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He looked so lost, so soulful, so lonely. I wanted him to kiss me now. I wanted to let him know I was his for all eternity.

Vampire Kisses – Ellen Schreiber

Initial Thoughts: I loved young adult vampire books when I was a teenager. I grew up with Twilight and just needed a bunch of vampires in my life. So, when I was sixteen, I read Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber for the very first time. Then, I read two other books in the series and promptly forgotten about finishing the series. Whoops! That happens to me quite a bit. Now, I decided to finish all nine books. That means, rereading Vampire Kisses all the way from the beginning till the end. As I write this, I am on book 7. From what I’ve noticed, they seem to be a bit juvenile. Cute, yes. Fun, absolutely. But, once I finish this series, it is unlikely I will reread it again.

Summary

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 rumoured-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.

The Review

When Raven was a child, her teacher asked everyone in her class what they wanted to be when they grew up. All of her classmates gave normal answers but Raven answered “I want to be a vampire.” Now, Raven is sixteen and is still obsessed with vampires. She’s a bit of an outcast in her small town nicknamed “Dullsville.” According to Raven, the only interesting thing about her town is the creepy abandoned mansion on Benson Hill. When new occupants rumoured to be vampires take over the abandoned mansion, she knows that she has to check it out.

Soon, Raven discovers that a mysterious seventeen-year-old named Alexander lives in the mansion with his parents and butler. He is everything Raven had ever dreamed of, dark and mysterious. But, Alexander might also be a vampire.
The target audience of this book is young teens. It lacks the typical darkness associated with vampire novels. As far as young adult vampire romances go, this one is cute with some light humour. Even so, it was entertaining.
The main character, Raven, embodies the typical outcast goth girl stereotype. Her best friend Becky, also an outcast, is a sweet farm girl who serves as a good contrast to emphasise Raven’s oddities. The mean kids are exactly what you would expect, rich and snobby with cheesy comebacks.
Then there’s the love interest, Alexander Sterling. He may or may not be a vampire. He likes to hang out in cemeteries and sleeps during the day. He’s absolutely perfect for Raven, and she decides pretty quickly that he was the love of her life. This is young adult fiction, so most of the romance tends to happen instantly.
It was sort of nostalgic rereading this book ten years later. While it did not “wow” me back then and did not “wow” me today, it was still well worth the read and reread. Hopefully, I will eventually finish the series.

Final Rating:

About the Book

Title: Vampire Kisses

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Series: Vampire Kisses (Book #1)

Year Published: 2003

Pages: 253

Genres & Subjects: Fiction, young adult, supernatural, vampires, romance

Until next time,

Alice

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