Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
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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, fairie...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Running Press Teens (first published July 27th 2010)
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Khalia Hades
***SPOILER ALERT!!!***

The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink - This was actually one of my favorites stories. It deals with vengeance, danger and love. I really hope Ms. Zink will endeavor in creating a series or even a stand-alone about these characters. I'm definitely interested in learning more about them.

Errant by Diana Peterfreund - If you've read Ms. Peterfreund's Rampant, then you'll definitely recognize this world. It's a story about two very different individuals who can find a comm...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Jul 22, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy marked it as to-read
The Assasin's Apprentice - Michelle Zink

One of those Warrior Angel stories mingled with a girly who is super smart and talks like she lives in the past but I figure its the future.

Was hard to follow the plot and the romance felt rushed but I guess it has to when its a short story.

I left the story feeling unsatisfied.

2 Stars


Errant - Diana Peterfreund

An interesting take on killer mean blood thirsty marly ugly unicorns. I guess that's how everyone is doing unicorns now-a-days.

Set in a far off time...more
Lexie
Stories are reviewed individually with a wrap up overall after.

"The Assassin's Apprentice" by Michelle Zink
A young girl wishes vengeance on the demon who slew her parents, but is she being aided or hindered by a mysterious young man named Asher? Obviously, not set in her Prophecy of the Sisters books. That said, everything I loved about PotS remains true here. Rose is not an easy person to get along with--too stubborn as she freely admits and Asher is much too secretive to be trustworthy in my o...more
Wealhtheow
A collection of stories, some better than the others. Although all concern the para/super/unnatural, not all of them relate to romantic love, or even love in general.

Michelle Zink, "The Assassin's Apprentice." Clunkily written, with poorly developed characters, a mere sketch of a romance, and sprinkled with malapropisms(ex: "They moved silently through the shadows of our world, doing their duty without worldly aplomb or association.")

Diana Peterfreund, "Errant." Marvelous. In medieval France, a...more
Susan
I'm glad to be done with this, if only to get Lita Ford out of my head.

Maggie Stiefvater's contribution was easily the best in the book, and I only wish the other authors had written to her standard. Oh well. I do recommend that Daniel Marks stop writing female characters until he can come up with a motivation that doesn't involve sexual jealousy. It's like a whole story with the sole purpose of failing the Bechdel test.
Angie
Mar 19, 2011 Angie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Got this from the library solely to read Carrie Ryan's Hare Moon, which is the story of Sister Tabitha from The Forest of Hands and Teeth when she was young and how she came to be the person she is in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. While I enjoyed Hare Moon and how it revealed a little more about The Forest of Hands and Teeth world, I thought the story was too short and too rushed. Many of the other short stories which I didn't read were much longer. Fortunately, the third book in The...more
Lizzy
Kiss Me Deadly contains 13 short stories involving paranormal romance. There are quite a few recgonizable names among the contributing authors. Michelle Zink, Sarah Reese Brennan, Carrie Ryan, and Daniel Waters were just a few that drew me to the book. Of course, I also love a good paranormal romance.

Each story offers something different to lovers of the paranormal. There were angels, werewolves, Mara (parasitic empaths), zombies, unicorns, witches, djinns, and so much more. As with all antholog...more
Donna
I came at this one with two minds. KISS ME DEADLY has been sitting on my review shelf for far too long and I remember when I initially took it on it sounded really interesting and just dark enough that I thought I would enjoy it. When I picked it up to read a few weeks ago, I asked myself, "what the hell was I thinking?" PNR? ME? Do I know me right now? I try to stay as far away from PNR as I can right now. I don't do romance as a default, PNR especially because not only does it not interest me...more
Nely
First things first, from the moment I heard of this book I could not help but salivate over it just at the thought of so many of my favorite authors all within the same book. Here is a quick synopsis of the stories inside:

The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink - This was actually one of my favorites stories. It deals with vengeance, danger and love. I really hope Ms. Zink will endeavor in creating a series or even a stand-alone about these characters. I'm definitely interested in learning mo...more
Caitlin
“Errant” By Diana Peterfruend is set in her unicorn world but does not need to be read in any order for her series. It’s a interesting story with two girls who don’t understand each other: Gitta, a hunter and Elise, a noble lady. They soon work together to get what they want.

“The Spiritual Jar” By Karen Mahoney gives a second short story about Moth an 18-year-old vampire sent to London to receive a book for her sire, Theo. Who knew a book could cause so many problems. I really like Moth and her...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Aug 02, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) by: goodchoicereadin@aol.com
Shelves: for-review
My Review:

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail from someone at Running Press Book Publishers asking me if I would be interested in doing a review and giveaway of Kiss Me Deadly. So I said yes and I was very excited because some of my favorite authors have a short story in Kiss Me Deadly.

Anyway, I finished reading today and I have to say that this is another first for me. I don't normally read short stories. No reason really, but I just never did. However, I did enjoy reading Kiss Me Deadly....more
Franziewho
The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink is a story about Rose, a Descendant. She's determined to avenge her parents' death from the hand of a demon. Aforementioned demon, on the other hand, is determined to kill her. This is were Asher comes into play; an Assassin, determined to protect her... this story is very well-written. I have not yet read The Prophecy of the Sisters, which I will probably do sooner rather than later. I really liked this take on angels although it was pretty short.

Writi...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

I love anthologies. It’s always a great way to get introduced to authors you haven’t heard of or haven’t had the chance to read yet. I am always happy to see some I’m familiar with, in this case, Michelle Zink, Maggie Stiefvater, Carrie Ryan, and Becca Fitzpatrick, all who had great short stories within the book. Fans of Hush, Hush and Cresendo will especially love Becca Fitzpatrick’s piece as it’s based on the same characters from the series. I have only read o...more
Catalina Sennett
The Assassin's Apprentice By Michelle Zink
Interesting!! I would read this if it were a longer book, filled with more of the demon hunting adventures! The romance was too rushed, but it is a short story, so...kinda expected right?

Errant by Diana Peterfreund
Unicorns! This wasn't really a romance story, but it had unicorns so it was good.

The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney
I didn't get into this one much, I skipped through it mostly. Done with vampires I swear...

Lost by Justine Musk
Cute story based on...more
Casey Ann
Kiss Me Deadly is a new young adult paranormal romance anthology containing 13 new stories. It is, sort of, the follow up to 'The Eternal Kiss' YA vampire romance anthology that was out last summer. TEK was awesome and completely worth the money, which not all anthos are, and this one had another great line up of authors so I was really looking forward to it.

It is a decent anthology. Lots of different tales, different styles and some interesting romance options. Probably not the best anthology...more
A.M Bells
Jan 10, 2012 A.M Bells added it
Shelves: 2012
I can't rate this book as a whole. :( I mean, I had stories I liked and stories that just left me - meh!
So for my favorite stories, here it goes. And no, it's not a top, it's just the order I read them.

1. Behind the Red Door - Caitlin Kittredge THE SCARY
Freaky story! Spooky and I loved it. I actually hoped for that outcome when Nick first appeared.

2. Familiar - Michelle Rowen THE CUTE
Oh dear, how I loved this story. One it had witches, then it had kittens, and then cute boy. I actually would ha...more
Lydia Presley
You know, I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There really aren't any "bad" stories in it, more like.. "okay" stories and "better" stories. I intended to write a short review of each one, but then I realized that was a lot of writing and getting up and down and... yeah, so instead I'll give you a few reviews of the stories I liked best.

Errant - Diane Peterfreund

I'm not a big unicorn fan, I admit it. I think I got burned out when unicorns were all over the cartoons when I w...more
Lei
The story that stuck with me most was Sarah Rees Brannan's the Spy Who Never Grew Up. Quite creepy and intriguing. Although it was about Peter Pan, it was original. I also like the one by Maggie. There was a twist in the character.
I'm gonna look up the books by some of the authors from this book, like the one who wrote The spirit jar.
Sabrina
Sabrina Smith
Short Stories


This collection of thirteen paranormal tales covers the spectrum, including vampires, witches, zombies, werewolves, demons, unicorns, and more, and boasting some popular paranormal authors.
Romance is a theme that brings them together, but more than that the dark intrigue and grandiosity make the stories a cohesive set, in spite of their varying paranormal flavor and authors. Teens that enjoy paranormal stories will devour these bite-size portions, which are not overly...more
The BookWhisperer
I love compilation novels it is my chance to read something from authors that I love, as well as, authors that I am not currently familiar with. Kiss Me Deadly is a very cool collection of stories from some of my faves including: Maggie Stiefvater, Rachel Vincent, Becca Ftizpatrick, Michelle Rowen, and Michelle Zink. With more authors than just these exceptionally talented few I was able to experience writings from authors that I have not had known of. I will definitely be adding to my TBR piles...more
Lady Entropy
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected it to be filled with really annoying bits and bobs of Twilight wannabe short stories, but what I found was, in fact, some really amazing tales, with great creativity, unusual settings, and where the story and setting were more important, far more, than any annoying romance.

Even the two tales I disliked most "Dungeon of Langelais" (by the author of Hush, Hush) and Vermilion were not too shabby and my annoyances with it were minor.(In Dungeo...more
Annette
3.5 stars
an average anthology. I found myself delaying grabbing this book. I really liked about 5. I thought that 5 were ok. I'd barely read 3 of them.
The story that I really really loved was the one by Michelle Rowen.
Francy Narváez
Por primera vez experimente terror hacia Patch, realmente se le ve de una forma más siniestra en este relato pero me encanto conocer la historia antes de Nora, aunque sea solo una parte de ella.
Claire
The stories were really good but it got a bit confusing sometimes when you're reading and all of a sudden there is a complete change of plot, character and setting :)
Kristen
I'm not a fan of short story collections generally, but I'm always willing to give something a chance, and since this was paranormal-focused I thought why not? It was okay, not great, not terrible, just okay.

This was a young adult collection, and I did find some of the stories a bit juvenile for me, but others were fun. I did skip over some I started that just didn't connect for me. Some were too dark, others were just dull. That tends to be the case with short story collections in my experience...more
Theresa
13 tales of Paranormal Love. Some of these are great, while others are just weird.

1)‘The Assassin’s Apprentice’ by Michelle Zink. 3 stars. Rose is hunting a demon that killed her family. The demon is hunting her because she’s a Descendant. And an assassin, Asher is trying to protect her from the demon while killing it also. Who win’s.

2)‘Errant’ by Dianna Peterfreud. 0.5 of the Killer Unicorns series. 1 star. I couldn’t finish it. Too corny. A unicorn hunter with a pet unicorn who travels arou...more
Tez
May 03, 2014 Tez marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Karen Mahoney's The Spirit Jar: Stars vampire Moth. I just couldn't focus on this; same for Moth's novel (Falling to Ash). 3 stars

Justine Musk's Lost: This author's so amazing at enlivening her settings. 4 stars

Becca Fitzpatrick's Dungeons of Langeais: Historical France; character named Chauncey. That's it: I've got nothing. 2 stars

Caitlin Kittredge's Behind the Red Door: Yeah, the lead character's kind of stupid at first, but she wises up in the end. Delightfully creepy. 4 stars

Carrie Ryan's Ha...more
Kendra /Books Complete Me
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 skept...more
Debbie
Nov 06, 2010 Debbie added it
This was an enjoyable read but of course some of the books were better than others so I don’t want to give the book an overall rating. After reading the first story by Michelle Zink I was a little worried about how the rest of the book would go. Granted the story was only 29 pages long but I still thought it was rather random that the main character is basically dragged to the home of a strange guy and next thing you know she’s having sex with him. I like to see some development of the relations...more
Nikki
1.5 stars to The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink. Overall I felt the story was unsatisfying. You were dumped into the story with an unclear setting and limited characterization. The story also did not meet the "paranormal love" element in my opinion since that was out of NOWHERE and weak. A sudden kiss for no explicable reason isn't good enough Ms. Zink. Yes it is a short story but a lot can be done in a brief period of time, I've seen it done. I did like the demon element but too little...more
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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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