While it may seem like most of the vampire books out there are by female authors such as Stephenie Meyer, Heather Brewer, and L.J. Smith, there is one man who has stepped up to the plate to join the collection of vampire writers. That man is Kevin Emerson.
Emerson is the author of the popular vampire series for ages 9 and up, Oliver Nocturne, about a boy vampire who is a bit more human than the rest of the other vampires around him. What make Emerson's series different from the other vampire romance books is that Emerson looks at Oliver, a normal vampire boy living with his vampire parents, and how life differs for him as opposed to a human American boy.
Emerson shows that, like other human boys developing into teenagers, Oliver is not that much different— besides the drinking blood aspect. Oliver, like many other teenage boys, is discovering himself and trying to figure out what makes him different. From girls to friends to family, Emerson takes us on a journey through Oliver's life and the obstacles that he endures.
While the Oliver Nocturne series may not be getting as much hype as the other vampire series such as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer and The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (both for an older, YA audience), Oliver's adventures, discoveries and life-changing events should not be overlooked.
If you've read the Oliver Nocturne series, you should also check out Kevin Emerson's other book, Carlos Is Gonna Get It.
—Carly M., STACKS Staffer