The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire by various authors
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: July 27th 2009
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Gold star (4/5 stars)
Synopsis: Supernatural forces and desires come alive in these thirteen vampire tales. Like love, the adventures are never safe and hungers never die. And chances are taken. If you are seduced by the mystery of the heart, beating for a destiny unknown, you will helplessly follow the characters’ in this collection—longing for one to call their own.
This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including: Holly Black, Libba Bray, Melissa De La Cruz, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Caine, Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie, Cecil Castellucci, Kelley Armstrong, Maria V. Snyder, Sarah Rees Brennan, Lili St. Crow, Karen Mahoney and Dina James.
Review: There are many stories in here, some were great while some were not of my liking. I shall review only the ones I really liked and one or two others which I found ‘ok’. Overall the book was enjoyable enough.
Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder: At first, I found the tense used in the story a little weird but eventually I got used to it. The story itself was really good! It’s basically about a girl Ava who was invited to an exclusive training academy for fencing. She meets a karate trainer who was creepy at first and soon discover strange things in the Academy. (4/5 stars)
The Thirteenth Step by Libba Bray: Lauren takes up a job to work as an assistant in Angelus House, a safe house for troubled teens and addicts. But there is more to the Angelus House than meets the eye. Very well-paced, enjoyed it.(4.5/5 stars)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: It started out slow but the more I read, the more I loved it! The ending was genius! The story is about a girl fighting to not become a vampire after she is bitten. But when she discovers her boyfriend and her friend went to Coldtown to become vampires, she must make a decision. To stay human or not. (4/5 stars)
All Hallows by Rachel Caine: This is a story part of The Morganville Vampires series, which I am planning on reading. After reading All Hallows, I am pretty sure I will like The Morganville Vampires series. The story is about a girl Eve who dates a vampire. But their night is ruined when he disappears and Eve and her friends have to save him. (4/5 stars)
Wet Teeth by Cecil Castellucci: Initially, I was really grossed out by the descriptions of the MC describing the veins. But after a while, I focused more on the romance which was nicely done. It’s about a vampire meeting a girl who makes him feel more alive than he’s ever felt since becoming a vampire. Did not see the ending coming. (4/5 stars)
Other Boys by Cassandra Clare: It was a nice story, slightly predictable. It’s about a boy Colin who claims he is a vampire and Jennifer, the main character, is attracted to him. Despite the predictability, I like Clare’s writing. (4/5 stars)
Kat by Kelley Armstrong: Kat is set in the same world as the characters from Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series which I loved. The main character, Kat, is a teenage girl on the run with her vampire foster mum, Marguerite. This story was no doubt fantastic but I have a minor problem. I did not understand the ending, so what was Kat’s Supernatural power at first. How did she end up being a vampire? (3.5/5 stars)
Undead is Very Hot Right Now by Sarah Brennan: Several people said this story was funny but frankly I did not like it as much as The Demon’s Lexicon. It was okay, not terrible, not fantastic. The humour was sarcastic sometimes. An interesting take about a vampire being part of a boy band. (3/5 stars)
Passing by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié: Skipped the first few pages. I found this story boring. Basically about a vampire hunter falling in love with a vampire. She belongs to an Academy for vampire hunters. Nothing special about this story. (2/5 stars)