Working at YPRL, you tend to notice trends and fads when it comes to what people like to read, particularly in the areas that interest you which in my case includes teenage fiction. And one thing that I've noticed lately is that angels seem to be the new vampires.
When Twilight and the Vampire Diaries first became popular, our shelves were flooded with books about vampires: Humans falling in love with vampires, vampires falling in love with humans, humans being turned into vampires, vampires wanting to be human, romantic stories featuring humans and vampires falling in love, teenage vampires, vampires falling in love with the same human... The list goes on. Vampire books were must haves and both authors and publishing houses were happy to supply them. But lately, I've started to notice a change, vampires are being replaced.
Replaced by angels. I think the shift first started in 2009, when Lauren Kate's book Fallen appeared on our shelves. The story tells of a teenage girl falling in love with a teen boy and finding out that he's a fallen angel and they have spent their lifetimes loving and losing each other. (There's one similarity to the vampires). Since then, angels have become an increasingly popular supernatural to write about for teenage fiction. Other series and titles include: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, The Fallen by Thomas Sniegoski, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.