Schreiber's sequel to Vampire Kisses (HarperCollins, 2003/VOYA February 2004) begins two nights after Alexander Sterling's mysterious disappearance from "Dullsville" and sixteen-year-old Raven's revelation that Alexander and his creepy butler Jameson are indeed vampires. None of the local citizens have realized that the two new residents are missing, and Raven is longing for her boyfriend. She tracks him down to "Hipsterville," where her wacky Aunt Libby resides, and during her search encounters an angry vampire named Jagger who is also hot on Alexander's trail. Jagger holds a grudge against Alexander, who years before refused to keep an agreement that his family had made with Jagger's parents. The plan had been for Alexander to bond with Jagger's human sister, Luna, in order for her to become a vampire. Alexander and Raven manage to thwart Jagger and return to Dullsville. But the novel ends on another cliffhanger with the unwelcome appearance of Jagger and Luna at the Dullsville town carnival. Luna is now a vampire and has set her sights on Trevor, Raven's nemesis. Raven and Alexander are ready to rush to Trevor's rescue. This novel flows somewhat more smoothly than the first and offers more in the way of adventure and suspense. Schreiber's writing style is frank and funny, and she captures the angst of first love perfectly. Fans of the series and younger female readers who are charmed by Raven's relationship with the chivalrous Alexander will welcome the third installment. 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). 2005, Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, 176p.,and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
Gr 7 Up-This sequel to Vampire Kisses (HarperCollins, 2003) continues the love story between Goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend. As this book opens, Alexander has left town and Raven decides she must hunt him down. She finds out that he is probably in a nearby town and it just so happens that she has an aunt who lives there AND it's spring break AND her parents allow her to visit without any real explanation AND Raven's aunt is extremely gullible so that Raven can sneak around and do what she needs to do. After Alexander is located and comes back to town, his evil nemesis, Jagger, decides to get revenge by biting Raven. Goofy high jinks ensue. Every step that the protagonist and her cohorts take is predictable, right up to the cliff-hanger ending. Schreiber's sense of time is extremely skewed and the mentions of bands like the Smiths (Goth fare in the mid- to late '80s) make readers question when the book is actually set until they happen upon mentions of Slipknot and Good Charlotte. Goth girls would certainly be attracted to the book based on the photo on the cover, but only middle school Goth wannabes who are closet "Sweet Valley High" readers will actually finish the book. Raven is far too saccharine and has no sulky-fierce Goth appeal, and the love story falls flat.-Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.