Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses Series #2)

Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses Series #2)

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by Ellen Schreiber

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Life in "Dullsville" has become far from dull for goth-girl Raven. After meeting Alexander Sterling-a night-thriving, shadowy dream guy-her dark world suddenly has a bright glow. But as in her favorite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications. And Alexander has a secret-a secret she must quietly guard. When he mysteriously disappears,…  See more details below


Life in "Dullsville" has become far from dull for goth-girl Raven. After meeting Alexander Sterling-a night-thriving, shadowy dream guy-her dark world suddenly has a bright glow. But as in her favorite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications. And Alexander has a secret-a secret she must quietly guard. When he mysteriously disappears, Raven finds herself on a dangerous chase to find him. What she encounters is more terrifying than she could have imagined-including a life-transforming decision she may not be ready to sink her teeth into.

In Kissing Coffins Ellen Schreiber presents a chilling and suspenseful sequel to her popular tale of an unusual teen romance, Vampire Kisses.

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Publishers Weekly
Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber follows on the heels of Vampire Kisses, about which PW said the author "adds some refreshing twists to genre archetypes and modern-day stereotypes." Having learned that her heartthrob Alexander is a real vampire, 16-year-old goth girl Raven sets out to find him. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Schreiber's sequel to Vampire Kisses (HarperCollins, 2003/VOYA February 2004) begins two nights after Alexander Sterling's mysterious disappearance from "Dullsville" and sixteen-year-old Raven's revelation that Alexander and his creepy butler Jameson are indeed vampires. None of the local citizens have realized that the two new residents are missing, and Raven is longing for her boyfriend. She tracks him down to "Hipsterville," where her wacky Aunt Libby resides, and during her search encounters an angry vampire named Jagger who is also hot on Alexander's trail. Jagger holds a grudge against Alexander, who years before refused to keep an agreement that his family had made with Jagger's parents. The plan had been for Alexander to bond with Jagger's human sister, Luna, in order for her to become a vampire. Alexander and Raven manage to thwart Jagger and return to Dullsville. But the novel ends on another cliffhanger with the unwelcome appearance of Jagger and Luna at the Dullsville town carnival. Luna is now a vampire and has set her sights on Trevor, Raven's nemesis. Raven and Alexander are ready to rush to Trevor's rescue. This novel flows somewhat more smoothly than the first and offers more in the way of adventure and suspense. Schreiber's writing style is frank and funny, and she captures the angst of first love perfectly. Fans of the series and younger female readers who are charmed by Raven's relationship with the chivalrous Alexander will welcome the third installment. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, 176p.,and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Dotsy Harland
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This sequel to Vampire Kisses (HarperCollins, 2003) continues the love story between Goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend. As this book opens, Alexander has left town and Raven decides she must hunt him down. She finds out that he is probably in a nearby town and it just so happens that she has an aunt who lives there AND it's spring break AND her parents allow her to visit without any real explanation AND Raven's aunt is extremely gullible so that Raven can sneak around and do what she needs to do. After Alexander is located and comes back to town, his evil nemesis, Jagger, decides to get revenge by biting Raven. Goofy high jinks ensue. Every step that the protagonist and her cohorts take is predictable, right up to the cliff-hanger ending. Schreiber's sense of time is extremely skewed and the mentions of bands like the Smiths (Goth fare in the mid- to late '80s) make readers question when the book is actually set until they happen upon mentions of Slipknot and Good Charlotte. Goth girls would certainly be attracted to the book based on the photo on the cover, but only middle school Goth wannabes who are closet "Sweet Valley High" readers will actually finish the book. Raven is far too saccharine and has no sulky-fierce Goth appeal, and the love story falls flat.-Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Vampire Kisses Series, #2
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)
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Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins

Chapter One

Bleeding Heart

It was like a final nail in a coffin.

Becky and I were camped out in my darkened bedroom, engrossed in the eighties cult horror classic Kissing Coffins. The femme fatale, Jenny, a teenage, malnourished blond wearing a size negative-two white cotton dress, was desperately running up a serpentine rock footpath toward an isolated haunted mansion. Bright veins of lightning shot overhead in the pouring rain.

Only the night before had Jenny unearthed the true identity of her fiancé when she stumbled upon his hidden dungeon and found him climbing out of a coffin. The dashing Vladimir Livingston, a renowned English professor, was not a mere mortal after all, but an immortal blood-sucking vampire. Upon hearing Jenny's blood-curdling screams, Professor Livingston immediately covered his fangs with his black cape. His red eyes remained unconcealed, gazing back at her longingly.

"You cannot bear witness to me in this state," I said along with the vampire.

Jenny didn't flee. Instead, she reached out toward her fiancé. Her vampire love growled, reluctantly stepped back into the shadows, and disappeared.

The fang flick had gathered a goth cult following that continued today. Audience members flocked to retro cine-mas in full costume, shouted the lines of the movie in unison, and acted out the various roles in front of the screen. Although I'd seen the movie a dozen times at home on DVD and knew all the words, I'd never been blessed with participating in a theatrical showing. This was Becky's first time watching it. We sat in my room, glued tothe screen, as Jenny decided to return to the professor's mansion to confront her immortal lover. Becky dug her gnawed-on blood-red-painted fingernails into my arm as Jenny slowly opened the creaky wooden arch-shaped dungeon door. The ingénue softly crept down the massive winding staircase into Vladimir's darkened basement, torches and cobwebs hanging on the cement brick walls. A simple black coffin sat in the center of the room, earth sprinkled beneath it. She approached it cautiously. With all her might, Jenny lifted the heavy coffin lid.

Violins screeched to a climax. Jenny peered inside. The coffin was empty.

Becky gasped. "He's gone!"

Tears began to well in my eyes. It was like watching myself on-screen. My own love, Alexander Sterling, had vanished into the night two evenings ago, shortly after I had discovered he, too, was a vampire.

Jenny leaned over the empty casket and melodramatically wept as only a B-movie actress could.

A tear threatened to fall from my eye. I wiped it off with the back of my hand before Becky could see. I pressed the "Stop" button on the remote and the screen went black.

"Why did you turn it off?" Becky asked. Her disgruntled face was barely illuminated by the few votives I had scattered around my room. A tear rolling down her cheek caught the reflection of one of the candles. "It was just getting to the good part."

"I've seen this a hundred times," I said, rising, and ejected the DVD.

"But I haven't," she whined. "What happens next?"

"We can finish it next time," I reassured her as I put the DVD away in my closet.

"If Matt were a vampire," Becky pondered, referring to her khaki-clad new boyfriend, "I'd let him take a bite out of me anytime."

I felt challenged by her innocent remark, but I bit my tongue. I couldn't share my most secretest of secrets even with my best friend.

"Really, you don't know what you'd do" was all I could say.

"I'd let him bite me," she replied matter-of-factly.

"It's getting late," I said, turning on the light.

I hadn't slept the last two nights since Alexander left. My eyes were blacker than the eye shadow I put on them.

"Yeah, I have to call Matt before nine," she said, glancing at my Nightmare Before Christmas alarm clock. "Would you and Alexander meet us for a movie tomorrow?" she asked, grabbing her jean jacket from the back of my computer chair.

"Uh . . . we can't," I stalled, blowing out the votives. "Maybe next week."

"Next week? But I haven't even seen him since the party."

"I told you, Alexander's studying for exams."

"Well, I'm sure he'll ace them," she said. "He's been cracking the books all day and night."

Of course, I couldn't tell anyone, even Becky, why Alexander had disappeared. I wasn't even sure of the reason myself.

But mostly, I couldn't admit to myself that he had gone. I was in denial. Gone -- the word turned my stomach and choked my throat. Just the thought of explaining to my parents that Alexander had left Dullsville brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't bear accepting the truth, much less telling it.

And I didn't want another rumor mill circulating throughout Dullsville. If word got out that Alexander had moved without warning, who knows what conclusions the gossipmongers would jump to.

At this point, I wanted to maintain the status quo: keep up appearances until the RBI -- Raven Bureau of Investigation -- had a few more days to figure out a plan.

"We'll double-date soon," I promised as I walked Becky outside to her truck.

"I'm dying to know. . . ," she said, climbing into her pickup truck. "What happens to Jenny?"

"Uh . . . She tries to find Vladimir."

Becky closed her door, rolled down the window. "If I discovered Matt was a vampire and then he disappeared, I'd search for him," she said confidently. "I know you'd do the same for Alexander."

She started the engine and backed out of the driveway.

My best friend's remark was like a package of Pop Rocks blasting off in my brain. Why hadn't I thought of it sooner? I'd spent the last several days worrying how long I'd have to keep making excuses for Alexander's absence. Now I wouldn't be forced to wait an eternity in Dullsville wondering if he'd ever return. I didn't have to jump every time the telephone rang to find out it was for my mother.

Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins. Copyright © by Ellen Schreiber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
First of all, I just want to say that this is the second book in the series, picking up right where the first one left off, so it is highly suggested that KISSING COFFINS be read after VAMPIRE KISSES. Consider that your warning. Now that that's out of the way, on to the book!

Goth-girl Raven has just discovered that her boyfriend, Alexander Sterling, new to the town of "Dullsville," is an actual vampire. Unfortunately, the morning after this startling discovery, he disappears. Raven is devastated, but doesn't dare ask anyone for help for fear they will discover his secret.

She decides to take the matter into her own hands and sets off to look for clues to his whereabouts, determined to find him and convince him that she is perfectly fine with the fact that he is one of the undead. Her search leads her to the Mansion, where she finds a mysterious note in Alexander's bedroom that only says, "Alexander, HE IS ON HIS WAY!" She then takes a trip to nearby "Hipsterville," home of hippies, Goths, starving artists, her aunt Libby, and, hopefully, Alexander.

Following a trail of clues, she visits the Coffin Club (a popular hangout for Goths), the Hipsterville Historical Society (who knew that would be helpful?), and a deserted mansion on the outskirts of town (that's hopefully not really deserted at all).

She also meets the mysterious and slightly creepy Jagger, who offers to help her with her search. But is he just a Goth-obsessed teen like Raven, or is he the real thing? And why does he seem so interested in Alexander?

KISSING COFFINS is a fun, quick read for those looking for a vampire story without the blood and gore. However, the writing is often quite shallow, and the relationship between Raven and Alexander is never really fully developed enough for my taste. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the book; I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait until this book came out. i read the first one a while ago when it came out and couldnt wait for the sequel. It starts up where the other left off. Raven goes in search for Alexander, which leads her to a place that she calls 'hipsterville'. There she meets Jagger, and doesnt know what he is. The ending is a cliffhanger. Ellen Schreiber is going to write a sequel called 'Vampireville'. Hopefully that will tell you what happens between Luna and Tr--wait, i dont want to give away any spoilers do i? if you love vampires or even if you dont i think you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in 3 hours it was that good, u just can't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Goths and i am not goth but I totally LOVED this book. Everything sucked me in. It was suck a break from the crap sparkely vampires to read this. I love it and I know you will too!!
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The coolest book ever. Full of romance and adventure. So amazing.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Noticing with some of the books, New Moon, etc, and others I can't think from the top of my head, where the love interest for the MC is either away or missing and so she goes to look for him. This is one of those. But found it a little better than the first. Pretty good sequel.
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Loved it
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I love this book.
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I luved this book so much i finished it in one day i would love it if people would read this book it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But i am not a goth but i still loved it and i am a vid freak on vampire things so read this book !!!!!!!!
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Vampire kisses is awesome i love it it so me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this book would have to be the 2 most stupid fantasy book I've ever read. 'Goth' girl Raven is seriously sterotypical, foolish, and honestly not at all realistic. I've read the 5th book on accident and it was sort of better. Now I'm going back in the series to the begginig and honestly it is terrible. The first one is REALLY predictable and I'm sure this one is no better. I only gave it a star since I had to give it something. Other than that, DON'T BUY ANY BOOKS IN THIS SERIES!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it oh so much i finished 1-4 in 4 days it had so many new surprizes eeeep
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Raven is goth girl here & so I wonder if theres a fourth cuz that would be awesome.:)!