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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Vampire Kisses (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060093366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060093365
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Raven, 16, doesn't fit in at school or home. This goth-girl is obsessed with vampires and when a new family moves into the old town mansion, she is convinced that the son, Alexander, is a vampire. The story swirls around and through sibling rivalry, peer relationships, friendships, and love. Raven is a feisty protagonist with a quick wit and a real sense of self. She defends herself and her friends, often besting her peers with humor and a quick tongue. As her connection with Alexander deepens, she comes to understand her family better. It is through his shadowy character that readers are kept off balance. Schreiber weaves a tale that is more about acceptance and friendship than about vampire behavior and culture, and sustains a tone that draws readers to the characters rather than to horrific plot developments that would keep them reading. There is far less intensity than in Annette Curtis Klause's Silver Kiss (Laurel-Leaf, 1992) and less moodiness than that found in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Midnight Predator (2002) and Shattered Mirror (2001, both Delacorte). While the ending isn't tied up in a neat and pretty bow, it fits the style and tone. All in all, a good read for those who want a vampire love story without the gore.
Molly S. Kinney, Peach Public Libraries, Fort Valley, GA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Gr. 7-10. Sixteen-year-old Raven is a Goth surrounded by "lesser" folks: her parents have transformed themselves from hippie to corporate, and her only friend at school is an outsider everyone picks on. In Raven's rich imaginary life, she is bold and special and in love with the idea of meeting a vampire. Schreiber uses a careful balance of humor, irony, pathos, and romance as she develops a plot that introduces the possibility of a real vampire--in the form of an extra-handsome boy, of course-- while exploring how a girl like Raven finds ways to cope with a bully who is both class- and gender-conscious of his supposed superiority. Raven's voice is immediately charming, in spite of her alleged bravado and coldheartedness. Her hometown could be any Small Town, USA, and its possibly haunted mansion just lightens the scene rather than making the story silly. This tale slides down easily and will be welcomed by Goths willing to look on the lighter side of their own culture as well as by readers who have an openminded appreciation for the vagaries of their peers and, perhaps, of themselves. Francisca Goldsmith
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

I actually did read this book in one night.
VAMPIRE KISSES is a good start to this entertaining vampire series by Ellen Schreiber.
The plot was predictable and the main character seemed both unrealistic and cliche.
Sea Monster

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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67 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Jordana Slayer on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a vampire novel nut, and thus have read pretty much EVERY YA vampire book on the market. So I can say with real experience, this is one of the worst vampire books I have ever read, second only to RL Stein's travesty, "Dangerous Girls".

The main character, a "Goth" girl imaginatively named "Raven", is a walking Mary-Sue cliché for gothic characters. She loves wearing black clothes and spider rings, hanging out in graveyards, dreaming of hot vampire boys, dressing up as a preppy tennis player for Halloween (no, it's true) and making fun of the "popular" kids, and can always come out on top in a clash of wits with the shamefully stupid and typical popular kids (who all wear Tommy Hilfiger, by the way). And for some reason, despite the fact that she claims everyone in her town "hates" her, she is never persecuted, and is in fact even the secret desire of *gasp* the most popular boy in school, with whom Raven willingly makes out, even though she claims to hate him!

As if the faux-angst teen melodrama wasn't enough, Schreiber throws in a half-baked, again clichéd-out vampire plot worthy of the late, great "Goosebumps" series. A hot Goth boy moves into town who is: apparently foreign (with a slight accent, even!), lives in a huge old manor nobody has lived in for years, isn't seen during the daytime, only pops out at night (conveniently in the graveyard where Raven spends her time), and drops terrible hints all over the place about his true nature (think Dracula's "I never"). Things just spiral down from here, and inevitably end up at the evil of all high school evils, the PROM!

The characters are shallow, the plot is even less deep, and the extent of Raven and her vampire love-boys connection is this: "I'm a hot goth boy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
Format: Library Binding
I loved this book. I am 15 and I think it captured my level perfectly. It is one of those books that you can either look forward to reading each night or finish it in a day (in my case it was 3 hours). Though the book is about vampires, it manages not to be disgustingly goury, though it does make you enthralled with vampires. Just like the summary on the cover flap promises, there is a surprising twist in the end. VAMPIRE KISSES is basically about a sixteen year old girl named Raven who is very pretty, but has always been into vampires and dressing in black. Everybody thinks she is pretty weird and she only has one friend. When a new family moves into a spooky mansion that nobody but her has dared to go in, she is convinced that they are vampires and her curiousity is peaked by a seventeen year old boy named Alexander who never seems to come out. While trying to solve that mystery, she also has to face dealing with a violent bully named Trevor and the dissaproval of her peers and family. I don't want to give anything away, but all in all this is a very good book. It's a combination of romance, suspense, mystery and of course vampires. Trust me, you will really be surprised by the ending, I know I was and I thought I had the whole book figured out. I would say this book is good for reading levels for ages 12-20. At some parts of the book its great for kids and you think the author is moving towards a younger audience, but then it gets into things like sex and stuff and you change your mind. Don't worry, nothing is too bad or I would not recommend it for 12 year olds. I hope this review helped. Enjoy!
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More About the Author

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.

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