Before There was “Twilight”

Before Twilight was published in 2005 and the resulting chaos ensued, there existed a slew of vampire and werewolf romances that held teenage girls every bit as enthralled. In the aftermath of Twilight Mania these amazing stories were tossed aside and forgotten. Here I offer a quick exploration of 5 of the best paranormal teen romance books that came before Twilight, that might appeal to those addicted to the series or the Genre.

5) Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde (1995)

This story follows Kerry one night as she returns to the laundry matt to obtain something she left behind. She quickly falls into a situation with a slew of men in the process of killing our hero of the story: Ethan. The story is a romp through the night with Ethan’s mystery coming unraveled, all before the sunrise breaks. It’s got a nice bittersweet romance dancing within the plot than will make any fangirl squeal in her seat with a smile.

4) The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (1992)

The Silver Kiss is the story of 16 year old Zoe right as everything she loves is spoiling to ruin. Her mother lay crippled with bone cancer and her best friend is quickly leaving her behind. In the midst of her melancholy she meets Simon, his face covered in blood. The story progresses from there through the days as she helps Simon with his 300 year struggle and search for vengeance as he helps her come to grips with her own problems and life as it is. The romance is done in a very soft way, with a certain kiss scene that I reread until the spine of the book cracked.

3) Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2001)

Shattered Mirror is the third in the “Den of Shadows” series of books that need to be read in order to truly understand the story line. The first in the series is “In the Forests of the night”, followed by” Demon in My View” (Which also makes this list) and then you’ll be ready for shattered Mirror. That said, lets overview this book. The heroine here is Sarah Tigress Vida, who happens to be the youngest daughter of a line of vampire-hunting witches. In this book she is on the hunt for Nikolas to settle a score set generations before her. She transfers to a new school where she meets the leading man Christopher and his sister Nissa, who are immediately friendly and confuse Sarah to no end. The store winds from there through her hunt for Nikolas, the truth about Christopher, and the struggle within herself against her mother and legacy into which she was born. The Romantic scenes are sweet, and it certainly delivers rather steamy scene in the last few chapters that will leave you fanning yourself down and squealing in joy.

2) Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2000)

This book is the Second in the “Den of Shadows” book series, a sequel to “In the Forests of the Night” and the predecessor to “Shattered Mirror“. The title of the book is a direct reference to Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Alone” which lay conveniently on one of the first pages to set the tone for this book, and most especially for our heroine Jessica Ashley Allodola. Jessica is gorgeous, well sculpted, and rough around the edges. Easily a social miscast at school who scares students and staff alike. She’s also a teenage authoress having written “Tiger, Tiger” under the pen name Ash Night, a book about vampires that draws the attention of vampires who want something done about it, as the book is too close to the truth. Aubrey, our hero, steps up to the plate to take care of Jessica. The story follows them as he first goes to kill her, and then moves to defending as others try to kill her. It is a vampire-romance junkies dream from there as their back and forth tension nearly sets the pages afire at times. Easily making it number two on this list.

1) Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (1997)

First off, if you’ve seen the movie that came from this book; toss it out the window. Blood and Chocolate fans around the world spasmed with joy when the movie was released, and then proceeded to write hate mail to the people who produced the crap we saw in the theaters. The movie could not be more different from the book if they had tried.

Now, this is the only werewolf story (Though in the book their referred to as Loups-garoux) that makes my list, as I’m hard pressed to step away from vampires long enough to give them a chance. However, Annette Curtis wrote “The Silver Kiss” and I loved that book from page one. So, I cracked this book open and gave it a shot. I’m glad that I did.

Here we’re introduced to Vivian Gandillon, she lost her father and now her and her pack have relocated (temporarily) to the suburbs of Maryland. As she proceeds to pose as a normal girl and go to school, we’re introduced to Aiden, a gentle human boy featuring an obsession for the supernatural with whom she quickly falls in love, heedless of her mother or their acting pack leader Gabriel.

The story follows her and the ignorant Aiden into romance, the complications that go along with it, the rebuilding of her pack, and her position within it. Love triangles ensue and Vivian is lead to making the hard choices. The end delivered to you at the book is nowhere near what you expected. However, if you’re like me, that’s totally ok. The romance is sweet in some areas, and harsh and hot in others.

There you have it. Twilight is awesome (or not, depending on who you are) and this authoress is a fan. However, before it came others that have been forgotten in its wake. Go out and grab one! Give it a shot, I promise it’s worth a read.