Author: Kristen Cast, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Francesca Lia Block
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: August 16, 2010
Series: The Hell Collections
Truly, Madly, Undead-lyThis irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors—Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson NoËl (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead).
From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her to the legendary romance of two immortals whose love compels them to risk everything, this heart-pounding collection brings new meaning to the words "love you forever." Whether you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the beautiful undead.
OK, so when I first heard of this book, I was ecstatic. I had heard of and loved four of the five authors (Kristen Cast, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong and Richelle Mead) that had short stories in this book. The only author I hadn't heard of was Francesca Lia Block and so I though 'Hey maybe I'll end up loving her writing and I'll want to pick up one of her books.'. Man oh man, I couldn't have been wronger. But that's that for now. Below I'll break it apart by each short story in the order that they happen.
Sunshine by Richelle Mead 5/5
OK as this was the first story in this book and I had just finished Vampire Academy and loved it, I had very high expectations for Richelle to live up to. And without a doubt, she met and surpassed all my expectations greatly. In fact this might have been my favorite story in the whole book. I love how in the story, all the same elements (like the Strigoi and Moroi, etc.) were used in the story in a way that wouldn't be hard to figure out if you have not yet read the Vampire Academy series (which you should!) but also in a way that was great for those of us who have read the books and maybe wanted some other stories from the world that Richelle built in Vampire Academy. All and all this story was great and now I can't wait to go read more Richelle Mead books because of it.
Bring Me To Life by Alyson Noel 3.5/5
This story was good for a short story, but nothing compared to Richelle's story. But for a short story it was pretty darn good, as it took you for the full ride and it didn't feel like one of those one chapter previews you can find on a lot of authors sites. But my only problem with this story is that it, because it's a short story, seems to almost skip half the story because it starts out like a regular novel but them it almost seems too condensed for my liking. It seemed to kind of become a summary of a book not really a short story. Though I did like the idea of the story and how it ended surprised me but it just wasn't what I hoped for especially right after Sunshine.
Above by Kristen Cast 1/5
I don't like poetry. This story was just too much like poetry for my liking. But for those of you who like poetry, I'mm sure you'll love this one. It just wasn't for me.
Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong 4/5
This story was good but it left you hanging. It makes you yearn for more. Don't get me wrong, I love when a story does that and you count down until the next one comes out. But the problem here is that there won't be another story or book. That was it. Though I absolutely adored Neil and his nerdy-ness and hated Chad from the start, Katiana made a good protagonist and altogether is wasn't a bad story, it was short and to the point but the author was able to make you feel emotions towards the characters in such a short time. That's a skill.
Lilith by Francesca Lia Block 2/5
I didn't really understand what the author was trying to get through here. I didn't understand why Lilith left and it was just OK to me.