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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? Rav 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.

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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? Rav 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.

30 review for Cryptic Cravings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I can't wait! I seriously can't wait! I just finished the seventh book! I LOVE Vampire Kisses! I HAVE TO READ IT NOW!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    i loved it !! kind of mad trevor didnt play a bigger part... love him! but still amazing .. cant wait for the next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I read all seven of the other Vampire Kisses books and, while I knew they were childish, I still was able to enjoy them. This book was beyond childish. It was completely ridiculous. The whole storyline was just stupid. First Raven finds out about a club and she doesn't want the club in her town. Then she does. Then she doesn't. Then she does but with restrictions. And she's the one to give the restrictions to the vampire in charge...well, her and her boyfriend. I just don't get it. Not only that, I read all seven of the other Vampire Kisses books and, while I knew they were childish, I still was able to enjoy them. This book was beyond childish. It was completely ridiculous. The whole storyline was just stupid. First Raven finds out about a club and she doesn't want the club in her town. Then she does. Then she doesn't. Then she does but with restrictions. And she's the one to give the restrictions to the vampire in charge...well, her and her boyfriend. I just don't get it. Not only that, I just don't care either. The dialogue was choppy and forced. The characters, who I remember being defined in the previous books, all blended together and sounded the same. Even Alexander, the vampire boyfriend, ended up sounding like the main character - a whiny, confused, teenage girl who can't seem to make up her mind about anything. I couldn't stand how quickly they changed their minds/opinions on things. I know teens do that to some degree, but not as much or as poorly as Raven and her gang. It was completely unbelievable. I finished this book simply because I hate starting something and not finishing, although I was sorely tempted to do so with this one. If it hadn't been for my library buying this book at my request, I really might not have finished it...ever. I'm sorry to say that this book has turned me off of the author and I no longer plan to read her werewolf series which was on my TBR list.

  4. 5 out of 5

    hayden

    Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars Man, what a journey. I started Vampire Kisses when the omnibus of the first three was out and number six was a few months away from publication. I thought it was pretty good. It was nothing special, of course, but it was silly and light-hearted while so many other vampire books were mysterious and dark. It was a refreshing change. After book 8, I think it's time to put this series in its grave. (Or, more adequately, its coffin.) It's been going on for way too long. There's Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars Man, what a journey. I started Vampire Kisses when the omnibus of the first three was out and number six was a few months away from publication. I thought it was pretty good. It was nothing special, of course, but it was silly and light-hearted while so many other vampire books were mysterious and dark. It was a refreshing change. After book 8, I think it's time to put this series in its grave. (Or, more adequately, its coffin.) It's been going on for way too long. There's only so long you can continue a book with an OMG-I-love-you-but-you're-a-vampire-and-I-want-you-to-turn-me-but-you-don't-want-to plot and minor subplots that keep the story (barely) rolling. When I read the summary for this book, I almost thought I'd already read it. It was so similar to one of the earlier books, I think it was Coffin Club, that I almost didn't read it. However, if I was going to let the series go, I had to at least give it a decent farewell. Little did I know that farewell would be a DNF farewell. This is my first ever official DNF, ever. Others are put on indefinite hold, but I will definitely get back to those in the future. This, however, I felt didn't deserve a revisit later. Vampire Kisses is to date the most cheesy vampire series I've ever read. Alexander isn't even like a vampire at all anymore. He's goofy and silly and not at all evil like all other vampires are. He gives vampires a bad name. [image error] Yeah. Almost like that. On top of being unbearably cheesy, it's paced really poorly. The scenes are stretched out too long. When I saw that the book was considerably longer than the others, I thought, "Wow. Schreiber really got her stuff together and wrote a decent novel WITH A PLOT." Nahh! Just messing with you. That's not true. I have 100+ pages of proof. This is the plot: Raven: o, Alex-booboo, i luvz u! lets make out. Alexander: okay *make out* Raven: OH NOEZ! i iz bleeding! hopefully you arent turnd on by this! Alexander: i iz. i want 2 eat u. Raven: OH NOEZ! i dont wanna be eated! i wanna be turned. turn me, alex-booboo! Alexander: i dont want 2 turn u! u need 2 b a human. Raven: NOOOOOO! i dont wanna b a human! humanz r lame! not u! ur a vamp and ur cool! Alexander: oh noez! a car pulled up. wut duz it want? *filler material with becky* Raven: hmm. i wundr if i break into this place if ill find somethin or sum1 special. oh, lookz! bluprints 4 a club! ill take these. Alexander, later: nooo! u shudnt take things that arnt urz. Raven: but i want 2! Alexander: noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Raven: ok fine whatevr. ill take them bak. Alexander: nooooooo! its 2 dangerus! ill do it with u. Raven: ok. *return blueprints* *while inside building* Raven: oh noez! peoplez is here! we need 2 go! Alexander: but we cant or else theyll c us and eat u! i dont want u 2 b eated! And then I gave up. It was just so melodramatic and slow. The Vampire Kisses series is one I'm almost sad to see leave my life forever, but on the bright side, now I can save money on the series I'm sure Schreiber won't end until she dies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, #8), Ellen Schreiber

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Part of me is embarrassed to say I read these books, but I can't help it. There is just something about them that hooks me in. Raven is a good heroine. She's a bit strange and obsessed, but it works for her. It was a little obnoxious to have these long paragraphs about the gothic clothes everyone wore. However, since this is the millionth book in the series I am used to it. I like Raven, but her relationship with Alexander bothers me. I'm not sure if she genuinely likes him or if she only hangs Part of me is embarrassed to say I read these books, but I can't help it. There is just something about them that hooks me in. Raven is a good heroine. She's a bit strange and obsessed, but it works for her. It was a little obnoxious to have these long paragraphs about the gothic clothes everyone wore. However, since this is the millionth book in the series I am used to it. I like Raven, but her relationship with Alexander bothers me. I'm not sure if she genuinely likes him or if she only hangs onto him because he is a vampire. Alexander is the main lead. He's a nice guy. He really is, but I can't help thinking he's a bit bland and boring. At least when he was Phoenix he had some personality. In real life he would be a great catch, but when reading a book I tend to like the more alpha, cocky guys. I want more Trevor in this book and the next one! I think I love him. He's an annoying little douche, but there's something sweet about him. I liked how Raven and Trevor's relationship grew. They've come a long way from the first books where Raven beat him up in the woods. It was really cute how badly Trevor wanted her attention. Though Raven was a bit clueless. I can't believe it took her until just now to realize that Trevor might like her. Sadly, there was no Raven and Jagger action. Other than Trevor, I like Jagger the best. I miss the other books where Jagger was always creeping on Raven and trying to catch her on sacred ground. The guy sounds gorgeous and he has a lot more umpf than Alexander. I shouldn't have read the reviews before I read this one. Someone mentioned the overuse of the word 'nefarious' and I couldn't help noticing it throughout the book and mentally counting how many times it showed up. Overall though, I loved this book. A lot of people don't like this book, but I do. You just have to realize that this book is mainly fluff. It's not a literary masterpiece. It's a fun, light read— a book that you don't take too seriously. Even though there are things I don't much care for in this book, I truly do like this series. I can't wait to find what happens next. I wonder what will happen between Jagger/Luna/Sebastian/etc now that the whole deceiption thing happened in the covenant. If I were Sebastian, I would be so angry if someone tried to trick me like that. Also, I wonder what will happen with Alexander's sister, Stormy. I got a bad vibe about her from what Alexander said, so maybe all hell will break loose. Lastly, I wonder if Sebastian will still be upset with Raven about her 'cheating' on Alexander with Phoenix. That is a very messed up situation and even I felt bad for Raven since Phoenix was just Alexander in a wig and leather pants. And to Ellen Schreiber, please, please, please make Raven get together with Trevor or Jagger. They fit together better with Raven than poor Alexander!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Edwards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I failed to see the problem with The Covenant. The concept worked perfectly in The Coffin Club, so what's the difference in the mill? Raven went on and on with lame excuses, but the bulk of the complaint was nothing really to worry about. She overreacted, and none of the other character corrected her, but agreed with her nonsense. Jagger is trying to run a club, not a slaughterhouse. I don't see how the vampires will be discovered unless they're careless. And the nefarious vampires will be in Th I failed to see the problem with The Covenant. The concept worked perfectly in The Coffin Club, so what's the difference in the mill? Raven went on and on with lame excuses, but the bulk of the complaint was nothing really to worry about. She overreacted, and none of the other character corrected her, but agreed with her nonsense. Jagger is trying to run a club, not a slaughterhouse. I don't see how the vampires will be discovered unless they're careless. And the nefarious vampires will be in The Covenant, not in The Crypt. So the plot needed to be scraped. I'd like The Crypt to be in town; that means more characters and adventures. I think Raven wants to feel special, and she can't if everyone in town accepts her,and more goth girls come to Dullsville. I wish Alexander wold turn her already, and for Raven to make up her mind about it, instead of trying to convince him, yet debate in her head. I wish someone had lent Ellen a thesaurus. That love confession should not have been a dream: It was just a dream deus ex machina. I found myself agreeing more with Jagger, than the protagonists, which is very dreadful.Why did he give her an eternity ring instead of an engagement ring? Becky is a selfish prying crybaby; don't ask if you don't want to know, or can't handle knowing! Who died and gave Becky permission to tell a secret that isn't hers, and that she shouldn't know. Raven did right by not telling her; she's a ticking time bomb chatterbox. If Stormy is really his little sister, how come she hasn't been mentioned before? Either something isn't right about that, or Ellen just killed a kick butt cliffhanger with a dull and random one. This should have ended with Stormy's identify hidden (as Alexander's secret Romanian lover) and Raven admitting to herself that shes in love with Trevor. This is my least favorite book of the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    I love the "Vampire Kisses" series. However, 'Cryptic Cravings' was not the stellar read the other books are. In this installment Raven and Alexander discover that their nemeses and vampire friends did not leave Dullsville and are planning to open a club in town. While Raven is excited about the prospect of a club in town, she is concern that the vampire secret will get out if Jaggar invites new vampires to town. Additionally, Jaggar's sister, Luna and Alexander's best friend, Sebastian have bec I love the "Vampire Kisses" series. However, 'Cryptic Cravings' was not the stellar read the other books are. In this installment Raven and Alexander discover that their nemeses and vampire friends did not leave Dullsville and are planning to open a club in town. While Raven is excited about the prospect of a club in town, she is concern that the vampire secret will get out if Jaggar invites new vampires to town. Additionally, Jaggar's sister, Luna and Alexander's best friend, Sebastian have become quite close since he bit her. The problem that I had with 'Cryptic Cravings' is that there just was not enough action. The book is only 211 pages long and really did not shed too much new light on the characters. I wish Ms. Schreiber would write a 400 page book that included more information and more action. It would have been a better read. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the book. It just was not my favorite. I hope that book 9 will be better or I may not continue on with the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rayne

    I've been reading this series since they first came out. Year after year, I pre-order a hardcover version, not because the writing is amazing or because the storyline is riveting, not even because the characters are deep and round. No, I like this series because is fun and kind of silly, besides the fact that in high school I used to be the outcast goth chick wishing for my Alexander to come. But, as hard as I try not to take Vampire Kisses seriously, I simply can't ignore all the things that ar I've been reading this series since they first came out. Year after year, I pre-order a hardcover version, not because the writing is amazing or because the storyline is riveting, not even because the characters are deep and round. No, I like this series because is fun and kind of silly, besides the fact that in high school I used to be the outcast goth chick wishing for my Alexander to come. But, as hard as I try not to take Vampire Kisses seriously, I simply can't ignore all the things that are, not wrong, but simply absent from this story. We could begin with the fact that the author is not really good at writing. Seriously, 'His grip was strong, like that of as handsome athlete"? Even if we are reading from the perspective of a sixteen year old and even if the point of these series is to be light-hearted and simple, I see no reason why an editor didn't cross out this and labeled it as probably the worst use of figurative language ever. And someone really needs to find Schreiber a thesaurus. The word 'nefarious' is not the only one in the dictionary that defines something wicked or villanous. She used it more than 30 times and 5 of them were in the exact same page. The story in this series is just one repetitive journey installment after installment. This time around at least she tried to steer away from the `someone new in town', but instead she dwelled on a ridiculous story about a new club opening and how Raven wanted to try being an interior designer. Is not about the story not making sense or falling in line with the previous ones, is about it being completely stupid and there being no reason why I should care or why no one has told this author that maybe it is time to either bring something new into the story or simply just end it. The characters are even worse. I used to see myself in Raven, now I'm kind of embarrassed I ever saw similarities. She is immature, selfish and, honestly, kind of dumb. The rest of the cast has no personality and are as flat as this novel's storyline. Alexander, the only character that has saved this series for me in the last couple of installments, sort of fell from grace with this new novel, not because he did anything wrong, but because he was more of a shadow than an actual presence in the story; he had no weight, no role, he simply was just there and his confession in the last page came out of nowhere and simply serves as foundation for yet another story based on someone new, totally goth for no reason at all, coming into town and threatening his vampire secret. And Trevor. The story might've been passable if it wasn't for this particular annoyance. He is, by far, the most ridiculous of all characters. I understand the author's attempt at a love triangle, since they have become the rule in young adult fiction these past few years, but at least in other novels the characters involved are interesting, attractive and have something going for them. Trevor is stupid, a ridiculous stereotype with even more ridiculous dialog. Is not because he is the antagonist, is simply because he makes the reading experience painful. In the end, nothing really happens in this book -yet again- and gives the reader more questions than answers that are not worth reading the next book for. I wish I could say I'm done with these series just like I did with House of Night when it started to feel like an insult to the reader, but I can't, simply because they have become a part of me as a reader due to all the years awaiting its release and devouring it in one sitting - which is not hard to do considering they are incredibly short and so not worth close to 20 dollars. But, installment after installment, it just gets worse and, by the looks of it, it's not going to get better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn Summary: Uh oh, Jagger want to open a club for vampires in Dullsville, but Raven and Alexander realize the danger it would bring. Raven suggests the club be for mortals. She jumps in to help decorate and prepare, while keeping a close eye on everyone involved. Sebastian and Luna have gotten together and who knows what they’re up to, besides scaring the teenagers of Dullsville when Sebastian bites Luna. Meanwhile, Raven is just dying (pun intended) to be Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn Summary: Uh oh, Jagger want to open a club for vampires in Dullsville, but Raven and Alexander realize the danger it would bring. Raven suggests the club be for mortals. She jumps in to help decorate and prepare, while keeping a close eye on everyone involved. Sebastian and Luna have gotten together and who knows what they’re up to, besides scaring the teenagers of Dullsville when Sebastian bites Luna. Meanwhile, Raven is just dying (pun intended) to be turned although she’s not sure Alexander wants to be with her for eternity. Alexander’s alter ego Phoenix makes an appearance as the club opens…. Review: Cryptic Cravings is the 8th book in the series. Each book is fun, and this one is no exception. Raven is unique and open about everything. She is not the least bit afraid to be herself. It’s a powerful lesson that many young women need to learn. Be you no matter what! I love the series because the characters are well developed and layered. There’s no gratuitous sex; it’s a character driven story. Poor Alexander; when Raven wondered out loud about having Sebastian or Jagger change her, Alexander was hurt. Raven feels she’s waited long enough but I think she should be patient and wait for Alexander to be ready as well. Alexander needs her to understand it’s not an easy life. I love that Raven and Alexander have to work at it to communicate well. They can easily misunderstand one another or shut down and not communicate, which never helps. Alexander is super supportive with Raven’s insecurities. On Raven’s birthday Alexander gives her an eternity ring to reassure her. Trevor continues to harass Raven but she handles it in stride although his aggressiveness is scary. Meanwhile, Luna plans to marry Sebastian, but he’s not in on the secret. When he realizes it’s for real, he backs out. Jagger, Luna, Sebastian – are all very selfish and self-absorbed characters almost unable to consider others. Becky takes pictures of the vamps but they don’t show up in the pictures. I enjoyed how Becky FINALLY found out the truth. At the end of Cryptic Cravings Raven finds out Alexander has a sister named Stormy. I think she realizes that they don’t know each other very well – their relationship needs a lot more work. I recommend The Vampire Kisses series. It’s a great read for adults and young adults. It’s a quick read, perfect for the beach. http://openbooksociety.com/article/el...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Thompson

    Plot: I love this series. Even though they are short, they are wonderful quick reads and they leave me wanting more. I loved Cryptic Cravings, but I was disappointed with a lack of romance. Each VK does not disappoint with the constant romantic dates in the cemetary and the bunches of black roses, but this time around, we barely got any of that. I will say that the rest of the book did fill in the romantic blanks with good mystery and drama. But, Jagger opening up a club in Dullsville? I love th Plot: I love this series. Even though they are short, they are wonderful quick reads and they leave me wanting more. I loved Cryptic Cravings, but I was disappointed with a lack of romance. Each VK does not disappoint with the constant romantic dates in the cemetary and the bunches of black roses, but this time around, we barely got any of that. I will say that the rest of the book did fill in the romantic blanks with good mystery and drama. But, Jagger opening up a club in Dullsville? I love the idea, but I wish we could have built up to the situation, not just having it pop out of nowhere. I wish the books were longer so we can not only see character progression, but plot progression as well. Characters: Raven-She is a very reaslistic character. She wants to have her all-time dream come true, but isn't sure if she wants to leave everything behind for it. Raven is a great character because usually all the vampire's girlfriends want is the vampire and that's it, but Raven sees that she's leaving behind her family, friends, and human life. I did like when she was seeing that not only was she in love with Alexander, but maybe...just maybe, there was something there with Trevor too. Alexander-If there was a swoon button, I'd just click it a thousand times for Alexander and move on. But, since there is none, I will say that Alexander makes my heartache. He's the perfect boyfriend. In here, you see not only his constant romantic side but his protective and superior side. I loved that side of him and hope to see more! Cover: Love the cover! I do wish that we had a cover for Alexander or Jagger or another character. Don't get me wrong, I love the covers with Raven, but I think I can speak for a lot of VK fans when I say we want to see a little more Alexander. Maybe we will on the next installment! Overall Rating: I have to give this book a three out of four. I wish it was longer and something big happened. In a way, it did, but nothing that blew my mind. I'm hoping something extrodinary happens in the next book. However, I will stand by the series and say that anyone who loves vampires or romance, read this series. Plus, if you read The Coffin Club, you'll be happy to hear that a very sexy and well-missed character will reappearing in this book! Peace and Fangs, Alisha

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews

    I've been reading this series since they first came out with my youngest daughter. It’s always a delight to watch my daughters expressions as she reads. And I love the fact that Raven has inspired my daughter to be who she is.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I really give the book 3.5 rating. I swear the author used the word nefarious 50 times in the book. Did the editor not catch this? Did no one own a thesaurus? The plot was more of the same and was a bit boring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Genieinachanelbottle

    Cryptic Cravings is a Fangtastic read that leaves U wanting more!!! Raven & Alexander's chemistry totally sizzles I drank in every page with a thirsty mind! Jagger's opening a club called the Crypt in Dullsville but Raven and Alexander realize the danger it would bring. Raven suggests the club be for mortals and jumps in to help decorate while keeping a close eye on the sneaky vamps involved get ready for dark secrets heart stopping twists lol fun and epic romance! I absolutely love Raven sh Cryptic Cravings is a Fangtastic read that leaves U wanting more!!! Raven & Alexander's chemistry totally sizzles I drank in every page with a thirsty mind! Jagger's opening a club called the Crypt in Dullsville but Raven and Alexander realize the danger it would bring. Raven suggests the club be for mortals and jumps in to help decorate while keeping a close eye on the sneaky vamps involved get ready for dark secrets heart stopping twists lol fun and epic romance! I absolutely love Raven she's a funny feisty dark beauty with wicked style U totally want to be her BFF!!! Alexander Sexy Sterling is better than chocolate the perfect vampire boyfriend romantic protective N sweet!!! 5 Fabulous Stars Ellen Schreiber Rocks!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Avery Olive

    I really loved this books, however, when I started them they were on the childish side. I was really hoping that as the stories progressed (as with Raven's age) they would become less so. Sadly with this one she hasn't seemed to grow up any. She's 17 now, I want her to act more like one and have to deal with more age appropriate issues. The club was a good plot, but Raven's Yes, No, Yes, No, Maybe, Okay... attitude about it really got on my nerves. I really need to see the characters grow up mor I really loved this books, however, when I started them they were on the childish side. I was really hoping that as the stories progressed (as with Raven's age) they would become less so. Sadly with this one she hasn't seemed to grow up any. She's 17 now, I want her to act more like one and have to deal with more age appropriate issues. The club was a good plot, but Raven's Yes, No, Yes, No, Maybe, Okay... attitude about it really got on my nerves. I really need to see the characters grow up more, the writing to become less simple and more like what one would expect from a YA book for me to want to continue with the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    This book is one of my favorites in the series! Loved it. But I think Schreiber should do more Trevor and Raven moments. I love the idea of them together. Though that's quite impossible, considering Cryptic Cravenness is the second last of the books. But then again, Schreiber made me love this series even more with this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kendrea

    can't wait for this book to come out also.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Santiago

    I love this series so much. Raven's character is so bold and curious. I am glad that her small town has a new club but the Maxwell's twins get me frustrated. Alexander and Raven still have a very sweet relationship even though trevor is always bothering Raven. What shock me the most was trevor actions. I can wait to read the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margarita

    I just have to say that i agree with a lot of people, this series is lacking. Its funny and cute but it can be annoying at times. I just feel like this series is a little bit childish and should be aimed at 10 to 13 year old girls. Even Twilight is better with word choices and the amount of action that goes on in the whole series. Sometimes I felt like I was reading the PG rated version of Twilight. At least Bella wasn't dating Edward just for the simple fact that he was a vampire, unlike Raven, I just have to say that i agree with a lot of people, this series is lacking. Its funny and cute but it can be annoying at times. I just feel like this series is a little bit childish and should be aimed at 10 to 13 year old girls. Even Twilight is better with word choices and the amount of action that goes on in the whole series. Sometimes I felt like I was reading the PG rated version of Twilight. At least Bella wasn't dating Edward just for the simple fact that he was a vampire, unlike Raven, who says she "loves" Alex and would love him even if he wasn't one. Bullshit. Don't get me wrong and all, I do believe that she might love him like she says she does but there's Trevor, her childhood nemesis, and which despite everything that's gone down between the both of them, there's no denying the sexual tension that exist in their messed up relationship. I feel like punching Raven in the face whenever she gets jealous of Trevor being kissed by other chicks. Bitch if you like him so much, dump Alexander and get laid already! If I were Raven, i'd go for Trevor. Why? Just for the simple fact that Raven is annoying and doesn't know what she actually wants in life. I feel like she only wants Alexander because he's a vampire and she's always wanted to be one. It leaves me wondering if she would have gone out with him even if he hadn't been a vampire. Why am I left asking myself those kinds of questions? There's a part in the book where Raven is thinking about why she feels jealous of Luna, because she was bitten by Sebastian and Alexander hasn't done that to her. And then in cryptic cravings she's all like, " that's the reason I like you guys, because you dress the way you do and are like me." Babe, you aren't like them and will never be even if you do turn. Your just an overly obsessive girl who's reckless and who can't think it through about what becoming a vamp would require her to do, one, having to lie to your parents and no choice but to move away from them and your best friend. Second, you wouldn't be able to walk out into the sunlight anymore. Third, no reflection! As much as vampires are cool and all, I rather be an ass-kickingSHADOWHUNTER!!! And like someone in another review wrote,"Schreiber leaves to many problems unresolved and can't seem to make loose ends meet." That's the whole problem with this series, it's lacking, not enough action, unresolved problems, and having no point what-so-ever in the story. It just seems like a total disgrace and an insult to teen girls who love reading about gothic love stories. Like Ellen is mocking vampire stories and just making her story a cheesy parody of something that could have been more if more efforts had been made to make this story one of a kind. Even though I've just completely bitched about this series, I'm still gonna read the last book. I want to see this series through.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This review was posted at Under The Covers It has been a year since I read the last book in the series, and I was thinking "How am I going to remember who everyone is and what happened?" since I'm not that attached to this series. But as soon as this book started, it all came back to me. This pretty much picks up where Love Bites left off. Jagger, Luna, Sebastian, Onyx and Scarlett were supposed to have left town after Sebastian bit Luna in front of all of Dullsville teenagers. But they're still This review was posted at Under The Covers It has been a year since I read the last book in the series, and I was thinking "How am I going to remember who everyone is and what happened?" since I'm not that attached to this series. But as soon as this book started, it all came back to me. This pretty much picks up where Love Bites left off. Jagger, Luna, Sebastian, Onyx and Scarlett were supposed to have left town after Sebastian bit Luna in front of all of Dullsville teenagers. But they're still in town, and hiding from Alexander. Why? Jagger has big plans for Dullsville. He wants to open a club, like the Coffin Club, for humans AND vampires. The human club "The Crypt" and the vampire underground club "The Covenant". While they're planning to remodel the old mill in town, Alexander and Raven find out about their plans, and even though Raven can't believe her luck about having a club where she can go dance, she doesn't want "neferious" vampires to come to Dullsville. At the same time Raven is dealing with her feelings on how she would deal if she finally became a vampire to be with Alexander for eternity, Alexander gets his first taste of Raven's blood (and no, it's YA, so it's nothing kinky), Onyx is apparently in love with Jagger, Scarlett wants Trevor, and Luna is still hanging on Sebastian's arm. I can't stand her. But, what I liked the best about this book might be something nobody else wants to see... don't know. I want some Trevor/Raven action!!! I mean, seriously, she is just now realizing that he kid has a crush on her? And she can't admit to herself that she likes him too?? Why else would they be constantly going after each other? So, Trevor makes just a few small moves, like a nice birthday gift for her, and then the only thing he wants in return for helping promote the club is one dance with Raven at opening night! As usual this is a fluffy read, plenty of goth teen angst, but entertaining. Sometimes you're in the mood for that, and I was!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shweta Choudhary

    I am getting close to the end of the series and only one book is left to read and I really want to tell you I am gonna miss Raven , Alexander...!! In this book Raven and Alexander take their relationship a little forward with help of blood!! Thank god!! raven cut herself or else it wouldn't have happened and I really liked Alex drinking Raven''s blood. It was hot and sweet. This book has recurring characters like Jagger Luna Sebastian. They all want to set up a coffin club in the small town and h I am getting close to the end of the series and only one book is left to read and I really want to tell you I am gonna miss Raven , Alexander...!! In this book Raven and Alexander take their relationship a little forward with help of blood!! Thank god!! raven cut herself or else it wouldn't have happened and I really liked Alex drinking Raven''s blood. It was hot and sweet. This book has recurring characters like Jagger Luna Sebastian. They all want to set up a coffin club in the small town and how Alexander and Raven tackle this problem, negotiating with Jagger ..Raven dealt with Luna and her remarks...I feel angry and pity for her...and her relationship with Sebastian. Raven was strong , intelligent and I really loved her good heart she was selfless and selfish ant right times. I really felt sad that Alexander didn't want to turn her even I know Alexander's concern/ Introduction of Phoenix was awesome...Even if we know who was he but still his personality is no different than Alexander...I quite came to love him too!! There are more stuffs,more depth to this book.. We come to know more about Trevor and I really liked this guy even if he is pain in ass and I loved the last scene!! Hats off to Raven for what she did!! With conclusion of the book I am eagerly waiting for the last book TO BE DEVOURED BY ME SOON!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto

    Today's review is on Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by: Ellen Schreiber Schreiber's latest book in the Vampire Kisses series doesn't live up to the previous ones. The story seems to crawl along at this point. Raven is still waiting for Alexander to turn her into a vampire after a year of being together. Trevor is still a thorn in Raven's side, but surprises her by giving her a real birthday gift. One that someone who cared about her would buy. This set's off questions in Raven's mind as to hi Today's review is on Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by: Ellen Schreiber Schreiber's latest book in the Vampire Kisses series doesn't live up to the previous ones. The story seems to crawl along at this point. Raven is still waiting for Alexander to turn her into a vampire after a year of being together. Trevor is still a thorn in Raven's side, but surprises her by giving her a real birthday gift. One that someone who cared about her would buy. This set's off questions in Raven's mind as to his feelings for her and her's for him. Are the young readers that clueless? It has been apparent in books 1-7 that he has it bad for her. Let's focus on that dynamic. Really, does it matter that Jagger's sister is trying desperately to have a boy tied to her that badly? I think not. Reader's want Alexander, Raven's and Trevor's story. At least I think so. And at book number 8, we should already be deep into that. Don't get me wrong, the book was fine. But that's just it...it was fine. Nothing above average. I know that I'll read the series until it's done just because I can't be left hanging, but I'm not sure about other readers. 3 of 5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Spilotro

    "Cryptic Cravings" at first was a very slow read, but as I got farther in the book the more interesting it got. The middle has the most action and is the most interesting. I recommend this book for young adult and adult women who love a good romance, and mystery. "Cryptic Cravings" focuses a little more on mystery than romance, but still has a little romance to keep it going for romance lovers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I loved this book!!! I love the whole series and they just keep getting better and better! I went to one of ellen Schriebers book signings and she said there will be another one after Love bites! I recommend this series to anyone who wants a good vampire series thats way better than Twilight!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashalyn

    I so just want her to give up on Alexander and be with Trevor. That would make me 5 star it :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒbern

    April 8, 2011

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judyth (Geeky Reading)

    ~2.5/5 [Available on my blog.] I did not really enjoy this book. It was a bit nostalgic for me, and had a feel like most Disney Channel movies/TV shows that I don’t like and yet get sucked into anyway have, which is why the rating is as high as it is. Because I do have several problems with this book. Now, if you have not, then you should go read my review for Once in a Full Moon, because I have somewhat similar feelings to this book as I did to that one. In this book of the Vampire Kisses series, R ~2.5/5 [Available on my blog.] I did not really enjoy this book. It was a bit nostalgic for me, and had a feel like most Disney Channel movies/TV shows that I don’t like and yet get sucked into anyway have, which is why the rating is as high as it is. Because I do have several problems with this book. Now, if you have not, then you should go read my review for Once in a Full Moon, because I have somewhat similar feelings to this book as I did to that one. In this book of the Vampire Kisses series, Raven is wondering more seriously (and by more seriously, I mean more frequently, and in the state of mind as ‘I want him to do it’) about Alexander (you know, her vampire boyfriend) biting her and turning her into a vampire. Also, Jagger, Sebastian, Luna, Onyx, and Scarlet, are all still in town and setting up a vampire/human gothic club for the town. Which of course Raven and Alexander don’t want any vampires, other than themselves, to attend, so they have to try to convince Jagger of that. First, let’s talk about the club. Jagger’s idea is for it to be like the Coffin Club, but Raven quickly gets everyone to agree that there should be no other vampires, because that would be bad. Which, okay, they don’t want any other vampires causing a mess in the town, or getting everyone’s attention. But I have a problem with the vampires, and how it’s a little racist, maybe, for her to automatically assume that every other vampire out there is bad, when she has only met nice ones (well, aside from Luna and Jagger, but mostly Luna, and that’s just their personalities). But I have a problem with the vampires in general that I will talk about in a minute. My problem with the club is that, it’s a gothic club. With coffins and spider webs and other dark, creepy things. That no one in town but Raven and the vampires like. So why would anyone else in town want to go there? I get that they want something to do because it’s so boring there, but I don’t think people are that influence-able, that as soon as Trevor, a popular boy, says it’s okay, they’re all on board. That’s a shallow assumption. Not to mention a dumb one. I just don’t understand why all these people that give Raven crap would suddenly decide to go to a goth club, just because it’s there. And why Jagger would decide that their town would be the place to put a club, out of all the other, more popular, towns. Why would he think that he would make money off of it in the first place? That doesn’t make sense to me. Now, the vampire thing. My main problem revolves around the fact that most vampires are born that way. You are not born as an evil creature, okay? You grow into that. If they are born with the vampire traits, okay, but everyone is suggesting that vampires are evil, terrible things, when they are born like that. And why, exactly, can’t they look in the mirror or get their picture taken? Usually, as far as I know, that means that they don’t have a soul. But how can they not have a soul, when they are born that way? That just doesn’t add up in my head. Also, Raven called them ‘undead’ once. You can’t be undead if you are born like that. Being undead means that you were dead, are in a dead-like state, and you are not in that kind of state, if you are still growing. If you age, and reproduce. That does not work, okay? I’m just having a hard time accepting the logistics of it all. And Raven wants so badly to be one of them, to be joined forever with Alexander, while he’s hesitant to do it. He’s smart to be hesitant. Because that would change her life forever, which she doesn’t seem to realize, because she thinks that her life revolves around him and doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. Although, honestly? It would change how she lives her life, yea, and that she would have to drink blood, which is a big deal, but the vampires aren’t dangerous. These vampires are not dangerous, at all, and so I don’t see why anyone should be afraid of them. They apparently aren’t controlled by their thirst, some of them are just assholes. Well, you know what? Some humans are assholes, too; not a big deal. Another problem I have with this book, is the whole ‘love’ thing. At one point, Raven’s mom asks her about college, and she says something along the lines of how she would go with Alexander, if he went. Because her decisions are made when he makes his. Because, you know, they’re in love and that’s apparently all that matters in life. And her mom just lets the subject go, because she believes that Raven has found true love, and that’s the most important thing, I guess. And, later in the book, Becky (Raven’s best friend) finds out that Alexander and the others are vampires, and freaks out a bit. Raven tells her that no one else can know. Becky responds by telling her that, oh, yea, of course, she won’t tell anyone. Except for Matt, her boyfriend, because, you know, they’re in love and she can’t keep a secret like this from him. And I get not wanting to keep a secret from him, but this is kind of a big thing. And you’ve been together maybe a year. I think this is something you can keep from him. Which is another thing. As of this book, they’ve been together a year. A year. That’s not very long. At all. They shouldn’t be planning their lives together after a year, when they’re seventeen and eighteen years old. That is not old enough. Especially when they act like they’re closer to thirteen/fourteen (well, maybe fifteen for Alexander. He does act a bit more mature than everyone else). They barely even know each other. Raven didn’t even know Alexander had a younger sister until this book, in fact. (Who, of course, we will be meeting in the next book.) It bothers me that this is such an immature book (especially with the way the towns are called ‘Dullsville’ and ‘Hipsterville’), and yet it’s talking very seriously about spending the rest of your life with someone and what their version of getting married is, when the characters aren’t even out of high school yet. I read this in middle school/early high school, which is the age I would recommend it for, but there’s all this other stuff that makes this not a good book for those ages. Next, the writing. I mentioned in my other review, how much more tell there is than show, and it’s the same way in this book. Alexander is described, several times, as saying something seductively, or in a sexy voice, which isn’t really a description at all. And we’re told, several times, that Alexander is her vampire boyfriend; which is just one example of the repetitivity. And, again, the kissing/romantic scenes are not very good in description, at all, and thus not exciting. Oh, another thing that’s repeated so many times, is how Trevor is her nemesis. She kind of has feelings for him, but doesn’t want to, because she’s in love with Alexander. And of course, her feelings for Alexander win out by far, but it was a rather annoying subplot that I didn’t really care for. The writing makes it very easy to get through, but not particularly a nice read. Although, this series is, by far, easier to read than her Full Moon one, so that’s saying something. I did not really enjoy this book, but it wasn’t completely terrible. And I’ve had it on my shelf since around the time it came out, so it’s been a while. I finally decided to read it, and, because I knew that I’d pretty much grown out of it, I planned to read this book and be done with it. Then I found out that there’s only one more book in the series. Which, of course, means that I’m going to have to read the last book. It's not going to be terrible or anything, but it still might be a while until I decide to get it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    4 Stars The Vampire Kisses series is a great young adult series of books full of paranormal and supernatural elements, teenage drama, angst, and spooky fun. While I love a great vampire story, this series is definitely aimed towards a much younger audience. I did however enjoy following Raven on her ‘adventures’- meeting Alexander and the rest of the quirky cast. I ended up reading this series as a buddy read with a 15-year-old girl. It was great to get her perspective on the books, and to see th 4 Stars The Vampire Kisses series is a great young adult series of books full of paranormal and supernatural elements, teenage drama, angst, and spooky fun. While I love a great vampire story, this series is definitely aimed towards a much younger audience. I did however enjoy following Raven on her ‘adventures’- meeting Alexander and the rest of the quirky cast. I ended up reading this series as a buddy read with a 15-year-old girl. It was great to get her perspective on the books, and to see them through her eyes. This is definitely an insta-love situation, but the story is quick, easy and fun. Just keep in mind that it is definitely aimed towards 14 to 17 year-olds and is quite simplistic in style. Raven lives in a small town where nothing really happens, she calls it “Dullsville”. She’s the outsider of the town, the Goth girl who is a little strange in everyone’s eyes. She is a bit of a drama queen- and spends a lot of time in her dream world. She has a fascination for horror movies and all things vampire. When other little girls wanted to become ballerina’s, Raven wanted to be a vampire. Then a mysterious, creepy family moves into the old haunted mansion and rumors abound with what they could be. Raven’s world changes and her adventures begin. A sweet, cute, romantic, and fun read. A perfect teenage read. Thank you, Ms. Schreiber!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    4 Stars The Vampire Kisses series is a great young adult series of books full of paranormal and supernatural elements, teenage drama, angst, and spooky fun. While I love a great vampire story, this series is definitely aimed towards a much younger audience. I did however enjoy following Raven on her ‘adventures’- meeting Alexander and the rest of the quirky cast. I ended up reading this series as a buddy read with a 15-year-old girl. It was great to get her perspective on the books, and to see th 4 Stars The Vampire Kisses series is a great young adult series of books full of paranormal and supernatural elements, teenage drama, angst, and spooky fun. While I love a great vampire story, this series is definitely aimed towards a much younger audience. I did however enjoy following Raven on her ‘adventures’- meeting Alexander and the rest of the quirky cast. I ended up reading this series as a buddy read with a 15-year-old girl. It was great to get her perspective on the books, and to see them through her eyes. This is definitely an insta-love situation, but the story is quick, easy and fun. Just keep in mind that it is definitely aimed towards 14 to 17 year-olds and is quite simplistic in style. Raven lives in a small town where nothing really happens, she calls it “Dullsville”. She’s the outsider of the town, the Goth girl who is a little strange in everyone’s eyes. She is a bit of a drama queen- and spends a lot of time in her dream world. She has a fascination for horror movies and all things vampire. When other little girls wanted to become ballerina’s, Raven wanted to be a vampire. Then a mysterious, creepy family moves into the old haunted mansion and rumors abound with what they could be. Raven’s world changes and her adventures begin. A sweet, cute, romantic, and fun read. A perfect teenage read. Thank you, Ms. Schreiber!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Air

    I have loved this little series since I found it when I was between 8 and 11; I have always been able to file it in that special place of my mind where the predictable story-lines and cheesy writing won't count against the fun I have reading the story. However, unfortunately this book refuses to fit into this place and all I can think of is the 8 million times that the author uses the word "nefarious". Seriously, it would sometimes show up more than once in a single sentence, it is for sure in e I have loved this little series since I found it when I was between 8 and 11; I have always been able to file it in that special place of my mind where the predictable story-lines and cheesy writing won't count against the fun I have reading the story. However, unfortunately this book refuses to fit into this place and all I can think of is the 8 million times that the author uses the word "nefarious". Seriously, it would sometimes show up more than once in a single sentence, it is for sure in every chapter and there are a great many paragraphs where it is used time and again right after it was used before. Every time I saw this word I started twitching; I need for this author to be given a thesaurus. Beyond that, some of the characters make complete 180 changes that just don't feel genuine. I am so excited that I am finally getting to finish this series after more than a decade, but am more excited that this specific book is over. (view spoiler)[ I do love that Becky finally knows though! That is probably the best part of this book! (hide spoiler)]

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