Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber was published in 2003 and it’s the first book in her Vampire Kisses Series. Raven lives in Dullsville or your average town where nothing interesting happens until the haunted Mansion has new inhabitants. Alexander Sterling moves into the mansion begins seeing Raven who is convinced he is a vampire and so is the town. Now, it’s time to prove it.
It has been awhile since I have actually read it. I remember reading it when it first came out and I was in love with it because it was about a goth girl and a vampire. I was goth and I wanted vampires to be real so I could related to Raven. Luckily, Trevor never existed for me. Looking back on it, I still like it, not as much as before but still.
What I really like about it was the fact Alexander and Raven had dates to get to know each other even though she was already obsessed with him. It gives reasons for her obsession with him, not just because he might be a vampire but she begins to like him for his personality. Although, she was really obsessed with the idea of him being a vampire. The checking of mirror, the garlic, and her reflection before confirming that he was indeed a vampire, I thought it was funny and shallow of her. Don’t get me wrong. I thought it was shallow because Raven is supposed to be different from the rest of the town yet there she is going along with the mentality of the town. But I like that after the Snow Ball, she realized that. I think it shows growth in her character. However, I do wonder if she would have ever admitted to herself if it had never become a necessity? I’m not sure she would have. I also like the fact that she discover he was a vampire on her own. So many stories just have the vampires admitting they are “vampires,” it was refreshing to see an accidental discover. Not sure, I like the breaking and entering part but that is mostly because I’m a law-abiding citizen and I believe relationships should be based on trust. It just seems that she broke it before they started going out and I’m not really fond of that. On another note, I like the cliffhanger; Alexander leaving, makes me ask “why” and ready for the second book.