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Immortal: Love Stories with Bite
by P.C. Cast
“Dead Man Stalking” (Morganville Vampires, 4.6)
“Free” (Evernight, 0.5)
An anthology of eight stories for Young Adults revolving around the theme of immortality and love.
Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s “Haunted Love” starts vague and slowly lets drop tidbits of truth. It’s very well done as we slowly discover the truth about Cody Stryker and then Ginny Augustine.
Kristin Cast‘s “Amber Smoke” is imaginative and dorky. I felt like I was being jerked back and forth between possibilities, and I wasn’t sure what was happening. I didn’t particularly like how “teen-sounding” Jenna was, either. *shrugs, does an eye roll* Sounds like it’s a prequel for something.
Rachel Caine‘s “Dead Man Stalking” is a very short blip as we witness an encounter between Shane and his crazy dad, Frank, over Michael’s shackled person. Frank’s got a new idea for taking down the Morganville vampires. Everything you’d expect in a Caine story about Morganville!
Tanith Lee‘s “Table Manners” was different. Lee led by making me believe that Lel was a vampire hunter, then a deprogrammer, before I finally learned what she really was. Interesting take on why a vampire fears certain elements and requires a blood diet. If it’s a series, I’d like to read more.
Richelle Mead‘s “Blue Moon” sounds like it could be a new series uniting human and vampire to ensure equality between the two. If only this young vampire can survive her family. It’s a good one with a completely different premise on how humans and vampires get along. Cute, using Lucy as the protagonist’s name.
Nancy Holder‘s “Changed” is more of a horror story as, overnight, New York City is practically destroyed and Jilly is desperate to find the love of her life. The fact that the love of her life loves someone else doesn’t matter. Until that love turns viciously on her. It’s a good story, but leaves one HUGE unanswered question for me. Was he turned during the invasion or was he part of the invasion?
Rachel Vincent‘s “Binge” demonstrates youthful optimism, as well as its stupidity and the damage that can result from the loss of control. It certainly gives us a sense of how Andi must feel when she’s caught up in her “binging”. Great story, and it made me cry.
Claudia Gray‘s “Free” is a prequel to her Evernight series, and we learn how Patrice Deveraux was turned in New Orleans in 1841. Gotta look up that first story in the series, Evernight.
The Cover and Title
The cover is a gradated gray to black with just a hint of a blow behind her shoulder, just enough to silhouette the wavy strands of hair flowing around her head. She’s a beautiful woman on the cover in this partial profile, reminds me of Penelope Cruz. The title is in a degraded Gothic script, in red with swirls and twirls connecting the woman, the title, its subtitle and the editor’s name.
The title is the theme and its subset, Immortals: Love Stories With Bite.