"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."
I read part of this at the bookstore once, and had been dying to get from the library ever since. It was really good! I finished it in one day, which is saying something even though it's only 197 pages. I'm just not a one-day reader. Yeah, there have been a few occasions when I read a book in one day, but they are very few and far between.
I found Raven to be an intriguing character. Her fascination with vampires was fun to read about. Though, I have to admit, I liked her alot more in the first half of the book than in the last half. Once Alexander came in, she got all lame and girly and mushy. It was still kinda amusing though, because she was aware that she was changing. I just wish she hadn't changed so much.
I really hated Trevor, but that was the point of his existance, so I feel no need to elaborate on my intense dislike of that character.
Alexander was kinda boring. I really can't think of anything to say about him.
I found the whole vampire thing to be a bit annoying in the end, though interesting and amusing throughout most of the book. Raven spent most of the book trying to find evidence that the Sterlings were vampires, then when she finally gave up and admitted they were human, it turned out they might actually be vampires. It was a bit irritating.
I really didn't like Raven between the Snow Ball and the last few chapters. She was kinda pathetic without Alexander. She skipped, like, four days of school just because he stopped talking to her, and didn't leave her house until her father made her. I wanted to slap her during that part, knock some sense into her.
All in all, this was a good book. I'm interested to find out what happens next and will definitely be looking into the rest of the series (the sequel at the very least).