Kisses from Hell

Kisses from Hell

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Truly, Madly, Undead-lyThis irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors--Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson Noel (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead).From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her to the legendary romance of two immortals whose love compels them to risk everything, this heart-pounding collection brings new meaning to the words love you forever. Whether you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the beautiful undead.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 006195697X
  • 9780061956973
  • 1,075,458

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6,683 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,844)
4 25% (1,688)
3 32% (2,168)
2 12% (791)
1 3% (192)

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Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/review-kisses-from-hell-by-cast-noel-armstrong-mead-block/ "SUNSHINE" BY RICHELLE MEAD (4.5 stars) I'll admit, "Sunshine" disappointed me. I hold Richelle Mead in the highest standards - she's on a platform with James Patterson and J.K. Rowling among all my favorite authors (I think I have author-worship of those three). So of course I expected action-packed, twists and turns, and surprises all along the way. What I got was a cute romance. It surprised me a bit, having this short story come from Richelle Mead. I mean, come on! Richelle Mead is like the queen of surprises in paranormal romance! But "Sunshine" was just ... clichéd. But cute, I admit. "Sunshine" is a love story focusing on Lissa Dragomir's parents - Eric Dragomir and Rhea Daniels. And although I was disappointed about not having those action-packed surprises, I was satisfied with the adorable romance between Eric and Rhea. I mean, there's not that much you can do in a short story. "BRING ME TO LIFE" BY ALYSON NO�L (3.5 stars) "Bring Me to Life" was the epitome of a Gothic vampire story. I mean, it takes place in an "artistic camp" kind of place - big castle. The kind in the cartoon movies where the main character's walking along on a sunny day, and suddenly the camera zooms in on the castle with stormy skies and lightning striking the tallest tower while creepy organ music plays in the background. Okay, so maybe "Bring Me to Life" was a little corny. Still. I loved the romance and the mystery in this short story. I loved the plotline and the characters. And I loved how Dani, the protagonist, finds who she truly is. "ABOVE" BY KRISTIN CAST (0.5 star) First things first. This has probably been the worst thing I've ever read in my entire life. That includes picture books with sentences like "The dog ran." Why is it the worst? Because of the terrible "poetic"-like structure that Kristin Cast tried to exemplify. No offense, but that is so not working for you, girl. Practically everyone who's read the book said that they had no idea what you were talking about. I, for one, got a glimpse. And what I saw I wasn't too happy about. There's mention of rape and "others" and murder and blood and goriness ... um. Hello? Sorry, but this is a short story. Something light, please? "Above" was terrible. That's just putting it simply. "HUNTING KAT" BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG (5 stars) I just loved this short story. Still not completely sure why. Probably partially in relief after reading a poetic disaster (read my review of "Above"), partially because I loved that I could easily follow the plotline of the story, partially because I highly enjoyed the characters, and partially because I just love the romance. Kat is a vampire, made this way because of a scientific group called the Edison Group, who experiment to create, well, vampires. And after they created these vampires, they killed them to see if they would actually become vamps that drank blood and all. Kat was killed. So she now drinks blood. Kat has escaped in the beginning of this story, but then she's kidnapped again and thrown into a room where she meets two other vamps - though not yet "dead" - named Neil and Chad. Whereas Chad is incredibly annoying and yet well-built, Neil is a nerdy braniac that might just have feelings for Kat ... "Hunting Kat" was light, fun, and entertaining; with its intriguing plotline and its budding romance, I couldn't get enough of it. But I was left unsatisfied ... only because I was waiting for that kiss. "LILITH" BY FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK (1.5 stars) I did not enjoy "Lilith." The story, which focused on a boy - Paul Michael - who felt invisible in his school, was just too dark. When Paul Michael met Lilith, who was the new girl - pretty and Goth - in town, he had a feeling that she was different. (Cough! Corny! Cough!) But Lilith convinces him to do plenty of terrible things. Things like murder. And that's just too dark for an anthology that's supposed to focus on romance (hello? "Kisses"?) and has a story named "Sunshine." I was not fond of the romance, either. Lilith and Paul have one of the strangest relationships I've ever seen. And they definitely don't seem to be well suited for one another. All in all, I wasn't the biggest fan of "Lilith." The story, with its dark tones and odd romance, did not suit my tastes. THE ANTHOLOGY My thoughts on the book in total? Disappointing. I'd expected better from such good authors, but no, I was punished with terrible attempts at "poetic" writing and dark-toned stories. Also, I felt as if the title of the book wasn't suited well enough. What happened to the romance? There were only two that I felt were romantic in any way - "Sunshine" and "Bring Me to Life." Another thing I'd like to note is that the book was short in general. Several other reviewers commented on the large font and white spaces, and that just makes the book not worthwhile to buy if you're spending it on blank paper.show more
by Linda
"Kisses from Hell" is a collection of five short stories by authors: Richelle Mead, Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong and Francesca Lia Block. As such it is aimed for young adult readers, although one cannot exclude younger or older readers as well. The main theme is, as the title hints, a kissing situation and the chief characters are usually vampires. This collection is part of a series of "Hell Collection" books, and although I haven't read any of them, I can simply say here, that this one is not something that will make your head spin with excitement. Somehow, the editors managed not to do a good job compiling stories. I will give it 2 ½ stars out of five. The collection kicks off with a story provided by Richelle Mead entitled "Sunshine". It is set in the Vampire Academy world, and if you are familiar with the series, you will discover how Lissa Dragomir's parents met. It is a well written story, with a beginning, middle and an end. It is written in typical Richelle Mead writing style having a rich setting description, some humour, a few emotional dilemmas and of course a little bit of action. On the downside, the space allotted for the story is too small, so it seems like a lot of information is crammed in. A few more pages would have helped develop the story in a smoother way. 3 stars out of five The second one is titled "Bring me to life", written by Alyson Noël. The intentions are good and the idea is original. Nevertheless, the execution is done poorly, superficially and haphazardly. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and after finishing the story I realized that the author wanted to mix up vampire lore with some otherworldly elements and a hint of goth here and there. Unfortunately the writing style did not help, and the result looked like a bad mix of "The portrait of Dorian Gray", "Dracula" and "The Castle of Otranto". It was very disappointing, because it could have been a really good story. 2 ½ stars out of five The third one is titled "Above", written by Kristin Cast. Well, it was so disappointing that nothing more should be said about it. 0 stars out of five The fourth one is titled "Hunting Kat", written by Kelley Armstrong. This is the second good story in the book. It is cohesive, entertaining and adventurous enough to make a truly enjoyable read. 4 stars out of five The fifth and last one is titled "Lilith", written by Francesca Lia Block. It is supposed to be the darkest and more mysterious of the lot, but like the second one, the author does not manage to delve deep enough into the plot so as to make it as morbid as she was intending it to be. Pity; it would have made a really nice ending. 2 stars out of fiveshow more
by Georgia
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