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Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

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by Trisha Telep (Editor)

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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


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)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Paranormal love" may be the subtitle, but it's better to approach this anthology as paranormal, period. Most of the writers are more occupied with communicating the otherworldly apparatus of their tales than with supernaturally inflected romance. Daniel Marks's story about purgatory, "Vermillion," overstuffed with cultures, time periods, and genres, is perhaps the most extreme of these. In a few cases, such as Sarah Rees Brennan's Peter Pan/James Bond mashup, "The Spy Who Never Grew Up," a potentially cool concept misfires. It's notable that several stories tease their authors' series: "Errant" by Diana Peterfreund (Rampant) is a harsh and poignant take on the unicorn myth; Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush) delves into the angelic possession of Chauncey Langeais; and Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) offers a story about devastating decisions in villages threatened by the Unconsecrated. The most successful stories come from authors willing to forgo the happy ending. Maggie Stiefvater captures the agony of first loss in "The Hounds of Ulster." And Daniel Waters, in a companion to his Generation Dead books, looks at the tragedy of "differently biotic" children through the eyes of an anguished father. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

Monique, JPL Teen Space 8/11/10
"Pucker up for a darkly sweet collection of ghosts, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, vampires, and demons in tales from today’s biggest writers of the paranormal persuasion"

New York Journal of Books, 8/26/10
"It’s a great pleasure to find works from such an array of writers gathered into one book. Telep has assembled stories that run the gamut from humorous to haunting, scary to thoughtful. Both teenage and adult fantasy readers will find plenty here to savor, while those new to the genre can be assured of a solid introduction to some of the best YA writers at work today."

Justine, Oct/Nov 2010
“Dangerous desire, deceptive lovers and heart-stopping romances are all found on the pages of this book.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Readers may be drawn to the swoon-worthy kissing factor, but they will also find significant depth, nuance, and vulnerability in these stories."

VOYA - Caitlin Augusta
This eclectic yet cohesive mix of stories will be one short story collection that teens might actually pick up and read. Spellbound protagonists range from demon hunters to ghosts to familiars and, yes, zombies. Diana Peterfreund continues her expose on the true nature of unicorns in her story about a timid bride who finds courage from the mythical beast. Carrie Ryan shows readers the heart-wrenching choices made during a supernatural epidemic. One of the gems of this collection is Maggie Stiefvater's "Hounds of Ulster," which weaves Celtic legend and modern music jam sessions. Sarah Rees Brennan plays with the Peter Pan tale as she postulates that he actually served Queen Victoria as a spy. Peter teams up with one of Wendy's descendants who brings kick-butt attitude to confront Peter's ne'er-do-well narcissism. Becca Fitzpatrick's "Dungeons of Langeais" lacks internal consistency, and a few of the other stories end abruptly, but overall, this collection of original selections works well. Though diverse, these stories connect through genre and subject matter better than most compilations. The cautious way that love develops when the couple does not share the same species or plane of existence makes the stories similar enough in tone to ensure a smooth read. To aid the curious reader, it would have been helpful if the editor noted which stories referred to authors' longer works of fiction. This collection will appeal to most fantasy readers looking for a light touch of romance. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The title of this short story collection is a little misleading. Most of the selections have some romance, but they definitely take a backseat to those that run the gamut from fairy spies who can fly to vampires. While some of the stories are a little creepy, they are a far cry from truly frightening. Nonetheless, there are some fine and engrossing entries by popular authors, including Diana Peterfreund's "Errant," which is set in medieval Europe. It features a sassy nun who is charged with training unicorns that are becoming endangered. Justine Musk's "Lost" is set in modern times and features a girl with psychic power and a very handsome guy named Haiden, which turns out to be a morphing of the word "Hades." One kiss with the irresistible fellow and she will have sold her soul. Karen Mahoney's "The Spirit Jar" brings a fresh twist to the vampire genre. Sarah Rees Brennen and Carrie Ryan offer very good selections, too, but one of the best is Maggie Stiefvater's "The Hounds of Ulster," which melds Celtic myth with punk rock.—Jake Pettit, Thompson ValleyHigh School, Loveland, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Can true love die if you're already dead? This tantalizing collection of 13 short stories by some of the best writers of paranormal fiction in the United States and Great Britain explores "the other side of love." Whether it's an old-fashioned ghost story, as in Caitlin Kittredge's "Behind the Red Door," in which Jo wonders about the dashing resident of an abandoned house and a string of mysterious murders; a story with a twist, as in Michelle Rowen's "Familiar," in which a reluctant witch discovers that her chosen pet is a shapeshifter in disguise; or a story with dark humor, as in Sarah Rees Brennan's "The Spy Who Never Grew Up," in which a slightly older Peter Pan connects with Wendy's granddaughter to fight evil in Her Majesty's Secret Service, each story features a paranormal kiss. Fans who can't get enough of their favorite authors will also be thrilled to find a back story to Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a Generation Dead companion by Daniel Waters and more killer unicorns from Diana Peterfreund. (Short stories. YA)

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14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Trisha Telep was the romance & fantasy book buyer at Murder One, the UK's premier crime and romance bookstore, before its sad closure after 21 years of bookselling on the Charing Cross Road. She has recently re-launched this classic bookshop online, however. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University before moving to London. She lives in Hackney with her boyfriend, filmmaker Christopher Joseph.

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Kiss Me Deadly 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
What a great collection of authors and stories! All of these stories were just a perfect read. I really enjoyed the wide range of stories. Trisha Telp did a great job compiling different stories. All of these authors are already great writing, so to see all of these writers with more stories, only make me wonders if any of these short stories will be turn into novels. Some of these short stories are already from the current novels. Like a prologue or in-between stories, some of them new. There are some great new authors with up and coming books, which now only make me even anxious to read what these new authors have in store. You should definitely pick up this book. I had a great time reading it. all the stories have love, passion, anger, fierceness, and of course a hope to fight for what they believe in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hush, hush was a GREAT read! i luved it!! i cannot wait for the second one to come out... but while i wait for that one to be released, kiss me deadly looks rllyy good. Becca Fitzgerald is an excellent writer and she helped write this novel!
MeganAshley More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely boring, especially compared to other books I've read like this. None of the stories kept my interest and I couldn't get through it fast enough. I'd recommend Eternal. The stories are way more interesting than these.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me Deadly contains 13 short stories involving paranormal romance. There are quite a few recgonizable names among the contributing authors. Michelle Zink, Sarah Reese Brennan, Carrie Ryan, and Daniel Waters were just a few that drew me to the book. Of course, I also love a good paranormal romance. Each story offers something different to lovers of the paranormal. There were angels, werewolves, Mara (parasitic empaths), zombies, unicorns, witches, djinns, and so much more. As with all anthologies, some stories were stronger than others. Still, majority of the stories kept me from setting the book down. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice mix of the perfect short stories, and stories that I wanted to be turned into full-length novels. For example, Caitlin Kitteredge's story, Behind the Red Door, was perfect as a short story. It was engaging, spooky, and it wrapped up nicely. Diana Peterfreund, and Maggie Stiefvater also had great shorts. They each fit into their respected universes nicely, and built upon them. Plus, in the case of Peterfreund, I love a good unicorn story. I also mentioned that there were a few stories I believe could be made into novels. I wanted to know more about the characters, histories, and basically 300 more pages. The stories by Karen Mahoney (vampires, djinns), Sarah Rees Brennan (Peter Pan as a spy), and Michelle Rowan (witches) were three of those stories. Finally, there was the story by Daniel Marks. He wrote about purgatory, and after checking his website found out that he has written a trilogy (yay). Once they find a publisher, I'll be buying my copies. Overall, this was a great anthology of strong paranormal romance stories. If you're a fan of any paranormal creatures, I'd give this one a try.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I love anthologies. It’s always a great way to get introduced to authors you haven’t heard of or haven’t had the chance to read yet. I am always happy to see some I’m familiar with, in this case, Michelle Zink, Maggie Stiefvater, Carrie Ryan, and Becca Fitzpatrick, all who had great short stories within the book. Fans of Hush, Hush and Cresendo will especially love Becca Fitzpatrick’s piece as it’s based on the same characters from the series. I have only read one of Rachel Vincent’s books before, something I really must remedy soon, especially after reading her short, which was one of my favorite. While all the stories feature some sort of paranormal love within them, it’s not always as expected. Sarah Rees Brennan gives a different take on Peter Pan in “The Spy Who Never Grew Up” and now I’m going to be seeking out some of her other work as well. It was a very inventive story. There were some stories that just didn’t peek my interest very much and I wanted to skip over, but I’m sure there is a market out there for them, someone else will love them for what they are. All the writers have a great list of books behind them already, but short story format does take a separate talent, and that’s why I think some of the stories fell flat. Read it for the authors you love or to try out the ones you don’t know without too much of a time commitment! Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
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K_Loves_Magickals More than 1 year ago
An anthology that really is worth it. It even made me see Sabine as an okay person, and that is not something that is an easy thing to do considering how much I hated her in My Soul To Steal.
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Tiffany Pollard More than 1 year ago
first story nicely wretten i could follow things just fine
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