Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review of Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
If you can possibly thirst for more mysterious metaphysical accounts of love, Trisha Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours since The Eternal Kiss. She presents the acclaimed literary talent of thirteen unique authors, creating a collection of stories that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of every soul who dares to read them. Werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels drive the plot of these riveting romances.Kiss Me Deadly includes the exceptional writings of several authors, including: - Sarah Rees Brennan (faeries) - Becca Fitzpatrick (angels) - Caitlin Kittredge (witches) - Karen Mahoney (vampires: sequel to story from The Eternal Kiss) - Daniel Marks (ghost kids) - Justine Musk (sorcerers) - Diana Peterfreund (unicorns) - Michelle Rowen (demons) - Carrie Ryan (zombies) - Maggie Stiefvater (werewolves) - Rachel Vincent (banshees) - Daniel Waters (zombies) - Michelle Zink (gothic ghosts)

If you are a fan of the paranormal genre, Kiss Me Deadly is a must read for you. I don’t know about you guys, but I constantly feel as though I am being consumed by my TBR pile. (Get it? Consumed? Okay, moving on.) This anthology was awesome because it allowed me to get a sampling of some authors who novels I’ve been wanting to read, such as Sarah Rees Brennan, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Vincent and Michelle Zink. Thankfully, this anthology has motivated me to take a look at these authors, as well as a few others.

Kiss Me Deadly was a thoroughly enjoyable read for me, and if you follow my blog regularly you know that I took my sweet time with it. I think the best way to approach an anthology of stories or poetry is to read one and then let it stew for a few days, as opposed to moving on right away. I will admit that after reading several stories, the plots began to look a little similar, and that by the end I was ready to put this book down. There were some stories where I felt like the author wasn’t giving me enough information, or the ending just kind of fell float.

Honestly, though, I’ll definitely re-read parts of this collection. There was more than enough awesome to make up for the stories that were lacking. Instead of continuing this review by being vague or harping excessively on the negative, I’m going to write a little bit about some of the stories I found particularly noteworthy.

“The Assassin’s Apprentice” by Michelle Zink
Kids, this is my idea of starting off an anthology right. This story had a great plot, a kick butt female heroine and an appealing male. Honestly, what’s not to love?

“Lost” by Justine Musk
This story had a fantastic balance between intriguing and haunting, making for an atmosphere that drew me in. On top of this, it has realistically relationships and a beautiful ending. This is quite possibly my favorite story from Kiss Me Deadly.

“Hare Moon” by Carrie Ryan
I confess: I have not read anything by Carrie Ryan, although I do have a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth lying around. Now I realize I need to remedy this ASAP. Ryan’s writing was gorgeous and emotional. More zombies, please!

“Familiar” by Michelle Rowen
When I first started this story, I thought I’d really dislike it and that it would be far too bizarre for my taste. Instead, it turned out to be fun, adventure filled story. I wouldn’t mind winding up in a bizarre circumstance such as the one Brenda encounters with her familiar.

“Fearless” by Rachel Vincent
Of all of the stories in this anthology, “Fearless” has stuck with me the most. While I do wish Vincent had been a bit more specific at times, the concept of the story is terrifying. I am still wary of falling asleep at night, even though I read this two weeks ago.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of awesome that you’ll find within Kiss Me Deadly. If you love paranormal, I think you’ll definitely find a story or two here you’ll really enjoy. Thank you so much to those who helped provide me with a review copy!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from the publicist.


  1. I've heard a lot of great thing about this book and have wanted to read it. I think that's a great idea to read one story, let it settle, and then read the next one. When I get this book I will definitely go with that approach - great review!

  2. Great review! Sarah Rees Brennan, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Vincent and Michelle Zink are all authors I love and after reading your review I can't wait to read this anthology! :D



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