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Kisses from Hell

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Kisses from Hell

This latest installment of the From Hell series ---
which includes PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL, LOVE IS HELL and VACATIONS
FROM HELL --- is possibly its darkest yet.

Drawn from Romanian mythology and involving Strigoi and Moroi
(undead people), “Sunshine” recounts how the parents of
Lissa Dragonmir, whom readers know from Richelle Mead’s
Vampire Academy series, first met. Eric and Rhea are both
in serious relationships with other people when they become
attracted to each other on a class outing. They are Moroi, though
Eric’s mother was recently attacked and murdered by Strigoi.
Eric hardly feels up to celebrating with his classmates, and quiet
Rhea offers him the first genuine sympathy he has heard in a while.
He keeps seeking her out, raising the jealousy level of his
girlfriend Emma. They are forced into a dangerous situation and
bond by the end of this nice love story with a magical kiss.

Alyson Noel brings readers a contemporary version of DRACULA in
a British art school with “Bring Me Back to Life.”
Danika finds herself to be the only student. Furthermore, her
modern clothes disappear, and she wears vintage offerings from the
closet of the mansion where the school is, only to find they all
fit her perfectly. A handsome artistic boy named Bram is able to
find the school in the fog despite the servants telling her it is
now invisible. They must work together to save themselves after
realizing Danika is supposed to give a soul-stealing kiss to help
the owners of the house be immortal. But to be rescued from
that fate, she must receive an immortal kiss from Bram.

Kristin Cast, half of the popular P.C. Cast writing duo, brings
vampire mythology to life in her lyrical “Above,” about
those under the earth and their enemies above. The tale, which is
almost part poem and part prose, shifts point of view from the
heroine who just wants to be loved to the evil vampire who finds
himself changed by her love. The ending is dark, and the effect of
the story is a bit confusing, though the characters are
memorable.

In “Hunting Kat,” Kelley Armstrong brings readers
into her Darkest Powers urban fantasy series. Kat, who is
being pursued by members of the Edison Group, meets Chad and Neil,
who seem to want to help her. She is so happy to find other
vampires like herself that she quickly befriends them, only to
learn that perhaps she can’t trust one or both of them. There
is plenty of action and flirting here with a strong, spirited
heroine in Katiana, which should bring Armstrong even more
fans.

Award-winning author Francesca Lia Block wraps up the collection
with her Bible-based story of Lilith. Paul Michael can’t
believe anyone is paying attention to him, let alone the beautiful
and mysterious Lilith. Soon he discovers there is more to her than
meets the eye as she drains the blood of two bullies who tormented
him. Their romance is destined to be short as Lilith can’t
stay, but Paul Michael will be forever changed. Block is a master
of packing feeling into few words, and readers will be drawn in to
this story quickly.

KISSES FROM HELL is uneven from story to story in intensity and
clarity, but paranormal romance fans will enjoy reading a new
offering from a favorite author or being introduced to writers
whose works they’ve never read before. As with the previous
titles, a portion of the sales will be donated to College Summit, a
program designed to help teens from poorer communities get ready
for college. 

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Kisses from Hell
by Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead, Kelley Armstrong, and Francesca Lia Block

  • Publication Date: August 24, 2010
  • Genres: Anthology, Paranormal, Romance
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0061956961
  • ISBN-13: 9780061956966