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Kisses from Hell

(Short Stories from Hell)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  7,265 ratings  ·  572 reviews
Truly, Madly, Undeadly

This irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors—Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson Noël (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead).

From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her
Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bambi Quim Kisses from Hell is an anthology; one of the stories is written by Richelle Mead, and references the Vampire Academy world (to be honest, it is not a …moreKisses from Hell is an anthology; one of the stories is written by Richelle Mead, and references the Vampire Academy world (to be honest, it is not a very good story). At least one of the other stories also references a series, but a few of the stories are interesting and/or well done.

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Zoe TBH, it was not that great. I like most of the authors full length novels, but it really seemed like they didn't put any effort into the short stories…moreTBH, it was not that great. I like most of the authors full length novels, but it really seemed like they didn't put any effort into the short stories at all. Kristin Cast's story specifically, was extremely confusing. I love the House of Night books, but "Above" was nothing like them. It seemed like she was trying to write a mysterious, poetic short story, but it was just confusing. That's just my opinion though, if you're still interested you should read it!(less)

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Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe hardcore fans of Vampire Academy and Darkest Powers series
This collection consists of 5 stories by the YA authors out of which I am familiar with 3 - I admire Kelley Armstrong, I am fairly disappointed in Richelle Mead, vowed not to read Alyson Noel again - never read anything by Kristin Cast and Francesca Lia Block. First I thought to only read Mead's and Armstrong's stories, but then decided to give 3 other writers a chance, out of the goodness of my heart and because the book is fairly short. Well, I shouldn't have bothered.

"Sunshine" by Richelle Me
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok

Sunshine by Richelle Mead:

It isn't bad but the plot is weak and not very 'together', the characters are all very 'Meh', so 2 stars.

Bright Me to Life by Alyson Noel:

Skipped after reading the first 3 pages because the writing and the plot don't look interesting to me, I will try again later... No star.

Above by Kristin Cast:

Skipped after reading the first 2 pages, I couldn't handle Cast's writing when my head was aching. No star.

Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong

The author brought up interesti
'Sunshine' by RICHELLE MEAD - 4 stars

“This time, she was the one who kissed him. It seemed so strange to be kissing in a place where death had just occurred before their eyes, and yet…it also seemed right. They were alive. The kiss was alive.
She wanted to keep kissing him forever.”
- Rhea Daniels

* * *
“Your hair. Even in moonlight…it looks like sunshine. I’d never have to go outside again if I was with you.”
- Eric Dragomir

'Bring me to life' by ALISON NOËL - 3.5 stars

“Paint your dreams,”
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ok, I only read two stories in this book. The Richelle Mead story - which is a Vampire Academy story about how Lissa's parents met - was good and interesting and now makes me want to read the books again! I'm pretty sure that the other characters in this story are also the parents of VA characters, and I need to figure out who is who! The story seems to shed some light on part of Lissa's story that is revealed at the end of Spirit Bound.

The book also contained something by Kristin Cast (of House
Colleen Scidmore
Kisses From Hell is a book of Anthologies dedicated to one of my favorite genres...vampires! I love Paranormal in general but vampires are a favorite of mine, so this was right up my alley.

There are 5 different stories written by 5 different talented YA authors.

The first story Sunshine by Richelle Mead is the story of Lissa Dragomir's (from Vampire Academy) parents, Eric Dragomir and Rhea Daniels, meeting for the first time.

Bring Me to Life by Alyson Noël is a story of a girl named Danika who i
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, 2011
This book is five stories by five authors. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others in this "series". Alyson Noel's story saved it for me. Kelley Armstrong's was also good.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead ***
A story about a bunch of vampire teenagers. They are born vampires called Moroi. They aren't out of control monsters - those are Strigoi. Moroi can become Strigoi by draining a human of blood.
Eric is a player. His father wants him to find a girl and settle down to carry on the family line.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent but really wanted and expected more from these ladies.

1. "Sunshine" by Richelle Mead - Okay I love her books so I was a bit biased returning to the world of V.A. I liked seeing how Lissa's parents met and all but this story was a bit cliche.

2. "Bring Me to Life" by Alyson Noel- Potential was her but I think it needed to be fleshed out a bit more. It just felt...lacking.

3. "Above" by Kristin Cast - *HISS* Boo! Utterly dissatisfied. Wanted my time back. Long, lengthy and pointless.

4. "Hunt
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Star rating by story:

Sunshine (2 stars) - Read the Vampire Academy series so the family names and writing was familiar. Thought it ended a bit abruptly. Wanted one more (epilogue-y) chapter.

Bring Me to Life (3 stars) - Felt the most YA out of all but it also felt like an homage to Dracula, and that I can always appreciate. Nice little twist. Cute.

Above (1 star) - Ugh. I get it was supposed to be poetic-y but it was bad. I didn't get the point of it all. Most disappointed since this was one I was
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I just read the Sunshine story, from part of the Vampire Academy series. The story was just so-so though...
Kathy Davie
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Fourth in the Hell anthology series with a theme of paranormal romance for young adults.

"Sunshine" (Vampire Academy, 0.5)
"Hunting Kat" (Darkest Powers, 3.5)

I would be remiss in not mentioning that "a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to College Summit" to aid in college enrollment for all students, and especially those from low-income backgrounds. Proceed at your own risk.

My Take
Yeah, it was reading from hell as well! I'd suspect that part of the ma
Bryn ((B2/B.P))   Ryeosomniac~~
Kisses from hell is a collection of five short stories by five popular young adult authors. I have previously read works by four of the five authors. Kristen Cast, Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel and Francesca Lia Block. I am not a huge fan of these authors’ accept for Richelle Mead, she was the sole reason I picked this novel up.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I love reading back round stories of characters, and I quite liked this one. I have read many bad reviews
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
The short book is comprised of five short stories from five different authors.

Overall, I gave this book three stars. I enjoyed it for what it was: just a short book to read within an hour and delight in the stories within. I mostly picked it up to read Armstrong's story because I'm on a kick to finish all her young adult stuff, and her story was four star worthy.

Cast's story was annoying; I don't like poetry, and I certainly don't want to read a half poem/half short story that doesn't make sense
April Summers
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read
The book is a collection of five short stories:-

Sunshine : The plot was good and the story was well written. Was a really nice read.

Bring Me To Life : It was another good story. The suspense was maintained till the very end. The whole setting and everything about the book was pretty nice and interesting. I totally loved the story.

Above : Even though this was the third story, I read it at the end. Or rather tried to read it. But something about it seemed just so wrong that I gave up in the
Kerstyn M.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the authours who contributed
I was really looking forward to reading this book for two reasons:
1. I absolutely LOVED a previous paranormal anthology belonging to the same series(?) as this one, Vacations from Hell.
2. Contains short stories from tow of my favorite authors of the moment, Kelley Armstrong and Richelle Mead.

I read this book from cover-to-cover in basically one sitting, and was severely disappointed, because it wasn't at all what I thought it would be. Although I was only familiar with three of the authors (A
Dec 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Sunshine--Richelle Mead
One Star.

I didn't like Rhea. She was so incredibly insecure and bitchy. There was no way anyone could talk to her without walking on egg shells. Don't call her on it though, that just makes her talk down to you like you're a piece of shit.
And what the hell..? Why was this about vampires? A human suffering from blood loss could take them out. Why did Rhea have a fire ability when she didn't ever use it? Not even to defend herself?
A tug-of-war between two people is not what
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
1. Sunshine by Richelle Mead

I was so interested in reading anything Mead puts out that's set in the VA world. Although this short story lacks the kickass heroine that is Rose, I found that I really liked Rhea. She's an outcast and it's clear from the very beginning, but she is very sure of herself and that is very endearing. Speaking of which, Eric is irresistable. It's no wonder girls love him.

I thought the overall story was great, though I must admit I did think Dennis to be somewhat o
Lacking real bite despite the vampires

KISSES FROM HELL brings together five popular young adult paranormal authors with short stories about love and vampires. Similar to the companion anthologies that came before it (LOVE IS HELL, PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL, and VACATIONS FROM HELL), this book is composed of five different tales, each centered loosely around the title's theme. Different from the other volumes, however, this book focuses on vampires only, instead of a wider host of paranormal creature
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars.
I found this collection of shorts at Dollar Tree. I recognized three of the authors names but only one is the reason that I decided to waste my dollar.

“Sunshine” by Richelle Mead (66 pgs) - 4 Stars
Mead is the reason that I bought the book as I love her Vampire Academy series. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that her short story was set in the world of VA. This was a nice back story. You don’t have to read it to follow the overall VA story line but it was a nice vi
Eva Holmquist
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
There are two great stories in this book; Sunshine and Hunting Kat. The rest are not worth reading.
Maggie ☘
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bloodsuckers
Sunshine by Richelle Mead - 2.3/5 stars
I haven't read any of these short stories except for the one by Richelle Mead, so my rating is only for this novella alone, not the whole book.

Sunshine is the last novella from Vampire Academy universe I haven't yet read, so I was very excited and curious. I have to say, while I loved both The Meeting and Homecoming, this one wasn't really so great. What I got was disappointing cliche romance story with rich privileged boy and shy, kind girl who's just so d
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book gets 4 stars for the 4 stories that were pretty good!

In "Sunshine" by Richelle Mead we get a look a very sweet, very cute little story. I enjoyed this one. Especially since I was having VA withdrawal. If you're a fan of the Vamp Academy series, then this short story is a must! ~ 4 STARS

Story #2 was by far my absolute favourite! "Bring Me to Life" by Alyson Noel was AMAZING! First of all...ALYSON ~ YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE A VAMPIRE SERIES!!!!! This was a great story that was cut waaaa
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Reviewing as I go . . . .

2 stars overall, I guess. Not a great anthology.

"Sunshine" by Richelle Mead

I liked the beginning of this pretty well, but I was pretty uncomfortable with the guy being paranoid and overprotective without knowing her at all and then being RIGHT about it. Plus, what, so they shouldn't be nice to feeders? That's a great message. And according to the Vampire Academy series, (view spoiler)
There are 5 stories in total, all written by renowned authors.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead: I never thought I would say something like this about one of Mead's works, but boy was this thing bad. Even a connection with Vampire Academy wasn't enough to make this thing good. That insta-romance made me gag. 1 star for attempt.

Bring Me to Life by Alyson Noel: Kind of predictable. A loner girl gets picked up by an aristocrat art school. The story had good potential but ultimately turned out to be quite d
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2011-reads
this book of short stories was not bad at all...i actually liked most of the stories in it.

1. sunshine by richelle mead (4 stars). reading this story, one experienced i had was nostalgia. it's like i'm back and reading the vampire academy series again. since i totally adored the series, it was not hard for me to like this one. reading the dragomir surname memories! i really liked this one.

2. bring me to life by alyson noel (3 stars). i have also read the immortals series by alyson no
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it

The problem with most anthologies is that they're uneven - i.e. some of the stories are great and others less so. But nope, not here. They were all just really, really bad.

The stories ranged from utterly bizarre and hard to follow to just plain stupid. Most of them were an unholy mix of the two, and I could barely finish reading. Seriously, I no longer have any desire to read any of these authors' works. My God. I mean, I already hated Kristin Cast's books, but not I'm not sure I want
N.L. Riviezzo
Sunshine by Richelle Mead - 4 stars - a great little short story about how Lissa Dragomir's parents met.

Bring Me To Life by Alyson Noel - 2 stars - too short, not enough story development for my liking.

Above by Kristin Cast - 1 star - Horrible. I'm convinced that the worst parts of the HoN series are indeed written by Kristin. Her writing style is very lacking.

Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong - 3 stars - Another short story about Kat, a genetically altered 16 year old vampire, who is part of the
Oct 22, 2010 marked it as to-read
An except from the preface:

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to College Summit, a national nonprofit organization that partners with school districts to increase the college enrollment rate of all students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds.

About college access in America:

●Every year, 200,000 students who have the ability to go to college do not enroll.
●Low-income students who get As on standardized tests go to college at the same rate as t
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
If you're a teen, or a pre-teen you'd probably like this book a lot better. The only decent stories are Sunshine (Richelle Mead), Hunting Kat by Kelly Armstrong, and Bring me to Life (Alyson Noel). Even Bring Me to Life smacks of the whole twilight everlasting undying love forever movement. (Yes, I know it's paranormal romance, but sometimes are done to death.)

Above by Kristen Cast was so badly written I didn't even bother to finish it. I think it was meant to be written in a more poetic style
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Okay, without waxing all poetic, this group of short stories was okay. (p.s. Okay is not a bad thing, it's an okay thing, if ya know what I mean.) My favorite story was written by Francesca Lia Block (which in my humble opinion was the perfect example of a short story done right) and my least favorite was written by Kristin Cast. All the rest fell somewhere in between. And that's what I got to say about that. BOOM!
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“Halfway down, Eric stopped and stared at her, an awestruck look in his eyes. “What is it?” she asked.
“Your hair. Even in moonlight . . . it looks like sunshine. I’d never have to go outside again if I was with you.”
She tugged him forward. “I think you hit your head in your heroic struggles.”
“You were the heroic one,” Eric said, stepping around a rock bend. “Reminds me of the stories from Russia my grandmother used to tell me. You know any of them? Vasilisa the Brave?”
“Nope. My family’s from Romania. Never heard of any Vasilisa.” Looking up, Rhea stare up at the sky thoughtfully. “But I kind of like that name.”
“Name, please?” he says, or actually, snaps; it sounded way more like a snap, like he’s in a big hurry or something.
“Um, Danika.” I nod. “Danika Kavanaugh?” I say it like a question, as though I’m looking to him to confirm my own name. I roll my eyes and shake my head. Nice to know I’m as big a dork in the UK as I was in the U.S.”
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