Now that Breaking Dawn Part 2 has hit the cinemas and we’ve had a chance to laugh and cry our way through two and a half hours of Robert Pattinson pulling sex faces while wondering whether it’s weird that we still fancy Taylor Lautner as a CGI wolf, we are facing a slightly more pressing dilemma; What the hell are we going to read next?
The books may have been out for a while, but don’t let that vampire lurking about in the corner put you off as we’ve picked out a pile of awesome reads that might just help you take the first - albeit emotional - step towards getting over Twilight.
10. Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs
Kicking things off with another fang-tastic tale, this may seem like a clear stepping stone from the world of Bella and Edward, but don’t be fooled as although this British story might be centred around another vampiric love triangle, it takes bloodlust to a whole new level.
In fact, for Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a dark street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and bloodsucking royalty from where there is no escape.
All the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic, sexy and very dangerous prince, Kaspar Varn.
9. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struglling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the days until he can escape Gatlin forever, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he’s never med. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, he’s inexplicably drawn to her and detemined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
8. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
The first in the Blood of Eden series, this is a vampire trilogy with a difference. To be honest, it probably couldn’t be farther from the relatively cushy lifestyle Bella and Edward have going on (bar the whole Volturi hoo-hah) and set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where humans and vampires are at odds, it’s a whole new side to the genre.
In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle and one girls will search for the key to save humanity. Having hated vampires her whole life, Allie Sekemoto is forced to make the decision to change in order to survive and becoming what she despises most, she must learn the rules of becoming immortal.
Separated from her mentor, Allie flees into the unknown where she joins a ragged band of humans seeking a cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn’t easy to pass for human, especially around Zeke who might just see past the monster inside her..
7. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The first in a trilogy of the same name, welcome to a whole new fantastical world of monsters and angels that is guaranteed to make Twilight, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans alike fall in love all over again.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shops, a devil’s supply of human teeth grow dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young are student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldy war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; and she speaks many languages, not all of them human. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out, thanks mainly to one of the strangers; the mysterious, haunted Akiva who reveals blood and starlight, secrets that defy memory and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past.
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6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
It might not be about vampires, but we have a whole lot of love for Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent and second offering Insurgent, that follow sixteen-year-old Tris Prior as she makes the life changing decision to break away from all she has ever known.
In a world where society is divided into five factions that define your life, Tris leaves behind her family in selfless faction Abnegation to join the brave as a member of Dauntless. Fighting to make it through the intense and physically demanding initiation, Tris must battle not only her classmates but her own feelings, to detemine who she can trust with a secret that could threaten to unravel their seemingly perfect society for good.
The film version is also currently being cast and you probably need to read it so that you can not only look all knowledgeable when your pals cotton on, but so you can help us decide which actor is hot enough to play dark and twisty HOTTIE Four.
5. This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
It’s not all vampires, werewolves and dystopia and if there’s one thing Twilight’s taught us, it’s that we can’t resist a good, weep inducing love story. Enter Sarah Dessen with this tale that will quite happily convert even the biggest of cynics into a believer.
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. She’s the type of girl that makes it clear that it’s only ever about having fun. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, currently working on husband number five.
But there’s something about dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr Right. For some reason, however, she just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to get what all those lovey dovey songs are all about after all?
It’s not a new one, but it’s an old favourite that we challenge you not to fall head over heels for.
4. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
If you haven’t heard of this bestselling series yet then you are going to want to jump straight on the bandwagon and order all five of the six-part series that are currently out, starting with first book, City of Bones.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray sneaks out to a New York club, the last thing she expects is to witness a murder - especially not one committed by teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Although she doesn’t know it, this is her first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks like an angel but acts like a jerk. But when her mother goes missing and she is attacked by a demon, Clary finds herself irresistibly drawn into Jace’s world, encountering the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love along the way.
And that’s before we even mention how FRICKIN’ EXCITED WE ARE about seeing the movie out next year, that coincidentally stars Twilight’s Jamie Campbell-Bower as super hot badass Jace.
3. The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
There’s quite a lot of Dystopia going on in this list, but we can’t help thinking it’s quite an appropriate parallel to all the vampire fiction floating about and The Masque of Red Death is no exception. It’ll even give you some brownie points with your English teachers as it’s actually based on a classic written by Edgar Allen Poe.
Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup and tantalising ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club - in the depths of her own despair - Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for - no matter what it costs her.
2. The Gathering Dark (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardulo
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
It’s dark and twisty, romantic and irresistible. Get on it.
1. Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young
There’s more family bonding and adventure in this one than Emmett could shake a Mountain Lion at, although if you’ve red Blood Red Road, the first in the Dust Land series, we’d imagine you already know that. Saying that, Rebel Heart is EVEN BETTER.
It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.
What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.
So there you have it - what do you think of our Top 10? Any books you'd add to help us on the road to recovery?