Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Volume 1

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The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, ...

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Overview

The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, especially when Raven finds them in daylight in the very last place she could ever imagine. What could Claude and his invaders be doing—or searching for—in Dullsville?

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Raven is a Goth girl. She dresses in black spandex with skull hairpins and a bat necklace and except for her bff (best friend forever) Becky she is an outcast in the town of Dullsville. Her life changes with the arrival of Alexander, a tall, handsome guy from Romania who lives in a spooky old mansion overlooking the graveyard. To her delight, Raven discovers that Alexander is a vampire. They start dating, and all's well in Dullsville until one of their midnight trysts is interrupted by the arrival of Alexander's cousin. Claude is not a full vampire--he has mortal blood running through his veins. He and his gang seek the four vials of blood stashed away by his grandmother that will make them true vampires, and they've decided the best way to get them is through Raven. Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives is based on the Vampire Kisses series written by Ellen Schreiber. The art is typical manga, with almost nonexistent backgrounds and detailed character designs. Everyone in this manga, human or otherwise, is attractive. The romance between Alexander and Raven consists of hugging and kissing; instead of sexual tension we have Raven wondering if she will ever bare her neck to Alexander. In this Age Range: Ages 12 to 15. REVIEWER: George Galuschak (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Schreiber's "Vampire Kisses" prose series gets a manga-style treatment and the new look fits it like a long black glove. Raven is a cute Goth girl who just happens to have a vampire for a boyfriend. And what a guy Alexander is; he's described as "handsome," "elusive," "kind," "gentle," "sensitive," "soulful," "hot," and "dreamy," not to mention "broodingly quiet and mysterious." That kind of over-the-top romanticism will turn off some, but will be devoured with relish, and maybe a little ketchup, by teens who like their horror more sweet than scary. The plot, such as it is, follows Raven's troubles when Alexander's evil cousin Claude and his gang of Goth fashion plates show up in town and start causing trouble. The rampant stereotypes may actually work in the story's favor, as its brief length and visual focus do not leave much time for character development. Despite the book's flaws, the stylized artwork is an excellent match for this vampire-lite romance.
—Douglas P. DaveyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061340819
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 233,200
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.41 (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

Blood Relatives, Volume I


By Ellen Schreiber TokyoPop

Copyright © 2007 Ellen Schreiber
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061340819


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, to the 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 by Ellen Schreiber Copyright © 2007 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.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    vampire kisses manga vol. 1

    This is the first I ever got a Manga and this one is based off of one of my fave series next to another series that's almost similar called Twilight. Blood Relatives is a different story all together almost and not book 5 of the vampire kisses book series. Book 5 of that one is coming soon so this one here in Manga form is part of another series but with the same characters except with cool anime like pictures. Recommend for the vampire kisses fans. Anyone who says this is a twilight rip off may I just say that if I remember correctly I think Vampire Kisses came out first then afterwards Twilight which is longer but Vampire Kisses is shorter. Anyway both book series are excellent.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Kiss the Greatness!

    Blood Relatiues is a new twist on Ravens life and her relationship with a vampire Alexander. When his family comes to town Raven and Alex are thrown into a new adventure. Fun graphic novel with great pictures. If you love Vampire Kisses you'll love this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    this is so cool

    i read all the other books in the series and they are awsome but this is really cool how it is in maga form

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Raven the girl who's got spunk

    Blood Relatives is a very entertaining book!! it is different from VAMPIRE KISSES if you have read those books.. but it is still a very good book!! If you like VAMPIRE KISSEs or any other vampire book i'm sure you'll like Blood Relatives

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Good

    At the time I never read manga except watching anime.

    Love the artwork and the series being one of my favorites.

    The dresses are really pretty.

    Good volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

    nice illistrations

    leves you wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    sweet and creepy

    My 11 year old daughter loved this. It is a nice mix of sweet and creepy for the preteen horror lite fan. Nice attention to the Goth culture and fashion as well

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    AWSOMENESS

    i luv her books ive read em all!! her manga books rock i read both in 1 night there awsome i reccommend all her books! i read em after twilight if u liked that youll like these. youll like em even if u didnt like twilight u like these

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2009

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    i havent read these books yet.

    i havent read the blood relatives series yet. the original novel series was amazing! i just finished reading royal blood and LOVED it! i want more of the raven, alexander duo and the funny situations they get into. i"m very excited to read this. i'm going to pick it up tomorrow at barnes and noble. i am so upset i cannot drive over there now because the store has already closed.

    P.S. i could only put 5 books in my reccomended section but others i read and loved were:

    the twilight saga

    blue bloods series

    the night world series

    and, of corse,
    THE VAMPIRE KISSES SERIES!!!!!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Vampire kisses:blood relatives rocks!

    i pick this up today and i loved it! it was so romantic and intriguing,i haven't read and of this books though.are the novels good?

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Different than the Novel

    When I first picked up this book I was worried it'd be like the novels I've already read. To my great pleasure I found this to be a seperate story to itself. Schreiber's story goes very well with the illistrator's (Rem's) work. The story is easy to follow and has the same spunk the novels had without the rather long set-up at the beginning. Deffinately fun if you read the novels and a good read if you want a taste of Schreiber before getting the novels.

    I just had to love these characters no matter what story they're in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Unhappy

    I loved the first 5 Vampire Kisses books! I loved READING them. I felt like the animation in this book was childlike and made Raven appear to be a typical blond personality. I didn't want to see a pouty face Raven. I realize it is for teenage reading, but do teenagers really want to lower their reading level to age 5? I read the entire book in 30 minutes (which was one scene) and felt jipped that I didn't have a continuation of the previous books. Is Raven ever going to become a vampire?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    can't help but love

    that book is wow i got all my friends reading this book. ellen schreiber is a wondful writer. the pics awsome. funny, romantic, it rocks you need to read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Better than all other American Mangakas I've seen yet!

    When I picked up this Manga I looked at it and could not believe that this artist was American and not Japanese! I applaude REM the artist of this manga, she really has outstanding work, especially among all the really under quality work of most other American artists that can barely call themselves Mangakas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if an anime lover says that american's can't draw as well as the Japanese Manga artists just throw this in their face and say, 'Lookie what i found!' READ IT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    SOOOO KEWL

    I love mangas so when I got this book I was so excited. This is such a wonerful love story with a bit of vampire fighting. Its soooo kewl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    what it is

    this addition is like a sideline story of the books. it's not part of the main storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    This graphic novel is the link, if you will, between the first and second book. It really does go with the original story, and it gives you the idea of how the author saw the charater in her head. It may be short but you will definitely want the next addition if you're a fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Waiting For it!

    oh man! i want this book soooo bad! ive read all of them! they're amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    Huge vampire kisses fan!!!

    I have read all the Vampire Kisses books.... kissing coffins, vampireville, dances with vampires 'and the first one of course' and not only that...but i read them twice. can't wait until this one comes to Pittsburgh......¢¾

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    Vampire Kisses Rox!

    I have been reading the series, even though I am only on the third book. I can't wait for the manga to come out. I am sure it will be one that i can sink my teeth into.

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