Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dance With A Vampire (YA)


Schreiber, Ellen. 2007. Dance with a Vampire. HarperCollins. 178 pages.

I awoke from a deadly slumber entombed in Alexander's coffin.

I haven't decided if I'm going to keep going with this series of vampire books or not. Dance With The Vampire is the fourth in the Vampire Kisses series. (The first three books were recently released in a single book entitled Beginnings.) On the one hand, they're quick--very quick. Like eating a pixy stick. And depending on what you're looking for in a book--it could be satisfying enough I suppose. But I didn't find it necessarily 'filling' enough for me to really enjoy. What is this one about? It's about Alexander (the vampire hero) and Raven (the mortal heroine) and their romance--can it survive the danger from other vampires coming into town and making threats? (For the record, the vampire threat is a tween.) And there's also a dance--prom, I think. Expect melodrama--and only melodrama. (In fact, I think I did a bit of eye rolling with the dialogue.)

My eyes filled with tears. I grasped his arm. "I'm happy to know that you thirst for me the same way I thirst for you. I want us to be together--in your world."
"I know, but--"
I put my fingers on his lips.
"That's always been my dream. Since I was a little girl. My middle name is 'Vampire.'"
Alexander took my hand in his. "I never meant to put you in any danger--and that's all I've ever done since I met you...I am a threat to you--on many levels."
"I've never felt threatened by you--only loved..." (176)
I'm sure there are some readers out there who will enjoy this. So do you think I should keep reading and complete this series? Is the fact that they're just so short and easily read reason enough to keep going?

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

5 comments:

Kate T 11:23 AM  

Okay, I am forever banning the phrase "My middle name is [fill in the blank]", and those who insist on filling in the blank with "vampire" should be staked on sight.

That said, the books do sound good for the tween set. And maybe save the rest of the series for readathons, or when you're feeling the need to feel like you're reading a lot.

Heather 4:00 PM  

"It's about Alexander (the vampire hero) and Raven (the mortal heroine) and their romance--can it survive the danger from other vampires coming into town and making threats? (For the record, the vampire threat is a tween.) And there's also a dance--prom, I think."

Sounds like Twilight.

"Expect melodrama--and only melodrama. (In fact, I think I did a bit of eye rolling with the dialogue.)"

Yep. Sounds like Twilight!!

Heather 4:00 PM  

"It's about Alexander (the vampire hero) and Raven (the mortal heroine) and their romance--can it survive the danger from other vampires coming into town and making threats? (For the record, the vampire threat is a tween.) And there's also a dance--prom, I think."

Sounds like Twilight.

"Expect melodrama--and only melodrama. (In fact, I think I did a bit of eye rolling with the dialogue.)"

Yep. Sounds like Twilight!!

Suko 5:44 PM  

I'm not familiar with vampire books outside of the Twilight saga, but I suppose they are a distinct literary genre now. :)

Becky, I hope you and other fans of historical fiction will stop by my blog. Author Linda Weaver Clarke is giving away an autographed copy of a book!

kay - Infinite Shelf 12:15 AM  

I say, keep reading them as long as you enjoy them : not every book we read needs to be "filling" I believe! Maybe keep them for days when you need something really light to distract you?

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