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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Kisses (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061689459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061689451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer and moving to her own Dullsville. She is the author of Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, and all of the books in the Vampire Kisses series. Vampire Kisses is an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice.

Customer Reviews

I think it is a great read for young teenage girls and old grandmas like me.
Elaine
I used to enjoy it, but now it seems just a bit too juvenile and silly and maybe even a bit like a Twilight wannabe.
My Favorite Pastime
Great read very easy to get hooked on for many hours on end without putting down.
Kemah M. Massaquoi

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker.

Jagger and Luna are back and this time, they want to open a club in Dullsville called the Crypt. Raven, seeing a place where she can finally belong in Dullsville, is excited about it and yet cautious; if Jagger makes the club a place for humans and vampires both, all the vampires coming to Dullsville could cause trouble and put Alexander's secret in danger. Raven and Alexander work to find out what Jagger has planned for the Crypt in case he's up to no good yet again. Meanwhile, Luna and Sebastian's relationship is blooming and Raven wishes more than once that Alexander would just turn her already. But is she ready to give everything up for her love?

I may as well admit now that this review is totally biased. The Vampire Kisses series changed my life and made me love reading, which led me to reviewing books and aspiring to become an author. I couldn't be critical of something so meaningful, beloved, and fluffy even if I tried.

Raven and Alexander's romance takes a little bit of a backseat in this installment to plans for the Crypt and Raven's slight introspection on whether or not she's prepared to give everything up, but they still have their moments together, including a half-gross, half-romantic birthday surprise for Alexander from Raven. These two may be cliches, but they make a cute couple when they're put together. It may not be completely healthy (Raven has insomnia from staying up late to be with Alexander), but it's better than some of what else is on the market (see Hush, Hush and Fallen, among others). They never manipulate and abuse each other, at least. I shouldn't have to settle, but with young adult trend as they are now...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rayne on May 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading this series since they first came out. Year after year, I pre-order a hardcover version, not because the writing is amazing or because the storyline is riveting, not even because the characters are deep and round. No, I like this series because is fun and kind of silly, besides the fact that in high school I used to be the outcast goth chick wishing for my Alexander to come. But, as hard as I try not to take Vampire Kisses seriously, I simply can't ignore all the things that are, not wrong, but simply absent from this story.

We could begin with the fact that the author is not really good at writing. Seriously, 'His grip was strong, like that of as handsome athlete"? My 11 year old cousin who has never picked up a book in his life can write better similes and metaphors than that. And someone really needs to find Schreiber a thesaurus. The word 'nefarious' is not the only one in the dictionary that defines something bad. She used it more than 30 times and 5 of them were in the exact same page. The story is just one repetitive journey. This time around at least she tried to steer away from the `someone new in town', but instead she dwelled on a ridiculous story about a new club opening and how Raven wanted to try being an interior designer. Is not about the story not making sense or falling in line with the previous ones, is about it being completely stupid and there being no reason why I should care.

The characters are even worse. I used to see myself in Raven, now I'm kind of embarrassed I ever saw similarities. She is immature, selfish and, honestly, kind of dumb. The rest of the cast has no personality and are as flat as this novel's storyline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Eberhardt on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This series really is a guilty pleasure for. For a teen vampire book, it's really very immature at times. I doubt it has very much cross over appeal and think it better fits pre-teens, etc.

I was really hoping that Raven would begin to act her age after the events of the last book. Within the first couple pages, I saw that I was wrong. I think no matter what her age, Raven will always been immature. It's how the author wrote her. In this installment, she really made me roll my eyes a lot. She was so wishy-washy on the idea of the club. It was like it was really hard for her to see all sides of the equation. I was also amazed that it's book 8 and it's just now being voiced that Trevor might actually like her. Really...I've know this since book 1.

I like Alexander, and actually won't mind a book (or even a couple chapters) told from his point of view. I still wonder how it's possible that there are things that Raven doesn't know about him. He also extremely patient with her flighty ways. The rest of the characters are an interesting mix. Scarlett and Onyx seem a little shallow and I hope that Raven doesn't count on them to much. Jagger and Luna are up to something, just like always. Although, I admit, I didn't see that one coming. And poor Sebastien...I think he needs to stop falling in love with every girl that walks by.
I'm really at the point that I think the story needs to conclude. I won this one, but I would have borrowed it from the library. I will continue to do so until I get completely feed up. Hopefully the series comes to a close before then.
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