Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review: Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1
Written By: Ellen Schreiber Illustrator: REM

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN-10: 0061340812
ISBN-13: 978-0061340819

Vonze: 2.5 out of 5

Book Description: "The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, especially when Raven finds them in daylight in the very last place she could ever imagine. What could Claude and his invaders be doing—or searching for—in Dullsville?"

A few weeks ago, I sat down and read this book in one sitting at Books-a-Million. Oshie and the family were still shopping and I was bored. Now, as a long time vampire fan, I'm not too hard to please. I like nearly all vampires, from Dracula to Vampire Hunter D to Lestat to Nosferatu to Blade to Edward. Yet, I was disappointed in this manga. I have not read the novel version of Vampire Kisses. I admit that I might have enjoyed the manga better if I had read the novel. The manga didn't seem to recap events that probably happened in the novel, for example, explaining how the main characters met and how they fell in love. So, I just had to guess at what happened and accept the characters for the way they behaved in the manga.

The manga version of Raven's character made her seem like a shallow air-head. It seemed like she was either gushing or whining throughout the story. I wasn't buying that she was gothic. Maybe I'm biased, but goth should be more of a state of mind than a fashion statement. Raven seemed like a cheerleader whose favorite color was black. She was too happy and bubbly. Yes, she did hangout in a graveyard, but in my opinion, she never would have been there if it wasn't for a hot guy. That's not goth, it's wannabe.

Alexander, well, I don't even recall much about his character. Other than he was good-looking, rich and super-nice. Not threatening at all. Take away his fangs and he's just a good-looking rich guy whose favorite color is black.

I did enjoy Rem's artwork. The scenes and characters were well drawn.

Overall, this manga does not stand alone well if you haven't read the novel version.

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