R-Jeneration: Paranormal romance series keep students turning pages

Whoever said you can’t buy love might just need to splurge on a little paranormal romance.

The oh-so-popular books have been flooding stores, just waiting for hungry young readers to pick them up.

“Torment” by Lauren Kate is the second book of her “Fallen” series. “Torment,” already on shelves, features a girl named Luce, who is hidden away at a school called Shoreline by her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

At this school, she discovers the truth behind her past lives. But the truth may be more than Luce can handle. It seems Daniel might be hiding something that could jeopardize their relationship.

“I enjoy romantic books with some tragedy so I’m looking forward to reading … ‘Torment,’ ” says Bailey Adkins, a junior at Basic High School.

Teens also have been sinking their teeth into the “Vampire Academy” series by Richelle Mead. The final installment, “Last Sacrifice,” focuses on love, jealousy and murder. The main characters, Rose and Lissa, have taken two different paths, and their choices will change them forever.

“I’m looking forward to ‘Vampire Academy’s’ next book, ‘Last Sacrifice,’ ” says Desiree Tino, a junior at Basic.

The fifth book in Alyson Noel’s “Immortals” series recently hit stores.

“Night Star” continues the story with Damen and Ever facing even more complicated situations in the hopes of being together forever.

“I am really excited to find out what happens next in the series, maybe ‘Night Star’ will be more interesting,” says Basic freshman Heaven McDade.

For readers who can’t get enough vampires, “Thirst No. 3, The Eternal Dawn” by Christopher Pike, on shelves now, is the third book in the series about a 5,000-year-old bloodsucker named Alisa. She has always lived alone but decides to take in a family descendent named Teri. Simply being around Alisa puts Teri at risk. The threat grows when a conspiracy group discovers Alisa’s secret, putting her and Teri in great danger.

Basic sophomore Rachel Wilson isn’t sold on Pike’s books.

“The series is very confusing,” she says. “I don’t think I would read ‘Thirst No. 3’ since the series is hard to stick with.”

Though paranormal romances might get mixed reviews from teens, they don’t seem to be going away. And for some students, that’s just as well.

“The new books coming out have me wanting to run to the store and grab a copy,” Basic senior Kenneth Laybourn says.

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