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Vampire Kisses

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Author: Ellen Schreiber

Published: August 5th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published August 1st 2003)

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 253 pages

Isbn: 9780060093365

Language: English


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In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long... The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elus In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long... The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth. Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

30 review for Vampire Kisses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alkyoni

    I don’t care that the writing is simplistic. I don’t care that the main character herself is simplistic. I don’t even care that these books were written for much, much younger readers than me, say… 14 year olds. I don’t care about any of that, because Vampire Kisses always puts a smile on my face. Some will find it to be silly; some will find it to be naïve; I find it to be refreshing, original and funny, even though after a few days I can’t even remember what the plot was about. Sixteen year ol I don’t care that the writing is simplistic. I don’t care that the main character herself is simplistic. I don’t even care that these books were written for much, much younger readers than me, say… 14 year olds. I don’t care about any of that, because Vampire Kisses always puts a smile on my face. Some will find it to be silly; some will find it to be naïve; I find it to be refreshing, original and funny, even though after a few days I can’t even remember what the plot was about. Sixteen year old Raven is an outsider among the people of the small town that she’s living in. She has a wardrobe from hell, she loves pretty much anything that spells “Goth” and she has a vivid (much too vivid) fantasy world to escape to. She constantly dreams of embracing the darkness and she seems to have hit the jackpot when she meets a boy, Alexander, who she suspects might be a vampire. Truth be told, the only thing that seems to be connecting these two is the same taste in clothes and as the series progresses, you can’t help but wonder if Raven really likes Alexander for who he is or just because of his nature. Even though she’s sixteen she sounds to be much younger than that - the book is written in first person and it’s her POV that we’re following throughout the series. The world setting isn't realistic, considering that Raven stands pretty much alone as the freak of the town without any worries whatsoever. People do stare at her and some of her classmates do make fun of her, but that’s nothing that escaping to her dream world can’t fix. If only it were that easy in real life… So why the three stars? Because this book is not meant to be taken seriously. It’s a fun, fast read, set pretty much as a shoujo manga. I for one would take Raven over Nora (Hush, Hush) or Zoey (House of Night) at any time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I was expecting a lot more from this book. I felt that the characters were very stereotypical, two-dimensional and that the story was predictable. Also, I hate the kind of stories where the two leads 'fall in love' in a matter of 24 hours, etcetera... with hardly any interaction. This is what happens with Sterling and... oh right, Raven... I guess I shouldn't have expected a lot more from this book when the main characters name is so silly. I was expecting a lot more from this book. I felt that the characters were very stereotypical, two-dimensional and that the story was predictable. Also, I hate the kind of stories where the two leads 'fall in love' in a matter of 24 hours, etcetera... with hardly any interaction. This is what happens with Sterling and... oh right, Raven... I guess I shouldn't have expected a lot more from this book when the main characters name is so silly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    ***Spoiler's below*** Ugh, so this is going to be mostly a rant.... just warning ya. With a title like 'Vampire Kisses', I, the reader, would assume that a: this book has vampires in it b. it is a romance novel, with kissing c. Whoever our character is, he/she is kissing a vampire While some of these are true.... They might even all be true to a point, but not in the way I had expected or wanted! Really, we don't even know "our guy" is a vampire until pretty much the last page!!! You might assume it ***Spoiler's below*** Ugh, so this is going to be mostly a rant.... just warning ya. With a title like 'Vampire Kisses', I, the reader, would assume that a: this book has vampires in it b. it is a romance novel, with kissing c. Whoever our character is, he/she is kissing a vampire While some of these are true.... They might even all be true to a point, but not in the way I had expected or wanted! Really, we don't even know "our guy" is a vampire until pretty much the last page!!! You might assume it or think it, but the author does her part to make us think it's just a ruse.... really?!?!?! Stupid. My brain feels smushy from reading this. The main character's name is Raven.... She is sooo tragically emo, it's sad.... From her black lipstick to her black fingernails and combat boots, Pretty much everything about her drives me insane!!! Not becuase she is a black wearing goth, no, it's her character. She is stupid. And the way she is written, it acts like she is better than the "normal people." She is a goth snob. You know the type, you probably don't like the type.... and if you are that type, just don't act so above everyone else. This is your brain This is your brain after reading this < a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjk3s9... For Your viewing pleasure This goes with my Kermit comment!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very funny and now I must read the next in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    S

    This book is way too coincidental. Allow me to discuss the irony, which Vampire Kisses has more than enough of (and this is still an understatement). The main character's (Raven) parents used to be what she called "hippies" when she was a kid. Now, if her parents were hippies, why would they name her kid "Raven?" Flower-loving lava-lamp-collecting Pink Floyd orange walls pink carpets hippies, would name their child Raven? I understand that I may be stereotyping the whole concept of being a 'hippi This book is way too coincidental. Allow me to discuss the irony, which Vampire Kisses has more than enough of (and this is still an understatement). The main character's (Raven) parents used to be what she called "hippies" when she was a kid. Now, if her parents were hippies, why would they name her kid "Raven?" Flower-loving lava-lamp-collecting Pink Floyd orange walls pink carpets hippies, would name their child Raven? I understand that I may be stereotyping the whole concept of being a 'hippie' here, but that is exactly what the characters, and, indirectly the author herself, are doing anyways — stereotyping. From 'hippies' to goths to vampires, et cetera. And another thing about her name - isn't Raven a goth name? How in the world did those two "hippies" know that they were eventually going to raise a goth kid? Coincidental? I believe so. On another account, Raven has no character whatsoever apart from being totally shallow and self-centered. Character development nor thought processes can be found here, which caused the reading experience to further decrease in enjoyment, and increase is disappointment. Now to the part on vampires. This "gentlemen home-schooled" boy. The author portrays him as a vampire, no doubt about it. Okay. And? Where is the blood-sucking? The 'O woe is me, the light is burning me to ashes!' I may not be a major fan of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, but at least that did have the thirst of blood pretty much running everywhere. I personally do not recommend this book. To anyone. Unless you like the cliche kind of thing. I really don't know.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Rating Clarification: 0 stars Simply terrible, just TERRIBLE. SUPERFICIAL, STEREOTYPICAL, CLICHÉ. Plainly and excruciatingly bad, BAD, BAD. The facts have no union; is like watching a bad TV series, a succession of changing scenes but with no explanations anywhere, and a bunch of systematized ideas and shallowness. An assortment of conventionalized and “popular” elements put together with the apparent intent of being cool and special but obviously failing miserably. What a painful, painful read. I Rating Clarification: 0 stars Simply terrible, just TERRIBLE. SUPERFICIAL, STEREOTYPICAL, CLICHÉ. Plainly and excruciatingly bad, BAD, BAD. The facts have no union; is like watching a bad TV series, a succession of changing scenes but with no explanations anywhere, and a bunch of systematized ideas and shallowness. An assortment of conventionalized and “popular” elements put together with the apparent intent of being cool and special but obviously failing miserably. What a painful, painful read. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, I repeat, I do not recommend this book, if you do read it BE WARNED you will never get back the hours you wasted.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Coffey

    I love the vampire kisses series because it was the first vampire love novel i read before twilight came out and i am able to relate to this book a howl lot. I would recomend people to read this book and the howl series granted it is not as long or as good as twilight but it is worth the read. This teenage girl falls in love with this teenage vampire and she tries to deny it for ahilw and she is curious to find out who he is and it has been her life long dream to become a vampire. She broke it t I love the vampire kisses series because it was the first vampire love novel i read before twilight came out and i am able to relate to this book a howl lot. I would recomend people to read this book and the howl series granted it is not as long or as good as twilight but it is worth the read. This teenage girl falls in love with this teenage vampire and she tries to deny it for ahilw and she is curious to find out who he is and it has been her life long dream to become a vampire. She broke it to this old abandoned house when she was younger and she never did since that night. Until one night when she is going home from crashing a party she and her outcast friend almost hit a person. This person turned out to be the misteryous teen vampire who just so happened to move into the old abandoned house. This house turned out to be his relatives that died she gave it to him. He listens to heavy metal music and punk rock and things like that. he also watches movies. Unlike twilight he does need to sleep yes he does have a real bed but he also has his cauffin hiden behind a secret door cause he wishes he could be a human and the girl wishes she could be a vampire. But this is only a breifing of the first book if you want to know more i guess you are just going to have to read them and find out more about it. I hope any and all who read this do go and try to find these books and read them all. You can go to www.EllenSchreiber.com and it will bring you right to her main page and you can see the books and how many are out right now so i hope that if you do deside to pick this book up that you like it very much.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Vampire Kisses is a really great book. I found it to be very original and absolutely hilarious. There were parts where I just couldn't stop laughing because Vampire Kisses is a very very funny book. Vampire Kisses was really interesting too. I found myself reading more and more and more of it and ended up finishing it because it's just a book that you want to keep reading. Vampire Kisses was thoroughly enjoyable and I will forever remember parts of it. I loved all of the characters, they were all Vampire Kisses is a really great book. I found it to be very original and absolutely hilarious. There were parts where I just couldn't stop laughing because Vampire Kisses is a very very funny book. Vampire Kisses was really interesting too. I found myself reading more and more and more of it and ended up finishing it because it's just a book that you want to keep reading. Vampire Kisses was thoroughly enjoyable and I will forever remember parts of it. I loved all of the characters, they were all really well-written and had their typical attributes. I really liked Raven, I had quite a soft-spot for her as she was caring and different and didn't care what anyone else thought of her. Alexander was a great character too, he was such a cool vampire. He wasn't cocky or arrogant or anything like that. He was really shy which was quite cute. This book had me laughing all the way through. I found the ending to be a sad one though. Overall, I thought this book was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of vampires and anyone who just wants a good laugh, or even a light read that won't take long to devour.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janaye

    I must admit that this is a guilty pleasure type of book. Its very simple with not much depth to it but is a cute book. Though it is not something to read for a life changing experience it is cute and easy to read and follow so give it a try. Fall in love with Raven and her Vampire and follow them through all their terrifyingly wonderful adventures. Though there is some originality to the book it comes in the form of non-original vampire myths and legends (garlic, crosses, sunlight etc.) so just I must admit that this is a guilty pleasure type of book. Its very simple with not much depth to it but is a cute book. Though it is not something to read for a life changing experience it is cute and easy to read and follow so give it a try. Fall in love with Raven and her Vampire and follow them through all their terrifyingly wonderful adventures. Though there is some originality to the book it comes in the form of non-original vampire myths and legends (garlic, crosses, sunlight etc.) so just enjoy it for what it is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    This was... not good. It leans very hard into the whole "goth girls love vampires" thing. The writing was abhorrent and the plot was overly simple. I'm not sure why I liked this book in high school.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    I read this back in high school and every time I see this cover I get nostalgic. I decided to pick this up since I was in a reading slump and to also see if I would still love it in my late 20’s. And I did! Raven still made me laugh and is still one of my favorite main characters. She really didn’t care what other people thought about her or her interests. For some reason, I remember this as a middle-grade book and that’s absolutely not true. I think most of the jokes went above my head back in t I read this back in high school and every time I see this cover I get nostalgic. I decided to pick this up since I was in a reading slump and to also see if I would still love it in my late 20’s. And I did! Raven still made me laugh and is still one of my favorite main characters. She really didn’t care what other people thought about her or her interests. For some reason, I remember this as a middle-grade book and that’s absolutely not true. I think most of the jokes went above my head back in the day because a lot of this had dark humor and older vibe to it. Some of the things happening (i.e. parties, and sexual themes) took me by surprise because I didn’t remember them. This read like a 2000’s paranormal and I was living for it! Especially the romance between Raven and Alexander. I felt like a kid again grinning while reading the interactions between them. This did help with my slump and also rekindled my love for this series. Maybe I’ll pick it back up soon. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    This book is kind of like a salad when all you really want is a steak. You start to read it and you really, really want the two main characters to get together and thats all well and good. It would be a better book if the main character wouldn't whine so much and get over the whole damned "I'm goth and no one understands me" bullshit. It wouldn't be as bad as it is if the characters had actual depth, if the parents weren't as retarded and if the story had more meat. There are other books followi This book is kind of like a salad when all you really want is a steak. You start to read it and you really, really want the two main characters to get together and thats all well and good. It would be a better book if the main character wouldn't whine so much and get over the whole damned "I'm goth and no one understands me" bullshit. It wouldn't be as bad as it is if the characters had actual depth, if the parents weren't as retarded and if the story had more meat. There are other books following this one in a series, I do not recommend them and I will not be reading them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    It looks like it was written by a 10 years old girl who wrote a fanfiction while daydreaming about a handsome vampire as her boyfriend. Not my cup of tea.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Polina

    Someone hand me the forks. I have no desire to be able to read after finishing Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber. The main character is *goth* Raven *goth* Madison who *goth* is apparently a goth. In case you didn't get that from the author pointing that out every other page. She also pulls out every single cliche in the book, and ends almost every sentence in an exclamation point. People aren't called by the names that they are given, no, the snarky protagonist has to give them an insulting nickn Someone hand me the forks. I have no desire to be able to read after finishing Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber. The main character is *goth* Raven *goth* Madison who *goth* is apparently a goth. In case you didn't get that from the author pointing that out every other page. She also pulls out every single cliche in the book, and ends almost every sentence in an exclamation point. People aren't called by the names that they are given, no, the snarky protagonist has to give them an insulting nickname for one of their qualities. Anyway, she lives in this town called Dullsville (yet another horrible nickname!) and no one understands how bad her life is, how much she has to deal with, oh sob sob. Every character admires her, and she is somewhat of an idol to everyone who is fortunate enough be in her presence. All of this admiration, and her life is still sooooo miserable, and no one understands her. She has two ex-hippie parents, who have now apparently 'conformed' to society, and are khaki-wearing, tennis-racquet toting people who (like everyone else) don't understand what she's going through. She is constantly moaning about her brother, and how he gets more attention than she does, even though he is basically another cardboard cutout like her family, friends, and everyone except for her and her Knight of the *gags* Night. So, basically she just putters around with small incidents concerning Trevor the Impeccable. Then, the author finally decides to get to the point of the story, and introduces a "creepy guy" (we don't know his proper name until later, whiny Raven just dubs him this out of her own shallow understanding). Yada yada, more time passes, and then she decides to break into someone else's house to try and find vampires. That's when the drama starts. And by drama, I mean completely pointless and stupid writing about vampires. It is all utter sap- anyway, she meets Alexander (I'm omitting his last name because his full name is enough to make me vomit) who she thinks is a vampire. Of course, he is a perfect gentleman, and is yet another cardboard cutout who has no purpose in life other to love Raven. Anyway, after she breaks into his house like a mad person, he does the natural thing and invites her over for dinner (because that's what you do when people break into your house...right?). They proceed to be predictably head-over-heels for each other because they're both "goth" (eurrrghh) and that's about it. Then we realize that Raven is only using this poor puppet of a character so she can become a vampire herself and gain international fame by ratting him to the news. Because that's what true love is made of.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    Raven is gothic in a town where that's rather frowned upon and so she's rather lonely until a family moves into the wonderful mansion. Things move fast in this novel and I like that. Nothing is ever boring and Raven is as funny as can be. I love Alexander and his shy and quiet way. This book can be kind of cheesy but I just think it's cute as can be. This novel is kinda of what I wish my town was like, everyone is pretty good people with only a few bad apples instead of the other way around. I'd Raven is gothic in a town where that's rather frowned upon and so she's rather lonely until a family moves into the wonderful mansion. Things move fast in this novel and I like that. Nothing is ever boring and Raven is as funny as can be. I love Alexander and his shy and quiet way. This book can be kind of cheesy but I just think it's cute as can be. This novel is kinda of what I wish my town was like, everyone is pretty good people with only a few bad apples instead of the other way around. I'd love to hand out with Raven as she'd be so much fun, I'd probably end up in some kind of trouble but still, she'd never be boring. This is very short book, I read it once in less than two hours. It's written easy to understand and in a way that allows you to read this book even faster. It's a simple feel good book. You'll come away with a smile after this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    a re-read for me. i never realized how much of a drama queen raven can be. but still really funny.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is the third book by her that I've read, and she has a very light, ditzy kind of style of writing. Or maybe it's just her main characters, I don't know. Raven is a total perky goth. Like, seriously. She's very perky, it would be very annoying if I didn't like perky goths, so I'm warning you in advance. But here again, vampire romance. It was actually pretty cute, and there's also totally something going on with this other guy that does not get fully developed, but hey, there's 2 more books This is the third book by her that I've read, and she has a very light, ditzy kind of style of writing. Or maybe it's just her main characters, I don't know. Raven is a total perky goth. Like, seriously. She's very perky, it would be very annoying if I didn't like perky goths, so I'm warning you in advance. But here again, vampire romance. It was actually pretty cute, and there's also totally something going on with this other guy that does not get fully developed, but hey, there's 2 more books now, so maybe something will happen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anushka

    Oh god, what the fuck was this? Stupid plot. Stupid characters. Stupid writing. Everything about this book was so gooddarn stupid! How are these books even published? This book was for teeny boppy girls who are hopeless romantics and fantasize an Edward Cullen will someday come to get them. I was sick and couldn't move from my bed, hence settled for reading this whole series as it was the only one available in my mobile. Otherwise I swear to god, I'd not have read this shit in a million years.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A perfect teen-read for Halloween. Raven, a 16 year old goth, loves vampires and wishes to meet one. Her greatest desire comes to reality when 17 year old Alexander moves to the creepy mansion up the hill. He is so mysterious that he never gets out of his place, he paints the whole time and he is home-schooled. Lovely like "The little vampire" and so small that is read in a couple of hours pleasantly!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Second time reading I can tell that the first time I read this I was a young teen because I remember loving this and thinking Raven and Alexander were so cool. Now that I'm older, Raven is somewhat irritating and I want to tell her to grow up. I do like that she defends Becky and doesn't let Trevor just bully her without fighting back. Alexander is cute and treats Raven well. I was glad that Raven had some growth by the end and I do want to keep reading to see how the series turns out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bon

    Omg this popped up on my dash and i remember reading it and a couple sequels...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This book sucked. And not in the good way either. So the main characters name is raven and she is goth. Tragically so what with her black combat boots, black lipstick, black hair. But at the saaaaame time she is a total freaking preppy girl. She argues with the hottest guy in school and she works at this travel place and at she seems completely fine with wearing bright red lipstick and a pretty red dress. Wait whaaaaT? I thought she was goth. Apparently she doesn't even know what goth is. Then she b This book sucked. And not in the good way either. So the main characters name is raven and she is goth. Tragically so what with her black combat boots, black lipstick, black hair. But at the saaaaame time she is a total freaking preppy girl. She argues with the hottest guy in school and she works at this travel place and at she seems completely fine with wearing bright red lipstick and a pretty red dress. Wait whaaaaT? I thought she was goth. Apparently she doesn't even know what goth is. Then she befriends this middle aged lady who dresses all in white alllllllll the time. I mean seriously? I will admit there was that one good part wih that smoggy rich guy(i can't remember his name) and she like steals his clothes and leaves him outside naked. But that was it. Aaaaaaaand we don't even get to know that alexander is a real vamp until the absolute last page. I though the book was called vampire kisses..... They kissed once. I started reading the second book to his series to see if hrs author had changed or if the characters had changed. But no. This series still sucks. Negative 3 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scribblegirl

    Scale of 1-10: 2.5 Pros: Spunky heroine who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and be who she is, and more importantly, does not fit the norm. Cons: Kitschy vernacular wore on my nerves and was caricatured, while some of the dialogue was downright painful. Synopsis: 16-year-old Raven has wanted to be a vampire since she was 5. On the day she turns 16, a mysterious new family moves into the old mansion down the street - the very same "haunted" mansion that Raven snuck into back when she was 12. A Scale of 1-10: 2.5 Pros: Spunky heroine who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and be who she is, and more importantly, does not fit the norm. Cons: Kitschy vernacular wore on my nerves and was caricatured, while some of the dialogue was downright painful. Synopsis: 16-year-old Raven has wanted to be a vampire since she was 5. On the day she turns 16, a mysterious new family moves into the old mansion down the street - the very same "haunted" mansion that Raven snuck into back when she was 12. A rumor starts that the family are vampires, which thrills Raven, and antagonizes her archnemesis Trevor, the town superstar. It's outcast vs. hunk, with Raven's future love at stake. (stake - get it?! bygones.*) *(i would have peppered this entry with vampire puns, but the book really burned me out on them for at least the next 100 years; all the holy water in the land couldn't make me pony up another one.) My take: Ouch. There's good stuff for teens, and then there's everything else. Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses falls into the everything else category. About the nicest thing I can say about it is that it wasn't awful and is a quick read. Sadly, that's not saying much. Schreiber needs to spend more time with teens (or at least with the entertainment they enjoy), and she seems to have trouble finding her voice and staying with it. After a brief and promising introduction of sorts, Vampire Kisses lapses into a too-cute-to-be-hip tale of Raven's early school years and the birth of her baby brother before switching to the present day and adopting a too-cool-for-school attitude that would work if it were actually as hip as it tries to be, but is instead very much geek trying for goth and way missing the mark. I can not imagine Schreiber was at all anything but a geek or wannabe during her teen years, as she manages to nail the nerdy aspects of her main character completely while completely missing anything even remotely cool about the self-described "Goth Girl." Her prose is so juvenile as to occasionally dip into silly, and at times the narrative is rushed, jumping from one scene or moment to the next without any connective tissue. In addition, Schreiber relies heavily on the use of "catchy" (if only) nicknames and seems to think that assigning them to things (Goth Girl, Goth Guy, Nerd Boy, Creepy Man, Monster Chick, Dullsville) makes one hip and her lingo tight. And it might, if she were a more talented writer or gifted mimic of the Joss Whedon School of Vernacular; unfortunately, their relentless cheese factor and high rate of repetition is fairly annoying, as is Schreiber's lazy use of them to establish character. Throughout her novel, Schreiber's hip shots miss their mark, calling more attention to that fact than to actually imbue the book with any semblance of teen cred, though there are stretches which did not bother me, where Schreiber seemed to forget she was supposed to be hip and cool and just wrote. Many authors writing teen fiction seem to think they need to dumb down for their audience, and unfortunately, Schreiber seems to have fallen into that trap. Her book alternates between being right on track - when Raven schools her nemesis Trevor, for instance - and wildly missing it's mark - Raven's dinner at the mansion. Don't get me started on the romantic dialogue. I wouldn't have bought it when I was 13, let alone 16 or 17, it was so painfully wooden and obvious, and I doubt there's a vampire pun or reference Schreiber left untouched. Vampire Kisses is book 1 in a series, and it definitely leaves the reader hanging in an attempt to lead sales for book 2. I'll pass. Schreiber would have benefitted by watching a few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer before she started writing her series. Sadly, the best thing about Vampire Kisses is the synopsis on the back cover. A synopsis Schreiber clearly didn't write.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book! THE WORLD: Okay so typical paranormal, the world like we know it just with a little bit of spice in form of vampires. This is probably the book even of Twilight era when everybody suddenly was writing about vampires. One way or another, it is an easy world to follow. CHARACTERS: Okay this book made me realize one big thing in my life and that was that I have a thing for vampire books if I love the main character. Okay maybe it sounds actually wrong because I h MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book! THE WORLD: Okay so typical paranormal, the world like we know it just with a little bit of spice in form of vampires. This is probably the book even of Twilight era when everybody suddenly was writing about vampires. One way or another, it is an easy world to follow. CHARACTERS: Okay this book made me realize one big thing in my life and that was that I have a thing for vampire books if I love the main character. Okay maybe it sounds actually wrong because I have a thing for vampire books for forever like way before Twilight was even written on the paper. But these corky books about teenagers, cheesy cliches? Yeah so you know I have a thing for Morganville vampires because it just clicks for me, I love main characters to bits. So this is the same case, it turns out that my guilty pleasure reads have a type. And that type is Vamp YA books, if I love the main character that is it, all the way to my guilty pleasures list. Now I officially have two! So having that said let's talk about that one main character that caused all this and her name is Raven. She is a 16 years old teenager in high school who likes to dress like a goth and believes all things vampires and just wants to be a vampire one day. Sounds a lot like my friends and me once upon a time Lol Tho, we did not dress Gothic exactly but yeah vampires...and well werewolves for some of us...oh who am I kidding? I will always be vampire and werewolves sucker, FOREVER! So yeah back to Raven, so she sounds like an outcast right? And she actually is, she has only one friend Beth and basically that's all she needs. But opposite to all these other outcast character we are so used to seeing Raven is not a cry baby, she actually enjoys her life style and sees nothing wrong with her life in general. She is a happy teen basically. And just let me tell you she can stand up for herself, like I was really smiling when she was standing up to this one guy at school. Go Raven! So yeah me loves Raven very much, it took us only 2 hours of audiobook to bond so I would call it a pretty powerful writing. Well done Ellen Schreiber! Next we have Alexander who is well okay no spoilers but seriously this book is about vampires right? But really you should keep an open mind trust me, this is goooood stuff. So he is a shy kid that has been home schooled all his life and after he moves to this small city is seen as a weirdo vamp freak. I guess Gothic appearance and dark music doesn't help. Oh and did I mention that he goes to cemetery a lot? Perfect stereotypical boys right? Well actually you are wrong because throughout the books things gets so clear and you just smile to yourself how you would assume just like everybody else that just because he looks like this and does some things he must be a vampire. I liked Alexander, he was shy but if I was home schooled all my life I guess I would also be shy. So yes, go Alexander! LOVE: Raven and Alexander of course. This is not a spoiler trust me. But they are cute, like after their first movie together the way Raven was showing a mark to Beth that was suck a funny scene I cannot, even know it makes me laugh just thinking about it. Teenager girls, gotta love them when they are not annoying! PLUS:The way this book was written. I mean it wasn't anything fancy but it was short and to the point. I think the fact that there was no stalling really was one of the main reasons why I liked it so much. And well of course my lovely kick ass Raven. Oh oh and the ending! Annnnd Raven's parents, they actually were real parents not just typical idiots we see in teenager books. MINUS: Cannot think of any. OVERALL: Cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! This was just so so good! I love my little guilty pleasures! MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Sixteen-year-old Raven Madison started her obsession with the dark side in kindergarten. While the teacher was asking her young students what they wanted to be when they grew up and getting the typical responses of nurse, fire fighter, and football player, young Raven answered the question the only way she knew how--she wanted to grow up to be a vampire. Raven's parents, Sarah and Paul, were typical hippies who spent their early years together waxing poetic abo Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Sixteen-year-old Raven Madison started her obsession with the dark side in kindergarten. While the teacher was asking her young students what they wanted to be when they grew up and getting the typical responses of nurse, fire fighter, and football player, young Raven answered the question the only way she knew how--she wanted to grow up to be a vampire. Raven's parents, Sarah and Paul, were typical hippies who spent their early years together waxing poetic about love and the music of the Grateful Dead. When Raven came along, they became slightly less hippie, in that they moved into an apartment instead of living in their Volkswagon van. Raven's first years were spent surrounded by lava lamps and glow-in-the-dark posters, with her parents playing games with her, eating junk food, and watching old horror films on the small black and white television. All of that changed, though, when two things happened--her mother dared to give birth to a brother, endearingly termed Nerd Boy, and they forced her to go to school, every day. Now sixteen, Raven is still the outcast that she found herself to be when she proclaimed her life's ambition was to be a vampire. Now the only goth girl in a town dubbed Dullsville, Raven is still a social outcast who enjoys horror movies, black lipstick, and pushing her parents to the edge. Raven has no real friends except for Becky, a timid farm girl who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. None, that is, until the Sterling family moves into the dark, abandoned mansion sitting on top of Benson Hill. Suddenly the whole town is talking about the mysterious Sterlings, especially the teenage son, Alexander. It's said he hangs out in the cemetery at night, that he's brought bats to town, that he's pale and is never seen outside during the daytime. Could Alexander be a real, live vampire? If so, he could be Raven's ticket out of this loser town. But does she really want to leave her family and real life behind to spend her days sleeping in a coffin? Or is all the hype just that--the ramblings and crazy speculation of a town who can't stand for anyone to be different? As Raven gets closer to Alexander, she realizes that being a vampire might not matter so much as being loved for who she is. As she deals with the small-minded people in her town, she just might find out that she's not so different from the residents of Dullsville as she thought she was. VAMPIRE KISSES is a good start to this entertaining vampire series by Ellen Schreiber. Although there are parts that appear too shallow for Raven's character, and way too many exclamation points for my taste, I still recommend the story, and look forward to reading the next book in the series, KISSING COFFINS.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    If only this was a parody it would have gotten four stars, but according to my googlefu it's for real. This is one of the worst books I've read this year. It's too pathetic to snark. Well, I'm kinda snarking this. I will probably not continue this, because I'm not that mean. Also, this book was written BEFORE Twilight, believe it or not. If only this was a parody it would have gotten four stars, but according to my googlefu it's for real. This is one of the worst books I've read this year. It's too pathetic to snark. Well, I'm kinda snarking this. I will probably not continue this, because I'm not that mean. Also, this book was written BEFORE Twilight, believe it or not.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Okay, this series is just fun and cute and well, so much fun! I don't think it gets enough credit for how good it is.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    To see full review click here. There’s no way I can talk about Vampire Kisses with a straight face. If it was intended on being written as a parody then Schreiber succeeded. If it was written to be a serious romance. Then… This is bad guys. So bad. It’s like the literate version of My Immortal. Take every Goth stereotype known to man, add some really out dated vampire references (including a cringe inducing cameo by Anne Rice), and top that off with a couple of romances that don’t make any sense th To see full review click here. There’s no way I can talk about Vampire Kisses with a straight face. If it was intended on being written as a parody then Schreiber succeeded. If it was written to be a serious romance. Then… This is bad guys. So bad. It’s like the literate version of My Immortal. Take every Goth stereotype known to man, add some really out dated vampire references (including a cringe inducing cameo by Anne Rice), and top that off with a couple of romances that don’t make any sense then you have Vampire Kisses. Well, this book makes PC and Kristin Cast look good. That’s something. Actually, I take that back . Vampire Kisses (as far as I know it) isn’t quite as offensive as House of Night. It could though, with future installments. A part of me really is thinking of continuing this as my drinking game series because they are painfully short. The thing is, the novelty wears off pretty fast. Raven is such a fanfiction cliche of what a Goth is suppose to be it’s not even funny. The plot itself is flimsy . And the writing does not read YA. Well, modern YA. Maybe YA of the 90’s. And even then I’m thinking I’m pushing it. It really reads like middle grade at best. And bad middle grade at that. If the book would’ve been pitched as a parody, I think it would’ve been great. However, as an actual novel, I’m sort of flummoxed about how it got published. Well, I know how it got published. Twilight obviously. Well, I think Twilight was what got it’s US rights released. It was actually sold to Belgium before that (surprisingly). But it’s sort of sad the standards publishers will have. Vampire Kisses does amuse me though. The character, Raven, is such a trope it’s ridiculous. Even her name’s a trope. And it’s not like it’s the worst book I’ve ever read. I did laugh. A lot. But again, not the sort of laugh you want to have. More the kind of laugh that’s asking is what I’m reading real? But it is real. Very really. As in a nine book series real. I even wonder what you’d drink when reading this book, because besides a God awful main character. There’s really nothing else to the book. Except her whining. No plot whatsoever. It lacks catch phrases too. But man, I know a lot more about Goth couture after reading this book. And surprisingly, Raven doesn’t got to Hot Topic. Not even once. What is wrong with her? Doesn’t she know that’s where all the cool Gothic people go according to My Immortal? Well, I would’ve thought so considering just how similar this book was to My Immortal. Except better written.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marija *There's No Poetry In My Soul, Just A List Of Lies I've Told*

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. It's been a long time since I read about a character who can be a badass and completely crazy at the same time. I adored Raven. She was such a refreshment. Although I didn't like her complete obsession with vampires and all things black, I really liked her personality. She stuck up for a girl everyone beat up, she takes no shit from anyone and she really knows what she wants - to become a vampire. Complitely delusional, I know. But that's Raven. I liked how brave she was Actual rating: 3.5 stars. It's been a long time since I read about a character who can be a badass and completely crazy at the same time. I adored Raven. She was such a refreshment. Although I didn't like her complete obsession with vampires and all things black, I really liked her personality. She stuck up for a girl everyone beat up, she takes no shit from anyone and she really knows what she wants - to become a vampire. Complitely delusional, I know. But that's Raven. I liked how brave she was and how she wasn't afraid of anything. Almost every character I read about was afraid of the dark or at least found it creepy. She exists in the dark. She lives for the dark. It was refreshing finally not having to expect anything bad to happen in the dark, just because she loved it so much. And I totally loved her relationship with her family, even though they found her creepy most of the time. Love interest was rather boring. I never understood her infatuation with him, beside that he dressed like her and everyone believed that he was a vampire. That made him more appealing to her because she's always wanted to become one. That smacked her in the face later on, but that would be a spoiler. I didn't like how the story ended. It was headed a good way towards a cliche ending where everyone lives happily 'till the end of their lives and then, Alexander just disappeared. The second book will be full of Raven tearing the whole world down to find him, no doubt. This book seemed like supernatural at first. Then I thought there is hope that all the supernatural talk would be just rumors. And then, it became supernatural again at the end. Though it was really intertaining, I give it 3.5 stars just because it was all over the place and I didn't like any other character beside Raven. And Nerd Boy. Don't forget Nerd Boy!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    Bite me! This book was recommended to me by my overdrive app and I would have never read it otherwise but I'm very glad I did. Way to go overdrive app! I loved that this book was not long or dull. It's cute and not the same story everyone else writes about...and it wasn't 20 hours long! It seems like all the stories I have recently been reading are all freaking 12 to 18 hours long and I appreciated this author keeping it short and sweet. Raven is a high school student obsessed with vampires. She i Bite me! This book was recommended to me by my overdrive app and I would have never read it otherwise but I'm very glad I did. Way to go overdrive app! I loved that this book was not long or dull. It's cute and not the same story everyone else writes about...and it wasn't 20 hours long! It seems like all the stories I have recently been reading are all freaking 12 to 18 hours long and I appreciated this author keeping it short and sweet. Raven is a high school student obsessed with vampires. She is different and hasn't ever fit in with her peers but has never let that deter her or dictate her path and I really liked that! When she meets fellow goth Alexander who is new to town, he too is an outcast and the two hit it off and bond instantly. They are both different and compliment each other well. The supporting characters are also well written and easy to enjoy. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.

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