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Parajunkee's View Vampire Reading Challenge, Review #9 - Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives 1 by Ellen Schreiber and REM
Warning: may contain spoilers
Ah, what can I say about Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series? Delightfully cheesy, vampire-boy-meets-Goth-girl fun that makes the fourteen-year-old mallgoth in me clap her hands with glee and my nineteen-year-old getting-there self roll my eyes affectionately. Hey, I even interviewed Ellen Schreiber herself for Mookychick a little while back... (shameless self-promotion...).
Naturally I was thrilled to bits when I finally got my sparkly-manicured mitts on a copy of the first book in the Vampire Kisses spin-off manga series, Blood Relatives. If you haven't read the original VK series, Blood Relatives boasts a handy introduction. If you're a hardened VK fan, there are no spoilers thus far.
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The storyline is not quite rip-roaring - as is usual for manga series, the first volume of Blood Relatives gives little more than an introduction to the characters and sets the stage for things to come.
Raven and her real-dead-vampire boyfriend Alexander are the only Goths in a small town but they are more than happy together - until Alexander's evil half-vampire cousin Claude and his gang of marauding bloodsuckers come to Dullsville in the hope of turning themselves into the vicious vamps they feel they deserve to be. And Claude has a score to settle with his charming cousin...
This is quite a cutesy book, with the world's most unthreatening bad guys (although Alexander's ex Kat is a bit of a bitch), and deserves more credit for artwork than plot, but it's good light-hearted Goth fluff, well-suited to younger readers or those looking for an adorably cheesy read. Oh, and look out for Raven's one-liner comebacks to snotty cheerleaders at school... ^^
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