Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses Series #1)

Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses Series #1)

by Ellen Schreiber

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Overview

In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060093341
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2003
Series: Vampire Kisses Series , #1
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 385,276
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 610L (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

Chapter One

Little Monster

It first happened when I was five.

I had just finished coloring in My Kindergarten Book. It was filled with Picasso-like drawings of my mom and dad, an Elmer's-glued, tissue-papered collage, and the answers to questions (favorite color, pets, best friend, etc.) written down by our hundred-year-old teacher, Mrs. Peevish.

My classmates and I were sitting in a semicircle on the floor in the reading area. "Bradley, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Mrs. Peevish asked after all the other questions had been answered.

"A fire fighter!" he shouted.

"Cindi?"

"Uh . . . a nurse," Cindi Warren whispered meekly.

Mrs. Peevish went through the rest of the class. Police officers. Astronauts. Football players. Finally it was my turn.

"Raven, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Mrs. Peevish asked, her green eyes staring through me.

I said nothing.

"An actress?"

I shook my head.

"A doctor?"

"Nuh, uh," I said.

"A flight attendant?"

"Yuck!" I replied.

"Then what?" she asked, annoyed.

I thought for a moment. "I want to be . . . "

"Yes?"

"I want to be . . . a vampire!" I shouted, to the shock and amazement of Mrs. Peevish and my classmates. For a moment I thought she started to laugh; maybe she really did. The children sitting next to me inched away.

I spent most of my childhood watching others inch away.

I was conceived on my dad's water bed -- or on the rooftop of my mom's college dorm under twinkling stars -- depending on which one of my parents is telling the story. They were soul mates that couldn't part with the seventies: true love mixed with drugs, some raspberry incense, and the music of the Grateful Dead. A beaded-jeweled, halter-topped, cutoff blue-jeaned, barefooted girl, intertwined with a long-haired, unshaven, Elton John–spectacled, suntanned, leather-vested, bell-bottomed-and-sandaled guy. I think they're lucky I wasn't more eccentric. I could have wanted to be a beaded-haired hippie werewolf! But somehow I became obsessed with vampires.

Sarah and Paul Madison became more responsible after my entrance into this world -- or I'll rephrase it and say my parents were "less glassy eyed." They sold the Volkswagen flower power van that they were living in and actually started renting property. Our hippie apartment was decorated with 3-D glow-in-the-dark flower posters and orange tubes with a Play-Doh substance that moved on its own -- lava lamps -- that you could stare at forever. It was the best time ever. The three of us laughed and played Chutes and Ladders, and squeezed Twinkies between our teeth. We stayed up late, watching Dracula movies, Dark Shadows with the infamous Barnabus Collins, and Batman on a black-and-white TV we'd received when we opened a bank account. I felt secure under the blanket of midnight, rubbing Mom's growing belly, which made noises like the orange lava lamps. I figured she was going to give birth to more moving Play-Doh.

Everything changed when she gave birth to the playdough -- only it wasn't Play-Doh. She gave birth to Nerd Boy! How could she? How could she destroy all the Twinkie nights? Now she went to bed early, and that creation that my parents called "Billy" cried and fussed all night. I was suddenly alone. It was Dracula -- the Dracula on TV -- that kept me company while Mom slept, Nerd Boy wailed, and Dad changed smelly diapers in the darkness.

And if that wasn't bad enough, suddenly they sent me to a place that wasn't my apartment, that didn't have wild 3-D flower posters on the walls, but boring collages of kids' handprints. Who decorates around here? I wondered. It was overcrowded with Sears catalog girls in frilly dresses and Sears catalog boys in tapered pants and perfectly combed hair. Mom and Dad called it "kindergarten."

"They'll be your friends," my mom reassured me, as I clung to her side for dear life. She waved good-bye and blew me kisses as I stood alone beside the matronly Mrs. Peevish, which was as alone as one can get. I watched my mom walk away with Nerd Boy on her hip as she took him back to the place filled with glow-in-the-dark posters, monster movies, and Twinkies.

Somehow I made it through the day. Cutting and gluing black paper on black paper, finger painting Barbie's lips black, and telling the assisant teacher ghost stories, while the Sears catalog kids ran around like they were all cousins at an all-American family picnic. I was even happy to see Nerd Boy when Mom finally came to pick me up.

That night she found me with my lips pressed against the TV screen, trying to kiss Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula.

"Raven! What are you doing up so late? You have school tomorrow!"

"What?" I said. The Hostess cherry pie that I had been eating fell to the floor, and my heart fell with it.

"But I thought it was just the one time?" I said, panicked.

"Sweet Raven. You have to go every day!"

Every day? The words echoed inside my head. It was a life sentence!

That night Nerd Boy couldn't hope to compete with my dramatic wailing and crying. As I lay alone in my bed, I prayed for eternal darkness and a sun that never rose.

Unfortunately the next day I awoke to a blinding light, and a monster headache.

I longed to be around at least one person that I could connect with. But I couldn't find any, at home or school. At home the lava lamps were replaced with Tiffany-style floor lamps, the glow-in-the-dark posters were covered with Laura Ashley wallpaper, and our grainy black-and-white TV was upgraded to a twenty-five-inch color model.

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

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vampiress93 More than 1 year ago
this series is the best that i have read.
it hooks you in and the story line is just great.
raven and alexander are to die for=D
i really recomend you read this series.
and i cant wait till the 6th book comes out june 1st.
=D
Abbie_B More than 1 year ago
Read this book a couple of month's ago and became hooked with the series!I am obsessed with the "Vampire Kisses" AND "Twilight" series!The Twilight movie is AMAZING!These books are GENIUS!
readingluvr68 More than 1 year ago
THIS WHOLE SERIES IS AMAZING!!!! After reading twilight I got really into Vampire love stories. If you liked twilight you will definitely like this/these books. I LOVED THEM!!!!! I could not put the books down. READ THEM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amazing! it is just too good for word's!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Raven Madison started her obsession with the dark side in kindergarten. While the teacher was asking her young students what they wanted to be when they grew up and getting the typical responses of nurse, fire fighter, and football player, young Raven answered the question the only way she knew how--she wanted to grow up to be a vampire.

Raven's parents, Sarah and Paul, were typical hippies who spent their early years together waxing poetic about love and the music of the Grateful Dead. When Raven came along, they became slightly less hippie, in that they moved into an apartment instead of living in their Volkswagon van. Raven's first years were spent surrounded by lava lamps and glow-in-the-dark posters, with her parents playing games with her, eating junk food, and watching old horror films on the small black and white television. All of that changed, though, when two things happened--her mother dared to give birth to a brother, endearingly termed Nerd Boy, and they forced her to go to school, every day.

Now sixteen, Raven is still the outcast that she found herself to be when she proclaimed her life's ambition was to be a vampire. Now the only goth girl in a town dubbed Dullsville, Raven is still a social outcast who enjoys horror movies, black lipstick, and pushing her parents to the edge. Raven has no real friends except for Becky, a timid farm girl who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. None, that is, until the Sterling family moves into the dark, abandoned mansion sitting on top of Benson Hill.

Suddenly the whole town is talking about the mysterious Sterlings, especially the teenage son, Alexander. It's said he hangs out in the cemetery at night, that he's brought bats to town, that he's pale and is never seen outside during the daytime. Could Alexander be a real, live vampire? If so, he could be Raven's ticket out of this loser town. But does she really want to leave her family and real life behind to spend her days sleeping in a coffin? Or is all the hype just that--the ramblings and crazy speculation of a town who can't stand for anyone to be different?

As Raven gets closer to Alexander, she realizes that being a vampire might not matter so much as being loved for who she is. As she deals with the small-minded people in her town, she just might find out that she's not so different from the residents of Dullsville as she thought she was.

VAMPIRE KISSES is a good start to this entertaining vampire series by Ellen Schreiber. Although there are parts that appear too shallow for Raven's character, and way too many exclamation points for my taste, I still recommend the story, and look forward to reading the next book in the series, KISSING COFFINS.
cantlivewithoutbooks More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. It could easily be my favorite and I haven't had one since I was like 5 because I read so much. Alexander Sterling is so cool adn Raven is just so lucky. I really like the character Raven, although I'm not so sure about the name. I love the way she thinks, everything. Add in Alexander and it's just too perfect for words.
twilight_lover1 More than 1 year ago
Oh wow! The way Ellen describes Alexander in the story... he is one freaking sexy vampire. He may be gothic but he sounds; romantic, hot, sweet, and a total vampire! I think it is so cute the whole relationship between Raven and Alexander. They love eachother!!!! I am so glad she is not into that jerk Trever! ugh! When i read this book i couldn't help but wish i was Raven! Hello she gets Alexander! Who wouldn't want a super hot vampire lover?? I can't wait to see what happens in the 3-5 books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vampire Kisses Have you ever wanted to be a vampire? Vampire Kisses is a great book in my opinion and is great for ages eleven through fifteen. It is also great for people who love a good book about mysteries and romance. The book is about a 16-year old, teenage girl, Raven who has longed to be a vampire ever since kindergarten. A so called haunted mansion on Benson Hill has had boards up for years and now there is a new family in town, who are a little creepy. Raven wonders who they are or rather what are they? Had the rumors around town been true are the people in the mansion, vampires? Rumors spread that the family was weird, they didn¿t eat garlic, and they were only seen at night. Raven wanted to meet the strange family, especially the handsome 17-year old, dark son, Alexander Sterling. In a little town Raven calls ¿Dulsville¿, where she still wanted to be vampire and stands out at school among the soccer jocks with her unique style of black clothes, black nail polish, black lipstick, and her obsession with Anne Rice. Raven has surprising acts in every chapter that the readers will love. She ends up dressing preppy for Halloween instead of something she usually wears. She has to take a part time job where her boss says she can¿t wear black, but must wear red or pink, any shade as long as it is red or pink. Besides being the only gothic girl in school Raven has a normal life. She has a best friend named Becky, a little brother who she calls ¿nerd boy¿, and a vampire boyfriend. It can¿t get much better than that. She puts up with the jocks at school, goes to the mansion now and again to see Andrew, and all is well¿ until the school winter ball. What will happen next? You¿ll have to read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the author did an excellent job at writing this book. I wasn’t very interested in the book at the beginning, but as I read the book a bit more, I became fascinated with it. Vampire Kisses is about a 16-year-old girl named Raven Madison who is a goth misfit in her brightly colored town. When an old abandoned mansion finally gets new residents, the rumors start to spread. Everyone in the small town Raven refers to as “Dullsville” believes that the new neighbors are actually secret bloodthirsty vampires. Even Raven, who, has always loved vampires since she was little, believes the rumors. But one day, she encounters the attractive yet mysterious Alexander Sterling that lives in the mansion, and feels like he is the only person that actually understands her. The two slowly fall in love, but still the question remains; are the Sterlings really vampires? It's a really cute book, some may enjoy it while others might not. It really all depends like if you love vampire romances this book is for you. The story is somewhat llike twilight without the whole "werewolf" thing. Some people like the main character Raven and some don't-that's okay. I felt that Raven is sort of a perky goth if you know what I mean, but I like her personality and the fact that she doesn't care what people think. However, the story is pretty slow/predictable for most and sice I'm having to do a book report on it, its pretty hrd to tell what the main conflict of the story is. The ending is a heart breaking cliffhanger too, and although you might not like this book when you read the others in the series the story is a whole lot better. I recommend this for the ages of 11-15/16 It was a fast-read but still pretty good :-)
Nerdfighter21 More than 1 year ago
This story's not worth a lot of words. Raven is an annoying, shallow, and predictable character who falls in love with this Alex vampire thing in all of 3 pages. Their relationship has no depth. It's ridiculous, and horrendous to the point that it would be funny, were it not so sad. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, I beg you not to continue this plague by giving this author anymore money than she's already, miraculously gotten.
babygirl84 More than 1 year ago
this was a quick read, yet a little immature, the romance just isnt there, I would suggest to girls of the age of 12 and 13, please dont waste ur money as I have, its really not that great, the plots are immature and quickly resolved, there is nothing dark or sexy in this series, all you get are stolen kisses, nothing beyond that
GirlintheStacks More than 1 year ago
This book had me LOLing. A lot. Raven is a goth misfit in a white bread town. She is also obsessed with vampires. When the town mansion gets new residents the rumor mill starts flowing. Everyone thinks the new neighbors are vampires. Even Raven. When she finally meets the hunky and mysterious Alexander from the mansion she knows he is the one, someone that can understand her. The only question is.is he or isn't he a vampire? What a super cute book. Truly. It's fast paced and had me flipping till the very end. I thought the plot was fun and very original. I mean here is a town that is whispering and gossiping about neighbors being vampires. It was really comical, but not over the top silly. I just loved Raven. She would probably kill me if she knew I said this, but I think she is sweet, kind and has a huge heart. Her friendship with Becky is proof. She also has a playful sense of humor. I like the way she thinks. I also thought her relationship with her parents and brother were real. They were honest with each other. Alexander makes a good heart throb. Though, I felt we really didn't get to know him in this book. I also thought their relationship was too quick, especially for the emotions they had. I wasn't buying it. Then again I am not sixteen and in love with a vampire. I found the cast of supporting characters amusing. From mean bully Trevor to Creepy man to Ruby from the travel agency. They add the flare. I give this book 3 STACKS STACKGirls Stacy - suddenly wants to watch "Kissing Coffins".
boo52 More than 1 year ago
Raven is a 16 year old goth-girl who is outcasted in her hometown. she's always loved vampires and wants to be one more than anything. on her 16th birthday, the mansion ontop of Benson Hill, which has been boarded up and lft empty, is inhabied. then she meets someone who lives in the masion.. who is this handsome,dark,mysterious Alexander,more like what? Raven is determined to find out and soon falls in love.
Brent-Eldridge More than 1 year ago
this is just as good as any vampire books i have read, and i have read alot of vampire romance novels. this is by far my second favorite series. I share all these books with my friends. i think anyone who likes vampire romance storys will love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's the best book ever!! I loved everything about it that i just had to read it twice. I definately recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goth girl Raven is an outscaste. A "goth". She doesn't fit in the town she calls "DullsVille". She has an obssession with vampires that no one understands. But; when a new family moves into the creepy house on a hill. Raven wonders who these peopl are and she's on a quest to find out the answer to her qustion. Who are these mysterious pale white people? Why have they left the house in th same condition? How are they allergic to garliC? Why are they only seen at night? But Raven finds that when she figures out the answers to her quetion. She might hurt someone she deeply loves. This book is funny, romantic, and highly recomend it.
Stormeyworld More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the library the other day and decided to read it. I want to write my own books and wanted to see what kind of books are popular among teens. I got hooked right away. I couldn't stop laughing. I think this is a great book because it doesn't have vulgarity like most young adult books have nowadays. I really enjoyed it from the first page all the way to the ending. The main character is very likeable. She was the funniest. I also loved the dialogue spoken between her and Trevor. Very natural. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
vampire-adict More than 1 year ago
It's kinds wierd cause in the beginning it shows you a little of her past and doesn't start on the present until around page 30. The main character is really wierd. She wants to be a vampire and expects to become one with Alexander. Alexander was by far my favorite character, he was mysterious and kept to himself yet he is one of those characters you can't help loveing. These vampires are also a little more traditional like no sun light and no garlic, so if you are really use to Edward then you might not like it.
Tropic_of_Cancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awful. I'm glad I read this online or I would cry for having spent money on this.
WWE_Fan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great start to this series. It's too bad I couldn't take a swing at Trevor with that "infamous" tennis racket. I'm sure Alex returns in the second installment, for which I cannot wait to read.
bridget1138 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber. I chose to read this book because it was about vampires. It was also recommened to be by a friend.It was filled with love and hate. I was a wonderful story that you never wanted to end. The book was about a girl named Raven. She was the goth girl who everyone picked on. Then come along the one person she wil love the rest of her life,Alexander. He is mysterious and charming.He also likes the night just like raven. i read the book Vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber. I was a wonder ful story filled with mystery and love.This book met all my expectations. I could not put it down.Alexander and Ravens love is so interesting.
danizinha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's actually two and a half stars and ONLY because it could have been a decent book if only it weren't so underdeveloped. Raven could have been so funny a character. As I remember she's supposed to be around 16, instead she acts as if she is 6, I expected her any minute to start stomping her foot in addition to her constant whining. Actually she had the behavior of some stuck-up princess, who is used to getting everything on a silver platter, instead she is portrayed as an absolute outcast. What is the point to have a personage, especially a principal one, make it a social pariah and not give it a real character and a witty attitude, it seems a bit pointless. The here-and-there snarky comments, which were fun from time to time, were far outweighed by the cliche and superficiality, spread throughout the entire book. I'm still thinking about whether I should give one of the next parts a shot.
LaurenGommert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read for a young Vampire enthusiasts. The story was good, and the storyline is much more appropriate for a young reader than Anne Rice of even Twilight. I don't plan to continue the series as I'm much more into Anne Rice's vampires, but were I 11 or 12 you wouldn't be able to pull me away!
vampireLuV101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really amazing. I really love it!
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a really quick read. It didn't have a whole lot to the story and you could tell it was one of those series books, where the series never ends. It was an interesting view on the vampire romance- the view of a Goth girl who hopes she's falling in love with an undead boy. The end was unsatisfying, leading into the next book in the series. Worth the read if you don't mind following book after book and are in on the whole vampire craze.