Here, you can find my reviews of current vampire novels. I intend to do enough reviews to start a ranking of best to worst. I’ll judge each book as a separate entity, even if it’s part of a series, and will try to avoid major spoilers (unless they’re not worth covering up).
I’ll judge each book by five categories – the CROWS – which are:
- Are the characters interesting?
- Are the characters likeable/dislikeable in the right ways?
- Are the characters human? Do they make mistakes?
- Do the characters develop over the course of the book?
- Has the author done their research on:
- The setting and its culture
- The history (if applicable)
- The vampire genre/mythology
- Does the author add something new to the vampire genre?
- Does the author invert/defy narrative clichés?
- Does the author poke fun at the clichés?
- Is the world an interesting one?
- Is it a believable one?
- How detailed is it?
- Is the story enjoyable?
- Does it have the right tone/pace?
- Does it hold your interest throughout?
- Is it just a good novel in general?
When that’s done, I’ll total up the score and give the book a blood group:
O Positive: 0-15
A Positive: 15-20
B Positive: 20-25
O Negative: 25-30
A Negative: 30-35
AB Positive: 35-40
B Negative: 40-45
AB Negative: 45-50
No offence to anyone with O Positive, A Positive or B Positive blood. I don’t mean by that scoring system that those blood types are inferior, just that they’re very common and bad vampire fiction is sadly common and only 1 in a hundred vampire novels are really good, which is about the same odds of a person having AB Negative blood.