book Match Service and I hope I can make some suggestions that will work for you. There are quite a few series that have cute and sassy girls for the age range you suggest. You may already know some of these, but maybe a new one will come out. All of the titles I am including here are the first title in a series, so if one appeals you may look for more about the same character by the same author. I suggest you try the following: