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The Eternal Kiss: Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (13 Tales)

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Full of dark seduction and modern romance, this short story collection presents a variety of talented voices sure to satisfy every vampire lover's thirsts and dark desires.

The allure and mystique of vampire tales have seduced readers for all time. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these delicious morsels - includi
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 2009 by Random House Australia (first published July 28th 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a collection of young adult vampire stories with a definite bite. Quite a few of these stories were disturbing, and the resolutions were fitting with the old school vampire--a predator who kills, often just for survival, and sometimes for less justifiable motives. The fact that these stories involved teenagers makes the stories that much more disturbing, for teenage-hood is a harrowing enough experience already without the influence of the undead!

Although one might consider this paranor
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Kristi
Although I own quite a few anthologies, The Eternal Kiss was the first I actually read. It was difficult initially, just being shown this short look into what could be a fantastic story and having it end all too soon. Thankfully by the third short story, I was addicted to these little samples of fang-tastic tales.

I loved the variety of writing styles. There were some authors I was familiar with and some ones I was introduced to. I always enjoy reading new authors and divulging in their literary
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Crystal
Having never read an anthology I did not know what to expect, but I thought most of the stories would interest me. I was very wrong. The only story that caught my attention was #6 which Kelly Armstrong wrote. That short story was very different and I would like to see her develop it further. The rest of the collection felt like nothing more than an incomplete thought. I like closure with my books and over half of the ones here did not even come close to delivering that. I was also really interes ...more
Tatiana
As always, only read Kelley Armstrong's short story Kat. Kat - a subject of the experiments performed by the Edison Group - has been on a run for over 10 years. Now, when the group is closing in, will Kat and her vampire guardian be able to escape once again?

Kat is a great addition to the world of Dark Powers. I hope she will be featured in the future books, I'd love to know more about her. Kat makes another appearance in the upcoming anthology Kisses from Hell in a story titled Hunting Kat.

Kel
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Carolyn F.
Anthology - vampire stories - YA. I'll give my overall review here. Most of the stories were okay, some a little better than okay some worse than okay. I think this anthology is more geared toward a 15-16 ish reader and I found myself struggling mostly from boredom to finish it. I think my daughter would enjoy it but she's made a pledge to never read anything I've read first. So if I can pretend surprise, "Oh my gosh, this book sure looks interesting honey. I wonder what it's about?" I may get h ...more
Lexie
For the record, I really don't like the back cover blurb. It wouldn't interest me at all if I wasn't already a fan of most of the authors herein. Stories are reviewed individually as well as an overall comment at the end.

"Falling to Ash" by Karen Mahoney
Moth is a (fairly) new vampire returning home for her mother's memorial service. Unfortunately her sire, Theo needs her to do a job for him that involves reclaiming the ashes of a dead vampire master from a deadly vampire killer. I really liked M
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 Rogue
Listen up girls, when a strange boy appears in your room and asks to suck your blood, the answer is not, 'yes,' it's pepper spray and baseball bats!

PEPPER SPRAY & BASEBALL BATS!!!

Keep these items near your bed at all times.
First, spray them in the eyes, then, hit 'em where it hurst ;) with the bat!



To make your own 'paranormal proof' pepper spray, ingedients are as follows (works for normal perps and anything 'out of the ordinary'):

cayenne (red pepper)
mace
garlic powder
liquid silver (not mer
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Arlene
The Eternal Kiss
I chose to read a few stories from this anthology because it has a couple of my favorite authors, and to get an sort of entertainment from them, I’m definitely game. I immediately went to Clare and Caine’s stories because they are my standout favorites in this group of writers. Overall, they were entertaining, but not quite to the caliber that I know these ladies are capable of. Fun, but I still wanted more.

Other Boys by Cassandra Clare
3 Stars
This story definitely felt a bit dif
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♏argot  (The Bookworm Experiment)

Rating: 3.5 stars

I have several anthologies on my TR list but I rarely get to read them... Still, they're a great way to discover new authors I like!

That's what happened with Kelley Armstrong, whose first story I ever read -- Hunting Kat -- was published on Kisses from Hell. After reading -- and loving -- it, I got curious as to the rest (or rather, the beginning) of the story, which brought me to read "Kat" (published on Eternal Kiss), and also the Darkest Powers trilogy, and other short storie
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Jennifer
The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
Edited by Trisha Telep
Age Range: Young Adult

ISBN-13: 9780762437177
Authors included: Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tithe)
• Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
• Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Blood)
• Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)
• Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires)
• Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Wicked)
• Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool)
• Kelley Armstrong (Women of Otherworld)
• Maria V. Snyder
• Sarah Ree
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Christina
Probably more of a 2.5, but I'll give it a three because I'm nice like that. I reviewed each story as I read them. You might be able to pick up when I got fed up with vampires.

Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney: Moth has returned home for her mother's memorial service. Her sire, Theo, decides to take advantage of the situation and send her on a little mission. Action packed and an easy page turner, but the drive behind her family's beliefs did not feel real at all. Added detail that probably could
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Tasha
There are 13 short stories in this book:
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
- This is great and definitely made me want to read more of what I felt was a longer story
Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz - This story is pretty uneventful, much like her other writing the 'Blue Bloods' series, I would skip it
Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder - If you don't know anything about fencing, this story will get really boring REALLY fast
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - This story was so awesome I
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
This is one of the better anthologies I have read in this genre. They are mostly are complete stories rather than scenes/outtakes from the various writers series. The stories all offer something different, with varying tones, and even though written for YA should please adult fans also.

My favourites were all by authors I haven't read anything by yet:

All Wounds by Dina James .
With this choice I contradict myself because this read as it could be an introduction to a series rather than a short st
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
The Eternal Kiss has an amazing variety of authors. This one is a good one to pick up if you like vampire short stories in the YA genre.

My favourite was the Morganville Vampires short story “All Hollows” by Rachel Caine. Even though I haven’t read all of her books from the series, I found myself totally loving this one. It’s told from Eve’s perspective and is much more entertaining than reading from boring old Claire’s point of view.

Another one worth mentioning is Cassandra Clare’s “Other Boys”
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Tina
I broke down each story ...

All Hollows by Rachel Caine - 3 stars. Eve (POV) and Michael. Good story, but I'm not all that interested in Eve and Michael's story. Now, if it were Shane and Claire, I'd probably have given it more stars. It was a quick glance into life after Bishop. Can't wait for Fade Out.

Other Boys by Cassandra Clare - 4 stars. Jen is highly intrigued by the new boy that introduces himself as a vampire. She sneaks out of her home, where her strict parents don't allow dating, to b
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Izlinda
I picked up this book because I've read/heard of several of the authors, and short story anthologies are pretty cool.

"Falling to Ash" by Karen Mahoney - It wasn't a strong as a beginning to the anthology as I would have liked. I did like reading her "About Author" snippet at the end of the book. Yeah, I agree with wanting to be Buffy so you could kiss both Angel and Spike. :-P Though I wouldn't have minded being Tara, either. She's a sweet person and though she got screwed over majorly, she was
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Gabrielle
It was much better than I expected. I don't usually like short stories but there were a few in here that I really like. Unpredictable. Others, not so much. They were still kind of interesting, though.

(Three stars, because, though I did not enjoy all of the stories... I really liked the ones that I did.)

My favorites:
"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black-- I REALLY want more of this. It was horrid and awesome. I really like how it wasn't fuzzy-bunny vampires. There should be more. Because
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Shannon
Wow - I was really suprised with the quality stories in this book. I thought a book of short stories would be a great way to find out about some new authors - and I wasn't disappointed at all.
The stories are all YA stories about Vampires - and cover all different tales of love or desire. Each story was completely different, and some were awesome - so much so that I was disappointed they were only a short story.
If you're after little bites of paranormal romance - this is definately worth a look.
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed The Eternal Kiss. I’m not normally a huge YA fan, so a lot of these authors were unfamiliar to me and this was a really good introduction to a lot of them. If you’re looking for something easy to read, but really do not want to invest a lot of time, I would definitely pick up a copy of The Eternal Kiss.

For a more details review on all the stories, please click here.
Tessa
DNF at 20% [after finishing the 3th story]

Plain, undeveloped short stories. I was hoping this will be a light, fun read, but is so much less. The first story had real potential, but 90% of it nothing happened and then that ending was so not an ending. The other 2 stories were boring and pointless, not to mention predictable. I do admire some of the authors who wrote these short-stories, but they were clearly not at their best while doing so.
Madalina
Let me make this ADVICE: Don't read stuff good authors wrote into just because you like them. ADVICE: Don't listen to me. I did just that.
I dislike this book to the point where the most I can give is my eternal pity and a hope of good luck for several good authors that managed to put everything(I hope so) they are bad at in those stories and from now on to the end of their writing career will only write good stuff.
Mirena
Favorite Stories:

Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder
fierce heroine, really liked her character

Passing by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
intriguing, i'd love to read more about this weird group of vampire hunters

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black
Creepy -with a suitable ending though

The thirteenth step - Libba Bray
Spooky. Gave me the creeps from the start to the very ending. Loved it
Kuljit
Some of the stories I didn't really much care for. I know they're suppose to be short stories but after reading them, I thought they were incomplete. Others were amazing. Great characters with an exciting plot. There's a good variety of different writing styles and perspectives on the supernatural so I'm positive you'll find at least one story you'll love.
Ladynight
Interesting short stories about vampires. If you are a fan of short stories and vampires these are stories you need to read. That said, let me also add that these stories are short, so by then end you will always want more and expect more (so if you can handle this then go ahead and read it, if not then don't bother, because you will not be satisfy- believe me, I know!!)

Este libro tiene muchas historias cortas acerca de vampiros; si el tema de vampiros te atrae y si eres fan de historias cortas
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Georgia
This book was okay, well its thireen stories were okay. The thing that i didnt like was the way the stories were set. Not like Twilight, which has realism, like it could actually happen. This seemed far fetched but people are different to my picky taste. So, i say try it.
Darcy
I only read the stories from authors that I already read. Most of the authors write series and with these stories you get another glimpse into those worlds often from a different point of view than normal.
~Tina~
I've never read an Anthology before and don't usually like short stories since I couldn't find any real closure in them, but this was cool none the less.
Tabi Card
Yet another collection of stories that I have fallen in love with. Some weren't that spectacular but I still loved them. I think my favorites though were "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" (which was interesting seeing that this story was written a few years before Holly Black published a novel titled the same. I found it cool to see that perhaps this was the story that sparked that novel) "Undead is Very Hot Right Now" because I love Christian, and then "Other Boys" by Cassandra Clare because it wa ...more
Natalya
I'd been reading this book during the lunch times and on my way home, as it's quiet useful for these purposes. Anthology consists of 13 stories the main theme of which are vampires. In my view the most eatable of them (not vampires but stories) are: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (lost love and betrayal, survival and fight, hope and self-sacrifice...I would even watch a film adaption if it was). I also like the Thirteenth Step by Libba Bray (not ordinary end and easy writting), Pas ...more
Regan ♥
This book was prety good, especially the story sword point by Maria V. Snyder.
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Trisha Telep was the romance and fantasy book buyer at Murder One, a London crime, mystery, and romance bookstore; she's now co-owner of the virtual bookstore www.murderone.co.uk and an editor of romance and supernatural anthologies for Mammoth. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in London.
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