Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Cryptic Cravings - Ellen Schreiber

Author: Ellen Schreiber
Series: Vampire Kisses (#8)
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: March 17, 2011
Pages: 211
Read In: 2 days


Overview:
The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger's plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?

And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

A Teenager's Perspective:

Our latest read is part of the on-going series, "Vampire Kisses." Before sharing our thoughts, and feelings about "Cryptic Cravings," we would just like the clear the air about some things we've been reading on book reviews from the Vampire Kisses series.

Despite what some select book reviewers may think, Vampire Kisses isn't a series for only goths, or loners. Any reader can make a connection to this book, or Raven, the main character; if they're willing to. She's a bit impulsive, with a one track mind that wants what she wants, but in the end, everyone has a goal they want to reach, and whether they choose to let someone distract them from that goal, doesn't ---- shouldn't determine whether they're seen as selfish, or "bratty." But what do we know, we're just three teenagers who LOVE this series, who have a social life, and don't constantly wear dark clothes, and/or make up. We're pretty sure we're an exception to this "belief," and if there's one excpetion, then imagine the the numerous amount of possibilities!

Okay, enough rambling, so... "Cryptic Cravings." The 8th book to the on-going series, Vampire Kisses. *...and the crowd goes wild* We absolutely ADORED this book! Ellen Schreiber as usual, teases us a bit with the plot, and leaves us with another painfully crippling cliffhanger. We're starting to get used to this pattern, not that we're complaining, but leaving readers constantly frustrated at the end of your books, only to release the next novel for next year? Now that's just cruel, and unusual punishment.

The novel begins, with Raven admitting that her hometown, Dullsville, is no longer "dull." All the crazy stunts, and situations that Raven, and her vampire crew pulled, leaves Raven with this new-found respect for vampires, as well as, her town. Her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, struggles with the decision of turning Raven into a vampire. Him being the down-to-earth, think-before-you-act, responsible guy in the relationship, he tries to warn Raven of what she's getting herself into, while facing his never-ceasing temptation to drink her blood. Raven's deepest, and darkest desire is to run off all vampire-couple, married to Alexander, living her happily ever after. The end. However, over the span of the book, we find that Raven becomes more paranoid, insecure, and doubtful that Alexander still loves her, the way he says he does. The longer Alexander takes to change Raven, the sooner Raven develops this needy-girlfriend alter ego -- which we soo aren't so fond of.

Lucky for Alexander, there's a distraction/slide plot. Oh my, my will Luna and Jagger ever give up?! These two antagonists, build up this idea that they just want to make "peace," and have a normal, good ol' vampire diet. But as Ellen Schreiber's long-devoted readers all know, there's something they're hiding. Their usual antics, somehow bring the whole town together for something big, while managing to put Raven, Alexander, and other people she cares about in harms way.

This novel is ESPECIALLY, a must-read! We think that Schreiber is in order to receive a congratulatory applause. She is one of the few writers, who has still managed to keep the readers interested, despite the on-going series' span. 8 books? And.. we're still reading? We usually get "iffy" around trilogies, but this? This series, and this novel is perfection in the making. Anyway, we'll be sure to keep our ears to the ground for when the next book, "Immortal Hearts," is released.


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