Title: Vampire Kisses
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Genre: Vampire Romance, YA
Rating: 2 Star
The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?
Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This book is very simple and in your face to the point where it numbs your brain. Things are laid out in the most cliche and obvious way possible, and you know how the book is going to end right from the start, even though the author spends most the book going ‘no way he’s not a vampire, its just a bunch of rumour’ in an attempt to make it a big ‘ta da he’s a vampire!’ at the end. It doesn’t work however and I mostly just got annoyed at the failed attempt and wished she would have gotten to the obvious point.
Throughout the book we are bombarded with cliches from every angle. The first one which are are reminded of every two pages or so is in the form of the main character. We are presented a teenaged gothic girl named Raven who wears all black and is a goth and has black are and makeup because she is a goth and no one understand because she dresses differently because she is a goth and she is just aching to be a vampire because she is a goth. How much I mentioned the gothic thing in that sentenced is an example of how often we get told shes gothic. Her name was really annoying for me. Out of all the names on the planet, Raven, one used to often (a lot of times as joke) to describe someone who believes in ‘dark magic’ or supernatural creatures you had to choose that one? Though this trend of bad naming is throughout the book and I don’t know if this blunder was intentional or not. They give each other horrible nick names. Raven has a younger brother who she called ‘Nerd Boy.’ As someone who is an older sister to a younger brother with very much up and down moments (though not in such simplistic form and seemingly pointless way that it is presented in a book), a name as simple and just stupid like ‘Nerd Boy’ would never happen, we get more creative than that. There are also a lot of freaks, and monsters thrown around throughout the book as well, but even they seem more creative than some of the others. The biggest cliche of all besides the embodiment that is our main character is the vampires themselves. Would you believe that they all dress in black as well and wear capes?
The romance between Raven and Alexander also happens really quickly. There is a house not far from where Raven lives and she loves it because it abandoned and creep and very goth like, then within 5 pages a family of rumoured vampires move in! After a few quick sightings Raven is invited to enter the house and spend the night with her ‘Gothic Dream Guy’ and they instantly fall in love and understand how the other feels deep within their souls. To me this destroyed any chance of liking the main character, because it seemed as so though she was in love with him before they met purely because she herd he might be a vampire and she wanted to be one too. She might as well be a gold digger to me then, a vampire gold digger. Most the book moves this quickly.
Even though I have said all that, the book did make me laugh at certain points, so on some level I must have related to the characters enough to get a hint of joy or something from things that they are doing/where happening in their lives. I have my fingers crossed that the next two books that I have in this series lesson the cliche and give me some depth to the plot and the characters.