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?
Raven is a Goth girl. She dresses in black spandex with skull hairpins and a bat necklace and except for her bff (best friend forever) Becky she is an outcast in the town of Dullsville. Her life changes with the arrival of Alexander, a tall, handsome guy from Romania who lives in a spooky old mansion overlooking the graveyard. To her delight, Raven discovers that Alexander is a vampire. They start dating, and all's well in Dullsville until one of their midnight trysts is interrupted by the arrival of Alexander's cousin. Claude is not a full vampire--he has mortal blood running through his veins. He and his gang seek the four vials of blood stashed away by his grandmother that will make them true vampires, and they've decided the best way to get them is through Raven. Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives is based on the Vampire Kisses series written by Ellen Schreiber. The art is typical manga, with almost nonexistent backgrounds and detailed character designs. Everyone in this manga, human or otherwise, is attractive. The romance between Alexander and Raven consists of hugging and kissing; instead of sexual tension we have Raven wondering if she will ever bare her neck to Alexander. In this Age Range: Ages 12 to 15. REVIEWER: George Galuschak (Vol. 42, No. 1)