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Monday, November 8, 2010

148) Eternal by P.C. Cast & Others

The Blurb -

More Love Stories With Bite presents all-new YA stories featuring vampires, the romantic heroes and heroines that still hold the reading public enraptured. A mix of writers from the first anthology and new contributors makes for a fresh new collection with all of the dark romance of its predecessor, and a book that’s sure to thrill vampire romance fans old and new.

The Review -

Most people around here know what I think of Anthologies so it may come to you all as a shock when I say that this one was actually good. Not only were the big names on the front but they really did their best and dealt out a good mix of stories. Sure there was one I didn't really like but there is always going to be one you don't like.

Before I break the book down story by story let me just be clear - This book is edited by P.C. Cast and she has written an introduction for the book. She has however not added a story to the anthology. Don't be disappointed! You have been warned :)

"Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray

This first story is set in the Evernight Universe and I loved it. I have only read two books in the series but this story can stand on its own very well. Patrice is the main character in this tale and the plot centers around the Second World War. All in all this was not only interesting to read but very touching. The only problem I had with this story was the use of the German language. There was a little mistake that made me cringe.

"Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow

I won't go into details because I don't want to give anything away. Lets just say that this starts off good and then flowed into an even better ending. This story was well written and had a dark edge to it. I would love to hear more from this character in the future and hope this was just an introduction to something else.

"Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder

This was the bad apple in the bunch for me. I have never been a fan of Shakespeare and this strange story really couldn't end quick enough for me. I am sure a lot of romanticists out there will love this one but it just didn't grab me at all.

"The Other Side" by Heather Brewer

Wow! This was one short but it did have a huge twist at the end. This one led me down the wrong path and totally surprised. Loved it!

"Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine

A lovely little tale from the Morganville series. This story is told from Eve's perspective and wasn't too bad. I actually expected Eve to be totally different when it came to her point of view and thinking but she came across as pretty normal. Nice little peak into the town of vampires you just have to love.

"Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready

The best is always saved till last in an anthology and while some of the other stories in this book really did shine this one shined the most. Jeri is a wonderful storyteller and she should be proud of this little gem. Again I don't want to give anything away but love conquers all and vampires rock.

A near perfect anthology and I am definitely going to look out for more love stories with a bite. YA and the Paranormal go together so well and this anthology is proof of that. Well done!

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Nice review Amber, this one has not popped up on my book radar yet. There are some authors in there I like, so will read it someday.