Bestselling YA Vampires

The first bestseller lists of 2009 don’t look all that different from 2008.

As they have since August, the four volumes of the Twilight saga occupy most of the top spots on the USA Today list, with J.K. Rowling’s Tales of Beedle the Bard interrupting at #4.

Looking back to the first list of 2008, Twilight was at a lowly #19 and Eat, Pray Love was at #1.

The Twilight series has ended (Stephenie Meyer had planned to publish Midnight Sun, a book that retells the story from the vampire Edward’s point of view, but abandoned it after part of an early draft appeared on the Web).

But, not to worry, other bestselling YA vampire series continue.

All four titles in the A House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast are on the USA Today list. The first volume, Marked, has been on the list for 26 weeks; the most recent volume, Untamed hit the list at #10 when it came out in September. The series is also at #4 on the 1/11/09 NYT Childrens Series list after 18 weeks.

Reminder: The series’s authors, P.C. and Kristin Cast will be speaking at a breakfast at MidWinter sponsored by the AAP (full info on the breakfast here). Tickets are free, but seating is limited. RSVP by Jan 9th to Tina Jordan, AAP. Your YA’s will never forgive you if you don’t go.

The next title (#5) in the series comes out in March. Most libraries are not yet showing it on order (Hennepin has 11 copies on order, with 21 reserves). It’s also available as a simultaneous audio.



P.C and Kristin Cast

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; (March 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 031237982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312379827
  • Audio CD: $39.95; Unabridged edition
  • Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners;  (March 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1427206074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427206077

Back on the NYT list (1/11/09) is The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith, currently at #10 on the Childrens Series list. This original paperback series, first published in 1991, was recently published in omnibus editions. The next new title in the series will be in hardcover, which, according to the author’s Web site, “starts the trilogy that’s exclusively about Damon.”


The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall 

L. J. Smith

  • Hardcover: $17.99; 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0061720771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061720772
  • Library Binding: $18.89; 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0061720798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061720796

The first in the author’s Night World omnibus volumes was on the NYT list earlier in ’08. The third is coming from S&S in April.


Night World No. 3: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight

L.J. Smith

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: $9.99; 752 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 28, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416974520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416974529

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