Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber – 253 pages
Raven, the lone goth girl in the small town of Dullsville, longs to meet her dark soul mate. As if in answer to her yearning, a mysterious family with a pale, handsome teenage son moves into the long boarded-up mansion on the top of the hill. The rumors soon begin flying: are they vampires? Raven wants to date Alexander and receive a vampire kiss, but the school bully Trevor, with a crush of his own, is doing everything to get in her way.
Despite some clunky dialogue here and there, and not much characterization beyond type, this is a light and funny take on the vampire romance, and the pages fly by. Alexander wants to be accepted for who he is, regardless if he is alive or undead, and Raven realizes imagining he is a vampire is, in a way, just as shallow a view as her fellow townsfolks’ reaction to the sight of walking B-movie clichés. The ending definitely left me wanting more, and I’ll pick up the next book in the series, Kissing Coffins, to see what happens next and see if the series is worth continuing.