"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
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)