A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{March 6, 2011}   Kisses from Hell

Five stories of vampires and love from five popular authors of paranormal fiction.

Sunshine by Richelle Mead, Bring me to Life by Alyson Noel, Above by Kristin Cast, Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong and Lillith by Francesca Lia Block.

I bought this book for no other reason but to read Kelley Armstrong’s story about a teenage vampire, a victim of the same Edison Group responsible for the dreadful experiments in her Darkest Powers series. I liked it as much as the rest of her YA: it was exciting, with complex characters, a new approach to supernatural creatures and unique romance.

If like me, you are left with a need to read more about Kat, you can read her origin story for free on Kelley Armstrong’s website.

The collection was also an opportunity to read the writings of authors I have been hesitant to approach. Unfortunately, the other four stories weren’t of the same quality as Armstrong’s tale. Mead’s story about teenage vampires was not uninteresting though it felt more like a few chapters from a novel. Noel’s tale was eerie (though I figured out what was going on quite early on) though I found the ending a bit disturbing… especially if it was meant to be romantic. Cast’s tale left me more puzzled than anything. And finally Block’s story of a vampire turning a bullied geek had promise but I felt it was poorly executed.

There are several similar collections staring different authors: Love is Hell, Vacations from Hell and Prom Nights from Hell. The first two collections include some of my favorite authors: Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare. I’ll probably check them out eventually.


Sunshine by Richelle Mead

Bring Me to Life by Alyson Noel

Above by Kristin Cast

Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong

Lilith by Francesca Lia Block

Challenges: None


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