The Assassin’s Apprentice by Michelle Zink: I really enjoyed this story and wished it was a full-blown novel. I really enjoyed Ms. Zink’s writing, but I did think the dialogue was too formal. But then again the formality added to the time/setting of the story, making it more believable.
Errant by Diana Peterfreund: I don’t know if it was my lack of knowledge regarding Rampant or something else, but I didn’t end up finishing it because I found the story confusing and rather boring.
The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney: I liked this story, but it felt really long to me and not in a good way. I liked the narrator, Moth, and thought Ms. Mahoney did a great job solidifying her character given the limited time/space.
Lost by Justine Musk: Overall, I thought this story was fine, but I didn’t really believe the attraction between Sasha and Haiden. But I enjoyed the writing and can’t wait to read more of Ms. Musk’s work.
The Spy Who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan: I was unfamiliar with Ms. Brennan’s writing, but I really liked it in this story. It was childish and innocent, but in a good way because it fit well with the fact that the main character is Peter Pan. 🙂 Not a much of a love story, but still enjoyable.
Dungeons of Langeais by Becca Fitzpatrick: Anything that Becca Fitzpatrick writes is sure to win my heart, especially if it’s set in the Hush, Hush world. This story focuses on Chauncey, who fans will recognize, and a certain angel also plays a part in the story. 🙂 I loved this story and so far it’s my favorite!
Behind the Red Door by Caitlin Kittredge: This is a ghost story and I really liked it! The pacing, writing, and characters were all really good. I did think, however, that the ending was rushed, but even that didn’t really bother me.
Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan: Having never read Ms. Ryan’s other books, I was confused about some of the things in the story, but overall, I really liked this. The romance was believable and a little heartbreaking.
Familiar by Michelle Rowen: I really, really liked this one! Brenda and Owen are wonderful characters and have great chemistry. The writing is good as well and I think this may be one of the best stories in the anthology!
I have four more stories to read, but due to acquiring some recent books that I’ve been dying to read, I’ve put the rest of Kiss Me Deadly on hold. I’ll post Part 2 with the remaining stories in the near future.
In general, I really like what I’ve read so far! With short stories, there’s not enough to time to really establish characters and relationships, but all these authors have done a wonderful job. I actually prefer this collection over The Eternal Kiss.
(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)