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Gr 7 Up–The title of this short story collection is a little misleading. Most of the selections have some romance, but they definitely take a backseat to those that run the gamut from fairy spies who can fly to vampires. While some of the stories are a little creepy, they are a far cry from truly frightening. Nonetheless, there are some fine and engrossing entries by popular authors, including Diana Peterfreund's “Errant,” which is set in medieval Europe. It features a sassy nun who is charged with training unicorns that are becoming endangered. Justine Musk's “Lost” is set in modern times and features a girl with psychic power and a very handsome guy named Haiden, which turns out to be a morphing of the word “Hades.” One kiss with the irresistible fellow and she will have sold her soul. Karen Mahoney's “The Spirit Jar” brings a fresh twist to the vampire genre. Sarah Rees Brennen and Carrie Ryan offer very good selections, too, but one of the best is Maggie Stiefvater's “The Hounds of Ulster,” which melds Celtic myth with punk rock.–Jake Pettit, Thompson ValleyHigh School, Loveland, COα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The usual cast of otherworldly suspects—ghosts, genies, demons, banshees, witches, and more—fills the pages of this collection, but these 13 stories of the paranormal come with a twist: all are love stories, of one sort or another. Not surprisingly, there is an air of the ominous about each, and (no spoiler here!) not all end happily. Though readable and entertaining, too many of the stories will probably be predictable to fans of this sort of fiction or are too long to pack much of a punch. Nevertheless, the best selections are wonderfully offbeat, inventive, and, well, haunting. Among these: Sarah Rees Brennan’s “The Spy Who Never Grew Up,” a wickedly funny and wonderfully written story about that eternal child Peter Pan, now grown to a teenager; Diana Peterfreund’s “Errant,” a deliciously dark tale of unlikely nuns and even more unlikely unicorns; and Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Hounds of Ulster,” an unforgettable story of music and love, rooted in Irish folklore. These three stories alone make the collection well worth reading. Grades 9-12. --Michael CartSee all Editorial Reviews
Some were very good and I wished they were longer but the majority I just could not get into, I need development of the plot and characters before all the action.Published 5 months ago by Lisa Rickard
Read this before - glad to finally own a copy, and looking forward for a reread and sharing with my love ones in the future! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Silvermoss
Kiss Me Deadly contains 13 short stories involving paranormal romance. There are quite a few recgonizable names among the contributing authors. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cornucopia of Reviews (Lizzy)
This book was extremely boring, especially compared to other books I've read like this.
None of the stories kept my interest and I couldn't get through it fast enough. Read more
Book is good, but i had to return it once for damage to the book than had trouble witht the return, then when i got my new book it too was damaged but not as bad so i just kept it... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Heather
Most of the stories were pretty good, with only one I could not get into at all and finally skipped, the one by Marks. For including it, my rating dropped a star.Published on October 3, 2012 by K. Young
Over all it was a good book, a few of the short stories were "different" but a nice put together of short stories.Published on September 11, 2012 by wendi
I love anthologies. It's always a great way to get introduced to authors you haven't heard of or haven't had the chance to read yet. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Book Sake
When I first saw this book I thought it would be a great book, since there is a lost of good authors and it has all the fun loving paranormal creatures in it such as faeries,... Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Whispers