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Vampire Kisses, Box Set (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville)
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Vampire Kisses, Box Set (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville)

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by Ellen Schreiber
 

Vampires • Goths • Romance

Sink your teeth into the sizzling world of Vampire Kisses

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Vampires • Goths • Romance

Sink your teeth into the sizzling world of Vampire Kisses

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061691607
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
Vampire Kisses Series
Edition description:
3 Book Box Set
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 10.92(h) x 2.07(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Vampire Kisses Box Set: Books 1-3



By Ellen Schreiber
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008

Ellen Schreiber
All right reserved.



ISBN: 9780061691607


Chapter One
Little Monster

It first happened when I was five.

I had just finished coloring in My Kindergarten Book. It was filled with Picasso-like drawings of my mom and dad, an Elmer's-glued, tissue-papered collage, and the answers to questions (favorite color, pets, best friend, etc.) written down by our hundred-year-old teacher, Mrs. Peevish.

My classmates and I were sitting in a semicircle on the floor in the reading area. "Bradley, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Mrs. Peevish asked after all the other questions had been answered.

"A fire fighter!" he shouted.

"Cindi?"

"Uh . . . a nurse," Cindi Warren whispered meekly.

Mrs. Peevish went through the rest of the class. Police officers. Astronauts. Football players. Finally it was my turn.

"Raven, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Mrs. Peevish asked, her green eyes staring through me.

I said nothing.

"An actress?"

I shook my head.

"A doctor?"

"Nuh, uh," I said.

"A flight attendant?"

"Yuck!" I replied.

"Then what?" she asked, annoyed.

I thought for a moment. "I want to be . . . "

"Yes?"

"I want to be . . . a vampire!" I shouted, tothe shock and amazement of Mrs. Peevish and my classmates. For a moment I thought she started to laugh; maybe she really did. The children sitting next to me inched away.

I spent most of my childhood watching others inch away.

I was conceived on my dad's water bed -- or on the rooftop of my mom's college dorm under twinkling stars -- depending on which one of my parents is telling the story. They were soul mates that couldn't part with the seventies: true love mixed with drugs, some raspberry incense, and the music of the Grateful Dead. A beaded-jeweled, halter-topped, cutoff blue-jeaned, barefooted girl, intertwined with a long-haired, unshaven, Elton John–spectacled, suntanned, leather-vested, bell-bottomed-and-sandaled guy. I think they're lucky I wasn't more eccentric. I could have wanted to be a beaded-haired hippie werewolf! But somehow I became obsessed with vampires.

Sarah and Paul Madison became more responsible after my entrance into this world -- or I'll rephrase it and say my parents were "less glassy eyed." They sold the Volkswagen flower power van that they were living in and actually started renting property. Our hippie apartment was decorated with 3-D glow-in-the-dark flower posters and orange tubes with a Play-Doh substance that moved on its own -- lava lamps -- that you could stare at forever. It was the best time ever. The three of us laughed and played Chutes and Ladders, and squeezed Twinkies between our teeth. We stayed up late, watching Dracula movies, Dark Shadows with the infamous Barnabus Collins, and Batman on a black-and-white TV we'd received when we opened a bank account. I felt secure under the blanket of midnight, rubbing Mom's growing belly, which made noises like the orange lava lamps. I figured she was going to give birth to more moving Play-Doh.

Everything changed when she gave birth to the playdough -- only it wasn't Play-Doh. She gave birth to Nerd Boy! How could she? How could she destroy all the Twinkie nights? Now she went to bed early, and that creation that my parents called "Billy" cried and fussed all night. I was suddenly alone. It was Dracula -- the Dracula on TV -- that kept me company while Mom slept, Nerd Boy wailed, and Dad changed smelly diapers in the darkness.

And if that wasn't bad enough, suddenly they sent me to a place that wasn't my apartment, that didn't have wild 3-D flower posters on the walls, but boring collages of kids' handprints. Who decorates around here? I wondered. It was overcrowded with Sears catalog girls in frilly dresses and Sears catalog boys in tapered pants and perfectly combed hair. Mom and Dad called it "kindergarten."

"They'll be your friends," my mom reassured me, as I clung to her side for dear life. She waved good-bye and blew me kisses as I stood alone beside the matronly Mrs. Peevish, which was as alone as one can get. I watched my mom walk away with Nerd Boy on her hip as she took him back to the place filled with glow-in-the-dark posters, monster movies, and Twinkies.

Somehow I made it through the day. Cutting and gluing black paper on black paper, finger painting Barbie's lips black, and telling the assisant teacher ghost stories, while the Sears catalog kids ran around like they were all cousins at an all-American family picnic. I was even happy to see Nerd Boy when Mom finally came to pick me up.

That night she found me with my lips pressed against the TV screen, trying to kiss Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula.

"Raven! What are you doing up so late? You have school tomorrow!"

"What?" I said. The Hostess cherry pie that I had been eating fell to the floor, and my heart fell with it.

"But I thought it was just the one time?" I said, panicked.

"Sweet Raven. You have to go every day!"

Every day? The words echoed inside my head. It was a life sentence!

That night Nerd Boy couldn't hope to compete with my dramatic wailing and crying. As I lay alone in my bed, I prayed for eternal darkness and a sun that never rose.

Unfortunately the next day I awoke to a blinding light, and a monster headache.

I longed to be around at least one person that I could connect with. But I couldn't find any, at home or school. At home the lava lamps were replaced with Tiffany-style floor lamps, the glow-in-the-dark posters were covered with Laura Ashley wallpaper, and our grainy black-and-white TV was upgraded to a twenty-five-inch color model.



Continues...


Excerpted from Vampire Kisses Box Set: Books 1-3 by Ellen Schreiber Copyright © 2008 by Ellen Schreiber. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer and moving to her own Dullsville. She is the author of Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, and all of the books in the Vampire Kisses series. Vampire Kisses is an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice.

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Vampire Kisses, Box Set (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampire Kisses is a good story..if you're ten. I had gone into a "vampire phase" after reading Twilight and I was literally reading any vampire book I could get my hands on. I remember looking at this thinking "Hmm, maybe this will be different." I thought the story was way too typical and the characters and situations were extremely corny. It was also a very fast flowing story;not much transitioning in between conflicts. If you enjoy a good piece of writing (or even a good vampire story) then this is not it.


I recommend:

Twilight, Harry Potter, The Silver Kiss, Blood and Chocolate, Demon In My View, Pretty Little Liars series, Private Series, The Gemma Doyle Triliogy, Eragon Series, The Lovely Bones, Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Warriors Series, Wuthering Heights, Blue BLoods Series, Vampire Academy Series, Vampire Diaries
julie83 More than 1 year ago
From the first page i loved it! It was well written and very descriptive which i adored. I ended up making my mom buy me the entire series. I highly recommend this series. It didnt intreast me reading the description but i read it and loved it!!! I also forced my friend to read it and she loves it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originaly got this series for my God-daughter who (unlike me)is not big on reading. What I found out while reading the books along with her is that as a twenty-something I found these books to be wonderfully written and a pretty good read. Just like my God-daughter, I've managed to get myself hooked on the story of Raven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't believe how boring this book was. I felt like it was a serious waste of my time and I'm still kind of pissed I read it. I bought the entire series thinking it was going to be good, but I had to force myself to finish the first one and I refused to read the second one. This book was like a bad Disney movie for pre-teens. If you want a good vampire book to read, I recommend Vampire Academy series. I liked it better than Twilight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are charming and a quick read, more aimed toward teens, but are fun for adults. The writing is good and easy to follow. I liked the plot of the story and the fact that both Raven and Alexander are goths, different from everyone in their town but they still find love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love all the vampire kisses book i have read all the books and this is a amazing package
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This takes me back to my freshman days in high school, Raven reminds me of me...well only the goth part. I never had a vampire obsession, but I do enjoy reading about them still. I like this series because they aren't complete wussies like Twilight, but they're not completely all deadly like Dracula. This is definately one of my favorite vampire books/series, I'm a senior in high school and I still reread them sometimes! Sure, its a little cheesy and kinda little-kiddish, but I've overall enjoyed it. Actually looking to rebuy the first four that my ex-friend borrowed from me and never gave back, and will buy the next one taht comes out...
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