Here's the summary from Goodreads: In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven -- a vampire-crazed goth-girl -- is an outcast. But not for long... The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth. Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.
What I Liked: 1) Humor. It was very funny. MC Raven has a lot of spunk, and she voices her opinions with well placed jabs at...well, whatever it is. Her brother. The town she lives in - which she always refers to as Dullsville. 2) The Haunted House - what good urban legend doesn't have a spooky, haunted house in it? I love stories that have the old, broken down homes that are the subject of rumors and dares for the local kids and teens. 3) The length. This was a short fluffy start to a series that you can sit down and read in a matter of hours. It pokes fun at the darkness that are often found in other vampire stories, and that's what makes it unique.
What I Didn't Like: The lack of substance in the book. There was little development both of plot and character. It was hard to get into because it was almost like, there wasn't anything to get into. I have my vices when it comes to books that are fluffy and lack substance, but I am usually able to develop some attachment to the characters, and that just didn't happen in this one.
Overall Thoughts: This book was published in 2003, 3 full years before the world was propelled into a vampire frenzy with Twilight. And its longevity provides a much better review than can my simple thoughts on it 10 years after publication. This series is not for me. Maybe I already have enough vampires in my life. But it's survived ten years, and withstood the Twilight overtake - sparkly vampires and all.
My Rating: 2 candy corns