Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses Series #2)

Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses Series #2)

by Ellen Schreiber


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Life in "Dullsville" has become far from dull for goth-girl Raven. After meeting Alexander Sterling—a night-thriving, shadowy dream guy—her dark world suddenly has a bright glow. But as in her favorite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications. And Alexander has a secret—a secret she must quietly guard. When he mysteriously disappears, Raven finds herself on a dangerous chase to find him. What she encounters is more terrifying than she could have imagined—including a life-transforming decision she may not be ready to sink her teeth into.

In Kissing Coffins Ellen Schreiber presents a chilling and suspenseful sequel to her popular tale of an unusual teen romance, Vampire Kisses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060776220
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Series: Vampire Kisses Series , #2
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 473,208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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 2: Kissing Coffins

Chapter One

Bleeding Heart

It was like a final nail in a coffin.

Becky and I were camped out in my darkened bedroom, engrossed in the eighties cult horror classic Kissing Coffins. The femme fatale, Jenny, a teenage, malnourished blond wearing a size negative-two white cotton dress, was desperately running up a serpentine rock footpath toward an isolated haunted mansion. Bright veins of lightning shot overhead in the pouring rain.

Only the night before had Jenny unearthed the true identity of her fiancé when she stumbled upon his hidden dungeon and found him climbing out of a coffin. The dashing Vladimir Livingston, a renowned English professor, was not a mere mortal after all, but an immortal blood-sucking vampire. Upon hearing Jenny's blood-curdling screams, Professor Livingston immediately covered his fangs with his black cape. His red eyes remained unconcealed, gazing back at her longingly.

"You cannot bear witness to me in this state," I said along with the vampire.

Jenny didn't flee. Instead, she reached out toward her fiancé. Her vampire love growled, reluctantly stepped back into the shadows, and disappeared.

The fang flick had gathered a goth cult following that continued today. Audience members flocked to retro cine-mas in full costume, shouted the lines of the movie in unison, and acted out the various roles in front of the screen. Although I'd seen the movie a dozen times at home on DVD and knew all the words, I'd never been blessed with participating in a theatrical showing. This was Becky's first time watching it. We sat in my room, glued tothe screen, as Jenny decided to return to the professor's mansion to confront her immortal lover. Becky dug her gnawed-on blood-red-painted fingernails into my arm as Jenny slowly opened the creaky wooden arch-shaped dungeon door. The ingénue softly crept down the massive winding staircase into Vladimir's darkened basement, torches and cobwebs hanging on the cement brick walls. A simple black coffin sat in the center of the room, earth sprinkled beneath it. She approached it cautiously. With all her might, Jenny lifted the heavy coffin lid.

Violins screeched to a climax. Jenny peered inside. The coffin was empty.

Becky gasped. "He's gone!"

Tears began to well in my eyes. It was like watching myself on-screen. My own love, Alexander Sterling, had vanished into the night two evenings ago, shortly after I had discovered he, too, was a vampire.

Jenny leaned over the empty casket and melodramatically wept as only a B-movie actress could.

A tear threatened to fall from my eye. I wiped it off with the back of my hand before Becky could see. I pressed the "Stop" button on the remote and the screen went black.

"Why did you turn it off?" Becky asked. Her disgruntled face was barely illuminated by the few votives I had scattered around my room. A tear rolling down her cheek caught the reflection of one of the candles. "It was just getting to the good part."

"I've seen this a hundred times," I said, rising, and ejected the DVD.

"But I haven't," she whined. "What happens next?"

"We can finish it next time," I reassured her as I put the DVD away in my closet.

"If Matt were a vampire," Becky pondered, referring to her khaki-clad new boyfriend, "I'd let him take a bite out of me anytime."

I felt challenged by her innocent remark, but I bit my tongue. I couldn't share my most secretest of secrets even with my best friend.

"Really, you don't know what you'd do" was all I could say.

"I'd let him bite me," she replied matter-of-factly.

"It's getting late," I said, turning on the light.

I hadn't slept the last two nights since Alexander left. My eyes were blacker than the eye shadow I put on them.

"Yeah, I have to call Matt before nine," she said, glancing at my Nightmare Before Christmas alarm clock. "Would you and Alexander meet us for a movie tomorrow?" she asked, grabbing her jean jacket from the back of my computer chair.

"Uh . . . we can't," I stalled, blowing out the votives. "Maybe next week."

"Next week? But I haven't even seen him since the party."

"I told you, Alexander's studying for exams."

"Well, I'm sure he'll ace them," she said. "He's been cracking the books all day and night."

Of course, I couldn't tell anyone, even Becky, why Alexander had disappeared. I wasn't even sure of the reason myself.

But mostly, I couldn't admit to myself that he had gone. I was in denial. Gone -- the word turned my stomach and choked my throat. Just the thought of explaining to my parents that Alexander had left Dullsville brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't bear accepting the truth, much less telling it.

And I didn't want another rumor mill circulating throughout Dullsville. If word got out that Alexander had moved without warning, who knows what conclusions the gossipmongers would jump to.

At this point, I wanted to maintain the status quo: keep up appearances until the RBI -- Raven Bureau of Investigation -- had a few more days to figure out a plan.

"We'll double-date soon," I promised as I walked Becky outside to her truck.

"I'm dying to know. . . ," she said, climbing into her pickup truck. "What happens to Jenny?"

"Uh . . . She tries to find Vladimir."

Becky closed her door, rolled down the window. "If I discovered Matt was a vampire and then he disappeared, I'd search for him," she said confidently. "I know you'd do the same for Alexander."

She started the engine and backed out of the driveway.

My best friend's remark was like a package of Pop Rocks blasting off in my brain. Why hadn't I thought of it sooner? I'd spent the last several days worrying how long I'd have to keep making excuses for Alexander's absence. Now I wouldn't be forced to wait an eternity in Dullsville wondering if he'd ever return. I didn't have to jump every time the telephone rang to find out it was for my mother.

Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins. Copyright © by Ellen Schreiber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

1Bleeding Heart1
2Flower Power13
3Final Departure19
5The Coffin Club35
6Dracula Delivers46
7The Historical Society56
8In a Manor of Speaking62
9Bus Stop Blues77
10The Covenant81
11Frightening Farewell88
12Risky Reunion90
13The Promise97
16Vampire Visitor116
17School Ghoul121
18Kissing Coffins132
19Night and Day145
20Dancing in the Dark148
21Creepy Carnival154

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Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 549 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
First of all, I just want to say that this is the second book in the series, picking up right where the first one left off, so it is highly suggested that KISSING COFFINS be read after VAMPIRE KISSES. Consider that your warning. Now that that's out of the way, on to the book!

Goth-girl Raven has just discovered that her boyfriend, Alexander Sterling, new to the town of "Dullsville," is an actual vampire. Unfortunately, the morning after this startling discovery, he disappears. Raven is devastated, but doesn't dare ask anyone for help for fear they will discover his secret.

She decides to take the matter into her own hands and sets off to look for clues to his whereabouts, determined to find him and convince him that she is perfectly fine with the fact that he is one of the undead. Her search leads her to the Mansion, where she finds a mysterious note in Alexander's bedroom that only says, "Alexander, HE IS ON HIS WAY!" She then takes a trip to nearby "Hipsterville," home of hippies, Goths, starving artists, her aunt Libby, and, hopefully, Alexander.

Following a trail of clues, she visits the Coffin Club (a popular hangout for Goths), the Hipsterville Historical Society (who knew that would be helpful?), and a deserted mansion on the outskirts of town (that's hopefully not really deserted at all).

She also meets the mysterious and slightly creepy Jagger, who offers to help her with her search. But is he just a Goth-obsessed teen like Raven, or is he the real thing? And why does he seem so interested in Alexander?

KISSING COFFINS is a fun, quick read for those looking for a vampire story without the blood and gore. However, the writing is often quite shallow, and the relationship between Raven and Alexander is never really fully developed enough for my taste. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the book; I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait until this book came out. i read the first one a while ago when it came out and couldnt wait for the sequel. It starts up where the other left off. Raven goes in search for Alexander, which leads her to a place that she calls 'hipsterville'. There she meets Jagger, and doesnt know what he is. The ending is a cliffhanger. Ellen Schreiber is going to write a sequel called 'Vampireville'. Hopefully that will tell you what happens between Luna and Tr--wait, i dont want to give away any spoilers do i? if you love vampires or even if you dont i think you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in 3 hours it was that good, u just can't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Goths and i am not goth but I totally LOVED this book. Everything sucked me in. It was suck a break from the crap sparkely vampires to read this. I love it and I know you will too!!
WWE_Fan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a bad series so far, not as meaty as other vampire books. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for Alex and Raven in the next installment.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In search for her Vampire love, Goth girl Raven sets too to visit her Aunt in a place she calls Hipsterville. But instead of only bringing Alexander back, she also bought the harbinger of chaos, Alexander's nemesis - Jagger, brother of Luna, Alexander's ex-fiancé. Fun, quick read for a boring night with no good show on TV or while waiting for the books that you have ordered to arrive. Don't expect a great mystery though.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first one. If you don't mind weird stereotypes, this book is good. I thought her rendition of vampires is odd. It's very hollywood movie, classic- blood sucking, garlicfearing, only goes out at night, lives in Romania, wears black, has a creepy butler...need i go on? But still, cute and a quick read if you need a break from serious literaature.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexander disappeared at the end of the first book, and Raven is quite lost at first. However, watching one of her favorite movies and talking to her best friend, she decides to go looking for him. She gets spooked before she sees him by another vampire who creeps her out, so she goes back home. He follows her and Alexander comes back home as well, and then they have to battle it out for Raven. Told in the same perky manner as the first book. Light and fluffy.
bottleninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
pretty lame for me... seems like it was written for about a twelve to thirteen yr old which is ok if i was twelve or thirteen which i am not...:)
TeenBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second instillation is in some ways better than the first book. Schreiber writes Raven in a believable manner and gets her points across without becoming preachy. I really liked this book.
Laura_Fichter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am review the wonderful book, Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins. It was well written by: Ellen Schreiber. I chose to read this book because it is the sequal to Vampire Kisses, (a book I enjoyed greatly) also written by: Ellen Schreiber. I really liked this book as well as the first one. It was imaginitive, funny in parts, and something I could see myself getting into. In the end of the first book, her vampire boyfriend Alexander leaves. In this book, she goes to find him. To start looking, she begins by visiting her Aunt Liby in, "Hipsterville" as she calls it. Which, I could see myself asking my parents to go somewhere, and really go somewhere else. Which, she does go to Hipsterville, but the real reason was to find Alexander. She goes into a night club called, "The Coffin Club", and meets Jagger Maxwell. That's when things get bad. And me being me, I can really relate to things going bad! I didn't really expect there to be an awesome night club, or her to sneak off to her Aunts to go looking for Alexander. I figured she'd stay home, and he would out of nowhere come back to her. I know, lame, but still, that is what I thought would happen. Instead, she looks for him, avoids obstacles on the way, and finally finds him! But anyways, I loved it, and was very pleased with Mrs. Schreiber's work.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reworking of first book in the series: mean potential love interest for heroine must be prevented from hurting her true love. Not that this is a problem: it's still fun to read and sometimes funny and meant for someone much younger than me.
bridget1138 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i am reading Vampire kisses 2 by Ellen Schreiber. I chose to read this book because i read the first book and it was really good. This book has adventure in it. It was a really good book.This book was really exciting and the characters are fantastic. the main idea of the story was all about finding alexander. she look all around in old house to find him. In the mean time she was being followed. She finally found Alexander. Then she discovered who she was being followed by. This book was really good. Her search for alexander shows that she really loves him. Then to be followed shws real excitement. I would recommend this book to all
Serena_iz_Crazi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the book Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins, a girl named Raven is wondering why her vampire boyfriend, Alexander has suddenly left. He had left and she did't know where he was, or why and didn't know when he is coming back. Raven visits her aunt in a town where she can finally fit in. Later, Raven sneaks in to the Coffin Club and meets a teen vampire named Jagger. Jagger is an old friend of Alexander who Raven has finally found. There are many fights between Alexander and Jagger. Then Raven is getting part of Alexander's world.
Ashliecaster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Alexander is no where to be seen Raven goes to look for him. Will she find him?
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
So far the books are short and entertaining enough if you need a quick read while you're on a plane or killing time, but they just haven't grabbed me as much as I was hoping.
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The coolest book ever. Full of romance and adventure. So amazing.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Noticing with some of the books, New Moon, etc, and others I can't think from the top of my head, where the love interest for the MC is either away or missing and so she goes to look for him. This is one of those. But found it a little better than the first. Pretty good sequel.
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Loved it