The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses Series #5)

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There's a hot new underground club in town . . . but membership lasts an eternity.

It's summer break, and Raven knows she should stay put in Dullsville until her immortal love returns. But when she decides to go after Alexander, she can't resist a visit to her favorite Goth-spot, The Coffin Club. Sneaking inside, Raven is shocked to discover a secret door that leads to the entrance of another hidden club. There's something peculiar about this cryptic hangout—and it's too ...

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Overview

There's a hot new underground club in town . . . but membership lasts an eternity.

It's summer break, and Raven knows she should stay put in Dullsville until her immortal love returns. But when she decides to go after Alexander, she can't resist a visit to her favorite Goth-spot, The Coffin Club. Sneaking inside, Raven is shocked to discover a secret door that leads to the entrance of another hidden club. There's something peculiar about this cryptic hangout—and it's too enticing for Raven to resist. Soon a dangerous battle for the club's rule erupts between Alexander's old nemesis and a mysterious new guy. Can Raven avoid the clash before her curiosity lands her in serious trouble?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Raven really misses her vampire boyfriend Alexander. She cannot imagine what could be keeping him away, so she begins searching the town for him. During her searches, she discovers a secret aspect to her favorite nightspot, the Coffin Club. Behind a secret door in the club lies an even more exclusive spot: a vampire-only area where the drinks are all blood and the clientele are all dead. Even though Raven realizes the danger, she is drawn to the club, she cannot keep away. When she discovers that Jasper, Alexander's old rival has sinister plans involving the club, Raven tries to keep herself safe while still seeking her boyfriend. While Raven's exploration of the club are interesting, her motivations for doing so while putting herself in danger seem unclear. The vampire mythos seems inconsistent with traditional lore. For example, why can vampires not tell Raven is human immediately? Still, Book Five of the "Vampire Kisses" series is an entertaining vampire adventure/romance. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Raven is even pluckier than usual in the fifth novel of Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series. Alexander, Raven's vampire boyfriend, is in Hipsterville on a mission and is staying far too long. Becoming impatient, Raven boards a bus to Hipsterville to visit her wacky Aunt Libby and to find Alexander. While visiting the Coffin Club, a Hipsterville nightspot for vampire wannabes, Raven stumbles upon the Dungeon, a secret hangout for real vampires. Between romantic interludes with Alexander, she poses as a vampire in order to infiltrate the Dungeon and gather information about a feud between Alexander's nemesis Jagger and a compelling vampire named Phoenix. The tension in the club explodes when Jagger exposes Raven as a mortal, and the Dungeon vampires threaten to turn her into one of them. At the last second she is rescued by Phoenix, who turns out to be Alexander in disguise. Now that their troubles have simmered down, Alexander is suddenly ready to fulfill Raven's dream and make her his mate for eternity - or is he? Fans will have to wait for the next book to find out. This book's story line is more disjointed than that of the series entry, Dance with a Vampire (HarperTeen, 2007/VOYA June 2007). There are no dull moments here, however, and female readers will continue to enjoy the frustrating but juicy romance between impulsive Raven and levelheaded Alexander. Raven's escapades get her into some truly frightening fixes this time, but Schreiber's sense of humor permeates the plot, cleverly easing the tension. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061288869
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Series: Vampire Kisses Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 158,332
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Schreiber

Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer. She is the author of the first two books about Celeste and Brandon, Once in a Full Moon and Magic of the Moonlight, as well as Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins, Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville, Vampire Kisses 4: Dance with a Vampire, Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club, Vampire Kisses 6: Royal Blood, Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites, Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings, and Vampire Kisses 9: Immortal Hearts. She is also the author of the fully illustrated manga series about Raven and Alexander, Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives and Vampire Kisses: Graveyard Games.

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Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club SNY

Chapter One

I flew from class like a bat out of hell.

Dullsville High's bell rang its final year-end ring and I was the first student to arrive at my locker. Normally the sound of the bell grated on my nerves like a woodpecker hammering on a sycamore, but this time the buzzing was as melodious as the sound of a harpsichord. It signaled one thing: summer vacation.

The two words rolled off my tongue like the sweet-tasting nectar of the blossoming honeysuckles. Aren't all vacations sweet? Given. However, summer vacation beats out its sister vacations—spring and winter break. Summer vacation surpasses them all with its incomparable advantages—two and a half months of freedom from textbooks, teachers, and torment. No detentions, lectures, or pop quizzes. No more spending an eight-hour day in the confines of Dullsville High, being the only goth in the preppy-filled school, or trying to lift an overslept pre-caffeinated head off my wooden desk. And most important, I could sleep in late. Just like a vampire.

My red and white school-colored handcuffs had been slipped off my wrists.

I was so pumped I even beat model student and my best friend, Becky, to her locker. It was the last time I'd have to remember, or forget, as I often did, the lock's random coordinates. Unreturned textbooks, notebooks, candy wrappers, and CDs filled the tiny metal closet. Forever the procrastinator, I waited until the final moment to clean it out. Unlike other lockers that had actual photographs of couples, staring back at me were oil-based pictures of me and Alexander that he'd painted andsurprised me with, by hanging them in my locker. I gazed at them adoringly and carefully untacked one when I became distracted by the huge mess in front of me. I figured I needed a wheelbarrow to haul the load to Becky's truck but instead dragged out a dented garbage can and tossed out anything that I hadn't paid for.

"Summer's here! Can you believe it?" Becky said, catching up to me. We clasped hands and shrieked like we had just won tickets to a sold-out concert.

"It's finally here!" I exclaimed. "No more tardy slips or calls to my parents about dress codes."

Becky opened her locker, which had already been cleaned out. Photos of her and Matt presumably had been placed in a scrapbook with colorful captions, beautiful borders, and funky heart-shaped stickers. She examined the empty locker for anything else she might have forgotten.

"It looks like you even dusted it," I teased.

"This is going to be the best summer ever, Raven. This is the first summer we both will have boyfriends. To think, we'll be lying poolside with the hottest guys in Dullsville."

I spotted a painting of Alexander and me in front of Hatsy's Diner that still hung on the inside of my locker door. The stars twinkled above us and we were lit by the glow of the moon.

"Well, one of us will be," I said. And I wasn't referring to the fact that my boyfriend wouldn't be able to worship the sun.

I had a bigger problem—he wasn't even in Dullsville.

Becky must have read my wistful expression. "I bet Alexander will be back anytime now to have graveside picnics with you," Becky offered with a bright smile.

Alexander and his creepy-but-kind butler, Jameson, had driven the ailing tween vampire, Valentine Maxwell, to Hipsterville in hopes of reuniting him with his nefariously Draculine siblings, Jagger and Luna. After Valentine tried to sink his tiny fangs into my little brother, Billy Boy, my sibling and his best friend, Henry, began questioning his possible nocturnal identity. While Alexander was upstairs in his attic room saving the sickly boy with Jameson's Romanian concoctions, I figured out and confirmed Jagger's and Luna's location—the Coffin Club. And with that, Alexander was forced to leave me behind in Dullsville as he reunited Valentine with his older siblings. Alexander had promised me that he would return to Dullsville shortly. However, what we thought would be an overnight visit to Hipsterville turned into two, then three days. Then longer.

The sultry homeschooled Romanian vampire Alexander had brought life into my already darkened one. As the lonely old Mansion remained empty of its unearthly inhabitants, I began to miss specific things about him—the way he softly brushed my hair away from my face or traced the lace of my skirt with his ghost white fingers. I missed his dreamy chocolate brown eyes, his bright, sexy smile, his tender lips pressed to mine.

I managed to remove myself as the third wheel from Matt and Becky's go-cart of fun. In the moonlit evenings, instead of reluctantly cheering on the school's soccer team, I often visited the empty Mansion, sitting beneath its skeletal trees, by its wrought-iron gates, or on its uneven weed-filled cracked cement front steps. Other times, I'd hang out in the gazebo where Alexander and I'd shared romantic desserts and stolen kisses.

I assured myself that at any moment I'd see the headlights of Jameson's Mercedes beaming up the winding driveway, but every night I went home alone, the driveway devoid of any hearse-like vehicles.

I crossed each passing day off my Emily the Strange calendar with a giant black X. It was starting to look like a one-sided tic-tac-toe game. Occasionally the doorbell rang, and when it did, I'd race to the front door in wild expectation of Alexander wrapping his pale arms around me, scooping me up, and planting me with a passionate kiss. Instead of being greeted by my boyfriend, I was met by the Flower Power delivery woman holding a bouquet of roses. My already darkened bedroom was beginning to resemble Dullsville's funeral home.

With each passing day, I wondered what could be taking him so long. Was he once again protecting me from something dangerous and underworldly? My boyfriend, always shrouded in a bit of mystery, only made me love him more.

Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club SNY. Copyright © by Ellen Schreiber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Coffin Club

    Great series for reading. loved it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Better Than Twilight; Amazing Book!

    i very much disagree with the people who think that this was horrible and Twilight was amazing. Alexander and Raven's love is pretty cool. The dates he sets up for them are amazing. In this book Raven goes against Alexander as usual) and goes back to the coffin club. In a way she is kind of tested. Another guy shows up and he is constantly watching raven. She has to shrug him off a lot and stay true to her boyfriend ;) Along the way she meets to really cool real vampires that become her friend. Tis book was amazing :D

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Alexander <3

    I love it especially alexander <3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Love alexander

    Alaxender sounds soo gothsexy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    awesome book

    I loved this book. It is one of the best books I have read seens the Twilight saga. It was hard to put down, and kept me wanting to read more to see what was going to happen next. I have lost count on how many times I have read it. I love this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book! I love the adventures they go on. i

    I really enjoyed this book! I love the adventures they go on. i thoughyt thus book was very interesting because Raven Suprizes her vampire boyfirend in Hipster adn their adventure go's on from there! i recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire stories, and suspense!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    The best

    The best in all 9 books loved it read it ASAP

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Awsome

    I loved this book but it was sadd at sometimes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Welll....

    I like this series, its fun to read. I think that this book gets some bad reviews because people take it too seriously. It wasen't a mastermind plot but it wasent stupid either. I think its worth the read but too much moeny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Cool

    I think that this bool
    K along with the others are awsome!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Really ? That happened.

    Thanks a ton dumb review now i know what happened! Ihate that description. Note to person who does the descriptions:be more vauge

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

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    Truely One of my favorites!

    I was totally held captive by this one! In this book, Raven must go to Hipsterville to search for her beloved Alexander. Alexander brought Valentine (Younger brother to Jagger) to Hipsterville so Valentine could go back to Romania with his family. Raven of course could not wait to see Alexander, so after the last day of school (before summer), she decided to visit her best Aunt Libby (Who lives in Hipsterville); what a coincidence? Raven goes to the Coffin Club (A goth hang out she likes...because she feels comfortable with the people) to visit. While she is there, she finds out some turely strange goings on with the club she loves. One day she meets this motorcycle heart throb and is entraced by him. She doesn't know why she feels this strong attraction to him, but she is willing to find out. By now you know that Raven is one of those girls who loves adventure and does not shy away from finding the truth. This book has so much going on, that I don't want to give away too much. I definately was not expecting the ending to end the way it did! Way to go Ellen Schreiber. You have to read this book! It is truely AMAZING! I know for sure, I will be re-reading it from time to time.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Review by Page from One Book At A Time

    This one is by far my favorite of the series. At first, I was afraid it might be a repeat of things that have already happened since it once again seemed to involve Jasper. Plus, so much of the book takes place at The Coffin Club, which we get a glimpse of in book 2. But, this one packed a lot more punch than previous books. First, Raven gets a much closer look into the vampire world than she has before. She even make some new friends. It was nice to see her finally fit in somewhere. It also had a bit of mystery too it. Of course, Raven can stay out of things. Even if it's a matter of life or death she doesn't realize the danger she puts herself in (like a vampire blood vote!). I also enjoyed the twist that came at the end. It explained so much that happened throughout the story!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Great series for adults and kids!

    I absolutly love this series! I work at an elementary school and have recomended this to my 5th and 6th graders - they love it! I've recomended this series to my mother and she loves it! Great for anyone who has ever felt as though they were an outsider.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    The best of the series

    In my opinion, this book is the best of the series so far. It was fast paced and thrilling. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept wondering when Raven was going to get caught either by Alexander, Jagger, or someone else. The best part is the ending. I wasn't sure if she was going to fall for another vampire or not and was so surprised, relieved, and giddy to find out the truth about Alexander's secret. It showed a whole new side of Alexander I never suspected was there. However, as I've said in other reviews, Raven doesn't change, she is still the same old character that constantly keeps disobeying and getting herself in situations she shouldn't get into (at least not without Alexander). Shouldn't she learn at some point and grow and mature? If she can not do something as simple as listen to Alexander, how will he be able to trust her, and how will she ever be ready to turned into a vampire?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

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    Alsome book!

    This book will have you biting for more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

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    Back to the Coffin Club

    Its summer vacation. Raven visits her aunt in Hipsterville, where she finds herself going back to the Coffin Club (the place where Raven first met Jagger in book 2) while looking for Alexander and Jameson when she hasn't heard from him. There she finds a secret underground place called the Dungeon and Jagger. While there she finds herself being accepted into the vampiric world and questions about if being a vampire is what she really wants. The writing is pretty good and Aunt Libby is cool. Happy to know that there's a sixth book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Vampire Kisses

    Vampire Kisses is very good. Yes, i read the Twilight series before and i have to admit, i liked this better. Yes Twilight offers a new view on vampires. But i prefer the original vampires, which Vampire Kisses offers, just modernized in my opinion. Twilight though i liked alot, it did not satisfy me. It has been 'Hollywood-ized' so much that i've lost complete interest in them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Ellen Schreiber has outdone herself yet again....She has such a way with words to make yourself feel u r really there with raven.... I am not just saying this because i am sucker 4 a good vampire love and thriller novel either....

    I would give her book a perfect 5 stars... She is such a genious in the writing department.Her love story between Alexander and Raven very intruiging and makes u feel like you r at the coffin club urself...There is so much excitement in this book .... Best book by far.... Hope she writes another

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Vampire Kisses

    What a great story. Raven can find trouble anywhere and everywhere. And poor boyfriend has to always get her out. He's a vampire of course and she wants to be. Really worth a read. The whole series. make sure you buy them all at once so you don't have stop and go to the bookstore to buy the others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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