Kisses from Hell
Truly, Madly, Undead-ly
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...more
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"Sunshine" by Richelle Me ...more
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,
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 ...more
“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
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“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,” ...more
The book also contained something by Kristin Cast (of House ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
"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.
Yeah, it was reading from hell as well! I'd suspect that part of the ma ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[Lissa's dad cheats on her mother, so that makes a weird reading experience. (hide sp ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 again...wow 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 ...more
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.
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●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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Give Bring Me to Life 2 stars. It was too slow and bizarre, not a good combination.
Give Above 3 stars. Kristin Cast's poetry is misplaced and not much was explained in the story.
Give Hunting Kat 4 stars, amazing work, Kelley Armstrong! I can sense that this is the beginning of a good series! :)
Give Lilith 1 star. I mean, what the hell was that???
Sunrise is a prequel story to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy. The story is set well before the birth of Lissa Dragomir and tells how her parents met and fell in love.
I thought it was incredibly sweet as we don't see Rhea and Eric in the books as they have died prior to the beginning of Vampire Academy, hence we don't know their back story until now. 5 stars.
When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly ...more
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“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.”
“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.”