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Now that I finished adding the reviews for all the regular books this year, I have decided to read all the graphic novels and manga I have. :D

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*KISSES ALL HER MANGA/GRAPHIC NOVELS*

Reviews will hopefully come before the end of the month. ;)

Oh, the blue you see is the sheet on my bed, and the white is my headboard. :D

Review: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780061689451
213 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 08

Review/Rating:

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:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Book Lovin’ Mamas

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Love Bites by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Love Bites by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061689420
181 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 07

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After Alexander’s parents finally leave, Raven and Alexander have to now deal with his best friend. Sebastian, Alexander’s best friend, arrives at the mansion and will be staying there for a long time, and Raven isn’t exactly thrilled at this new intrusion. However, she still grabs at the chance to learn new things about Alexander, but Sebastian falls for a mortal. Now Raven is wondering if that mortal will be the first to get bitten.

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the other books, so beware. :)

I have to say when I first read this series I loved it. However, now, I’m starting to get impatient with this series and thinking why I picked this series back up. Also, when I first read this book, I liked it. Now though, I think it uses too many themes that have been repeated too many times.

This time you get to see only like one new character – Sebastian – the rest are old characters. Yet again you learn about Alexander, not through himself, but the new character. That would be okay, if the author didn’t use that method so many times. First you learn about Alexander through Jagger, then Luna, his parents, and now Sebastian. Couldn’t the author let Alexander say it himself for once instead of letting other characters tell Raven? Seven books in this series and still so little information about Alexander, which is kind of starting to piss me off.

Characters, descriptions, and even the plot are all okay, but it’s starting to get boring and a little cliché. And instead of making their personalities shine, I’m starting to see them decline. Okay, we know she’s Goth by now, we know she wants to be vampire, so why keep on repeating it? I’ve read the series since the beginning, so I don’t need those details. And like pretty much all the other books, it takes place only a couple of days after the previous one.

*SPOILER* Anyways, we are also seeing the same old basic enemies with almost the same mission as the other books. That’s right, Luna and Jagger are back and they are scheming something. :| *END SPOILER* Yeah, okay, so what’s new?

*SPOILER* The only thing I didn’t except was when Alexander starts telling Sebastian how he feels about changing Raven and why he hasn’t done it. *END SPOILER* A couple more things that made this book a three star instead of a two star are… You get to see another side of Matt – seems more brazen and stands out there more. Also, there are more scenes with Onyx and Scarlet, so you get to see their personalities develop a little more.

Overall, I found the book a little bit too cliché and boring. :| However, I’m still hoping that the author will do something unexpected and pair her up with Trevor, or, leaving Raven mortal for a vampire Alexander, or even, finding a way to make Alexander mortal. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Edifying and Edgy
$New_Bullet My Only Vice
$New_Bullet Bookish

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble