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

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061778940
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Vampire Kisses Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 131,743
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.36 (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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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Got Fangs?

    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.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    Will not disappoint

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    AMAZING series for kids and adults!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Horrible

    Even as vampire novels go, this is a stinker. It was probably the cheesiest thing ever, and absolutely no thought went into it. Everything about the vampire lore was traditional and illogical (they had to sleep in coffins, allergic to garlic, could change into bats), and there was nothing in this book that you couldn't find in vampire movie 80 years ago. And Raven, the protangonist, was not "Goth". No matter how many times you call yourself Goth, no matter how many times you use the words "gothic" on the page, that does not make you Goth. True Goths do not define themselves to a Goth stereotype. The romance between Alexander (who has no personality) and Raven was completely flat. The romance consisted of this: Raven sees Alexander and automatically falls in love with him based on his appearance (which she describes constantly) and decides it is true love. Raven does not go through the process of falling in love, nor does she displays that she loves him. She simply meets him and tells the readers she loves him. The dialogue amongst all the characters is predictable, as all the plot twists. Even though I am not a big fan of Twilight, it would be a step up compared to this series.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

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    Look out Bella & Edward

    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!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    A Book i could sink my teeth into.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

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    Boring, unoriginal, horrible

    I read the first chapter or so of this book on the internet and it sounded kind of good, so I bought it. The first part of the book i liked, but then the story just sounded as though the author kind of wrote it in a hurry, or something like that. Seriously, even the parts that were supposed to be "exciting" were boring and you knew that Alexander was going to save her in the end. I had to force myself to finish the book. Also, there isn't anything original about the vampires in this book. At least in Twilight or other vampire books, the vampires are SOMEWHAT original, but this book was a complete vampire stereotype. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Pretty much a darker goth version of Twilight with more humor and less drama!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2009

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    Ummm, no.

    I did not like this book at all. I forced myself through the first two books but i couldnt get through the 3rd. the characters where very over the top and unbeleivable. the plot was just ok. and i didnt like the relationship between raven and alexander. they immidiatly jump right into as if they new eachother forever. i think she could have taken more time to tell that part better. also, everything is sooooo predictable. none of it is orgignal. i do not recomend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    I've read better

    I like the characters themselves. But I think the story line is very childish and to quick in pace. They meet and poof! there in love. Not very realistic. It's not original in anyway. It's like the author watched every old fashion vampire movie and book and combined them in one. Nothing set this book apart from any other. Not impressed sorry.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Amazing Beginning

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    not an exciting book

    this is a horrible book, in my opinion. i mean, all that happens in this book is a goth girl and a vampire dating each other while raven (the goth girl) has to keep searching for alexander (vampire) because he keeps running away because hes a wimp

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    want a great vampire book series other than twilight????

    Vampire kisses: The beginning has the first three books in the series: vampire kisses, kissing coffins, and vampireville. All of the books were amazing! Ellen Scheiber, the author did an amazing job and she made this book before twilight just in case anybody thinks she's a vampire novel poseur. Its a funny yet edgy romantic comedy perfect for fans of twilight! You'll fall in love with the plot and characters- the bold goth girl Raven who covets a vampire kiss, her hot boyfriend Alexander, the annoying soccer snob Trevor, etc. Don't think the book is weird because its about goths because i thought the same and surprised myself by falling in love w/ the series. Plus this edition of the book has the 1st 3 books back to back. so start reading and fall in love with a vampire, who knows you just might just kidding. P.S. Rumor has it, there is a movie in the works, so read the books before the movie comes out.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    I love Vampire Kisses

    ILY!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

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    love it

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Hard to put down

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO?!

    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(:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Vampire Kisses The Beginning was an excellent read. The characters were interesting and likable. The story line only made you want to continue reading. If your a vampire fan it is a must read.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

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    The first two stories are cute, but by the third all appeal wanes away

    Vampire kisses is a compilation of three books in one. I thought the first two were mostly cute and entertaining. However, by the time I got to Vampireville it lost all of its appeal. I thought ok enough already, I understand Raven wears ensembles of total black. Yes, I realize she's goth. Yes I know she's a social outcast. And yes Alexander is (or seems to be) her perfect goth mate. The story seemed to go no where. Raven knows of an impending threat to her friends and town, but she just goes out for a burger and fries with her friends? One moment Raven is in an almost panic trying to figure out what to do to stop the threat and the next they are just chilling out together. The threat wasn't convincing. This is not the type of book that keeps you in suspense. The "bad guys" seem almost a joke. They didn't come across as dangerous...apparently take their coffins and something bad happens to them? It seemed very unrealistic and unbelievable. Also lacked imagination, very stereotypical of the vampire world. I read 525 pages and finally stopped with ONLY about 40 pages to go. I just had no interest in reading the rest. It took a lot for me to get even that far. I think this is a series that is better suited for younger readers-perhaps middle school aged. Twilight, Vampire Academy, Evernight, and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (don't judge this book by its title) are all much better choices.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2009

    MY DAUGHTER LOVED IT!

    I bought this book series for my daughter and she absolutely loved it! It was all she would talk about or read for the longest time! I definatly recommend it to anyone with a teenage daughter.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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