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The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
The Eternal Kiss 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
Author: Trisha Telep (Editor)
There?s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want! — This collection of original tales comes from some ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780762437177
ISBN-10: 0762437170
Publication Date: 7/27/2009
Pages: 416
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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jai avatar reviewed The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire on + 310 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Very brief reviews follow (my two favorite stories were the ones by Karen Mahoney and by Sarah Brennan):

1) Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney - Vampire girl (Moth) comes home to find her sire wants her to get the ashes of a recently staked vampire. Really like this one, this author has been on my radar on LJ, but I hadn't connected the the LJ user with "Karen Mahoney" (sometimes things get past me), until I had already read and liked this. This is the introduction to a series about Moth, so now looking forward to it.
2) Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz - 15 year old Hannah has a mysterious visitor at night. I couldn't connect with this one. I think the characters, particularly the female protagonist were a not substantial enough in the amount of pages this story was for me to grasp them.
3) Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder - Girl fencer discovers that the prestigious fencing school she goes to is more than it seems - interesting at first but then I started to lose interest halfway when the relationship part occurs. The action at the end felt very perfunctory.
4) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - A bitten girl tries to stay human, but then learns her ex-boyfriend and a neighbor girl have run away to Coldtown, the vampire section of town. A dark story about the glamorizing of vampirism. Liked it, nice and chilling.
5) Undead is Very Hot Right Now by Sarah Brennan - A nineteen year old who has been a vampire for a year joins a boy band. Hilarious. I laughed aloud so much reading this one. Another author I plan to look for in the bookstore.
6) Kat by Kelley Armstrong - A teen is awoken by her vampire guardian and try to escape would-be captors in the middle of the night - Interesting. Ending makes me want to read more, maybe the start of a series?
7) The Thirteenth Step by Libba Bray - Teen gets a job at a halfway house which may not be all that it seems. I think my own experiences cloud the way I read this story. It bothered me that the protagonist become like the addict sister she considered selfish.
8) All Hallows by Rachel Caine - Vampire boyfriend of the narrator gets into trouble and she goes in to save him. Readers may need to have read other Morganville books. This is a short story in that world that seems to fit in the timeline after the first 4 or 5 books.
9) Wet Teeth by Cecil Castellucci - A vampire begins to feel alive for the first time in a long time after meeting a strange girl in the park. This one seems to focus on the ending, and left me a bit wanting for the rest of the story, but seems to be in the right vein for horror.
10) Other Boys by Cassandra Clare- A girl begins to get interested in the new boy in school, who says he's a vampire. This one had elements of nice old school horror.
11) Passing by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié - A girl has to pass the final class in her vampire hunter academy - only one student will get a special elixar. A bit too complex of a back story to cram into a short story space.
12) Ambition by Lili St. Crow - Smart but poor schoolgirl meets boy at club. Girl falls out with rich best friend. Boy may be supernatural. Dreamy, sort of hazy relationship that may be dangerous à la Heavenly Creatures. I keep re-reading the last three lines, wanting questions answered.
13) All Wounds by Dina James - Girl discovers her grandmother and the bad boy in detention aren't exactly who she thought they were, and neither is she. Looks like the start of a new series so there's a lot of plot set-up, but not much time for more than brief character sketches.
solarawynn avatar reviewed The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire on + 724 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Tales of Blood and Desire.In My opinion,not many of the stories seemed to fit the title.However,most of the stories were good
reviewed The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire on + 380 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I was skeptical with this book based upon its title and cover. I was worried that something that seemed very sexual (parted lips, tilted neck with the bite marks, no hint of a shirt) would not be appropriate for my students. How could something that looked very much like a romance book be marketed for young adults? After reading it, I don't know where the cover came from. I know that I am not supposed to judge something purely based upon the cover, but this led me to believe something totally different than the books was. The only thing that it managed to get right was that the book is clearly about vampires. In most cases, these stories had nothing to do with romance, even the young adult kind. This leaves me ambivalent about the story. Some of the stories were really good, but it just didn't seem like they should be in a book with this title and cover. I don't think that is enough for me to say that I didn't enjoy the book, but it was like getting a candy that you expected to be strawberry and it turned out to be apple. It's not bad, but not necessarily good either.

Regardless, this was my favorite story:
My favorite story was the first one "Falling to Ash" by Karen Mahoney. It wasn't too long, but I felt like I actually had a good idea who the characters were. Moth has been called back from her "time off" by her master. We know that she was turned against her will, she is stubborn, a thief, and young. She is told that she needs to break in to a hunter's home and steal an urn. In the process she meets a cute boy that lets her into the building. Little does she know, this cute boy is the son of the famous hunter. How does she get out of this mess? Read and find out. This one was actually pretty good at defining the main characters and pulling off some tension.

This was my least favorite story: (SPOILER ALERT)
My least favorite story was "Ambition" by Lili St. Crow. Admittedly, I can't think of anything that I have read by Lili St. Crow, so it could just be her story, but I feel like I could tell you everything that happened in this story and not give anything away. The scholarship kid at a fancy school is starting to feel like her best friend is pulling away from her. They go to a party and people try to pull a dirty trick on her, so she leaves the party and goes to a club. At the club she meets a guy. This guy is hot and draws her attention. She sneaks out to meet up with him. He bites her and drains her of most of her blood. He then tells her that she has a choice. The author says that he tells her what the choice is, but doesn't share it with the audience. Then the girl goes to her best friend's house for a sleepover. Once everyone is asleep, she lets the boy into the house and goes to the car. That's pretty much the end of the story. Who knows what the choice is, or what happens to the people in the house, or if the boy even comes back to the car. I like stories with some ambiguity, but this is just ridiculous. It's fun to make up your own ending, but you need something to work with in order to do that. This story just doesn't give you enough to work with. You don't know much about the characters, there is nothing that may lead you to any conclusions about what the choice is, or what may happen if he does or does not come back to the car. It's rather ridiculous. I think this is a pure failure of a writing technique to draw an audience in. It makes me feel like she had a limited amount of time to throw something together and didn't have a clear idea of what she wanted to write.

Anyways, the other stories are in the middle. Some of them are better than others. There are some fantastic writer's in this collection, but in most cases this is not the best version of their work. Also, there are some author's that use characters from their novel series. I tend to enjoy this, but if you haven't read anything from them before then you may be lost. Also, most of the stories are more about growing and making choices than connecting with other characters. This should be an important part of the setup of the book, and I think that Telep fails the audience by not doing that. I hesitate to offer a ranking that is set in stone, but I would give it about 3 ½ stars. It's average.
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