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.
I've read too many vampire themed books and so it's really hard not to compare it to my favorites.
Before I read this book I wasn't sure what to expect of Raven, so I speculate on an awkward girl that had a traumatic experience when she was a kid, and now reaching sweet 16 she reflects it by having a dark phase with very low self esteem and parental issues. Of course now I see that I was wrong. Raven is a very interesting character. She have a loving parents that used to be hippies. She's witty, funny and have a lot of spunk. She never cares what people think and doesn't dodge Trevor's BS. (Their bouts are always a hoot, except for that last part.) Aside from her preference in clothing and her ambition in life - which is to become a vampire, I think she's pretty normal. Schreiber under-described Alexander which I think adds mystery to his character. All I got was he was tall, pale, handsome... and I view this as a good thing.
The negative part was the vampires in this book we're the stereotypical ones. They only come out at night, can't handle garlic, no reflection, they turn into bats, etc... but it seems like they age. Which raised a very interesting question- do they really? if yes, how? I guess I'd have to find out if that is the case.