Vampire Kisses: The Beginning

by Ellen Schreiber

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | April 13, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Vampire Kisses: The Beginning is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 20.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.3 in

Published: April 13, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006177894X

ISBN - 13: 9780061778940

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you want to read it again I got this book for my granddaughter and she said she loved it and read it over many times so
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was a waste of paper... I kid you not. I have to say this before I get started: The cover of the book is better then the actual book. This book is the stereotypical crap-tastic vampire book which should be more realistically aimed at pre-teens. 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 to say this kindly... Terrible. The plot is absolutely terrible, overdone and cliched. The romance was just... words. I felt nothing. Another thing was the book could have just been cut in half. It could have been 250 pages instead of like 500. Overall it is not worth your time.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If I could rate this book in the negatives...I still wouldn't rate it. I think this book was the WORST, most HORRIBLE, and the BADLYIST(can't think of anything else, and yes, I know it's not a word) writen book I've ever read. The main girl-Raven- is a goth obsessed teen who had no life and who majorly needs to get one. This "book" is full of so many cliche's I wanted to rip it in half and feed it to a bunch of hungry birds. Every page it says that Raven in a goth(well a wannabe anyway), or is wearing black lipstick with fishnet tights and combats boots. Every page I read my mind was screaming "SHUT UP ELLEN SCH...whatever." Anyway, so through the book all you really get is that Ravens a moron, Trevors supposedly a bum hole, Alexander is a "Gothic Prince" (Ellens/Ravens words deffinently not mine), and Luna and Jagger are freakos. To be frank, Jagger is the most exciting thing in the whole freaking book. ANOTHER THING! Nothing remotly interesting happens in the novel until when Jagger come into the picture. And even then it was pretty lame. And you wanna know the last line of the book? "I knew one thing- I'd have to find out." ...I think that is not a good way to end a story. Sure it leaves you hanging, and I'm certain thats what Ellen was aiming for but...she aimed too high and fell off a cliff. In my opinion. And I hope in some other peoples opinions. This is a book you would want your friends to read just so they know how terrible it is, and could make fun and mean comments of it with you. I apoligize to those of you who liked this book and are offended by it. I wholeheartedly apoligize...ok not "whole"heartedly but if your offended by it I'm sorry for it. But I truly did hate this book. And the only other thing I trult hate is bugs, like seriously what good are they? And yes I know they are a food source, but that's it.
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the shoes of a vampire obsessed goth girl Not much of a goth person but it caught me in the book. And for the moments while I was in the book, I got to be in the shoes of a teenage goth girl who dreams to be a vampire. A bit over the top of being a rebel but I loved the titles when a new chapter began. Gave me a glimpse in the future.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More fluff then anything * WARNING SOME MAY FIND SPOILERS* More fluff then anything This is the first three books in the Vampire Kisses series. It revolves around a girl whose name is Raven and she’s a goth. She has no real friends except for Becky. One day a family moves into a mansion and rumors start going around that they are vampires. Raven gets excited hoping they really are. On Halloween night her and a guy get into a fight where she hits him with a tennis racket. The young guy in the house stares at her. He invites her to his house. She goes there and meets him. Alex, the young man that lives there, seems to be enthralled with her. It goes on from there, they start dating and so does her friend Becky. It goes on from there with not a very good ending. Raven is annoying and childish and Alex is just plain boring. Raven is constantly reminding everyone she’s a “goth” and she’s always getting into fights. She has a brother the she calls Nerd boy because he likes computers. Through the book she gets into fight with a guy named Trevor at her school, then when she finds out later in the book that Alex is a vampire, he leaves and she follows him. Then she goes to a club named the coffin club where she meets Jagger, who wants to get rid of Alex. Big surprise Raven leads him right to Alex. When she returns home Jagger has followed her there. Alex comes and saves her from him. Then later on we meet Luna, Jaggers sister who was actually born human, who’s just as crazy as him. I know this isn’t a great review though that’s pretty much the first three stories. It was good and I plan on reading the rest of them, it was a lot of fluff. A very simple read, that goes quickly.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Three books in one! So being a fan of "Vampire" stories...I picked this up to see what it was all about. Not bad, but as an adult reading it, I found it somewhat childish and not really all that romantic. The girl, Raven, was somewhat annoying, and to be frank the constant reminders that she is so "goth" and into "vampires" got old after the first couple chapters. So all in all, good for a light read, and good for a younger audience (like pre teen - 14ish years)?
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the book but... I loved the book and its characters but i found Raven to be clingy and kinda a stalker to Alexander. Don't get me wrong Ioved the books but give the guy some space....
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Join the Club. This book is simply AMAZING ! ,When i saw it i didnt want to buy it i just looked at it and then looked for the vampire diaries 4 .. But then after i found out my book wasnt out yet i looked at vampire kisses again and buyed it right away! 2 hours later i finished it ! And it was possible , Oh yes its very possible. Now im going to read the other one kissing coffins THREE WORDS TO TELL YOU ! Buy it NOW !
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Book Ever. If you are a romance Addict and love Vampires, and want something more romantic that twilight. This is your book its still on the 6 book but there will be more!! And im dying for the next book. Its thrilling and you wont be able to put it down. I love this book more then twilight for the fact that its romance and i have to say that when you first meet alexander, you might love him more then edward. But i will admit its a same same thing. I love twilight for the story and how real it is to me as a grade 10 student. But Vampire Kisses is more along the lines of taking you to another time. But its amazing. And you have to read it. Just go pick it up and a indig/chapters, or where ever and read this book. ITS SO GOOD AND ITS WORTH IT!!
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fangtastic book !!!!! this was an amazing book!! Ellen Schreiber really captured the essance of suspence, romance, and danger! i higly recemend this book to all vampire lovers and goth girls. any girl could look up to Raven Madison - goth or not! she is independent , beleives in herself and is true to herself. stands up for her best friend and is always ready to protect ' Dullsville' even tho it is her least fav. town. watch how dullsville turns out to be vampireville in this 3 in 1 book that includes vampire kisses , kissing coffins , and vampireville. while putting up with her hippi mother , and nerd boy brother raven finds herself lonly alot untill the sterlings move into the big mansion on the hill and she meets alexandersterling the love of her life.!!! im reading dance with a vampire the 4th book in this series and i cant put it down long enough to do anything!!!! SO INSTEAD OF SITTING AROUND READING MY REVEIW GO AND BUY THIS FANGTASTIC BOOK!!!! Lmfao
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Time & money There is a review on the back of this book that says ''Raven is exactly the kind of girl a Goth can look up to''... right... if that girl is a wanna-be poser who thinks all stereotypes of Goths are true. This book is so full of ridiculous clichees.. it goes beyond the point of being so clichee'd it's funny. Raven is basically the cookie cutter Hot Topics (or Hot Gothics as the author so cleverly calls it) mallrat wannbe. As another reviewer pointed out, the author has this compulsion to remind you 4 or 5 times per page that Raven is Goth, that she's into Gothic things, and that she loves vampires. Apparently the author thinks readers will forget that fact if she doesn't continously repeat it ad nauseum. Another amusing bordering pathetic fact about Raven is that she honestly believes that everything you see in the movies about vampires is the truth. Again with the clichee smorgasborg. To me this book was written by someone who clearly has no idea about true Gothic culture or any real knowledge of vampires aside from what hollywood movies show and what the local kids at hot topic say is 'Gothic'. This is what happens when an adult tries to write a story from a teen's point of view and shows just how out of touch they are with said teens.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Twilight I love this book.It is one of the best i have read. I couldn't put the book down. I have fell inlove with Alexander and Raven. the main Character Raven almost got me to Goth and i wear american Egal. This book will have you want to be able to read faster.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Goth Goodie Ghoulies! This book contains the first three books in the Vampire Kisses series. 1. Vampire Kisses 2. Kissing Coffins & 3. Vampireville Raven is a teenage goth girl in a po-dunk town, population 8,000. She's surrounded by j-crew cut outs and has only her best friend Becky, a farmer's daughter from the other side of the tracks. She dreams of becoming a vampire and can count on one hand then number of exciting things to ever happen in her hometown which she refers to as Dullsville, quite appropos. It isn't until a family from Romania moves into the old mansion on the hill that things start to get interesting. Town gossip is that it's vampires and Raven is determined to find out the truth through her own brand of sleuthing. But when she manages to sneak into the mansion, she unwittingly stumbles upon more then she ever bargained for. Alexander is the son of the new owners, he's cute, gothic and Raven's dream guy! But he can't possibly be a vampire like everyone thinks...or can he? I was amused throughout this entire book, Raven is not the typical emo goth chick I've come to fear in a lot of teen vampire novels. She's more of a lively Morticia Addams then a morose Wednesday Addams. Her own sense of style is constantly under attack but she's above it all, spunky, determined and full of curiosity that ends up putting her into a lot of dangerous, awkward or just plain silly situations. It's a light hearted read, evenly paced and never dull. Definitely something worth a 'sip' or two.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very teen oriented With a main character that is very hard for an adult to like, and a plot that is based largely on the premise that "adults are stupid" I found this book very difficult to read. A smart alecky teenager constantly outsmarting and outwitting her parents and teachers is not my idea of a good story line. I really wasted my time on this one.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So far, so good! When I purchased "Vampire Kisses" I bought the first three books in one. I've finished reading "The Beginning" not too long ago, and it was easy to sit back and enjoy. It's some-what one of those books that makes you wish the main male character could really exist; Or our real-life boys could pick up a few of their moves. Haha.
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No, Thank You I wish there was a "hate" rating. It was pretty much a slap in the face. It's as if people no longer need talent to publish a novel. Sorry, but just because you write a book about teens and vampires doesn't mean it'll be good. Next time try originality.
Date published: 2009-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'd rather shoot myself in the face than read this ever again 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 Mysterious Alexander suddenly showing up in a dull little town where the outcast of said dull town finds herself drawn to him. It was the reversal of Twilight... even though the boy was still the vampire and the girl was still the human. It was awful. Terrible. No words can actually describe. Ellen Schreiber is almost as untalented as Smeyer, perhaps even more so. The book read badly. Laughable in some places. Endless mentions of the fact that the girl was goth and wearing goth clothes and she was putting on a mesh shirt or ripped tights or mesh army things or black lipstick or blue hairstreaks... or WHAT EVER. It was like Schreiber was flashing a huge sign at the reader saying "BY THE WAY DID I MENTION AT SOME POINT THAT THIS GIRL IS A GOTH AND LOVES GOTH STUFF? NO? WELL HERE IT IS AGAIN!!!" Raven is forever referring to Alexander as her Gothic prince or her vampire love muffin or whatever. All the terms of endearment that she uses for this guy made me snort out loud, in public, while I was reading. It got to the point where I was in the last hundred or so pages and decided to say EFF it and skipped to the last three. I read it and and sighed a sigh of relief. For it was truly terrible. Then as retribution, I decided that since I'd seen a girl with an Edward bag get on the bus ahead of me... I put my things to the side on a seat, marched down to the end of the bus and said "hey you like Twilight right? I'm never ever ever going to read this again. You might like it. Want it for free?" Really? That's like 500 or so pages of my life I'm never going to get back. But yet... I couldn't look away. Because really? I kept trying to say to myself, "It has to get better at some point." And then it didn't! Just like Breaking Dawn. I immediately went out and purchased The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill. Something to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. Kind of like how I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath after I read BD.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad..... ...... but not great. This book is really the first three novels in the Vampire Kisses series and each book was a bit different for me. I really liked the first book, it was faced paced and somewhat exciting. The second book was really dull and not much happened in way of the plot. The third book was definitely better than the second but still not great. Overall the book was just a little slow, not very original, and didn't really flow well. I found myself losing focus often and skipping entire pages at points. The main character Raven, really gets on my nerves at times and most of the dialog between Raven and Alexander was extremely cheesy and predictable. It was an OK read, as long as you don't expect too much out of it. I am planning on reading the next books but I definitely wouldn't have it on my top ten list. I would however recommend the novel(s) to people who like the traditional vampire/romance stories.
Date published: 2009-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from traditional vamp series - it's only good unfortunately As of late i have been reading tons of vamp novels all of which bring a new twist to the world of vampires. Whether they can walk in daylight, eat as much garlic as they want, don't have fangs, are marked/born rather than bitten and so on. This series brings us back to the original vampire myths and traditions that i had been used to. In this series vamps sleep in coffins, can't withstand sunlight or any bright light, no reflection in mirrors, and deathly allergic to garlic. Vampire Kisses is actually the first three books packaged together, and to be honest, i would have been a super frustrated reader if I had to buy them separately. The first book alone to me was hardly a full novel but rather an introduction that ends abruptly without even a solid story. This packaging feels like a full novel separated into three parts and is sooo much better for it! So this story revolves around a teenage goth girl names Raven. Born to hippies who are now the stereotypical corporate couple who live in the suburbs, she also has a young brother she calls Nerd Boy through a good portion of the books, then switches to Billy Boy. Being a social outcast, having only one friend who is the polar opposite of her, she is initially very unhappy in Dullsville, as she likes to call it. She has grown up obsessed with vampires and wanting to be one. Obviously she doesn't know they are real until she meets the new neighbour in town Alexander who changes her life. Literally love at first sight, they become attached to the hip. She doesn't know he's a vamp initially but soon finds out through a missing reflection. Of course, their relationship and lives all of a sudden start having hurdles to overcome if they are to be in each others world, as Raven has to deal with not only Trevor - the school bully who ultimately has a thing for Raven (this is so obvious) - who is making her and Alexander's lives miserable just by being him, and Jagger and Luna, two twin vamps with a history with Alexander in Romania. Both Alexander and Raven are okay characters, but Raven at times drives me nuts - she is extraordinarily immature at times, and Alexander needs to grow a pair in some moments. There is some decent comedy, especially between Trevor and Raven, and Raven and her brother. The vamp villains are good but i thought at times they were underused, and sometimes some parts felt rushed! One of the most ridiculous parts of the book i have to mention is the garlic. I am okay with every other vamp myth but this one takes the cake in the book. Essentially a vamp needs an epipen to get rid of the allergic reaction. Raven carries around garlic as protection, and at one point accidently spills on Alexander. Raven retrieves the antidote "shot" from the creepy butler and has to stab Alexander in the leg with it. Ridiculous! Although i have neglected to share a lot of details from the books, i will let you decide whether or not you are interested in reading it! Regardless, this series is fluff. It's good but not great. I have read some far superior series'. I will likely read the follow ups but i am in no rush to do so! I still hope you enjoy the books!
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good it was an amazing book!!! What i liked about it was that it was very classic vampire-ish like the vamps sleep during the day and stuff! It wasnt like the Twilight saga or the house of nights itwas completely diffrent but if u like vampire books ull like this one
Date published: 2009-03-25

– More About This Product –

Vampire Kisses: The Beginning

by Ellen Schreiber

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.3 in

Published: April 13, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006177894X

ISBN - 13: 9780061778940

About the Book

Raven tries to shield her younger brother from the menacing Valentine Maxwell, even as she yearns to attend the prom with her immortal love, Alexander.

From the Publisher

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

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.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17