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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)
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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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20 of 22 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.
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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.
Overall was a good read April 16 2015
By Sandy Ashley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I got this book from a friend, who knew I liked to read about vampires. I was pretty excited about the book. I didn't know it had 5 stories in it til I started it. I was like cool. I get 5 short books instead of one. 5 stars = 1 star per story.

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.

Hunting Kat
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.
Sometimes, kisses aren't the only thing in this book from Hell. May 9 2013
By Mena P. - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I will tell you right now, I am a sucker for a short story anthology. I bought Love Is Hell a few years ago for $4, loved it, and decided I would keep up with the ...Is Hell series from there on out. Each ...Is Hell book focuses on something specific (all supernatural, and so far, vacations, dates, prom, and young love.) This one focuses specifically on vampires.

"But Mena," you're probably saying, "Aren't vampires a totally overdone subject in fiction these days? If I read one more story about some dark brooding hunk, I'll faint!"

I disagree, friends. Yes, due to a certain famous creature of the night, I now find a vampire novel every three inches on the bookshelves at my local Barnes And Noble. However, this isn't a bad thing. Some authors still know how to hand their vamps.


I was looking forward to this book so, so much due the recent rekindling of my love for YA vampire romance. I was, unfortunately, let down.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead - A very dull tale about Lissa's (from Vampire Academy) parents meeting and falling for each other. I felt like it was set present day rather than a little over twenty years ago. The idea of it is great, but it just wasn't handled well. It played out like a vampiric episode of Saved By The Bell in my mind. Good for a diehard VA fan. 2.5/5

Bring Me To Life by Alyson Noel - The big redeeming moment for this drowning man of a book. I'm so very in love with Victorian clothing, so the descriptions had me smiling the whole time, and the vampire element weaved in perfectly. I wasn't thinking, "Okay, that's the vampire, when is she/he going to get with it?" If I say anymore, I will gush and give away everything. The only downside is we've obviously seen reincarnation in a certain series of yours before, Miss Noel. A simple little thing that bothered me, besides that, it's perfect. I think she should start a series about vampires. 5/5

Above by Kristin Cast - Oh, trust me, I didn't even bother, especially after reading the pathetic excuse for fiction in Immortal: Love Stories With Bite and wanting to scratch out my eyes. I glanced at the first page and just groaned. Whoever gave Kristin Cast a pen and told her she had talent needs to be stabbed in the knees with said pen. 0/5

Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong - Vampires! Drama! Being on the run! Wait, haven't we read this before? The intitial reason I bought this book seriously let me down. I fell in love with Kat's first story in The Eternal Kiss and was so pumped to get this book so I could read the new one. I was frowning most of the time I was reading it. Neil and Chad are immensely annoying, they ruin any sense of adventure. The redeeming bit (besides Kat, obviously)? Marguerite. If I was a "vampire in training", I would most definitely want her as my sassy guru.

Lilith by Francesca Lia Block - I couldn't even get into this one. Hell, I was kind of confused reading it, I couldn't totally tell you what it's about. Nerds in love with vampires? A Queen Lilith reference? Confusing writing? Yeah, let's go with that last one. 1/5

If you can find it on here for say, $.50 or so, maybe a dollar, it's worth it for Bring Me To Life. Other than that, I'd only recommend this for super fans of the authors, Darkest Powers, and/or Vampire Academy.
A few good stories April 8 2013
By FantSweetGirl - Published on
Format: Paperback
There were a few good stories in the compilation. I mostly read this book because of Richelle Mead and her Vampire Academy world but was surprised by some of the othere stories.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead
I love Vampire Academy so it was nice to have a kind of prequel to the characters I already love. I like the progression of the story. The reader was not thrown in, not knowing what they were reading because she told you what was going on. I really liked this one.

Bring Me to Life by Alyson Noël
This one was alright, but I am glad it was a short story. This girl gets into an art school and when she arrives, nobody is there and there is a "fog" around the manor. She just came in and did not question everything, which I did not really like. The build-up was nice and slow but then when we finally do find out what is going on, it seemed so rushed that it did not really entertain me. So this one was decent but not a favorite.

Above by Kristin Cast
I got this on my kindle from the library and I read about two pages of this one. It was a poem, I think. I did not like the way it was written, although I do not like poetry. The story (of what I did read) was vague and uninteresting. Did not like this one at all.

Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong
I really liked this one. This girl Kat has just recently become a vampire and she is still learning what it means to be a vampire from her mentor. She gets kidnapped along with some other kids and she has to escape. I thought the plot was nice and I really liked Kat and now I look forward to reading more of her story.

Lilith by Francesca Lia Block
I read about two paragraphs of this one before I became so bored that I had to stop. All I know about the story is that this guy walks around school, getting attention because he is gross and smelly because he doesnt shower. Not a good way to start a story and get the reader hooked. Not interested in reading anymore of this story.