Fell of Dark, by Caleb Roehrig, is a book about vampires for people who don’t like books about vampires, and also people who do like books about vampires. It’s a ton of fun with a fantastic supporting cast.
From the publisher:
The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town.
Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it.
An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.
In The Fell of Dark, Auggie is a reluctant hero thrust into the role of Chosen One. He’s awkward and scared (a lot) and only reluctantly begins to take charge when he suddenly has magic powers from the demon literally growing inside him.
It’s not a terribly complex plot, and the romance elements, while present, aren’t the primary focus, but it’s extremely entertaining. The tone of The Fell of Dark is way more like What We Do in the Shadows than Twilight, only with real life-or-death stakes.
The Fell of Dark has great LGBTQIA+ representation. Auggie is gay (the only out gay student in his school) as are the two vampires that make up a love triangle. Auggie’s best friend is lesbian and he helps set her up with another classmate.
Even if you’re not a big fan of other vampire books, I recommend giving The Fell of Dark a try.