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Vampire Kisses: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses / Kissing Coffins / Vampireville) Paperback – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Kisses
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1ST edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006177894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061778940
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,191 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

Very interesting book.
Candy Clubhouse
This review is not a comparison to the other series, so when she gave me the bag full of books for the whole series, I was elated to have something else to read.
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You can read one book in one day.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Horne on December 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Standards have really fallen if this tripe is allowed into publication. There are thousands of other books out there, don't waste your time on this one.

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.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Vampire Kisses" is one of those series that leaves you wondering if the author wrote the thing ghastly mess as an elaborate parody. Ellen Schreiber's "Vampire Kisses" series is a good example -- it's basically an extended "Twilight"-style personal fantasy, with horrendous writing, shallow romance, and a putrescent heroine. "Vampire Kisses: The Beginning" brings together the first three books of this series, which only reinforces the simple fact that there's no plot.

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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Sanders VINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Vampire Kisses: The Beginning" contains the first 3 books in the Vampire Kisses series, & let me go ahead & confess that I stopped reading in the middle of the third book, "Vampireville." I just couldn't take it anymore. The writing is far too juvenille, & I have read most of the teen vampire books out there right now. There is absolutely no world building, & we don't even find out where this book is set. Raven says she lives in Dullsville, which adds to the overall idea that this book is a joke. The town isn't even real.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fallen on April 15, 2010
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Ok so I have pretty much most of this book read... the ONLY reason I am still trying to finish it because I am waiting for the good to start. This book must be one of the worst vampire books I have ever read. I have been into the paranormal and supernatural since I was pretty much born, 31 years ago, so for me to say this is just straight up terrible... I have the extensive "resume" to do so.

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.
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