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Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love Paperback – August 3, 2010
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It is a decent anthology. Lots of different tales, different styles and some interesting romance options. Probably not the best anthology I've read, or rather not the one I've most enjoyed. I actually liked the majority of the stories, but it was more a case of them being great and loving them, or not thinking much of them at all, no real in-between stories. I still think its well worth owning, for the stories from Rachel Vincent, Karen Mahoney and Maggie Stiefvater alone!
The stories in order:
1. The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink - 8/10 - descendants of angels hunting demons on earth. Nice short, wish it had been longer, liked the characters and the ideas a lot.
2. Errant by Diana Peterfreund - 4/10 - strange story featuring odd unicorns. Not much paranormal love to it, mostly just strange. Just didn't really work for me.
3. The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney - 9/10 - Moth, the vampire girl from Karen's short 'Falling To Ash' in TEK, is back and this time in London after a rare book for her maker, and she's not the only one after it. Great short story, I completely love Moth and really hope there is a full book from her POV in the future!
4. Lost by Justine Musk - 9/10 - fantastic short about a girl good at finding lost things, who meets a guy who's not quite human in an abandoned house.
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Running Press Teens, 2010
YA; Short Stories; Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from publisher
Summary: A collection of short stories from some of today's most popular authors including Maggie Stiefvater, Carrie Ryan, Michelle Zink, and more!
Some spoilers but I tried not to ruin the stories if they have twists.
Thoughts: I always find it easiest to talk about short story collections by just going through them and listing what I did and didn't like so this will be LONG. I had a quibble with these "short" stories as many of them were quite long; I was expecting twenty pages to be the max but that was more like the min. I'm not complaining because of course I want more to read but it made it difficult to fit in to the little snatches of time I have to read throughout the day unlike say the short sections of Terry Pratchett's books.
I'm evaluating these stories on the paranormal elements and the romance given the subtitle of "paranormal love" although writing and sheer enjoyability play a part.
The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink: It felt rushed-I was unsure of the mythology surrounding the story. And most disappointing to me, I didn't really feel the romance as there wasn't much build-up: they saw each other and they knew. Very unsatisfactory for me. 3/5
Errant by Diana Peterfreund: I think this is connected to her series of unicorn books, which I have not read, but the story still made sense. The romance was also lacking in this but it ended with the empowerment of Elise who was able to draw unicorns to her land for protection against the vile men while Gitta will continue to travel with her unicorn Enyo.Read more ›
1. The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink (3 stars): This was a pretty good story, but nothing that impressed me. It was about this girl seeking revenge on a demon after he killed her parents. She eventually does get what she wants with the help of Apprentice.
2. Errant (Killer Unicorns) by Diana Peterfund (2 stars): Apparently this story takes place in the world of the series Killer Unicorns (see Rampant). I have not read that series so I thought it was a bit weird, and, truthfully, I didn't really capture my attention.
3. The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney (4 stars): This was one of my favorites! And there is another story about Moth in the book The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire.
Moth is a vampire and she is on a mission to retrieve a book for her creator. Sounds easy, right? If only it were...
Adam, who appears to be some sort of teleporter, also wants this book. And let the fight begin! lol. In the end they work something out and Moth helps out Adam with releasing his dead girlfriends spirit from a jar (hence the title of the story) this creep-o is in possession of.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had high hopes for this book seeing as I read The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cember
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 17 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 23 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 on October 28, 2013 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