Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2011
Vampire Kisses Book 08
2 out of 5
Sebastian has ended up with someone very dangerous, Luna, and now Raven has something new to worry about. Now that Sebastian is under Jagger and Luna’s control, they are going to make a new club in Dullsville. Is it going for mortals only, or, will it be like the Coffin Club? How will they be able to keep the secret that vampires exist now? And if that’s not enough, Raven is starting to wonder if Alexander will ever turn her.
Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the other books, so beware.
Like all the other books in this series, not that much time has past in between this book and the previous one, only about a week or so. However, in terms of time, it has been one year since Alexander and Raven met. And let’s just say that it doesn’t feel like a year has past for them since there is still very little we know about Alexander. :|
In all honesty, I don’t really know where to start, but I’ll try my best. When this book first begins, it is kind of romantic with the kissing and Alexander finally tasting Raven’s blood – not biting though. I thought it was going to be great, but the book went downhill after the romantic scene. :(
After the yummy scene, we start getting into the club for Dullsville and their plans for it. One, Raven kept changing her mind so much that it wasn’t even that enjoyable. Two, hasn’t the author did the same thing where Jagger tries to invite more vampires into a town that didn’t need any more vampires? Three, while everyone (Alexander, Raven, Jagger, etc) think that they need a club for every teenager in the town, Raven mostly does the thinking that the club is another “place where she can truly belong”. I understand wanting have a place to go, but when you mostly do it for yourself than for others, I consider that selfish. =___=
Anyways, speaking of Raven’s personality in this book, I found it more childish than developed. Instead of the powerful message of being different is okay, I see more judging coming from her than anyone in the town. Yeah, everyone in the town judges her for being Goth and wearing black all the time, but she does the same thing, especially towards Trevor.
You see the judgment personality throughout the book. One example is when her mom tries to get her to explore more life, rather than to declare Alexander her one and only. Raven continues by saying that Trevor would cheat on her, but it seems more judgment from her than anything else. How does she know if he would cheat or not? To me, it looks like Trevor goes through the girls because he can’t have what he wants – Raven – than him cheating. And even after knowing how he feels about her, she uses him just to open “her” club. ~___~
Then when Jagger makes a deal with Trevor, Raven gets all huffy and asks for vampire protection for just one single dance. With all the hostility Raven acts towards Trevor, it’s no wonder Trevor acts the same way. She ignores him and he ignores her.
Raven’s “developed” personality in this book made me want to throw the book away. With how she’s acting now, I am starting to think that she just wants to be a vampire than Alexander’s lover. Then she continues to try to hide the secret, even when she knows Becky found out. =___=
Grrrrr! Everything about the book pissed me off, especially Raven’s personality, the reusing of things that happened in other books, and the childishness. The book also leaves off with the cliffhanger of Raven finding out another thing about Alexander. Why does he always how to use the “you didn’t ask” excuse?
Anyways, I’m only going to read the next book because it is the last one in the series.
Where I Got It:
Checked out from the library.
Challenges Apart Of:
Not planning to re-read.
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