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Vampire Kisses: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Got Fangs?

Vampire Kisses is what orginally got me into vampires. The main character, Raven Madison, is easy to relate to and it is every bit as thrilling as Twilight, just, in a different way than you would think. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that Alexander Sterling is compl...
Vampire Kisses is what orginally got me into vampires. The main character, Raven Madison, is easy to relate to and it is every bit as thrilling as Twilight, just, in a different way than you would think. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that Alexander Sterling is completely and utterly gorgeous.
Definetly give this book a try sometime. It's worth it. It's very different from Twilight, meaning IT IS NOT A RIP OFF OF THE SAGA!! Really, I hate it when people automatically assume that every vampire novel out there is a Twilight rip-off.

posted by Lilith-Filth on May 12, 2009

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6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Horrible

Even as vampire novels go, this is a stinker. It was probably the cheesiest thing ever, and absolutely no thought went into it. Everything about the vampire lore was traditional and illogical (they had to sleep in coffins, allergic to garlic, could change into bats), ...
Even as vampire novels go, this is a stinker. It was probably the cheesiest thing ever, and absolutely no thought went into it. Everything about the vampire lore was traditional and illogical (they had to sleep in coffins, allergic to garlic, could change into bats), and there was nothing in this book that you couldn't find in vampire movie 80 years ago. And Raven, the protangonist, was not "Goth". No matter how many times you call yourself Goth, no matter how many times you use the words "gothic" on the page, that does not make you Goth. True Goths do not define themselves to a Goth stereotype. The romance between Alexander (who has no personality) and Raven was completely flat. The romance consisted of this: Raven sees Alexander and automatically falls in love with him based on his appearance (which she describes constantly) and decides it is true love. Raven does not go through the process of falling in love, nor does she displays that she loves him. She simply meets him and tells the readers she loves him. The dialogue amongst all the characters is predictable, as all the plot twists. Even though I am not a big fan of Twilight, it would be a step up compared to this series.

posted by Awesomeness1 on September 14, 2009

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    An Okay Novel, But Not Outstanding...

    The novel Vampire Kisses: The Beginning is actually a composition of the first three originally published novels, Vampire Kisses, Kissing Coffins, and Vampireville. The main character is a "gothic" girl named Raven who is an Outsider in her small home town named Dullsville (not exactly creative). Her best friend (one of the most believeable characters in the series) named Becky is a girl from "the wrong side of the tracks" and lives on a farm with little money. Raven's love interest is a vampire named Alexander who had just moved into town. I wasn't very impressed with their "falling in love". They saw each other and bam, it was like they had known each other forever. Raven also goes on and on about how much she loves Alexander, yet I'm not feeling as though her actions are as strong as her words. Yeah, sure she spends most of her time with him, but there aren't any true displays of love. I wasn't convinced either of them truly knew what love was. Also, I wasn't impressed with the creativity (or lack of) in this novel. Every traditional vampire myth was true in this novel, which would have been fine, had the author added something extra to it to make it unique. Yet, on the possitive side, each of the novels is a short, quick read, and do have some interesting parts. All in all, if you were to read this book, I would recommend getting it from the library first, because you might regret spending money on it if you aren't impressed.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Not Twilight!

    I had just finished reading Twilight and I still had the reading bug. I wanted to relive that excitement but unfortunately this is not the series to do that. It was not terrible it is just meant for a younger crowd, I would say 11 or 12. Vampire Kisses: the beginning has the first three books into one. It shows the meeting and the kindling of love between Raven and Alexander. Story is so cheesy. Unfortunatly for me I already started to read the series and now I have to finish because I hate not knowing. If you are over 12 don't bother!

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    It was...ok...

    When i started reading The Beginning I started to like the story little by little. The thing that turned me off is when i realized the vampire was a very dark very dreary gothic like person. Everybody has their own beliefs about vampires, and the way they picture them. But once i read more i decided to just take in the story and continue. The overall book is good. The actual story is very good. With a whole bunch of problems the lovers need to overcome to be together. It's a new kind of vampire love story...and it's pretty good.

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