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Vampire Kisses: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses / Kissing Coffins / Vampireville) Paperback – April 21, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
The writing, ugh!!! The entire book reads like an outline that the author forgot to fill in. Apparently saying the brand name of everything counts as an acceptable description. I lost count of how many times she uses "just then" or "all of a sudden" to interject a random plot point. And wasn't this written by a comedienne? The supposedly "witty" banter between the characters had me rolling my eyes when the so-called "romance" wasn't making me gag.
The writing is terrible, but the characters will have you tearing your hair out. Raven is convinced she's an outsider who's too good for "Dullsville". No one understands her because she's a goth, whine whine whine. For someone who rags on society for judging her by her appearance, her entire basis for liking Alexander is her suspicion that he's a vampire. Alexander has the personality of a wet mop, and the only thing interesting about him are the fantasies Raven is constantly dreaming up. She never stops her incessant ramblings about their gothic escapades, like dancing to Marilyn Manson, cuddling in a coffin, or having dinner in a graveyard. The author took a run-of-the-mill girl and plastered her with every goth stereotype she could find. For a book that tries to teach "appearance isn't everything", every page succeeds in proving it wrong.
Ha, I just noticed the quote on the back says goth girls can "look up to" Raven. Really? That's like saying Dracula can look up to Edward Cullen.
If you want to read some excellent contemporary vampire lit, pick up the Morganville Vampire series instead. Heck, even Twilight is a step up from this garbage.
Raven (cliche name alert!) has always been obsessed with vampires and goth trappings, so she's delighted when the local haunted mansion is purchased -- and even more so when she is rescued (from a "preppy" guy) by a mall-goth "Gothic Guy, Gothic Mate, Gothic Prince." And because you can tell everything about a person by how they dress and look, it's love at first bite.
Then aven starts to hear rumors that Rich Goth Hottie may be a vampire. She ends up being invited to Rich Goth Hottie's mansion -- and of course because she wears black, he knows she's the only girl who can "accept him for who he really is." Yep, he's a vampire.
Unfortunately, Alexander vanishes in pretty short order -- and by "Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins," an emo Raven starts randomly searching for him in the nearby city of Hipsterville. But she soon runs afoul of an Evil ShockRockerGoth vampire named Jagger at a local cliche goth club -- and he has a hilariously contrived reason to hate Alexander (who, naturally, shows up just in time to save Raven). Of course, Jagger don't give up so easy.
And the plot gets even slimmer in "Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville.Read more ›
I'm only giving this volume 3 stars because the first book, "Vampire Kisses" was actually pretty good as a stand alone. In this book, we are not even sure that Raven's boyfriend, Alexander, is a vampire. We only get confirmation of this fact in the second book, "Kissing Coffins." I would recommend buying the 5.99 paperback that is only "Vampire Kisses" before investing in this volume.
The main character never calls her boyfriend just a boyfriend, it's ALWAYS her "gothic boyfriend, vampire boyfriend" and my favorite... "Knight of Night". I mean how many times can you pound in the fact that the girl is "gothic" or that shes different then everyone else. It's like the author had to make sure everything was stereotyped, because that's what this book is. She took all the stereotypes and cliches she could find and then threw them all into the book.
She is constantly reminding you that she wears black lipstick, nail polish, clothes. She is constantly reminding you the girl is "freak" and no one wants to be her friend... BUT then it's cool to be the freak and now people like her and it just got to the point that I am literally rolling my eyes when I read a page. I would suggest finding a different book to read, do not waste you money on this. I normally ignore bad reviews, but I wish I listened to the ones written on this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these books. Vampire Kisses and Harry Potter are my guilty pleasure.Published 2 months ago by Cassidy Joline
#1 on my list! if you love Vampire Kisses I recommend Cemetery Nights by Amber Jordan. you wont be disappointed!Published 7 months ago by Irish Rose
Read this years ago in high school and I do not usually reread books, so that alone says a lot! Great series!Published 7 months ago by Michelle Carrell
Vampire Kisses: The Beginning is the first three books in Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series. I've read most of these books before but I just recently obtained the last three... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Halston Blake
The main character is portrayed more as a 14-15 year old in the way she speaks and thinks than the 17 year old she is suppose to be. It's a cute story aside from that.Published 11 months ago by Marina