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Vampire Kisses with Bonus Material (Vampire Kisses #1-3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  22,547 ratings  ·  433 reviews


Sink your teeth into the complete first book in this bestselling series, and enjoy excerpts for the next seven books plus Once in a Full Moon.




In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Ravena vampire-crazed goth-girlis an outcast. But not for long . . .




The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for

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Published May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published October 1st 2008)
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Ayla
This book. Is. Horrible.

The main character, named Raven, thinks she's SO goth. Alright, first of all, if your character is going to be "goth", don't drill it into our brains. Let us figure it out on our own. Characterization doesn't come from repeating the same description over and over. If you're going to make a character "goth" don't come right out and say it. At least not every four sentences.

When is the last time you saw anyone wearing black lipstick and combat boots? It's so cliche that t
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Sarah
Good grief, I'm on a roll with the 1-2 star reviews lately. I must be having a case of the Fussy Book Crankies.

*sigh*

At any rate, this was pretty dumb. Though I picked it up, read 80 pages, & put it down before bothering to update my Goodreads stats, I hesitate to say it was totally horrid; the writing style makes me think it was aimed for tweens & pre-teens, in which case it would've been more interesting. Heck, I might have enjoyed it when I was 12 -- but I'm not enjoying it NOW, whic
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Clacie
book 1: This book was kind of dumb. For one thing, i hated how the main character Raven, was so "Goth." She didn't fit in with the "preppy/normal" kids and this didn't make me empathize with her at all. It seemed like she was trying so hard not to fit in that she became a 180 of what she hated. The story was kind of silly and not very interesting. The only struggle was her trying to get some idiot named Trevor to leave her alone and meet this guy Alexander (who might be a vampire) and then redee ...more
Stacey
Jun 20, 2010 Stacey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This was awful! It was so cheesy it was almost painful. The main characters are barely developed beyond being gothic. Which by the way, you could start a drinking game with how many times the author throws the word "gothic" in the text.

I hated how the author never gave us a town name, just "Dullsville". Sure, it would have been fine to use the term occasionally, but not every time; or the town she visits, "hipsterville" . . . seriously? Worst was how the heroine called her vampire boyfriend her
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Petra (Safari Poet)
Raven is not you typical blond cheerleader who fits in with everybody. She wears black which makes her an outcast who has one friend that she can really rely on. Since she was a little girl, she has dreamed about becoming a vampire, but never thought that they really existed.

This book embraces the traditional vampire folklore which means they can't be around garlic or go out during the day. They also turn into bats and sleep in coffins.

Schreiber has a tendency to play up the Goth stereotype too
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TheBookPrincess
Here's a quick overview:
- Vampire Kisses is a series written by Ellen Schrieber
- The books in it are Vampire Kisses, Kissing Coffins, Vampireville, Dance With A Vampire, and Royal Blood.
- Recommended for 12+
- Genres include: horror/thriller/romance
- Rated: A+

Since Kindergarten, Raven's biggest dream was to be a vampire. When her parents are hippies and you watched a lot of old horror films, why wouldn't she? Well, things haven't changed a lot since then, and now Raven's in high school. She
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Scarlet
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Brittany
I love the first three books in this series they are the best in my opinion. I love Raven and Alexander's relationship. I can tell Trevor likes Raven no matter how much he harasses her! I love this story because it's different from all the other love vampire stories I've read. Instead of making Alexander a vampire that can go out in sunlight and not be affected by garlic he has all the qualities of the original vampire which I love. I hated that some of these authors couldn't stick to what vampi ...more
Kieraanne
Wow. This was seriously one of THE lame-est books I have ever read. This was actually a compilation of the first three books in the series, of which I believe there are currently nine. I am not planning on reading any of the others. If you know how dedicated I can get to finishing out a series in the hopes that it redeems itself in the end you'll know how big of a deal that is. Even though the author acknowledges that Raven, the main character, has read countless vampire novels and watched every ...more
Nightfalltwen
May 16, 2009 Nightfalltwen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
Shelves: teen
There was once a time in my life when I thought that there will never be a book worse than the Twilight series. There was once a time in my life when I believed that no publisher would ever put out something so horrible that it is like a train wreck or a car accident that you can't look away from.

And then I bought Vampire Kisses: The Beginning

And I learned that yes, Virginia, there is a book more terrible.


You see, Vampire Kisses could have been good. It could have been amazing actually. Dark and
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Taizha Ferguson
Raven has always loved vampires ever since she was a little girl. When teenage vampire, Alexander Sterling, and his butler moves into the old mansion on top of Benson Hill, she automatically falls in love with him. But everyone knows that dating a supernatural creature comes with some complications.

Raven is a goth stereotype. Even though she is a stereotype I do find a good female lead. She's strong, spunky, and independent. She does appear a bit immature in the first book, but she does grow up
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Cindy
This book was so good. Also, it's the largest book I've read. I had 562 pgs, but i couldn't stop reading; it was so good. This book is just like the Twilight series, even though i never actually finished the first book. This story starts out with the character name Raven. She is consider a weird girl in her high school because she is a goth. Raven always hated her life and the town she lives in. She call her town, Dullsville. When she was little, she always dream of living like a vampire and goi ...more
Cia
Dec 22, 2010 Cia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight fans or pre-teens
Recommended to Cia by: sister
This book is a very easy read and i would recommend it to Preteens with an interest in twilight as it has both a vampire concept and more of a focus on the story than the actual writing!
The story is about a teenage girl who like many her age find it hard to fit into a judgmental town. A town where she is continually confronted with bullying because of her individuality. Unlike most other teens Raven (unfortunate name) can hold her own and finds being herself as easy as breathing contrary to the
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Tara
Book 1- Vampire kisses : I Love,Love,Love this book and I can't wait for to start the next one, T is such an ass in this book (maybe in all the books) you just want to kick him in his..... now that I think about why didn't R just do that in the first place problem solved and the end of this book was a shock well by the end the writer had made you think the whole rumor thing wasn't true and then they go around and turn it around I was lift confused and happy at the same time.

Book 2- Kissing Coffi
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♥TaylorSquared♥
It was great. Raven's a Goth, who isn't afraid to speak up.

In book one, she heads up to the mansion to see if the rumors are true. She soon meets Alexander, in which he invites her over. In the end, Raven falls in love and finds out that the rumors are true.

In book two, Alexander and his butler, Jameson, leave 'Dullsville'. Raven being Raven, she head out to find Alexander. In the process, she meets someone who's like Alexander. Jagger follows Raven, knowing she'd lead him to Alexander. When Rav
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Annabelle S.
These books are sooo good its sorta like twilight but these were wrighten before them. Such a good and suspenceful serise!
Morgan F
Even as vampire novels go, this is a stinker. It was probably the cheesiest thing ever, and absolutely no thought went into it. Everything about the vampire lore was traditional and illogical (they had to sleep in coffins, allergic to garlic, could change into bats), and there was nothing in this book that you couldn't find in vampire movie 80 years ago. And Raven, the protangonist, was not "Goth". No matter how many times you call yourself Goth, no matter how many times you use the words "gothi ...more
Darlyn
It's so much FUN! I've read a few reviews saying that the series kind of cheesy and cheap vampire story. As for me, I totally addicted to it! Raven is such a cool, witty, brave and full of energy. What I love most, she's like a totally a goth chick that I find her very amusing and alive. Everything is so gothic with her and she love gothic stuff even dream of vampire boyfriend. However, she's a loyal best friend and always fight back for her best friend. She literally screwed her school honorary ...more
Chelsey
First Impressions: This book is comprised of three novels in the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber. The series follows main character Raven, a goth-to-the-extreme girl obsessed with all things dark, black, and vampiric stuck in a Ralph Lauren golf club town aptly named Dullsville. She is the only out of place person in the whole town, preferring head-to-toe black ensembles instead of the pastels and plaids worn by the rest of her town. Raven keeps company with Becky, a girl from the wrong ...more
Julie
Vampire Kisses: The Beginning is a compilation of three books by Ellen Schreiber. The books included are Vampire Kisses, book 1; Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins; and Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville.

This collection of books reads fairly quickly. It's a lighter read for a paranormal book than I would have expected. It is the story of Raven, the Goth-girl and residents of "Dullsville" (I think I've been there a few times!). A new family moves in to the old mansion on the hill and the gossip begin
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Tj
Apr 09, 2010 Tj rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes vampires
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Fatima Grace
I'm suddenly regretting buying this volume instead of buying the books separately. I desperately want to stop reading this series because of the over dramatic storyline, stereotypical characters, and wooden romance. But because I hate wasting my money, I'm currently forcing myself to read this.

I would've sold this at a Book-Off store or something, but unfortunately the corner got folded, and they only accept near-perfect condition books. But back to the book, I suggest you just buy the books se
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Mandy Alexander
I think the reviews about how Raven and events in the book are described in a dramatic, juvenile, over the top way are forgetting this book is written in the first person from the perspective of a fourteen year old. The lists about her clothing remind me of alt.gothic.fashion back in the late 90's :) It's adorable watching little gothlings come out on their own. When she manages to twist an ankle in her first pair of Smeggs we'll know she's finally become a woman.

The only thing that cracks me up
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Taylor
Oct 16, 2010 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen girls, all vampire lovers!
Shelves: series
3 in one! yay! This book is a really quick, fun read. Yes it's another vampire love story but is quite enjoyable and heaps of fun to read!

Raven Maddison is a gothic freak. She dresses differently, has way way different tastes to others... So oneday mysterious guy who's never out during the day, Alexander Serling, moves into the old mansion up in Benson Hill. Raven's kind of always wanted to be a vampire (which is like Twilight except Bella only wants to after she meets Edward). Raven's lifelong
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Froggarita
Oct 20, 2009 Froggarita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA
This book contains the first 3 books in the Vampire series: Vampire Kisses, Kissing Coffins and Vampireville. I did enjoy reading this book. The plots are easy to follow, the characters likable and they are easy to read.

-In Vampire Kisses Raven has always wanted to be a vampire. Really. She lives in Dullsville and complains how boring it is and there is nothing to do. Alexander moves into town and she falls for him.

-Kissing Coffins starts with Raven wanting to find Alexander because he left Dul
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Graili
I have to say this before I get started: The cover of the book is better then the actual book. Shamefully I did get this book because of the cover and now regret it.
This book is the stereotypical crap-tastic vampire book which should be more realistically aimed at pre-teens, the young-adults, which is the shelf which I found it. The characters are one dimensional and totally underdeveloped. Raven was just the stereotypical goth girl with nothing special or amazing about her. The plot is... how
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Eden
This book was like reading the diary of a boring, one-dimensional, cliché goth girl who constantly whinges about the town she lives in, the people in it and life in general.

But just when you think it can't get any more enthralling than that, cue Alexander: stereotypical vampire dude who lives in a creepy, isolated old house. Of course our girl, Raven, automatically concludes that this eye-rollingly stereotypical vamp guy is the only one for her... And so begins potentially the most painful, che
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Gela
I have to put this book down. I was drawn to the cover, the title was kind of cheesy--- the anime vampire cover pictures inside the cover should have been a big alarm for me, but I decided to read 19 pages of how cheesy. Yes, I said how cheesy. But it is YA so... but still. I expect better. I'm goth. I wear a lot of black. My name is "Raven." I wear black lipstick. And here is where the author lost me...Queen of Goth Anne Rice. So I flipped through the book, Michael Bolton.... Donnie Darko T-shi ...more
Jaime
This series is terrible. The story, characters, dialogue, everything is just bad. I bought this book thinking it would be a fluff read, but not only was it that, it made me cringe with embarrassment of having this in my possesion. I got through the first two books and just could not read anymore of the story. I'm so dissappointed that I spent my $$ on this- I honestly can't believe people like these books because it is lacking in so many areas, I don't know where to begin! I thought it might get ...more
вяι
Back when I first read it (around 2010, when I was still in middle school), I enjoyed this book a lot more. But I was also going through this phase where I thought I was punk rock and had to wear black all the time no matter the temperature outside.

On that note, the main character *insert unoriginal gothic name* has no depth. She doesn't feel real, and is always going on about how goth she is. Suddenly a new guy shows up in her boring town of "Dullsville". He's pale, so he must be a vampire!
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Before I took pen to paper, I was an actress. I attended a local university majoring in theatre and spent a summer in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where I learned about the “Old Bard” from amazingly talented teachers.

When I returned from London, I relocated to Chicago where I lived for five years. There, I graduated from the Second City Training Center and performed improv, Shakes
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Other Books in the Series

Vampire Kisses (9 books)
  • Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1)
  • Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses, #2)
  • Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, #3)
  • Dance with a Vampire (Vampire Kisses, #4)
  • The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses, #5)
  • Royal Blood (Vampire Kisses, #6)
  • Love Bites (Vampire Kisses, #7)
  • Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, #8)
  • Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses, #9)
Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1) Dance with a Vampire (Vampire Kisses, #4) The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses, #5) Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, #3) Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses, #2)

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