Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses Series #1)

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In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they ...

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Overview

In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Readers don't have to share goth girl Raven's passion for vampire lore to appreciate her misadventures in Dullsville," according to PW. "The girl's ill-fated flirtation will bring more laughs than heartache." Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Raven, a high school outcast, definitely dances to her own music. She wears black clothes, black boots, black lipstick and black nail polish; she loves Halloween and craves a vampire kiss. She calls her brother Nerd Boy, the town Dullsville and herself Gothic Girl. Then the Sterlings move into the haunted mansion on the hill and Raven's life turns even more macabre. Alexander Sterling is Raven's age and she is smitten with love, hoping he is a true vampire. The book is full of double entendres so we are never sure what is real. The Sterlings are from Romania where Dracula originated and the butler says, "It's been centuries since I've seen [my village in Europe]" and uses blood and bloody in every other sentence. Raven is constantly tormented by the class bully, Trevor. She smashes his hand with her father's tennis racket as he tries to spray paint the mansion Halloween night. For her 16th birthday, she is invited to Matt's party where Trevor tries to rape her. Instead she tricks him into derobing and races off with his clothes, leaving him cold and naked in the woods. Alexander and Raven start dating, but he leaves when he learns Raven wanted him to be a true vampire. In the end we never know for sure about Alexander, but we do know that Trevor is the real monster. This is a great story for teenagers who do not fit into the norm or those who try to mold themselves to be part of the in-crowd. 2003, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Ages 15 to 18.
— Janet L. Rose
VOYA
There is not much to do in rural "Dullsville" for a feisty self-proclaimed Goth teenager named Raven. She has always been fascinated by the abandoned mansion on Benson Hill, originally built by a Romanian baroness and said to be haunted. On Raven's sixteenth birthday, Alexander, a teenaged descendant of the baroness, and his eerie butler, Jameson, move into the mansion. Raven believes that she has met her true love in Alexander. He is different from her schoolmates, having traveled all over the world and been tutored at home. He is handsome, artistic, gentlemanly, very cultured, and a Goth like Raven. A rumor begins circulating that Alexander belongs to a family of vampires. At first Raven is thrilled by the idea, but she later becomes ashamed of herself and defends Alexander against the vicious gossip. In a rather odd twist, after the "Dullsvillians" have accepted him, Alexander reveals to Raven that he is a vampire after all. Schreiber, a former comedienne, writes a witty and enjoyable book. Raven's obsession with the "dark side" is a little over the top at times, and the other characters in the novel tend to be poorly formed. Nevertheless, Schreiber portrays the sexual tension between Raven and town bully Trevor realistically, and she captures Raven's bittersweet infatuation with Alexander in a tender way while keeping it innocent. This novel is more romantic than suspenseful, and will be especially enjoyed by female readers. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, HarperCollins, 208p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—DotsyHarland
KLIATT
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2003: Schreiber was a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer; and her talent with humor is apparent in this story. The main character is Raven, who lives in a boring town where she stands out as a "goth," wearing strange make-up and dreaming of becoming a vampire—or at least meeting one. Much of the narrative reads like a comic monologue, with good timing for jokes. Her parents (once hippies but no longer so), her little brother, her classmates and school life all are topics to comment upon. There is a spooky mansion in town—fascinating to Raven, of course—and people come to live in it, including a young man who becomes the love of Raven's life. Raven of course wants him to be a vampire—there are many hints that perhaps he truly is—and the ending is perfectly inventive. A large part of the story consists of the wonderful ways that Raven deals with bullies at school who can't leave her alone—just because she is unusual, perhaps, and also because she is very attractive and smart. Raven is capable of every kind of ingenious revenge, which is highly gratifying to all readers. This lighthearted novel will be fun to read for many YAs. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, HarperCollins, 253p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Raven, 16, doesn't fit in at school or home. This goth-girl is obsessed with vampires and when a new family moves into the old town mansion, she is convinced that the son, Alexander, is a vampire. The story swirls around and through sibling rivalry, peer relationships, friendships, and love. Raven is a feisty protagonist with a quick wit and a real sense of self. She defends herself and her friends, often besting her peers with humor and a quick tongue. As her connection with Alexander deepens, she comes to understand her family better. It is through his shadowy character that readers are kept off balance. Schreiber weaves a tale that is more about acceptance and friendship than about vampire behavior and culture, and sustains a tone that draws readers to the characters rather than to horrific plot developments that would keep them reading. There is far less intensity than in Annette Curtis Klause's Silver Kiss (Laurel-Leaf, 1992) and less moodiness than that found in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Midnight Predator (2002) and Shattered Mirror (2001, both Delacorte). While the ending isn't tied up in a neat and pretty bow, it fits the style and tone. All in all, a good read for those who want a vampire love story without the gore.-Molly S. Kinney, Peach Public Libraries, Fort Valley, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An awkwardly endearing tale of teen angst and Goth romance. Vampire-loving Raven is a misfit in the town she calls "Dullsville." Her black lipstick, combat boots, and sneering dislike of her classmates leave her nearly friendless. Dullsville has only one exciting feature: the Mansion, abandoned years before. Now the owners have returned, and Raven has never been more excited. A creepy butler, a mysterious Romanian couple nobody sees, and the gorgeous teenaged son, Alexander, populate the spooky mansion of her childhood vampire dreams. Alexander is perfect-a gothic prince, a dark and broody knight of night, maybe even a vampire! Alexander seems equally intrigued by Raven, who knows it must be love. In a sweetly silly climax, troubles in Raven's relationship with Alexander allow the townspeople of Dullsville to show themselves as fun and decent people despite their suburban sameness. Cheesily written, but cute. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060093341
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Series: Vampire Kisses Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 127,123
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.77 (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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First Chapter

Vampire Kisses

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.

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

    Posted May 25, 2008

    Don't Waste Your Time

    I really have no clue why everybody is so in love with this book. It was so boring and pointless and Raven was a very annoying character. Please do not waste your time on this.

    21 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    SOOO GOOD!

    this series is the best that i have read.<BR/>it hooks you in and the story line is just great.<BR/>raven and alexander are to die for=D<BR/>i really recomend you read this series.<BR/>and i cant wait till the 6th book comes out june 1st.<BR/>=D

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    I LOVE IT!!!

    Read this book a couple of month's ago and became hooked with the series!I am obsessed with the "Vampire Kisses" AND "Twilight" series!The Twilight movie is AMAZING!These books are GENIUS!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    ~OMG AMAZING~

    THIS WHOLE SERIES IS AMAZING!!!! After reading twilight I got really into Vampire love stories. If you liked twilight you will definitely like this/these books. I LOVED THEM!!!!! I could not put the books down. READ THEM

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2008

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    Too good for word's!!!!

    It is amazing! it is just too good for word's!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Sixteen-year-old Raven Madison started her obsession with the dark side in kindergarten. While the teacher was asking her young students what they wanted to be when they grew up and getting the typical responses of nurse, fire fighter, and football player, young Raven answered the question the only way she knew how--she wanted to grow up to be a vampire. <BR/><BR/>Raven's parents, Sarah and Paul, were typical hippies who spent their early years together waxing poetic about love and the music of the Grateful Dead. When Raven came along, they became slightly less hippie, in that they moved into an apartment instead of living in their Volkswagon van. Raven's first years were spent surrounded by lava lamps and glow-in-the-dark posters, with her parents playing games with her, eating junk food, and watching old horror films on the small black and white television. All of that changed, though, when two things happened--her mother dared to give birth to a brother, endearingly termed Nerd Boy, and they forced her to go to school, every day. <BR/><BR/>Now sixteen, Raven is still the outcast that she found herself to be when she proclaimed her life's ambition was to be a vampire. Now the only goth girl in a town dubbed Dullsville, Raven is still a social outcast who enjoys horror movies, black lipstick, and pushing her parents to the edge. Raven has no real friends except for Becky, a timid farm girl who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. None, that is, until the Sterling family moves into the dark, abandoned mansion sitting on top of Benson Hill. <BR/><BR/>Suddenly the whole town is talking about the mysterious Sterlings, especially the teenage son, Alexander. It's said he hangs out in the cemetery at night, that he's brought bats to town, that he's pale and is never seen outside during the daytime. Could Alexander be a real, live vampire? If so, he could be Raven's ticket out of this loser town. But does she really want to leave her family and real life behind to spend her days sleeping in a coffin? Or is all the hype just that--the ramblings and crazy speculation of a town who can't stand for anyone to be different? <BR/><BR/>As Raven gets closer to Alexander, she realizes that being a vampire might not matter so much as being loved for who she is. As she deals with the small-minded people in her town, she just might find out that she's not so different from the residents of Dullsville as she thought she was. <BR/><BR/>VAMPIRE KISSES is a good start to this entertaining vampire series by Ellen Schreiber. Although there are parts that appear too shallow for Raven's character, and way too many exclamation points for my taste, I still recommend the story, and look forward to reading the next book in the series, KISSING COFFINS.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    I really love this book. It could easily be my favorite and I haven't had one since I was like 5 because I read so much. Alexander Sterling is so cool adn Raven is just so lucky. I really like the character Raven, although I'm not so sure about the name. I love the way she thinks, everything. Add in Alexander and it's just too perfect for words.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Awful.

    I've gotten about one hundred pages into this book and I do not plan on finishing it, it's absolutely horrible. The writing is some of the worst I have never encountered, written almost entirely in short and choppy sentences. Another thing that I noticed was the exclamation points sprinkled around randomly, making Raven sound even more annoying than she already did. Raven is a stereotypical, uninteresting, annoying, and bratty character, and the other characters, though not nearly as bad as her, as very underdeveloped. The plot is ridiculously predictable, I haven't read through this book but I already know exactly what's going to happen, anybody with half a brain would know that. I have absolutely no idea why anybody would be satisfied with this book, unless they're just learning to read or something, and even then it's still boring. I don't even know how the author managed to get a book like this published!

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    This is a really good book!

    Oh wow! The way Ellen describes Alexander in the story... he is one freaking sexy vampire. He may be gothic but he sounds; romantic, hot, sweet, and a total vampire! I think it is so cute the whole relationship between Raven and Alexander. They love eachother!!!! I am so glad she is not into that jerk Trever! ugh! When i read this book i couldn't help but wish i was Raven! Hello she gets Alexander! Who wouldn't want a super hot vampire lover?? I can't wait to see what happens in the 3-5 books!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    good book for teens

    Vampire Kisses Have you ever wanted to be a vampire? Vampire Kisses is a great book in my opinion and is great for ages eleven through fifteen. It is also great for people who love a good book about mysteries and romance. The book is about a 16-year old, teenage girl, Raven who has longed to be a vampire ever since kindergarten. A so called haunted mansion on Benson Hill has had boards up for years and now there is a new family in town, who are a little creepy. Raven wonders who they are or rather what are they? Had the rumors around town been true are the people in the mansion, vampires? Rumors spread that the family was weird, they didn¿t eat garlic, and they were only seen at night. Raven wanted to meet the strange family, especially the handsome 17-year old, dark son, Alexander Sterling. In a little town Raven calls ¿Dulsville¿, where she still wanted to be vampire and stands out at school among the soccer jocks with her unique style of black clothes, black nail polish, black lipstick, and her obsession with Anne Rice. Raven has surprising acts in every chapter that the readers will love. She ends up dressing preppy for Halloween instead of something she usually wears. She has to take a part time job where her boss says she can¿t wear black, but must wear red or pink, any shade as long as it is red or pink. Besides being the only gothic girl in school Raven has a normal life. She has a best friend named Becky, a little brother who she calls ¿nerd boy¿, and a vampire boyfriend. It can¿t get much better than that. She puts up with the jocks at school, goes to the mansion now and again to see Andrew, and all is well¿ until the school winter ball. What will happen next? You¿ll have to read the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    'Goth' Stereotypes

    I've never read this series before, but I've flipped through them, and I have to say, these books just sound like an author who wanted to write a story about Goths, but didn't know where to begin, and picked up 'OH! Goths are soooo dark and morbid, they must all want to be vampires!' Please. Mallgoth mentality at its finest. From the quick little readings I've done from this book, I could tell the main character, 'Raven' (oh-so-original), was shallow and most certainly a mallgoth herself. She hates 'preps' and 'jocks' (guess what? I'm into the Gothic subculture, and I sit with a cheerleader at lunch! Ooo, shocking!) most likely shops at Hot Topic, and probably couldn't tell you who Tristania are. Miss Schreiber, please read up on the Gothic culture before you attempt to portray a character as 'Goth'. Listen to some Bauhaus or Theatre of Tragedy, even do something as simple as going on Wikipedia and reading up on Goth. Just please, STOP GOING BY STEREOTYPES.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    I think the author did an excellent job at writing this boo


    I think the author did an excellent job at writing this book. I wasn’t very interested in the book at the beginning, but as I read the book a bit more, I became fascinated with it. Vampire Kisses is about a 16-year-old girl named Raven Madison who is a goth misfit in her brightly colored town. When an old abandoned mansion finally gets new residents, the rumors start to spread. Everyone in the small town Raven refers to as “Dullsville” believes that the new neighbors are actually secret bloodthirsty vampires. Even Raven, who, has always loved vampires since she was little, believes the rumors. But one day, she encounters the attractive yet mysterious Alexander Sterling that lives in the mansion, and feels like he is the only person that actually understands her. The two slowly fall in love, but still the question remains; are the Sterlings really vampires?


    It's a really cute book, some may enjoy it while others might not. It really all depends like if you love vampire romances this book is for you. The story is somewhat llike twilight without the whole &quot;werewolf&quot; thing. Some people like the main character Raven and some don't-that's okay. I felt that Raven is sort of a perky goth if you know what I mean, but I like her personality and the fact that she doesn't care what people think. However, the story is pretty slow/predictable for most and sice I'm having to do a book report on it, its pretty hrd to tell what the main conflict of the story is. The ending is a heart breaking cliffhanger too, and although you might not like this book when you read the others in the series the story is a whole lot better. I recommend this for the ages of 11-15/16 It was a fast-read but still pretty good :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Seriously, Just No

    This story's not worth a lot of words. Raven is an annoying, shallow, and predictable character who falls in love with this Alex vampire thing in all of 3 pages. Their relationship has no depth. It's ridiculous, and horrendous to the point that it would be funny, were it not so sad.
    Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, I beg you not to continue this plague by giving this author anymore money than she's already, miraculously gotten.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    This sucks

    It is terrable

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    a quick read

    this was a quick read, yet a little immature, the romance just isnt there, I would suggest to girls of the age of 12 and 13, please dont waste ur money as I have, its really not that great, the plots are immature and quickly resolved, there is nothing dark or sexy in this series, all you get are stolen kisses, nothing beyond that

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    Vampire Kisses

    I read this book on a whim. The way I find a lot of books is from going on my friends Facebook pages and seeing what their favorite books are and this book was one of them. My friend didn't have the series but I think I'm going to really like the whole series. I love Alexander's vulnerability. Raven is a typical teenager but I like the way she doesn't care what anyone thinks and goes by the beat of her own drum & the way she defends people even though they probably wouldn't defend her. This is a great quick read. None of the books pass 200 pages so depending on how fast you read you could probably fly through this. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a little escapism.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Cute read

    This book had me LOLing. A lot.

    Raven is a goth misfit in a white bread town. She is also obsessed with vampires. When the town mansion gets new residents the rumor mill starts flowing. Everyone thinks the new neighbors are vampires. Even Raven. When she finally meets the hunky and mysterious Alexander from the mansion she knows he is the one, someone that can understand her. The only question is.is he or isn't he a vampire?

    What a super cute book. Truly. It's fast paced and had me flipping till the very end.

    I thought the plot was fun and very original. I mean here is a town that is whispering and gossiping about neighbors being vampires. It was really comical, but not over the top silly.

    I just loved Raven. She would probably kill me if she knew I said this, but I think she is sweet, kind and has a huge heart. Her friendship with Becky is proof. She also has a playful sense of humor. I like the way she thinks. I also thought her relationship with her parents and brother were real. They were honest with each other.

    Alexander makes a good heart throb. Though, I felt we really didn't get to know him in this book. I also thought their relationship was too quick, especially for the emotions they had. I wasn't buying it. Then again I am not sixteen and in love with a vampire.

    I found the cast of supporting characters amusing. From mean bully Trevor to Creepy man to Ruby from the travel agency. They add the flare.

    I give this book 3 STACKS

    STACKGirls Stacy - suddenly wants to watch "Kissing Coffins".

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!! (not kidding)

    Good book. I loved it. I read it in less than 7 hours. I am soo glad that there are more books in the series.They are a short read and once you have read the first one you will be longing to buy the second the minute you finish! You should really read these books. They are awesome. You kinda have to like vampires...
    The main character is so funny throughout the whole book!!! It's kind of heartbreaking in the end.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Love it!

    I love this book i had a hard time putting it down and eccept for the whole vampire things I can totally relate to Raven Different frome everyone in school being laughed at all the time people making fun of you because your wearing black with fishnets and combat boots. anyway...its a great book and i reommend it to everyone!!!

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    vampire kisses!

    Raven is a 16 year old goth-girl who is outcasted in her hometown. she's always loved vampires and wants to be one more than anything. on her 16th birthday, the mansion ontop of Benson Hill, which has been boarded up and lft empty, is inhabied. then she meets someone who lives in the masion.. who is this handsome,dark,mysterious Alexander,more like what? Raven is determined to find out and soon falls in love.

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