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Haunted Love

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  678 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times ...more
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Published December 13th 2011 by Candlewick
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Mar 24, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who think R-patz is dreamy
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: kindle freeness
Rumble, rumble, rumble

Why, what's this?

Toot, toot!

Well bless my undead soul it's the vampire band wagon. Come on everyone, jump on!

To be honest, and fair, I've never read anything by Cynthia Leitich Smith before so for all I know she could have been writing fanged fantasy for many years before Twilight torched the public imagination, spreading in that worrying and unstoppable manner akin to a particularly savage forest fire. Definitely the best Kindle freebie that I've digitally spoon-fed into m
For a 23 page short story this was pretty good. It was a freebie I found on my Nook, but honestly, I don't usually read many of them once they're downloaded. In fact, I was looking for stuff to delete when I ran across this one.
Hey, it's only a few pages long, why not read it?
I'm glad I did.

It's not an in-depth story (duh), but the author manages to pack in enough information to make it a readable short. If she can do that with this story, I'm thinking I'd like to check out some of her full-len
Cute little story with elements (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunted Love is a fun short story. I went into it thinking that it would be a light read set in the same universe as Cynthia’s books such as Tantalize and Eternal. It is set in the same universe but has completely different characters and a different setting.
I really enjoyed Haunted Love; it didn’t take too long to read and it surprised me somewhat to be honest. I loved the ghost aspect and while I had my suspicions about Cody I didn’t expect anything from anyone else which was pretty awesome.
Brenda Ayala
Jun 05, 2015 Brenda Ayala rated it liked it

Easily something you can knock out in less than an hour, this was a bit confusing but still fun. Apparently this universe has all kinds of supernatural creatures, which I found out pretty quickly. I was
definitely laughing at the fact that our main character became a vampire by buying an "energy drink" online...that apparently contained blood? I don't know. And there's a ghost who is the jealous type. It's wacky and doesn't make much sense but it is a fun read and it was free so who
Jul 14, 2014 Bandit rated it it was ok
This had all the makings of a cheesy paranormal romance like the sort Smith seems to specialize in, but I was lured by a haunted movie theater premise. The short story actually turned out somewhat better than I expected, although in all fairness my expectations were very low. And of course, there were vampires that this lamentable bastard child of horror genre requires, but the story was entertaining enough, even had a twist and passed the very short time it took to read it decently.
Kelli Santistevan
Sep 04, 2016 Kelli Santistevan rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read from this author and I enjoyed it. It's a cute short story that can be read in less than an hour and it's great to read for Halloween or any time of the year. I want to read more books from this author in the future.
J. Kahele
Oct 10, 2015 J. Kahele rated it really liked it
These were definitely different

After ordering a vial of something Cody believed was some sort of muscle building product, like steroids. He spins finds out that it is blood, the soon turns him into a vampire.

This was a quick paced read with a lot of twists they kept it engaging and interesting.
Selene Arca
Sep 09, 2012 Selene Arca rated it did not like it
Reminded me of those "scary" books from middle school...meh.
Kathryn Parry
Jul 12, 2015 Kathryn Parry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I loved this story...
Great short story. Love Cynthia Leitich Smith's books. :)
Apr 15, 2012 Lainy rated it it was ok
Time taken to read - 1 hour

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Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody's caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith -- set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTAL
Jul 29, 2014 Crimson rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this! Very cute, couldn't even look away from the screen!

In fact, I was rather disappointed when it ended. I really wanted to know more about the characters and because of the length of the piece there wasn't much "development." Still! We learned basics of who these characters were - Cody, Ben, Sonia, Ginny, Cody's uncle.

(view spoiler)
Mar 01, 2015 xXForever_LoveXx rated it liked it
I think I came out of this book with more questions than I had answers. I know it was a short story, so I did take that into account, but at the same time, this story was the height of confusion. Eluding to many important plot points, I had to reread several pages throughout over and over again just to understand what it was I was reading.

There was a few times where I’d squint and just think over and over again about what it was I’d just read and whether or not it could make sense in any ficti
Oct 06, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
The story starts out with a simple beginning, starting as many other stories do. However, as the story progresses, more and more unsolved mysteries pop up.

The main character keeps hinting that he's not what he seems to be... His mystery can be a bit annoying at times because he keeps speaking about it in roundabout ways.

I think the author did a great job with Ginny's character. In fact, her mystery was the only one I couldn't guess. I feel like Ben's character is a bit underdeveloped, but ther
Dec 31, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith is a very short story that takes place in Spirit, Texas for the most part at the theater that is haunted. There are some supernatural creatures in it as you may have guessed. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to write a spoiler plus you can read the description of it for yourself but what I did want you to know is that although it is short, the characters are well developed for such a short story. As far as the flow of the story, it seemed ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
This short story is now available for free from both Amazon and Kobo. Even though I knew this was a short story, when I hit the end I wanted to know what happens next. I really did not want the story to end. And that is a tribute to the skill of Cynthia Leitich Smith and her mastery as a wordsmith. For fans of Cynthia Leitch Smith's Tantalize, Eternal and Blessed, you will love the story as it just adds to her cannon and we can't help but wonder who the mysterious inline seller of the energy ...more
Paige Bradish
Jul 11, 2013 Paige Bradish rated it really liked it
I bought this short story off of Amazon, and this is my honest review.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit, I was not expecting what happend at all. But once it happened I couldn’t stop turning pages and I was sad when it was over. This story was about a young guy named Cory, who turned out to be I guess a vampire. Which I thought was so random but it was cool. He opened up an old cursed theater and hired an “innocent” teenage girl to man the front. Boy did it go downhill from there.

There were parts
Rebecca A. Rogers
This was a weird story. It almost felt like it could’ve been a full-length novel, but was cut down. A lot of scenes were rushed, and most of the time I was left going, “Whaaat?”

Basically, Cody is a vampire after he orders a vampire potion off the internet. He murders his abusive uncle, buys the local, rundown theater, and decides to fix it up. There, he meets a female ghost, who’s trying to tell him something. At first, Cody believes she’s just jealous of the new girl helping out at the movie th
I'm on a road trip so I've had plenty of time to catch up on short stories and my reviews.
"Haunted Love" was pretty decent considering that I went into it blind, not knowing what the story was about or even who the author was. It is probably a good thing I didn't read the story summary or I most likely would have skipped it due to being wary of anything vampire related in our Post-Twilight world. Too many sissy vamps running around being cowards and goody-two-shoes for me to invest in anything v
Kaitlyn Francis
Feb 20, 2013 Kaitlyn Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ax, x, nook, reviewed
This is what I needed, even though I wanted more from this I knew it ended well. Its a short story about a young man trying to reopen a movie theater that he was able to purchase, its his fresh start and even though its a small town he knows his past is behind him. But when things don't add up and the new girl he hired is being threatened he either has to choose to leave the theater opened or leave it closed.

What I loved about this was that I didn't expect Cody to be what he is and of course th
Jan 16, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cody was orphaned at age ten and had to live with his abusive Uncle Dean. He found a way to become stronger and defend himself. Now he bought the Old Love Theater in his hometown of Spirit, Texas.

There is a new mayor in town and his sixteen year old daughter, Ginny, has forced herself into Cody's world, wanting to help with the theater. He finds that she is really useful. Never having many friends, he enjoys her friendship along with Sonia’s. The ghost of a s
Feb 10, 2013 Reeses rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This short story takes place in the same world as the Tantalize series. The main character Cody Stryker is struggling to hide what and who he is. Recently turned vampire he wants to stay in his small town and run the haunted movie theater in town.

When the ghost who's been calm thus far begins to become violent against the other worker he begins to think things are more than they appear.

Trying to fight his own inner demons while drinking blood in his office he realizes life might just be getting
Jul 17, 2015 Rachel added it
Cody is a vampire, he became one when he was looking online for something to help him fight off his abusive uncle. He ordered from the site that promised him the strength and now he has to order blood form this site so that he doesn't have to kill other people. He kills his uncle and buries him in the back yard. Cody then opens a haunted movie theater and hires a girl who turns out to be a vampire who killed the ghost that haunts the movie theater. A boy from town helps him kill the girl, ...more
Isobel Radakovic
Aug 05, 2012 Isobel Radakovic rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
I just thought that this short story was WAY too rushed. It's a short story, but with the amount of content she put in it, it made it feel as though it should be a book. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Chamera rated it really liked it
I love Cynthia Leitich Smith. I seriously tell her that often on FB. I even took a pic with my favorite Smith book, Blessed. I finally got a chance to read this short story and I loved it. It's obvious that she writes shorts stories just as effectively as she writes novels. I'm happy I decided to read this finally. Haunted Love was an enticing and surprising short story, that just increased my need for Smith's novels. Now to get Diabolical. Hopefully, there will be more of Cody and Sonia in the ...more
Big Book Theory
May 10, 2014 Big Book Theory rated it liked it
So ... Cody buys blood on the internet and becomes a vampire (I don't know how that happened - did it have a virus or what?). Sonia is a ghost who haunts the movie theater, Cody bought after killing his abusive uncle. Although I enjoyed this short story, it did not feel believable. After sparkling vampires, you would think I am able to believe anything, but I am not sure if I can wrap my head around a physical relationship between a ghost and a vampire; i.e. "Her cool fingertips press against my ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
May 20, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it
I enjoyed the short story a lot more than I did the excerpt of her next book. The story had a nice twist and the main character was well developed. It is also an extremely short, fast read. That is what was good about it. The negatives, the story is a bit like a roller coaster, for large parts of the story you are downhill, full speed at breathtaking speed. That is not so good. The twist was fantastic, and I think if the author paused a bit at this point the story would have been more rounded. I ...more
Melissa Levine
Jul 26, 2015 Melissa Levine rated it it was ok
This was a strange one for me, in that, I swear I've read this story or one almost exactly the same as it...very weird.


When Ginny is telling how she went to prom with Ben and he ended up getting a hotel room... "I thought it meant one thing. He thought it meant, um..." What would she have thought it meant besides sex?

Why did it take Cody so long to figure out that Sonia was trying to protect him? Stupidity?
Jasmine Anne Victoria
May 05, 2012 Jasmine Anne Victoria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who don't like serious litrutre
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This book is a nice easy read. Good for snuggle up on a cold day. Cody the main carecter who bought a drug online which turned him into a vampire and he is kills his evil Uncel, Trying to escape from his past he goes to work in a movie therater and trys to turn into around. Their is a girl working in he the theatre and a goust who haunts the thearture but their is a twist.

Good points-
1. well written
2. Orignel plot
3. Slightly humours.

Bad points-
1. Slightly confusing
2. A bit rushed.

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Cynthia's fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.

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“Ginny looks so small, huddled on the red carpet. We’ve known each other only a couple of days, but she’s brought sunshine into my life and made me feel like I belong in the glow. It’s not love. It’s the hope of love. But it’s the closest I’ve come to it since I was ten years old. If Ginny wants me, how can I be a monster?” 1 likes
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