If you can possibly thirst for more mysterious metaphysical accounts of love, Trisha Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours since The Eternal Kiss. She presents the acclaimed literary talent of thirteen unique authors, creating a collection of stories that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of every soul who dares to read them. Werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels drive the plot of these riveting romances. Kiss Me Deadly includes the exceptional writings of several authors, including: - Sarah Rees Brennan (faeries) - Becca Fitzpatrick (angels) - Caitlin Kittredge (witches) - Karen Mahoney (vampires: sequel to story from The Eternal Kiss) - Daniel Marks (ghost kids) - Justine Musk (sorcerers) - Diana Peterfreund (unicorns) - Michelle Rowen (demons) - Carrie Ryan (zombies) - Maggie Stiefvater (werewolves) - Rachel Vincent (banshees) - Daniel Waters (zombies) - Michelle Zink (gothic ghosts)
Rating: 2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Paranormal fans who can't get enough
High point: The extra information
Low point: Confusing if you're not familiar with all of the authors' works
Reader maturity: 13+
Usually, I love a good short story. Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Kate Chopin, Edgar Allan Poe--I love a good short story.
Kiss Me Deadly, however, isn't so much an anthology of short stories by YA authors, as it is a compilation of deleted scenes from those author's novels. Though I'm a big fan of paranormal YA, I was only familiar with the work of Becca Fitzpatrick and Carrie Ryan, so I was rather confused by the other tales. Because the two stories I could understand, Dungeons of Langeais and Hare Moon, provided insight into the worlds of Hush, Hush and The Forest of Hands and Teeth, respectively, I imagine that the other stories would do the same for their fictional worlds as well.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy Kiss Me Deadly, but I spent a great deal of time scrambling around, trying to figure out what was going on, what the rules of the universe were and what the importance of the characters was. So, if you like short stories and you're familiar with the work of the featured authors, you'll probably really enjoy this. If you're like me, you may be a little confused until you finally get a chance to pick up the authors' work.
Title: Kiss Me Deadly
Genre: Fiction - Supernatural
Book Source: Won from Anna's Book Blog