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Courier Article by Erika Qualls
Sunday, July 26, 2008

If You're Into 'Twilight,' You'll Like These Books, Too

Chances are if you have been paying attention to the media or any pre-teens/teens in your life, you have caught on to the Twilight phenomena. My little sister has been reading and re-reading this series since the books started gaining popularity a couple of years ago. For a while now, I have let her keep reading her beloved series, but lately I have been checking out books that contain the two elements that she loves about Twilight: love and fantasy.

If you aren't familiar with the Twilight books, there is a love triangle between mortal Bella, vampire Edward, and werewolf Jacob. If that intrigues you, then check out the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray. A Great and Terrible Beautyintroduces the reader to Gemma whose mother has recently died in late 1800's India after meeting a mysterious man in the market. Due to her father's addiction to laudanum, Gemma is sent to Spence Academy in England where she becomes involved in The Order with three other girls and they travel to the Realms. The sequel, Rebel Angels, introduces the love triangle between Gemma, mysterious Kartik, and aristocratic Simon Middleton. Gemma's struggles in the Realms and in her personal life conclude in A Sweet, Far Thing.

If you are more into modern-day fantasies, Melissa Marr and Holly Black both have written urban fantasy series that mingle mortals with fairies. Marr's first book in her series, Wicked Lovely, introduces Aislinn, a mortal girl surviving her junior year in Huntsdale, Pennsylvania while hiding the fact that she can see fairies. Over the course of this book and its sequels, Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity, Aislinn is torn between mortal life and the faerie realm, her mortal boyfriend and the faerie king she must one day marry.

While the premise of Black's series, beginning with Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, is similar to that of Marr's series, the two authors create two separate worlds that enchant and haunt the readers as they travel to faerie lands. Black's heroine, Kaye, has been a faerie all her life, but has not known it. As her skin begins to peel off to reveal green pixie skin, she meets the dark and dangerous Roiben who is torn between two worlds himself. A sudden tragedy will make Kaye realize the difficulty of straddling the two worlds and decisions must be made that will affect Kaye and Roiben's lives forever. The series continues with Valiant and Ironside.

For those of you who can't seem to get enough of vampires and werewolves, however, check out these titles: Evermore by Alyson Noel; House of Night series by P.C. Cast; Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz; Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. Older fans of Twilight may enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris; Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series; Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Happy reading!

Erika Qualls is the Popular Materials Center Supervisor at the Central Library.