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Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1 (Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,823 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Samidha Kalia
Jul 21, 2016 Samidha Kalia rated it it was ok
This was like Fifty Shades and Twilight combined into one.
While I was reading this I encountered a problem that I did not foresee. I knew to expect all the normal plot, character, and story elements that this type of story would willingly provide, but I didn't realize I was going so soft.

I wanted to give this book a pass, despite the fact that it offered absolutely nothing to earn that pass. My reason for wanting to pat this poor little manga on the head and just send it on it's marry way was that for all extensive purposes, this is a cash grab.

Feb 19, 2011 Rachelvalle rated it it was ok


Everyone this is cool becuse Vampire Kisses is the first Manga book I have ever read in Manga world. I bought this in Barns and Nobal that was my favorit store at the time. (My second favorit book store)

I Got it with my Unkl Josph, (Mom's little bro) I read this book in one day and it was amazing to me!
Vampire Kisses have the best Vampire romans I have ever read and the Charactor girl Raven had every thing incomon and the same wishes (Not anymore now im old
Oct 29, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is a cute little series.
Mar 26, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, manga, art-love
The Vampire Kisses series has always been a bit of pointless fluff for me. It has no plot to speak of and the romance and characters are complete cliques and yet... it's just so freaking cute I don't know what to do with myself. I also love manga so I was very excited to check this out.

The main cast is the same and both their looks and personalities are transferred nicely. Having said that, this is thankfully not just a retelling of any of the books but a new story featuring a group of half vamp
Jennifer Green
Jan 12, 2016 Jennifer Green rated it it was ok
Definitely meant for someone who has read the books because the story picks up into the book series. Lost me for a bit.
1) Deutsche Rezension
2) English Review

1) Deutsche Rezension
Über diesen Manga gibt es eigentlich nicht viel zu sagen. Sicher der Zeichenstil ist sehr gut aber die Geschichte über ein Mädchen und ihren gutaussehenden und grüblerischen Vampirfreund, die Raven und Alexander heißen, ist wirklich nach Zahlen gemalt. Und die ganze Geschichte mit Alexanders Cousin Claude und seiner Gruppe von Halbvampiren die auch noch echte Vampire sein wollen kam auch aus dem nichts. Das Liebesgeschnulze zwischen Ra
Vampire Kisses est l'adaptation manga du roman du même nom. Alors évidemment, en deux mangas, on ne peux pas caser toute la magie des 3-4 premiers romans de la saga, et c'est pour ça qu'au premier abord, ce premier tome pourra sonner creux. Pour ma part, je n'ai pas encore lu le roman, pour la simple raison qu'en postface, on peux lire que le roman n'est pas sortit en France. Enfin, ça date, et depuis trois des neufs romans sont traduis dans notre langue.

On suit Raven, jeune gothique -la seule d
Macayla Rae
Jan 20, 2015 Macayla Rae rated it really liked it

The book I read was “Vampire Kisses- Blood Relatives” By Ellen Schreiber, as a manga, illustrated by Rem. It was an amazing book, even though it’s only the first book in a manga series. I liked it, and I want to read more of the manga series, and hopefully the actual written series.
Allow me to give you the written descriptions of each character, as this was a very important feature for me, so that I could understand the character’s demeanor about certain things. Because of this, I have learned
Dec 23, 2014 Josée rated it it was ok
Vampire Kisses is an easy, but short read. Overall I felt it was superficial, but I will say I loved the art style of the manga.

The characters are typical and predictable, and I see the potential of how sweet the romance between Alexander and Raven could have been, or at least built up in the manga, but it isn't. Alexander feels a little invisible actually, and there isn't much for secondary characters. The plot isn't really there either, so there isn't much substance. Overall it was ok, but if
Rebecca Dornsife
Oct 20, 2009 Rebecca Dornsife rated it really liked it
I think this series translates much better as manga and should have probably been release like this in the first place.
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it did not like it
I picked this book up at my local bookstore thinking it'd be a cute read. While I've never really read the series (I've flipped through the first book & some of the more recent ones), I'm roughly familiar with the plot & characters. The artwork looked great, so I figured that it'd be decent enough for a read.

I've picked this book up twice now & tried to read it, but no matter how many times I've tried, I can't get into it. The characters just don't really seem that appealing to me.
Mar 01, 2014 Farah rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
When I started reading this I thought there was some kind of a mistake and that somehow this graphic novel wasn't volume one but then I double checked by googling it and it was in fact the first volume , it didn't seem right because the story starts from what seems to be the middle of it , it just felt as if it was a continuation of a story rather than the beginning of one.

The characters felt very one dimensional and boring , the only exciting thing about them was their illustrations , I learn
May 28, 2013 Mimi rated it liked it
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Book name : Blood Relatives

Series : #1 in Manga version of Vampire Kisses

Author : Ellen Shreiber

Page count : 98 pages

Time spent reading : 30 minutes between 8th - 9th


I borrowed this last Friday when I joined a new library service that has a massive section (5 2 metre length shelves) filled with Young Adult Manga. I hadn't read this genre often before (only about 10 times) due to the lack o
Jan 06, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
Ellen Schreiber has jumped into the realm of graphic novels. Her popular Vampire Kisses series has been picked up by Tokyo Pop and has transferred really well.

Raven and Alexander continue their nighttime romance in their usual haunt, A.K.A the cemetery, and make the most of their time together. At the beginning of Blood Relatives they notice something strange while they are out on their date. Four empty graves are discovered and clues lead Alexander to believe that his cousin, Claude, has come
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review:This is a spinoff to the fairly popular series Vampire Kisses, which features goth girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend Alexander. However it’s not a adaption of the novels, as Blood Relatives has a new storyline-Alexander’s cousin Claude has turned up in Dullsville (where they live) and has started looking for something. Exactly why is not known. However, judging by Alexander’s determination to stop him, the reason can’t be good.
The storyline’s ok. It’s not outstandingly good, or outstan
Feb 20, 2011 Rachelvalle rated it did not like it

Vampire Kisses is all about Raven Madison; a gothic-girl in High School with her one true friend she met sence third grade named, Becky. Becky has a boyfriend named Matt who is a populare boy but a sweet man loving eachother.

Raven has one dream and her dream comes true, she has found a Vampire Boyfriend...
His name is, Alexander, a cute boy how loves her too. (Alexander:A Vampire male. Raven:A Human female.)
Its hard to say how they met, (Cant tell u!) but there love towa
Ashley Moii
Oct 14, 2010 Ashley Moii rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire-book-s
vampire kisses:blood relatives, by ellen schreiber is a very great book i love all the drama and scary mistery part because it so incredible the only part i didnt like was when alexander left raven just because she found out that he was a vampire . the second part i didnt like was when that weird jager guys come creepy out raven just to get to alexander and making her feel weird and lonely and sad . my super favorite part was when jager was about to suck raven blood in the grave yard and then ra ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Rosa rated it really liked it
Cute little side story to the "Vampire Kisses" franchise. If you love the books, you'll love the graphic novels. I found the story to be just as captivating as the novels, and the depictions of the characters seem to match up pretty well to the characters in the novel. Even if you're not one for graphic novels, I think it might be a game-changer. Simple to read and short.
The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more probl ...more
Cassie Karanasos
Jul 17, 2014 Cassie Karanasos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
The outfits Raven wore are awesome and inspiring. The artistic drawing in these mangas was pretty good, but the art got progressively worse after the first volume... Only read up tho the 3rd volume because of the obvious difference in art work. It just wasn't causing me to want to read more asap.
Aug 13, 2014 nada rated it liked it
Shelves: i-like, 2014
I read this with no knowledge that it is a graphic version of a real novel.As novels go,it got no real story.A girl who has a thing for vampires then....Boom...a vampire shows up in town (Lame?I know.)
However as a Graphic Novel,it's a whole lot of cute.Also,well done art.Heart it!
Kiyuki Nagasaki
Jul 10, 2015 Kiyuki Nagasaki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anime Lovers
Recommended to Kiyuki by: No One
so it was nice to see all the characters animated and i cant wait to finish this series it would have been so nice to actually animate the original vampire kisses series or at least turn it into movies again i love this series....sorry but this is my twilight
Fabienne Gilbert
I can remember reading this about 6 years ago and i think i musy have been its desired target audience age then because now... meh? It doesn't seem to have such a large effect. I find Raven really clingy and dare i say annoying. I definitely prefer the book.
Jul 22, 2015 Violeta rated it it was amazing
The artwork is amazing.
The storyline is awesome
The cover is beautiful.

everything about this book is wonderful.
It is about vampires, which I obsessed over for quite awhile.

It is a mix between goth/vampires.

The book is also amazing.
Feb 09, 2015 Althea rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago when I was in middle school. This book has lingered in my mind for many years. The romance in the book I enjoyed. This was a really easy read and the very first and only manga book that I have ever read.
So if you know my feelings forward Raven in the main story (or rather first few books. Full reviews pending on those) you may be confused why I gave this four stars
Claude and his gang
Straight up won my heart
Past this will be spoilers for the rest of the volumes (Graveyard Games however is separate)

They, like Jagger and Luna, had every right to be bitter and angry
They were beaten and wrongfully treated but were denied the potion to become full bloods because Alex's grandmother feared he'd do wron
Sude Herondale
Jan 21, 2015 Sude Herondale rated it really liked it
Ben Alexander'ın çizimini hiç beğenmedim.Claude'u Alexander'dan çok sevdim.

Eğer vampir mangası okumak istiyorsanız iyi seçim.Ama vampirli manga önerisi istiyorsanız ilk önerebileceğim manga Vampire Knight.
Laura deLuna
it was really short... not worth the money theyre charging... glad i didnt buy it. there are supposed to be more. ends with a cliffhanger. not as good as the books.

the best friend Becky seemed different. in the book she was a down-home-country-farmgirl-whatever and now shes some googoo-eyed-shopaholic-girlfriend-chick.

Raven keeps becoming more annoying. the boyfriend guy keeps become more... i dunno invisible? anti-character? its like he doesnt have any personality. he is just "love-interest-vam
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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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