This collection of original tales comes from some of the most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including:
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney >>This collection of original tales comes from some of the most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including:
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney >> Contains the start of a possibly good paranormal romance story between a reluctant vampire (who still feels the need to be accepted by her puritanical human family) and the son of one of the most feared vampire hunters.
Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz >> A succinct short story featuring a vampire literally making his way back home--as his means of getting away from a dark force which threatens to devour him. De la Cruz didn't disappoint with this one.
Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder >> Intertwining vampire lore with the age-old practice of fencing as a way of defeating the creatures of the night. Original storyline but dry presentation.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black >> Despite the unappealing title, this proves to be one of the better stories in this anthology. Here, vampirism is treated as a disease by the world government but the youth can't seem to distance itself from the sensual allure which beckons them.
Undead is Very Hot Right Now by Sarah Rees Brennan >> The idea of a vampire being a rock star was started by Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat and this one proves to be an insult to that. As I was reading it, I can't help but feel that Brennan is treating this as one big joke.
Kat by Kelley Armstrong >> Sci-fi genre involving cloning humans and vampires to produce half-breeds, anyone? If you want to be led into one seemingly endless chase after the heroine who's only a vampire protector, then pray continue reading.
The Thirteenth Step by Libba Bray >> Now this one is quite fresh and original in it's perspective! It actually reminds me of De la Cruz's "Blue Bloods" series but in more gruesome light. A gem among the short stories featured in this anthology.
All Hallows by Rachel Caine >> Seriously, a vampire attending a Halloween party who got misled by a couple of high school jocks and ends up getting rescued by his human girl friend dressed as Catwoman? Enough said.
Wet Teeth by Cecil Castellucci >> An angsty piece written from the perspective of a vampire who hasn't had a date since he was turned.
Other Boys by Cassandra Clare >> The usual paranormal romance fluff of a premise but comes with a surprise ending. It really did redeem itself with only a few lines towards the conclusion.
Passing by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie >> Features graduation rites of vampire hunters of the Academia Sagrada Familia Contra los Vampiros--sounds promising and I wouldn't mind picking up a copy if the authors decide to expand the story into a novel.
Ambition by Lili St. Crow >> A story which went nowhere, in my opinion. It wasn't clearly defined exactly what kind of night creature the antagonist was, including the process of turning a human into a vampire.
All Wounds by Dina James >> The story started out as realistic fiction but comes barrelling at the reader with an overload of information about the supposed supernatural healing abilities of the protagonists. Honestly, it was hardly worth the time I spent reading it.
There is a lot of variety here despite the common theme. Some of the stories were heavy with the horror theme while others were a bit lighter to the point of being ludicrous. I love anthologies since it gives me the chance to sample the works of other authors previously unknown to me. But in this case, I'm afraid I'd have to pass and stick to the authors I'm already following.
Title The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire Author Edited by Trisha Telep Reviewed By Purplycookie...more