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Vampireville (Vampire Kisses Series #3)

Vampireville (Vampire Kisses Series #3)

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by Ellen Schreiber

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For goth-girl Raven, dating her dream boyfriend is complicated, especially because Alexander's secret means that they can see each other only at night.

And now the pair must be extra wary in the dark with Alexander's archrival, Jagger, appearing around town. As if Jagger isn't enough cause for worry, Luna, his strikingly pale sister, has also surfaced and seems


For goth-girl Raven, dating her dream boyfriend is complicated, especially because Alexander's secret means that they can see each other only at night.

And now the pair must be extra wary in the dark with Alexander's archrival, Jagger, appearing around town. As if Jagger isn't enough cause for worry, Luna, his strikingly pale sister, has also surfaced and seems to have her sights set on Raven's longtime nemesis, Trevor. Together, Raven and Alexander must begin a terrifying search for Jagger and Luna's hideout to drive them away — that is, if it's not already too late to save Dullsville from becoming Vampireville.

In the latest installment of her popular Vampire Kisses books, Ellen Schreiber continues the startling story of two teen outsiders — she from the mortal world and he from the Underworld — who share a thrilling, extraordinary romance.

Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Fans of the series will find plenty of chills, chuckles, and close calls in this latest chapter.”
Publishers Weekly
"Readers don't have to share goth girl Raven's passion for vampire lore to appreciate her misadventures in Dullsville," said PW of Vampire Kisses. Now in Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber, Raven's relationship with her perfect boyfriend grows more complicated, as Alexander can only come out at night. Add to that, his rival, Jagger, is in town, and Jagger's sister is smitten with Raven's enemy, Trevor, as Dullsville hovers at the precipice of transforming into Vampireville. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
The third book in the "Vampire Kisses" series shows the growing relationship between Raven, a teenage girl who wishes to be a vampire, and Alexander Sterling, a teenage vampire who wishes to be human. Suddenly Dullsville, where Raven has spent her whole life, has turned into Vampireville, and not only Alexander, but two other vampires have turned up on the scene. This book continues the storyline begun in the second book, where Alexander explains to Raven that he refused to take another vampire as his eternal partner when he barely knew her, thus breaking a promise made between their parents as infants. Now the girl, Luna, has been turned into a vampire and she and her twin brother, Jagger, are out for revenge. She is looking for a partner for all of eternity, and has decided on Trevor, Raven's nemesis since they were five years old. But a vampire-Trevor is not what Raven wants her sleepy town exposed to, and so she and Alexander have to try and save him and get the twins to leave Dullsville. Like the other two "Vampire Kisses" books, this is a quick and enjoyable read. This would be a good series to read for those interested in Stephenie Meyer's books or vampire stories in general. Also, the first book was an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, so those reluctant readers should also enjoy this continuation.
The plot thickens enticingly in this third novel of Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series. Raven is as infatuated as ever with her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, and would love nothing more than to become a vampire herself and be joined with him for all eternity. But her fantasy must be put on hold while she and Alexander tackle a more pressing problem. The dangerous vampire twins, Jagger and Luna, have relocated to Dullsville in order to turn Trevor, the town soccer star, into a vampire companion for Luna. Although Raven finds Trevor totally obnoxious, she still wants to protect him and the other citizens of Dullsville from the twins. Raven and Alexander spend long, romantic evenings together searching spooky, deserted places for Jagger's and Luna's hideout, and come up with a convoluted plan to thwart the twins' plot and chase them out of town. The plan succeeds due to an unexpected stroke of luck involving garlic pills. But now a new danger has developed. The twins' eleven-year-old brother, Valentine, has quietly arrived in Dullsville on his own and befriended Raven's younger brother Billy. Despite a rambling and sometimes confusing story line, this book is exciting and upbeat. Schreiber's portrayals of Raven's relationships with Alexander, with her best friend, Becky, and with the despicable Trevor, are realistic and multidimensional. Fans of the series will find plenty of chills, chuckles, and close calls in this latest chapter on life in Dullsville. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 179p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Dotsy Harland
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In this third book in the series, 16-year-old Goth girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, attempt to save Dullsville from an invasion of the undead. Jagger and Luna, evil teen vampire twins new in town, are trying to get their fangs into Trevor, soccer star and Raven's nemesis since kindergarten. Making things even more difficult for Raven is the fact that she and her boyfriend run on different schedules; she can only see him at night, due to his aversion to daylight. The book culminates with a party at the cemetery, during which Jagger and Luna hope to trap Trevor and make him one of their kind. The action begins where the second installment ended and no effort is made to bring readers up to speed, leaving those unfamiliar with the first two titles in the dark. Although the series is a fun, fast read for vampire fans, it pales in comparison to other titles currently available in the genre.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Vampire Kisses Series , #3
Edition description:
Library Bound Editions
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville

By Ellen Schreiber

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Ellen Schreiber
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060776250

Chapter One

Bite Night

I was ready to become a vampire.

I stood alone in the middle of Dullsville's cemetery, dressed in a black corset minidress, fishnet stockings, and my signature combat boots. I held a small bouquet of dead black roses in my black fingerless gloves. A vintage midnight-colored lace veil dripped down over my pale face, gracefully shrouding my black lipstick and eye shadow.

My vampire to be, Alexander Sterling, wearing a gray pallbearer's suit and hat, waited a few yards ahead of me by our gothic altar--a closed coffin adorned with a candelabra and a pewter goblet.

The scene was breathtaking. Fog floated through the graveyard like wayward ghosts. Candles flickered atop tombstones and were scattered alongside graves. A group of bats hovered over a cluster of lonely trees. Raindrops began to fall as the faint sound of screeching violins and a discordant harpsichord sent icy chills through my veins.

I had waited an eternity for this moment. My childhood fantasy was now coming true--I would be a dark angel of the night. I was as excited as a groupie who was about to marry a rock star.

Tiny torches lit my path, like a gothic runway. But as I took my first step toward Alexander, I began to wonder if I was making the rightchoice. My heart started to race as I proceeded forward. Images of the life I would be leaving behind flashed before me. My mom helping me sew a black velvet tote for my home ec. project. I took a step. Watching Dracula on DVD with my dad. Another step. Even my nerdy brother, Billy Boy, kindly helping me with my math homework. Step. My best friend, Becky, and I trying to climb the Mansion's gate. Step. My new kitty, Nightmare, gently purring in my arms. Step. They all began to haunt me.

In one bite my life would change forever.

I was leaving a boring, safe, yet love-filled world of the living and committing an eternity to a dangerous, unknown, darkened world of the undead.

As I continued to walk down the cemetery aisle, I could see the back of Alexander who, now only a few feet away, lifted a goblet from the coffin.

I reminded myself I was making the right decision. I wouldn't have to spend morbidly long daylight hours in Dullsville High. I'd have the ability to fly. And most important, I would be bonding with my true love, for all eternity.

I finally reached the coffin and stood alongside Alexander. He slid his white-gloved hand in mine, his plastic spider ring shining in the candlelight. He raised the pewter goblet to the moon and took a long drink. My heart raced as he passed it to me and I hesitantly lifted my veil from over my mouth. My hand was shaking, so the dark liquid wavered in the goblet.

"Maybe you aren't--," Alexander started, and put his hand over the glass.

"I am!" I argued defiantly. I pulled the goblet back and gulped the sweet, thick liquid.

I began to feel light-headed. The fog thickened around us. I could barely see Alexander's silhouette as he replaced the goblet on the coffin and then turned to me. With his white gloves, he gently lifted the black veil away from my face.

Now I could see clearly. Only I wasn't sure of what I was seeing. Instead of Alexander's usual long black hair, I noticed light-colored hair poking out from underneath his pallbearer's hat.

I gasped. It couldn't be!

"Jagger--," I exclaimed, frozen.

But when I looked into his eyes, I didn't see Alexander's rival's blue and green eyes that had once hypnotized me by the Mansion's gazebo. And they weren't the dark soulful eyes I had fallen in love with. These hypnotic eyes were green, and I'd seen them all my life.

"Trevor!" I declared, the words barely escaping my lips.

My childhood nemesis flashed a wicked grin, two razor-sharp fangs hanging from his mouth.

I stepped back.

It was only last night at Dullsville's Spring Carnival that Alexander and I had tried to warn Trevor about Jagger's twin sister, Luna, who was looking to sink her newly formed fangs into the soccer snob's neck. Jagger had been seeking revenge on Alexander for not turning Luna into a vampire, and now that she'd been turned by another vampire, the nefarious teens were in Dullsville to find her a lifelong partner. But Trevor had failed to heed our warning. When Alexander and I arrived outside the Fun House and searched through the carnival, Trevor was gone.

Only now my nemesis had found me.

I tried to run, but Trevor grabbed my hand as I pulled away. "I've got you now, Monster Girl. Forever." He licked his lips and leaned into my neck.

I looked around for anything to help my escape. But when I reached out for the candelabra, I felt dizzy. Suddenly Trevor's mouth was on my neck.

"Get off!" I cried. "Let go of me!"

He pulled me into him with the force of a whole soccer team. I wedged my boot between us, and, with all my strength, I managed to push him away.

Trevor stumbled back and grabbed my arm. He tried to pull me close, but I bit his hand. I broke free as he stood up confidently and grinned a wicked smile. Blood began to drip from the corner of his mouth.

I reached for my neck. My palm felt warm and wet. I gasped. When I held my hand before me, it was covered in blood.

"No!" I cried.

Just then I saw a confused Alexander, also sporting a gray pallbearer's uniform, running up the cemetery aisle. I turned to Trevor, who just stood and smiled.

"Not you! Not for an eternity!" I yelled.

I sat up, screaming so hard my throat hurt.

I opened my eyes to darkness. I could hardly breathe. Where was I? In a coffin? A tomb? An empty grave?


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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so many mystries towards the end if you want to read this book dont you have to read1-2 first youll get confused trust me and if you happened to read them just wait youll love this my fav series if you like this you should defintly check out the imortal series
GirlintheStacks More than 1 year ago
I finally came to the conclusion these books are the (very) rated G version of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Complete with a mystery, odd ball girl with spunk who doesn't fit in and a hunk of a beau. In the third installment in the Vampire Kisses series, we have our cast of regulars plus the vampire twins from Romania, Jagger and Luna. Craziness ensues when the twins try to lure Trevor to the dark side (unbeknownst to Trevor) while Alexander and Raven do their best to foil their plans. This book was full of cute, perfectly timed quips from Raven. As well as a protective, but not overly so, Alexander. Actually, I found it amusing that Alexander would say things like "wait here" and then before you know it Raven is by his side. Love a girl who thinks on her own. AND I still find it cool that Raven continually addresses and analyzes the issue of becoming part of the undead. She knows her thoughts were romanticized illusions and life as a vampire would not be as easy as she had thought. I have a huge soft spot for Trevor and I think Raven secretly does too. I am probably the only one going to say this, but I think Raven should give him a shot. Seriously. There is tons of passion (and flirting) between those two that I have not seen between Raven and Alexander. Becky and Matt really didn't add much to the story; I personally would like to see them with a bigger role in the action as well as more from Ruby and Jameson. This is a great series for teen reluctant readers. They are short, easy and fast paced enough to keep you reading. I give this book 3 STACKS (for being an awesome book for reluctant readers) STACKGirl Stacy who would like to see waaaay more passionate kissing in the rest of the series
pagese More than 1 year ago
I feel like I'm being a little generous giving this 4 stars, but it was such a vast improvement over the first two in the series. Raven stepped out of the one dimensional goth girl image for awhile in this book. I was glad for that because for some reason it still bugs me that Raven has to be goth. And the way it is described seems more a fashion statement than anything. Anyway, I also feel I learned a little more about Alexander in this book. He gains a little needed background. It gives him strength as a character. I also enjoyed what Jagger and Luna brought to the story. Jagger was creepy and you never know exactly what he up too. I couldn't figure out Luna either. All together a better story that the first two book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love vampires and werewolfs but this is just like twilight.i love it so much but they need to have one where they get married and have a kid sooner or later and then u should have us wait to find out if she has a kid sorry i just want it to be a lot like twilight.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You know what? Jagger made the last and now this one interesting. I don't know, helped the story moving along you know? I like Alexander as the series goes on but still. Another fun sequel in the series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was wonderful. I love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book series I've read, wish it was longer so it didn't have to end 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am about to buy this third book so i havent read it yet. I have read the first two and it anxious to read the other two. It just has many details that keeps people coming for more. I do ABSOLOUTELY reccomend this book to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a vampire a i love being one i mean i is so fun i hang with my crew and there names are charlie alex and pablo JK not a vampire but i dont hang with my crew PS I am a girl i love my crew............ :) :) ;)
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Amazing i cant wait to read the other books
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I love this book.
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This book is amazing but you have to readghe first two to feally understand the plot.
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