After Twilight

In this case, I refer to the book by Stephenie Meyer, not the time of day.

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There are hundreds of websites/blogs you can go to for ideas on what to read after Twilight.  I have read several of them for the same reason (probably) that you are reading this and that is because I absolutely adored the Twilight series.  What is it about them that makes me want to dive in again and again? Certainly not the writing, but I have no issue with how well, or not, it is written as it has addressed the primary premise for a fiction book:  to capture the reader’s attention, to engage them wholly and to entertain.

For me, the obsessive romantic aspect is the real draw and while many spout such an obsession as unhealthy, to me it is as deliciously pleasurable as chocolate eclairs, only less fattening.  I felt the same pull with Fifty Shades but when I went to find ‘more books like FSOG’, I was presented with lists of books on BDSM.  Not what I wanted at all.  With the ‘after Twilight’ websites, I found more vampire novels.  Again, I’m looking for obsession and romance and twists and HEA.  So, I’ve decided to put together my own list for those of you who adored the same sappy, romantic aspects of Twilight, imbued with a little action to stop it becoming too wet.

The list is in no particular order and I only mention the first book if it’s a series.

  1. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  2. Immortal City by Scott Speer
  3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  4. The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
  5. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
  6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  7. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (very long series and I stopped at book 9!)
  8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  9. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  11. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  12. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  13. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  14. Need by Carrie Jones
  15. Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  16. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  17. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  18. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  19. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  20. Obsidian By Jennifer Armentrout
  21. Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
  22. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  23. Legend by Marie Lu
  24. Real by Katy Evans (18+)
  25. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  26. Davy Harwood by Tijan
  27. Bright Side by Kim Holden
  28. Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams
  29. Fissure by Nicole Williams
  30. Significance by Shelly Crane
  31. Relentless by Karen Lynch
  32. Thirst by Claire Farrell
  33. Slammed by Colleen Hoover (18+)
  34. Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan
  35. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  36. Fallen Crest by Tijan
  37. This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (18+)
  38. Introductions by C.L. Stone (reverse harem)
  39. Angelic by L.P. Swalheim (unfinished series and the writing style makes you wince)
  40. Knight’s Mistress by C.C. Gibbs (18+)
  41. Soulmates by Holly Bourne
  42. Violet Eden by Jessica Shirvington
  43. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (16+)
  44. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  45. Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan (the series is let down by book 3)
  46. Release Me by J. Kenner (18+)
  47. Hope(less) by Melissa Haag
  48. Relentless by Karen lynch
  49. City In Embers by Stacey Marie Brown (18+)
  50. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan (18+)

 

Books/series that are touted as being Twilightesque, but I really didn’t like/didn’t work:

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (enjoyed first book only)
  2. Fallen by Lauren Kate (enjoyed the first book only)
  3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (tried to read this four times!)
  4. Evermore by Alyson Noel (The heroine drove me up the wall)
  5. A Shade Of Vampire – nothing like Twilight.
  6. My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent – enjoyed the first book but it quickly went downhill.
  7. Matched by Ally Condie – enjoyed the first book
  8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – enjoyed the first book
  9. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

 

Waiting to Read (because they’ve been on ‘after Twilight’ lists):

  1. I’d tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
  2. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  3. Gone by Michael Grant (I’ve read this now and cannot see how it made those lists)
  4. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  5. Angel Evolution by David estes
  6. Sookie Stackhouse series – I’m put off by the sheer number of books
  7. Shiver & Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  8. House of Night by P.C. Cast
  9. Pure by Julianna Baggott
  10. Breathe by Sarah Crossan

 

Other books I’ve loved but don’t necessarily follow the Twilight obsessive romance:

  1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  2. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  5. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
  8. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  9. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  11. Fallen Crest High by Tijan (18+)
  12. Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf
  13. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  14. Supernaturals by Kelly Oram
  15. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen
  16. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  17. Deception by C.J. Redwine
  18. Runaway Mortal by Komal Kant
  19. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
  20. Eon by Alison Goodman

 

Books on Twilight lists I probably won’t read:

  1. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith – it’s the love triangle I can’t deal with
  2. Thoughtless by S C Stephens – ditto

 

There you have it.  I may revisit and add to these lists from time to time, but it is a testament to the enduring appeal of Twilight, that I have compiled this list years after Twilight first appeared on our shelves.  It may interest you to know that I re-read the series only last year (2016) and the film is still one of my favourites to iron to.  Although, I’m not sure I ought to admit to that particular vice as the films are a whole different ballgame.

Happy reading.

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About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banished-ebook/dp/B008PGM4TQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361913026&sr=8-1. If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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