With suspense, danger, and a fabulous vampire party, this seventh book in the bestselling Vampire Kisses series continues the exciting nocturnal romance of Raven and Alexander.
Review:If I was fifteen and could travel to the world in a book, I’d want to hit up Dullsville in Vampire Kisses and be best friends with Raven, Alexander, and Becky. I’d want to make fun of Trevor with Raven (the hottest, most popular guy in school and Raven’s nemesis), hang out at the mansion after sunset under the watchful eye of Creepy Man, and join the gang at Hatsy’s for hamburgers and shakes.I’ve never been the morbid Goth type. Cemeteries, ripped dresses and black lipstick, or anything remotely scary is not my thing. But in Vampire Kisses, all that is stereotypically associated with paranormal romance and gothic culture is turned on its head. VK, though, is not a parody. Unlike some funny paranormal romance books that poke fun at the genre, Vampire Kisses has fun with the genre.
Who says vampires have to be brooding hundred+ year olds who prey on the blood and hearts of young, impressionable, weak girls? Alexander is as chivalrous as they come (he always takes Raven on the most swoon-worthy dates!), and Raven, although a hopeless romantic, is also smart and tough. Raven is the only Goth in Dullsville and therefore an outsider, but she is quite okay with being different. She doesn’t wallow in self-pity, nor does she deal with her less-than-stellar social standing by lashing out and being super angsty or aggressive. She will stand up for herself (she has the funniest comebacks when Trevor or others try to make fun of her), but she is also as sweet as can be and incredibly loyal to those she loves.
With Raven and Alexander, it was pretty much love at first sight. There wasn’t too much “should we be together, should we not” in their relationship. The problems they face emerge from new characters that are introduced in each book, the inherent differences between their separate lifestyles (mortal and vampiric), and the issue of Raven’s turning (it’s connections to virginity and sex, btw, are not lost on me).
Each book in the Vampire Kisses series sees the introduction a new vampire character. The plot of each book is based on what happens when that character comes to Dullsville. Each new character has a distinct personality and causes their own kind of trouble. The trouble they cause may be intentional, or just a consequence of being a vampire. In Love Bites, the new character is Alexander’s best friend from Romania, Sebastian Camden. Sebastian has traveled the world looking for true love, but can’t seem to find it — until he visits Alexander in Dullsville, and is immediately captivated by a human girl. This is majorly problematic for a couple of reasons. First, the girl already has a boyfriend and doesn’t know vampires exist. Also, Sebastian is impulsive and doesn’t have nearly as strong of willpower around human blood as Alexander does. Uh oh.
At the beginning of each VK book is a quote from the new character. It is always funny and a play on vampirism. In Love Bites, the love-sick Sebastian confesses: “I hope I find her soon, too, Raven. I’m starved to death.” Lol!
There are a few other plot points in addition to Sebastian’s love problems that arise in Love Bites. Alexander worries about not fitting in with the rest of Dullsville, which he is afraid might lead someone to discovering his secret. Raven has to contend with keeping Sebastian’s true identity a secret from the human girl he likes. She also has to juggle being a good friend to Becky with keeping her best friend safe from the vampires that visit Dullsville. There’s also maintaining the safety of the humans at a vampire party that Trevor and the whole school unwittingly crash. (Btw, Trevor doesn’t get as much time in Love Bites as other VK books, but his interactions with Raven are as hilarious as always.) Then, of course, there’s the constant issue of turning Raven into a vampire — which she wants more than ever.
Love Bites delivers what I expect from a Vampire Kisses novel: hilarity, campy plotting and characterization, sweet romance, mystery, and adventure. I heart this series like you can’t even believe. Thank you, Ellen!!