Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
Edited by Trisha Telep
Published by Running Press Teens
on August 3, 2010
Paperback: 432 pages
From Goodreads: For those who thirst for accounts of paranormal romance, Trisha Telep has compiled some of the most thrilling takes of forbidden love in this collection. First crushes and last rites; dark spells and bright magic; forbidden lovers and enchanted beings -- and always, always the hungry games of desire. Pucker up for a darkly sweet collection of ghosts, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, vampires, and demons in tales from today's biggest writers of the paranormal persuasion.
I love anthologies! I love that an editor can get a number of authors to write stories based on the same theme, whatever it may be, and and put them all in one book.
They are a great way to find out about new authors you might not ever have read before, as well as reading stories by some of your favorite authors, whether they are set in a world you are familiar with or not.
In the case of Kiss Me Deadly, there are 13 stories by 13 different authors all based in the world of paranormal romance, to whatever degree it may be found in these stories.
I am going to review each story separately and then at the end give a total rating for the book as a whole.
The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink - Interesting, if not quick, story about an angel wanting to avenge her family's murder, and the apprentice assassin she meets. I liked it, but it was too short, didn't develop enough for me. Left me wanting a bit.
Errant by Diana Peterfreund - Unicorn hunter nun, spoiled princess, and a marriage ceremony featuring the killing of a unicorn. I really like this story. It was unique and good at showing to not judge a book by its cover. At first, I was skeptical that I was going to like it, but as it went on, I found out that I did.
The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney - Moth, decade old vampire, on a mission to find a book for her creator. She meets up with a Djinn who is looking for the same book, and although she does want it, she decides to let him use it first. This is an excellent story. I really want to see a full story set in this world.
Lost by Justine Musk - Interesting story about a girl who is drawn to an abandoned house, and the mysterious boy who shows up there. She finds out that she is not who she thought she was and with the help of the boy, she discovers all that she can be. I liked this story a lot.
The Spy who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan - New take on the Peter Pan story of yore. Peter becomes a spy. So far, this is probably my least favorite of the stories. I was just not really interested in it, and it didn't much keep my attention.
The Dungeons of Langeais by Becca Fitzpatrick - As being able to tell by the title, this story centers around Chauncy Langeais of the Hush, Hush realm. It takes place in the past. It is merely ok. There is a nice twist to it at the end, but otherwise I was not very interested.
Behind the Red Door by Caitlin Kittredge - Haunted house tale with a bit of a twist at the end. I may not have loved this one, but I did really like it.
Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan - Set in the world of her Forest of Hands and Teeth books. Tabitha, who I can only deduce is the Sister Tabitha of the Convent, is the main character in this story. It gives her history of how she became the seemingly hard, cold woman who puts the safety of their town over everything else. This story is excellent. It is so well written and heart rendering, that I found myself with tears at the end of it.
Familiar by Michelle Rowen - A teenage witch needs to find a familiar so she can advance in her studies. What she does find is more than she bargained for. I liked this story. The story itself was good, but some of the dialog/situations was a little campy. But all in all, not bad.
Fearless by Rachel Vincent - I liked this story, although I was not familiar with all of the background not having read any of the other Soul Stealer books.
Vermillion by Daniel Marks - I have to admit, I didn't even make it through this story. It just didn't hold my interest.
The Hounds of Ulster by Maggie Stiefvater - I love Maggie! This story is so good, even without the little secret twist at the end. That just makes it epic. In fact, I wanted to go back and read this story all over again after I got to the ending.
Many Happy Returns by Daniel Waters - Interesting story to finish the book out with. I did however like it.
And my overall rating for the book as a whole... I know it doesn't average out this way, but although there were some stories that I wasn't overly fond of, the ones that I loved were just that good, and are the reason for my overall rating.