Vampire Kisses: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville)

Vampire Kisses: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville)

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by Ellen Schreiber
     
 

A new guy in town.

Rumors of vampires.

Dangerous first love.

This is where it all begins. . . .

The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always

Overview

A new guy in town.

Rumors of vampires.

Dangerous first love.

This is where it all begins. . . .

The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander. As she gets to know him, and their spark intensifies, Raven finds herself in some unanticipated situations. Can Alexander make her lifelong dream come true? But love always has its complications—especially when it can only be awakened at nightfall.

The first three books in Ellen Schreiber's bestselling Vampire Kisses series capture the thrill of a most unusual romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061778940
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Series:
Vampire Kisses Series
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
236,372
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses; Kissing Coffins; Vampireville) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 292 reviews.
Lilith-Filth More than 1 year ago
Vampire Kisses is what orginally got me into vampires. The main character, Raven Madison, is easy to relate to and it is every bit as thrilling as Twilight, just, in a different way than you would think. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that Alexander Sterling is completely and utterly gorgeous. Definetly give this book a try sometime. It's worth it. It's very different from Twilight, meaning IT IS NOT A RIP OFF OF THE SAGA!! Really, I hate it when people automatically assume that every vampire novel out there is a Twilight rip-off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Precious5881 More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to let those that are still wondering weither or not to get this to go ahead and get it. I read the reviews like so many others. Yes, Raven is whiney what 16 year old isn't? Raven will not listen to anyone but herself, what 16 year old does? Those are the only two things in this whole entire book that was annoying. Otherwise, it's very enjoyable read. There is adventure and romance. I have read the Twilight series and I have to agree with those that say "it's like a goth twilight" which it is. I actually perfer THIS series over twilight. The author gives her characters character, they aren't boring, and there really isn't any of the "hard to believe" things that are going on. Also, I'd like to point out 1 thing. Raven isn't a "true" goth. She only wears all black because very early in her childhood she watched vampire movies and they captured her heart. So she dresses up like a vampire minus the teeth. I do not consider raven a goth, only a person that wears black. I now a days it's custom to call a girl that wears all black a goth, but for those that will not let their girls read this because of the "goth" thing, raven is NOT a TRUE goth. I repeat, they only call her that because she wears all black. If your still iffy on it, read it for yourself, you'll like it and have something to share with your child. I'm a 29 year old woman and I loved this book, next I'm loning it to my little sister who is 13. Also there is NO sexuality in this book. Alexander pulls raven on his lap and nothing more, so no worries there! I hope I answered alot of questions that some of you probably have had.
Moonystar More than 1 year ago
Amazing, it isn't adult, and gory like Interveiw w/a vampire, & it isn't too childish like Vladimir Tod, it's perfect for teens, and young adults alike that enjoy an easy read, thats fun, flirty, and a little thrilling with mysteries and romances. Perfect for someone who wants to read about friendships, romance, finding yourself, jealousy, and of course, vampires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the rest of the herd loooovved Twilight then you may want to skip this seriers. . . It's about being and loving the fact that you just know your different. . . all the Goth/Quirky/Oddballs out there, here's your series.. . Enjoy!!! . . . I DID!!
Josilene_Areck More than 1 year ago
Vampire Kisses: The Beginning is the first 3 novels to the series. This series if like Twilight but hundred time cooler. Darker and goth with humor instead of constant drama. Alexander is the epitomy of teenage vamps and girls dreams. Raven is hilarious and liven the dark dream. The romance is adorable and cute. The description is through Raven's eyes so it is short, crisp and easy to follow. Not confusing or boring. Quite entertaining. Way different than Twilight but the same theme, girl meets vampire and falls in love with them while battling other vampries who threaten to tear them apart. An awesome read for a teen novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok i only read the first to pages but i can feel that this book is goimg to be good. for one i love strange books i have a collection. but by far this is one of the best vampire books ive ever will ever read. i love black. goth is ok and i think i should read the whole series
Lama-tell-ya More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was pretty different from most books that I read. Im not a Goth or "different" But I did love that Ellen decided to make the characters different. Not the same old Jane.. with blonde hair, blue eyes, and tight bod, that falls in love with a nice buff vamp. These characters were different and it was nice. The edge was good kept you pretty interested in what was going to happen next. Although I'm not a good fan of Trevor. lol. But I would recommend this book to others and I think that if they wanted an easy read that this book would be it. Nothing in it was confusing, nor so far fetched that you rolled your eyes.. loved it loved it loved it! Great read!
xCandiieex More than 1 year ago
this book was overall really good. i couludn't stop reading it. im truly sorry i only picked up this one...now i have to wait to get the rest...Grr i hate waiting i want to know what happens. ill probably end up borrowing the rest from my friend until i can buy it myself annd keep it. Raven annd alexander seem alot like me... i dont mean im goth or anything, though i think the style is awesome, annd do dress somewhat like that but im just me. This book was amazingly good, although i think their relationship is going a bit fast, its still pretty good. The author did a great job describing the characters.. i can practly picture them in my head. oh nnnd dont forget the immagery. very spectacular. outstanding job. i know im not describing well enough, but idk im just not in the mood to write a review at the moment.. but who knows when ill be back on.. annd i wanted to write onne for this book.. why? BECAUSE ITS AWESOME! get it. it may not be the best out there. but its a good read(:
Blondie_89 More than 1 year ago
This book is the story of a high school girl named Raven, whom is very different from her community, she is pretty much a loner aside from her one true best friend. Then everything changes when a new family moves into town. Though this new family is everything Raven could have asked for, there are secrets from their past that threaten Ravens life. This is a thrilling story about the difficulties of growing up, young love, danger, adventure, and of course vampires.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
This was a delicious book that's aimed at teens but will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The writing style of the author really appealed to me. Alexander is a perfect gentleman; he's so sweet and shy but, at the same time, protective and aggressive when it comes to Raven's security. He starts as a mysterious guy and bit by bit, as we get deeper in the story, we discover new things about him and about his life as a vampire. Jagger and Trevor are the principal troublemakers of this story. Both attempt against Raven and Alexander, but while Trevor is the most popular boy, star of the football team who doesn't have anything better to do than to make fun of Raven (on whom he has a crush), Jagger is a dangerous vampire who claims revenge. But if I had to choose a character, that would definitely be Raven. She is the perfect stereotype of a Goth girl and while she is marked as an outcast she has the strength to confront anyone who gets in her way. All she needs is a bit of understanding and love. Overall: With this series, Ellen has created a fantastic new Vampire world full of humor, gothic stuff and, of course, love.
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Raven, a 17 year old Goth girl who is infatuated with vampires, is convinced that her new neighbors' son is a vampire, and she soon develops feelings for the young man Alexander. "Vampire Kisses" is a dark and romantic tale where both Raven and Alexander are described as outcasts, but they soon begin to fall in love in a town that is known for being dull. Although Raven is perceived to be an outside, the protagonist is feisty and witty. She is not afraid to stand up for herself or others, particularly her best friend Becky who is described to be mild-mannered. On the other hand, Alexander is a shadowy character with qualities of a male heartthrob. Although Raven expresses deep feeling for Alexander, she feels their relationship may not work out seeing as Alexander could be a vampire. Furthermore, Raven is antagonized throughout the story by Trevor, a popular and arrogant soccer player who hides his feelings for Raven. For instance once Trevor learns of Raven and Alexander’s love interest,, he sets out to mock and end the couples relationship by showing up to school in a Dracula costume for Halloween and vandalizing Alexander’s home by writing offensive words and making it seem as though Raven had wrote them. Seeing that I already have an interest in plots relating to vampire love stories, I enjoyed "Vampire Kisses" and recommend it to young adult readers. What I liked most about the story was how Raven and Alexander’s relationship developed despite the uncertainty of his true nature. For instance, Alexander displayed qualities of a gentleman when he invited Raven out to a picnic date in the cemetery, but his vampire like qualities, which appeal to Raven, became evident during an intimate moment. On the other hand, I disliked the fact that Raven's archenemy, Trevor, sought to break Raven and Alexander’s relationship. I appreciate plots where the protagonist, in this case Raven, confronts challenges in society. I recommend this novel to young adult readers who are interested in dark, vampire-related plots without all the gore.
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