I got lost with the plot in this book. I had no idea what I was reading--I was surprised to see that a lot of people love this series, but I just coul...moreI got lost with the plot in this book. I had no idea what I was reading--I was surprised to see that a lot of people love this series, but I just couldn't find a proper element of vampirism in the book. It seemed way too cheesy for my taste, and kind of perverted.(less)
A book written with lots of humour, scenes I don't like to discuss and decline talking about, and sweetness. Seth Mortenson is an amazing character, a...moreA book written with lots of humour, scenes I don't like to discuss and decline talking about, and sweetness. Seth Mortenson is an amazing character, and I'm looking forward to an amazing ending in this series. I really enjoyed this book, no matter how long it took me to finish it (for some reason). I loved the ending, and now I'm going to move on to the next one, (in hopes of actually finishing it). (less)
Vampire Kisses is that sort of book that makes you wonder what type of author the writer is, exactly. There are the authors who can come...moreSpoiler alert.
Vampire Kisses is that sort of book that makes you wonder what type of author the writer is, exactly. There are the authors who can come up with the best plots, which tend to be so original and yet oh-so carefree you think of how amazing it would have been if you were the one to write the book. There are the authors who can come up with delicate characters, awesome beginnings, and terrible endings. There are the authors that have the most amazing stories to tell, like Harry Potter, or The Inheritance Cycle. And then there are the authors that leave you hanging; a book with good potential, great beginning, great ending. But what lies in between?
That's the sort of category Ellen Shreiber falls under, because I couldn't quite fix her book Vampire Kisses into a specific group. Not until I thought of it, that is. And thought of it I did.
You see, the thing is, with a great beginning like this book, you can't much say no to reading it. When I first opened the Web page that held its contents, I was thinking, "Why haven't I bothered with this a long time ago?" (actually, I thought that after I read as far as the title and looked at the cover.) I'd never given it much of a thought before, considering how the title makes you think the book's only and only about romance and the effects of lips-to-lips. So when I first read the little flashy-backy moment, I was like, "O-kay then. Not so bad." And I went ahead and continued reading.
Let me do this review the simplest way--by dividing the headings and things I can't exactly explain, with a simple Pro and Con technique. But first, let's see what I expected in the book and what I didn't.
1) Insane emo-ness, House of Night style 2) Lots of bloodshed 3) Main character possessing feisty and sarcastic character (generally this occurs with all vampire books, God knows why 4) Lots of kissing 5) Romance that makes you want to tear your hair out 6) Amazing characters... or something 7) Too much vampirish gore.
1) Too many exclamation marks 2) Too much excitement for sixteen/seventeen year-olds... I mean, there's only so much a teen can do in one day 3) Excessive black attire 4) Way too many cliches 5) Horrible plot; come on, man. There's so much more to "different people" than dressing differently and visiting cemeteries. 6) Horrible... climax, if there was one 7) Not so amazing characters 8) Title very, very irrelevant to story 9) Boring characters 10) You call that romance? More like the story of making out without explaining it. "He kissed me. I kissed him back. Then we kissed some more. Did I forget to mention... the kisses were on my lips. And I kissed him the same way!" (Never forget excessive exclamation marks!) 11) Plus a whole lot more, no worries.
Alright. Pros and cons? This isn't gonna be tough because I like the story (which I don't), it'll be tough because there's so much I can write and it's hard to think from a story so cheesy.
1) Hm. Cheerful characters who do not get angry easily, considering Alexander's response at the very end? 2) Strong personality of Raven (I almost forgot her name). At least some people have the decency to get some comebacks, may they be so lame. 3) No gore, even though it gets quite annoying near the end; I mean, come on, is this a vampire story or not? 4) Great start with the "before-ness"
Can't think of anymore...
1) Horrible use of exclamation! Oh my God! Like! Are! You! Serious! Did you know! That if you use! This many! Exclamation marks! It doesn't! Sound so! Appealing any! More! 2) Softy characters 3) Annoying parents... I have to admit, the one thing good about Twilight is that Charlie Swan and Renee Dwyer have nice personalities. 4) Lack of vampires. I simply cannot understand this. 5) Title becoming one of a movie? 6) Annoying half-cliffy, half-failed-attempt-to-conclude-with-a-flourish ending 7) Are you kidding me with all the black? 8) Probably more, but there's too much.
Therefore, I must say that this book wasn't worth that much time I spent reading it... online, mind you. Just to be nice, I'm giving it a nice 1.5 stars out of 5. Again, do not ask where I get my point-black ratings. It'll be years before I decide to click for the next book.