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Vampire Book Search Mayhem?!

Hi fellow book lovers! The funniest/most frustrating thing just happened to me. After hearing a lot of hullaballoo about vampires and whatnot I decided to look into the genre and see if there was a vampire series I could get into. I had come across the Sonja Blue series in a post in this community a few weeks ago and finally decided to check it out. Thus, I headed to one of the local chain bookstores to try to find a very specific book, Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins.

By way of back story: I had totally forgotten the title other than "Sonja Blue series," didn't write down the author and couldn't really remember what the book looked like, only that it was a book about vampires... Obviously this was not helpful AT ALL amidst the recent vampire/Twilight craze. Ugh!

After searching for 10 minutes on my own in the YA, Sci-Fi and Horror sections and not seeing anything that looked familiar I finally enlisted the help of the bookstores employees.

20 minutes later?

Any employee that wasn't at a register was scouring the shelves with me searching for the damned book. I had to leave because my ride showed up, so I went home and searched it via the mighty internet. The problem? It's a 1989 book that's not in print anymore!!! d'oh!!!!! (By the way, I called the store after my discovery to let them know... no, I'm not a weirdo, they actually asked me to call so it wouldn't drive them crazy, haha.)

So, after all that trouble, is it worth it to order a used copy online? I feel after that ordeal I owe it to the novel to order and read it- after all, I wasted a good half-hour trying to find the silly thing and sending all the book store employees on a wild goose chase!

Fun note: I ended up walking away with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I haven't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I wasn't feeling zombies at the time. I really wanted to take home a vampire book, dammit!!

Are there any other funny/humiliating/frustrating book searching stories that you folks have had?

Also, are there any other vampire series that you would recommend? I glanced at the first book in the Vampire Academy series and it didn't sound like something I wanted to read, I have reservations about the True Blue series, and the Anita Blake series seemed like it was trying too hard. Are my assumptions misguided? I just want to avoid cliches and cheesy stereotypes, if possible.

Thanks for reading!

ETA: I can't believe I didn't say this in my original post, but I have NO desire whatsoever of reading the Twilight saga, so any books that are comparable are probably not the types of books I'm looking for. Thanks!
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