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Haunted Love

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  652 Ratings  ·  103 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 Bestsell ...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
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.
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.
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.
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
Mar 17, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
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
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
Selene Arca
Sep 09, 2012 Selene Arca rated it did not like it
Reminded me of those "scary" books from middle school...meh.
Great short story. Love Cynthia Leitich Smith's books. :)
Kathryn Parry
Jul 12, 2015 Kathryn Parry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I loved this story...
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, becaus ...more
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.

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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
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
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 ru ...more
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
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 eli ...more
Timothy McNeil
Another free Kindle read

I'm not going to comment on 'Diabolical' (it is certainly not something I would want to read based on the sample provided). "Haunted Love" is an okay (and probably a little rushed) short story. Its most egregious flaw is one of location; at no point does the story feel like it fits in as or takes place in Texas. There are also some issues of naivete in regards to the business sense of the protagonist, but that may have been intentional.
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
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
Ashley Hedden
Mar 12, 2016 Ashley Hedden rated it it was amazing
Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith was a great and quick read. I liked reading about things that happen in Spirit, Texas. I liked reading about Cody Stryker and his local haunted movie theater. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it.
Joe Kenogbon
May 13, 2014 Joe Kenogbon rated it really liked it

I was bored and I wanted a short story book to read. I was glad that Haunted Love was one of the books that I have downloaded waiting to be read. It was a good story, easy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sarah Spencer
Jun 22, 2016 Sarah Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was a very good read I love the voice of the main character. The only downside is that it could have been a little less confusing and a little bit more flushed out and longer. But still a good read.
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
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I liked to read it, but I'm still not sure what to make of this story. I think that this story was missing some more details to make it less confusing at some point. Still, I think people could enjoy it.
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
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The Nexus : Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith - March BOM 2 12 Mar 08, 2012 01:36PM  
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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.

JINGLE DANCER, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, (Morrow / Harper-Collins, 2000)(ages 4-up) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, runner-up for the Western Writers Association Storyteller Award, a
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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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