Ellen Schreiber is a New York Times Best Selling author and former actress. She performed in a two-woman show before going on her own to become a stand-up comedian She studied Shakespearean theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and comedy at The Second City of Chicago, which is where she lived for five years. As a novelist, she has had several works published in Europe and America. Her brother, Mark Schreiber, is also an author. He helped her start her writing career. The Vampire Kisses series was her first popular book series. It stars Raven, a goth girl who has wanted to be a vampire since she was little, and Alexander Sterling, a vampire who loves to paint
Ellen has started writing another book series known as Once in a Full Moon based on a human girl Celeste who falls for Brandon who is a human that turns into a wolf at night. The series ended in 2012 with a total of 3 books.
Critical reception for the Vampire Kisses series has been mixed to positive, with Teenreads calling the first book a "wonderfully funny story". Kirkus Reviews stated that the book was "cheesily written" but that it was "awkwardly endearing". praised the first novel, stating that while the ending was "a bit rushed, elsewhere the comic timing is dead-on". The Comic Book Bin reviewed Vampire Kisses, calling it a "breezy teen romance". The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction praised Kissing Coffins, the second book in the series, writing "It’s not a deep, dark read, so it might be too light for a die-hard Goth, but it’s not dull by any means." The Horn Book Guide panned the series' 8th volume, stating "purple prose and little real tension are strikes against this tale of goth-girl wish fulfillment".
Vampire Kisses is a series of books written by Ellen Schreiber. Vampire Kisses is about a 16-year-old girl named Raven Madison who is a goth misfit in her polo-wearing, ordinary, town. When an old abandoned mansion finally gets new residents, the rumors start to spread. Everyone in the small town, which Raven refers to as “Dullsville”, believes that the new neighbors are actually secret bloodthirsty vampires. Even Raven, who has always loved vampires since she was little, believes the rumors. But one day, she encounters the attractive yet mysterious Alexander Sterling that lives in the mansion, and feels like he is the only person that actually understands her. The two very quickly fall in love, but still the question remains; are the Sterlings really vampires?
The first book in the series, Vampire Kisses, was one of the American Library Association's young adult book picks for 2004.
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