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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives 1

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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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Anyway. One of the things I enjoy most about VK is the attention to Gothy fashion, and so I was glad that REM's illustrations and outfit designs for Raven and her vampire boyfriend Alexander did not disappoint. I also appreciate the name-dropping of Switchblade Symphony; accurate musical knowledge is always a point-winner in my book (no pun intended).

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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8 comments:

Tenebris In Lux said...

The Vampire Kisses series is a definite indulgence for me. The Blood Relatives was pretty decent, and I was a little saddened that the library only had three (or is that all there is?)

Interesting read, is was more gushy and fun, but I prefer having a real life sweetheart now ^_^. And there are a lot of stereotypes in the book -- often mention of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson as Goth music *wince* -- but still cute.

GlumPlum said...

VK is definately one of my little indulgences too ^.^ I know it's super-cheesy and over-the-top most of the time, but I think it's cute and a fun read. Raven's got some good lines in the actual books too.
The VK manga is more fun to look at the pics than to read in all honesty but I love the looks, Claude and Alexander look amazing to me. I really wanted to see the twins (Jagger & Luna) in it, so I don't know if that's going to happen but...It's a cute, little dark series. :)
-Kelli <3

VictorianAndroid said...

Yeah, kinda sad that there are only three books in the manga series...I love the VK series and own all of the books (but only #3 in the manga). I wasn't all that impressed with the manga other than the artwork which is awesome. If you pay attention, they took a lot of things that happened in the books and threw them into the manga with only a slight difference. But it's still awesome!

callasandra said...

I LOVE V.K it`s awesome I just wish Alexander was real <3

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

The sidebar widget looks cool. Keep it!
I like this series too...In my opinion the novels are a bit better than the manga...the manga's too damn short! But I agree with you that its cute and fun...I need to properly review this at some point...
PS. I'm not sure if you'd be interested, but Rem's doing the a for Gail Carriger's Soulless!

Lucidia LeFang said...

I love Vampire Kisses! Cheesey or not, it's still cute and plenty of fun to read~ I only wish Jagger and Luna could have made an appearance in the manga...

Emily Lynn G. said...

I've read the first book and have to agree: the artwork is so deliciously entertaining, it's disappointing that the plot is as intriguing and deep to me as cardboard. I want to see more work from this artist, I was impressed with the great attention to detail!

Chloƫ Noir said...

i have all three mangas, I became them as a present from my friend. I don´t really liked the story but I loved Ravens outfits and gosh, Alexander is the perfect man :D But it was nice..and I love how rem draw it. it´s a shame, that the last volume was drawn by someone else.. :S

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