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  • Library Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606149759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606149754
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,246,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the KISSES FROM HELL authors: "...These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly -sometimes all at once." - VOYA on PC Cast and Kristin Cast's Marked and Betrayed "...A mesmerising tale of teenage angst, love and sacrifice with plenty of crossover appeal ." - Publishers Weekly on Alyson Noel's Blue Moon "The second instalment of the Darkest Powers series hits the ground running, leaving readers tripping, stumbling and racing to keep up." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Kelley Armstrong's Awakening "Teens able to handle to edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next instalment." - Booklist on Richelle Mead's Shadow Kiss "A true original..." - Booklist (starred review) on Francesca Lia Block's Pretty Dead --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand-alone stories in several anthologies as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma, where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no-kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

Richelle Mead lives in Seattle and is the author of the Vampire Academy series. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, inventing recipes, and buying far too many dresses.

Kelley Armstrongis the bestselling author of the Darkest Powers trilogy, which includes The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning. This is the third book in her New York Times bestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, and seven previous novels for St. Martin's Press. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is working on more books in The Immortals series, as well as a spin-off series beginning with the book Radiance.

Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Lacking real bite despite the vampires Aug. 30 2010
By Neutron Lurver Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kisses from Hell brings together five popular young adult paranormal authors with short stories about love and vampires. Similar to the companion anthologies that came before it (Love Is Hell, Prom Nights from Hell, and Vacations from Hell), this book is composed of five different tales, each centered loosely around the title's theme. Different from the other volumes, however, this book focuses on vampires only, instead of a wider host of paranormal creatures.

"Sunshine" by Richelle Mead - Set in Mead's Vampire Academy universe, this story explores how Lissa's parents met and fell in love, and it succeeds in providing a great backstory for that series. "Sunshine" was cute and showed good character development, but it wasn't overwhelming. 3/5

"Bring Me to Life" by Alyson Noël - In this story, Noël presents a modern twist on the Dracula myth involving an eerie fog, an old English manor, and a cute artsy boy. Though okay, "Bring Me to Life" wasn't very engaging or original with its use of obvious and cliché plot clues throughout. 2/5

"Above" by Kristin Cast - In "Above," Cast attempts to create a complex new paranormal mythology about creatures who live below the surface of the earth and their enemies who live above. Even with its two sympathetic main characters, this story fell extremely short due to its confusing and unclear world building that seemed like an attempt to be avant garde or edgy. 1/5

"Hunting Kat" by Kelley Armstrong - Set in Armstrong's world that appears in her Darkest Powers series, "Hunting Kat" introduces a feisty young vampire named Kat who is being pursued by the Edison Group. In the process, she meets two boys, either of whom may be with her or against her. "Hunting Kat" was fast-paced and interesting with a strong, likeable female protagonist and a likeable male lead. I really enjoyed this story and would love to see a longer novella or book based on these characters. 4/5

"Lilith" by Francesca Lia Block - In this story, Block puts a vampiric twist on the original bad girl of the Bible, Lilith. This story had the potential to be very original, but it seemed out of place in this collection with its very dark tone and lack of any real romance. 2/5

While I enjoy short story anthologies and the opportunity they present to sample multiple authors, KISSES FROM HELL left me disappointed. Outside of those by Mead and Armstrong, the stories weren't very interesting or well-written. In addition, the huge font size and the chapter breaks used within individual stories felt like an attempt to hide the overall short length of the book. Despite its title and description, most of the stories also contained very little romance or kissing. If you're willing to branch out into other paranormal creatures in search of a good short story anthology, I would heartily recommend Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love or Love Is Hell instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A read from hell...proceed at your own risk Nov. 16 2012
By Kathy Davie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fourth in the Hell anthology series with a theme of paranormal romance for young adults.

"Sunshine" (Vampire Academy, 0.5)
"Hunting Kat" (Darkest Powers, 3.5)

I would be remiss in not mentioning that "a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to College Summit" to aid in college enrollment for all students, and especially those from low-income backgrounds. Proceed at your own risk.

My Take
Yeah, it was reading from hell as well! I'd suspect that part of the mandate was to write as poorly as possible and see how many suckers got taken.

The Stories
Richelle Mead's "Sunshine" was sweet and provides background on Vasilisa's parents. How they met and the inspiration for their daughter's name. The writing is okay, a bit dorky.

Alyson Noël's's "Bring Me to Life" was icky creepy and probably the best of the five in terms of originality. It's a deep-laid plot enticing a young, unhappy art student into its snare. And rather condescending in the writing.

Kristin Cast's "Above" was the worst. It's set as a long poem with the words offset to indicate the agony its protagonist is suffering. The best part was all this offsetting made the pages fly by. It rather reminded me of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine with its Morlocks and Eloi. I have only a vague idea of what happened. If anyone else can make any sense of it...please let me know.

Kelley Armstrong's "Hunting Kat" is a quick peek into the challenges of staying free of the clutches of the Edison Group when Katiana, a young vampire is captured and escapes. Can she trust the two young men with whom she was imprisoned?

It's a bit of background on Kat, the dramatic capture, and then the "young adult" interaction of two teens who have been hurt before. It's okay. It's best feature is rounding out the general theme of this series.

Francesca Lia Block's "Lilith" is a dorky teen's fantasy in which he saves and gets the girl, winning out against the bullies, er, evil forces. It seems as if there may be something to his fantasy after all until it all goes wrong (at least in my mind!). It's actually well written even if I did dislike it. The saddest of them all, Block portrayed the school misfit very well.

The Cover
The cover is pretty with its subdued black-on-purple brocaded background and the rich purplish pink flowers in varying stages of life. Very classy. If you want to retain that sense of class, don't open the book.

The title is a convenient catch-all---Kisses from Hell doesn't actually apply to Mead's or Armstrong's stories although it certainly does to the other three.
Paranormal romance fans will enjoy reading a favorite author or being introduced to writers whose works they have not read Nov. 1 2010
By Teen Reads - Published on
Format: Paperback
This latest installment of the From Hell series --- which includes PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL, LOVE IS HELL and VACATIONS FROM HELL --- is possibly its darkest yet.

Drawn from Romanian mythology and involving Strigoi and Moroi (undead people), "Sunshine" recounts how the parents of Lissa Dragonmir, whom readers know from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, first met. Eric and Rhea are both in serious relationships with other people when they become attracted to each other on a class outing. They are Moroi, though Eric's mother was recently attacked and murdered by Strigoi. Eric hardly feels up to celebrating with his classmates, and quiet Rhea offers him the first genuine sympathy he has heard in a while. He keeps seeking her out, raising the jealousy level of his girlfriend Emma. They are forced into a dangerous situation and bond by the end of this nice love story with a magical kiss.

Alyson Noel brings readers a contemporary version of DRACULA in a British art school with "Bring Me Back to Life." Danika finds herself to be the only student. Furthermore, her modern clothes disappear, and she wears vintage offerings from the closet of the mansion where the school is, only to find they all fit her perfectly. A handsome artistic boy named Bram is able to find the school in the fog despite the servants telling her it is now invisible. They must work together to save themselves after realizing Danika is supposed to give a soul-stealing kiss to help the owners of the house be immortal. But to be rescued from that fate, she must receive an immortal kiss from Bram.

Kristin Cast, half of the popular P.C. Cast writing duo, brings vampire mythology to life in her lyrical "Above," about those under the earth and their enemies above. The tale, which is almost part poem and part prose, shifts point of view from the heroine who just wants to be loved to the evil vampire who finds himself changed by her love. The ending is dark, and the effect of the story is a bit confusing, though the characters are memorable.

In "Hunting Kat," Kelley Armstrong brings readers into her Darkest Powers urban fantasy series. Kat, who is being pursued by members of the Edison Group, meets Chad and Neil, who seem to want to help her. She is so happy to find other vampires like herself that she quickly befriends them, only to learn that perhaps she can't trust one or both of them. There is plenty of action and flirting here with a strong, spirited heroine in Katiana, which should bring Armstrong even more fans.

Award-winning author Francesca Lia Block wraps up the collection with her Bible-based story of Lilith. Paul Michael can't believe anyone is paying attention to him, let alone the beautiful and mysterious Lilith. Soon he discovers there is more to her than meets the eye as she drains the blood of two bullies who tormented him. Their romance is destined to be short as Lilith can't stay, but Paul Michael will be forever changed. Block is a master of packing feeling into few words, and readers will be drawn in to this story quickly.

KISSES FROM HELL is uneven from story to story in intensity and clarity, but paranormal romance fans will enjoy reading a new offering from a favorite author or being introduced to writers whose works they've never read before. As with the previous titles, a portion of the sales will be donated to College Summit, a program designed to help teens from poorer communities get ready for college.

--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Each story is unique in its telling but I did not love all of them. April 10 2012
By Amarathon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Sunshine" by Richelle Mead

I think it's important to begin by saying that I'm deeply in love with Richelle Mead. She is the woman who created one of my utmost favorite vampire series (Vampire Academy). So, of course, when I realized what her short story was going to be about, I *squeed* with unprecedented excitement and total fangirlish delight! "Sunshine" is the love story of Eric Dragomir and Rhea Daniels, Vasilissa or Lissa's parents. And even though they are a presence in the VA series, they aren't major characters. Reading their love story was like crack-candy to a crazed Under The Age of Twelve-year-old. It made Lissa's loss that much more pungent and poignant to remember. Still, the story is sweet and heartwarming, full of sexy thrills and a touch of danger. "Sunshine" is just another reason to love Richelle Mead!

"Bring Me to Life" by Alyson Noel

I'm not entirely positive, but I may be destined to dislike anything written by Alyson Noel. While "Bring Me to Life" is a well-written story, I couldn't mesh with it. The story just felt so familiar, wasn't something new to add to the table, which made it a let-down following Mead's glorious work. There are no striking characteristics about the MC or the romantic lead (well, other than the fact that's he hot). It seemed as if she tried too hard to put a unique twist on a classic vampire story. "Bring Me to Life" is a decent take, but I wasn't moved by it.

"Above" by Kristin Cast

I would love to hate Kristin Cast for writing this story. But despite the bittersweet closing, I just can't drum up hatred toward her. The truth is, the writing style was so new to me and I was purely amazed by her words and the way she strung them together. I'd honestly never read anything like it! The story itself, I learned, is breathtakingly beautiful and so heartwarming, even as it sets the reader up for a wrenching curtain-close. Out of all the stories in this book, "Above" is the one I remember with the most clarity. Even if all the other stories sucked, I'd buy this book just for this particular mini tale. Probably my favorite in the whole thing.

"Hunting Kat" by Kelley Armstrong

So I just very recently discovered the awesomesauceness that is Kelley Armstrong. I'd been hearing up and down the blogosphere about how incredible her Darkest Powers trilogy is for some time now. I'm happy to report, that I'm now among those bloggers who can't stop squealing or sighing dreamily whenever contact is made with anyone of the books or mentions of the characters. DEREK. So, of course, I was eager to read more of the same variety from this magnificent author. And I would love to know, is Kat part of her new series? If someone could answer me this, you'd make me a very happy book blogger. As always, Armstrong has superb storytelling skills and impressed me the whole way, as she shot me in the face with the action and lurking danger. "Hunting Kat" is fast-paced, sweet in the romantic glimpses, and entertaining as hell (hehe).

"Lilith" by Francesca Lia Block

I admit, I was interested in "Lilith" even as it confused the sugar honey out of me. The strangeness of it piqued my curiosity, but once I was done I didn't know what to take away from the story. It starts out with a concept I could get into, but ultimately left me utterly bewildered. I enjoyed it for it's different-ness but it didn't strike me as a favorite.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your money Sept. 5 2010
By YA book lover - Published on
Format: Paperback
This collection consists of 5 stories by the YA authors out of which I am familiar with 3 - I admire Kelley Armstrong, I am fairly disappointed in Richelle Mead, vowed not to read Alyson Noel again - never read anything by Kristin Cast and Francesca Lia Block. First I thought to only read Mead's and Armstrong's stories, but then decided to give 3 other writers a chance, out of the goodness of my heart and because the book is fairly short. Well, I shouldn't have bothered.

"Sunshine" by Richelle Mead - an extremely dull and uneventful story about how Lissa Dragomir's parents met. Absolutely nothing exciting here. Can't imagine anyone not familiar with Vampire Academy series would be enticed to give this author a try after reading this. 2 stars.

"Bring Me to Life" by Alyson Noel - a moderately entertaining tale about a girl who is meant to bring back to life a very special someone. Not a very strong story, but held my interest throughout. 3 stars.

"Above" by Kristin Cast. This must be one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever encountered. I have no idea who told Kristen Cast she was a writer and who decided this embarrassing mess should be printed. Basically, a pathetic attempt at edgy/poetic/cryptic writing a la Margo Lanagan, only minus talent. 0 stars.

"Hunting Kat" by Kelley Armstrong. Easily the best in this collection. This is a continuation of the story "Kat" published in The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire. A lot of action, fighting, nice mythology, a hint at a possible romance. My main concern is, just like every other book/story in the Darkest Powers series, it's again about running away from the Edison Group. How many times can I read the same scenario? 4 stars.

"Lilith" by Francesca Lia Block. A vampire girl changes a nerd's whole life. Weird, short, with no suspense. 2 stars.

Honestly, do yourself a favor, if you want to read something about kissing, don't bother with Kisses from Hell, pick up Lips Touch: Three Times instead.