Good lord this brings me back! I’ve mentioned I loved vampires during my school years, right? (Yeah, it includes Twilight.) Ellen Schreiber wrote this series for teens and I was definitely in that age range when I read this. Hell, I even have the first two volumes of the manga version.
In a small town dubbed “Dullsville”, a vampire obsessed goth girl named Raven is an outcast. Except, not for long… The rumored haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded up for years. Until a mysterious set of new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people— especially the dark, handsome, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Could the town gossip be true? Are they vampires? Raven, who covets a vampire’s kiss, both at the risk of her own life and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
I can’t come up with any cons for this, especially since I was as vampire-crazed as Raven while reading Vampire Kisses. You can take it any way you want, but Schreiber’s writing and story is simple and easy to follow. Schreiber develops her characters fairly enough. While her vampires are the traditional kind we’ve come to know and love, Alexander has interests outside of drinking blood and avoiding sunlight. Raven, a goth in the world of preps, isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and be exactly who she is.
Just flipping through the pages, the book feels kind of kiddish, but it’s still enjoyable. It’s refreshing to go back to the old school ways of the supernatural and reading as two teens try to navigate normalcy between it. The relationship between Raven and Alexander tries to be as realistic as possible, they just date at night. While Raven does fall for Alexander, her desire to be one of the undead is what initially makes her drawn to him. As a tween, I didn’t notice such a selfish act, but you can’t deny that is not a likable trait. For anyone seeking a romantic interest.
To keep it short and sweet, Vampire Kisses is a paranormal romance for those of us who love this kind of thing. Schreiber’s audience is young so don’t expect an impressive use of vocabulary or life changing dialogue. It’s a sweet and simple love story with the appropriate amount of drama and turbulence to make you read the next one.
Got any vampire favorites? Leave a comment with your thoughts or a recommendation, I’d love to know!