Top Five Wednesday: Books Featuring Vampires

Welcome to Top Five Wednesday! 

If you don't already know what it is, each Wednesday there is a certain topic, and we get to choose our top 5 favorite books! This week are books featuring a paranormal creature. I chose Vampires! 

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As you can see I didn't include the typical vampire novels in my top 5 list. I have actually never read Twilight or Vampire Academy... gasp! I actually have had no desire to read those books but I have seen the Twilight movies. And let's just say there are better movies out there... 

But that is just my opinion so hope I didn't upset anyone! 

Let's get onto this week's Top 5 Wednesday

1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 

  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Published: 2005 
  • Pages: 704
  • Goodreads rating: 4 Stars 

I read this book a few years ago and fell in love with it when I read it. The story of Dracula was told very well and was quite creative. The book was haunting, suspenseful, atmospheric, and mysterious. Elizabeth did an amazing job with the research and that is one thing I appreciate from author's in the historical fiction genre. This is one of my top books that I have read in the past few years, so that should say a lot! 

2. Blood Gospel and Innocent Blood James Rollins 

  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Published: 2013 
  • Pages: Both of them are about 450 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4 Stars 

The next two books I am going to discuss at the same time because they are part of a trilogy. I have yet to read the last one. Which I am surprised because I loved the first two! James Rollins does an amazing job with research, he is a very smart and creative author. Did you know that he was once a veterinarian? His scientific knowledge really shows in these two novels. I love how he created the vampires. It is something that you least expect and I liked that. They are very different from traditional vampire novels, which I think we need to see more of! 

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • Genre: Gothic Horror
  • Published: 1897 
  • Page: 488
  • Goodreads rating: 4 Stars

I read this book back in High School (it was required). It was one of the few novels that I actually really enjoyed during High School. Well, it's not really a novel, more of a combination of letters, journals, and papers. I think that made it easier to digest. This was the first novel of it's time that included the creature, vampire. And it's very different from the vampire that has been created today. It's a novel that will stay a classic for years. Without Bram, we wouldn't have all the other vampire novels, movies, shows, etc.! 

4. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro

  • Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
  • Published: 2009
  • Pages: 403
  • Goodreads rating: 4 Stars 

The Strain is an interesting vampire novel. I have only read the first of the series, however. I have watched the show series on FX. I haven't caught up on the most recent season so please no spoilers! I liked the concept of the vampires and the story. The apocalyptic story felt more realistic and plausible than other vampire novels. The book is not too scary but there are a few moments that made me jump. 

Hope you enjoyed my top 5 Wednesday! Now share yours! What is your favorite vampire novel? 

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