Book Review: Kristin Cast’s Kisses from Hell

Posted November 16, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult

This book came from the library, and I will never give you less than an honest review, no matter its source. I do provide informational and purchase links to make it more convenient for you to access the book. I also receive a percentage of the sale if you use one of my links to buy it. And that's not enough money to be less than truthful *grin*.

Book Review: Kristin Cast’s Kisses from Hell

Kisses from Hell

by Alyson Noël, art, art student, Bram Stoker, Francesca Lia Block, kidnapping, Kristin Cast, party, Richelle Mead, teen misfit, trap, vampire


Series: Short Stories from Hell, Vampire Academy #0.5

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Eternal Lover, Silver Shadows, Amber Smoke, Soundless.

Genres: Paranormal Romance

This Paperback has 262 pages and was published by HarperTeen on August 24, 2010. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon


“Sunshine” (Vampire Academy, 0.5)
“Hunting Kat” (Darkest Powers, 3.5)

Fourth in the Hell anthology series with a theme of paranormal romance for young adults.

I would be remiss in not mentioning that “a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to College Summit” to aid in college enrollment for all students, and especially those from low-income backgrounds. Proceed at your own risk.

My Take

Yeah, it was reading from hell as well! I’d suspect that part of the mandate was to write as poorly as possible and see how many suckers got taken.

The Stories

Richelle Mead‘s “Sunshine” was sweet and provides background on Vasilisa’s parents. How they met and the inspiration for their daughter’s name. The writing is okay, a bit dorky.

Alyson Noël’s‘s “Bring Me to Life” was icky creepy and probably the best of the five in terms of originality. It’s a deep-laid plot enticing a young, unhappy art student into its snare. And rather condescending in the writing.

Kristin Cast‘s “Above” was the worst. It’s set as a long poem with the words offset to indicate the agony its protagonist is suffering. The best part was all this offsetting made the pages fly by. It rather reminded me of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine with its Morlocks and Eloi. I have only a vague idea of what happened. If anyone else can make any sense of it…please let me know.

Kelley Armstrong‘s “Hunting Kat” is a quick peek into the challenges of staying free of the clutches of the Edison Group when Katiana, a young vampire is captured and escapes. Can she trust the two young men with whom she was imprisoned?

It’s a bit of background on Kat, the dramatic capture, and then the “young adult” interaction of two teens who have been hurt before. It’s okay. It’s best feature is rounding out the general theme of this series.

Francesca Lia Block‘s “Lilith” is a dorky teen’s fantasy in which he saves and gets the girl, winning out against the bullies, er, evil forces. It seems as if there may be something to his fantasy after all until it all goes wrong (at least in my mind!). It’s actually well written even if I did dislike it. The saddest of them all, Block portrayed the school misfit very well.

The Cover and Title

The cover is pretty with its subdued black-on-purple brocaded background and the rich purplish pink flowers in varying stages of life. Very classy. If you want to retain that sense of class, don’t open the book.

The title is a convenient catch-all — Kisses from Hell doesn’t actually apply to Mead’s or Armstrong’s stories although it certainly does to the other three.

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