Kisses From Hell Library Binding – Aug 24 2010
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
Bring Me To Life by Alyson Noel (2 stars): Okay, this story was plainly weird. Its some sort of Dracula story about bringing him back?? IDK, I didn't really get it, and after reading Alyson's Evermore: The Immortals, I'm not a big fan (but I do like her Riley Bloom series--Radiance)
Above by Kristin Cast (sadly, 1 star): All I have to say about this one is: WTF! I didn't understand what was going on...no, I did, kinda, I just had no idea what I was dealing with. Was it a zombie? Mud person? Some sort of Nymph?? IDK. Weird story. I did like that poetic structure of it, though. It seemed...elegant :)
Hunting Kat Kelley Armstrong (5 stars!): This one is most definitely my favorite! Its the reason why I read this book in the first place ;) Anyway, Kat is a vampire and she is running away from the Eddison group, who, technically, are at fault for Kat being what she is. I loved this story especially since I am very familiar with this world (see The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1)). Plus, the descriptions were gruesomely great! It totally made me cringe when she got in the accident :D lol
Lilith by Francesca Lia Black (1 estrella, again) Is it just me or is this book filled with utterly weird stories that I half understand? Because this was another one of those stories. It was something about this girl who's a vampire and this guy who liker her. She starts paying attention to him though in a way that she's still cold (if that makes sense), then...she leaves him??? Hmm...
Overall this book was okay...I only really liked two of the five stories =/
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.
I enjoyed this one. I actually after finishing it was hoping maybe it was turned into a a full length novel. However, I didn't find anything about it. Which I was kinda sad about. That's ok though. I thought it was a good short story. Just knew that it could have been made into something bigger. I wasn't disappointed by it though.
Bring Me to Life
I really liked this one too. It didn't turn out like I thought it would. Left me going oh wow so that's what this was all about. It was just well written and it was a little different then what I have read before.
This was the worst story out of all of them. I had a very hard time reading it, because of how it was written. I was confused pretty much throughout the whole story. I finished it and I was happy it was over. I have never read anything so confusing in my life. If it wasn't for this story I would have finished this book weeks ago.
This story was a lot different it was not something I was expecting from a vampire book. It was overall well written. I believe this one could be turned into a full length book as well. I haven't looked into it yet. I wouldn't mind finding out what happened.
This was kind of a cool story. I wasn't much happy with how it ended and I honestly think it could have been a little longer. I was planning on going to bed, but i thought hmmm not much left i'll just finish it. I liked the idea behind the story, just would have liked to have known more on how she did what she did and why.
In the end I would recommend it to others, but I would tell them to skip the 3rd story all together. Just because it made no sense and just hated the way it was wrote. However, it would be their choice if they wanted to or not.
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