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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: 2.3 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,999,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 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.
2 of 2 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.
small book June 25 2014
By best granny - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this book i knew would be good cause i have read Kristin Cast and love all the books she has written.
Kisses from Hell May 14 2014
By The most a-mazing bookworm - Published on
Format: Paperback
In order of my preference: -

No.1 Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong: -
This story kept me interested from the first word to the last. Excellently written and good action scenes.

No.2 Bring me to life by Alyson Noel: -
This was interesting and at one point I thought Bram was actually Bram Stoker and he was going to reveal that Dracula was an autobiography.

No.3 Sunshine by Richelle Mead: -
The story flowed nicely and I related well to the characters quickly. There was no blood lust and the usual frenzy of feeding, every vampire was civilised. I could however not understand how a drugged out feeder could knock her out and drag her all the way to the cave.

No.4 Above by Kristin Cast
There was a toss up between this one and the last one. Although I enjoyed the word play and I thought it was very clever, I am sorry I did not get the story .... was there even one?

No. 5 Lillith by Francesca Lia Block
I am sorry to say that there was no flow to the story, although the concept was interesting. I know it is only a short story, but should we not at least know why he had to take over from her. It is very short, but the other (my top 3) managed to build their characters. Besides, why does he not bath and why is his hair oily? Is this what teenagers do?
A great read Jan. 28 2014
By Christine - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved hearing about the characters that were discussed in this series because there wasn't much of a mention about them in the first series that I heard about one of them in. In the series that mentioned the guy, I only heard about him a few times, and the woman he married I never heard about once. If you want to learn more about the background behind the family of a girl in the vampire academy series, then you should definitely read this romantic short story