I love this Vampire series for Young Adults because it is written with appropriate issues for teens! The book deals with first love between a goth girl named Raven, and Alexander, the new boy in town who only comes out at night...
To me, the books also deal with being an outsider, finding acceptance, being yourself, sicking up for yourself and others, not being bullied, sneaking out etc. It also throws in some of the more typical teenage issues like making it to class on time, dealing with teachers and popularity issues.
Raven is really an outsider in the town she grew up in. Her best friend Becky is the girl she stood up for once, and they have been intensely loyal ever since. Trevor has been her nemesis and tormenter since Kindergarten, and her brother Nerd Boy aka Billy Boy remains a good support character throughout the books.
Alexander's family has just moved in, from Romania. He is home-schooled, so he is only seen out around town after sunset, which fuels rumors that he and his family are Vampires.
Book 1 (Vampire Kisses) finds Raven fascinated with all things of a darker nature, including the empty mansion on Benson Hill. One night she sneaks in to see what is in there, and ends up making an unexpected friend in Jack who ends up turning up in later books as well. She again breaks in when a new and mysterious family moves into the home, because she wants to find out if the rumors of them being vampires are really true. She does eventually get to meet Alexander and his butler, Jameson, and thus begins her budding romance.
Book 2 (Kissing Coffins) starts off with Raven leaving to find Alexander (who has left town to protect her), and in the process she meets another vampire named Jagger, who is not as gentlemanly as Alexander. Jagger has a really dark side and uses Raven to find Alexander to met out his own version of revenge... which includes Raven.
Book 3 (Vampireville) finds Luna, Jagger's twin human-turned-vampire sister joining him in Dullsville as she tries to find her eternal mate in the form of Trevor, who has no idea the vampire twins are out to change his life forever.
The books really are fun and sweet, and I found the descriptions of Raven and Alexander's clothes and style fun as I can't really relate at all, but found it fun to imagine what they looked like. I give this a good solid PG rating, and wouldn't bat-an-eye at letting my YA niece read these!
by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books (April 21, 2009) ~ 576 pages
Fiction / Young Adult / Vampire Romance
Edition Reviewed: Paperback - This was actually a book I won from Memrie over at Darkangel88 ~ so thanks Memrie!!!!
About the Book:
A new guy in town.
Rumors of vampires.
Dangerous first love.
This is where it all begins. . . .
The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander. As she gets to know him, and their spark intensifies, Raven finds herself in some unanticipated situations. Can Alexander make her lifelong dream come true? But love always has its complications—especially when it can only be awakened at nightfall.
The first three books in Ellen Schreiber's bestselling Vampire Kisses series capture the thrill of a most unusual romance.
About the Author: (from Amazon)
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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