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Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (author of the #1 New York Times phenomenon House of Night series), collected dark, romantic short stories from seven of the hottest vampire writers in YA. Now Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite presents all-new YA stories featuring vampires, the romantic heroes and heroines that still hold the reading public enrapture Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (author of the #1 New York Times phenomenon House of Night series), collected dark, romantic short stories from seven of the hottest vampire writers in YA. Now Eternal: 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 book includes an original introduction by Cast.


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Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (author of the #1 New York Times phenomenon House of Night series), collected dark, romantic short stories from seven of the hottest vampire writers in YA. Now Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite presents all-new YA stories featuring vampires, the romantic heroes and heroines that still hold the reading public enrapture Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (author of the #1 New York Times phenomenon House of Night series), collected dark, romantic short stories from seven of the hottest vampire writers in YA. Now Eternal: 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 book includes an original introduction by Cast.

30 review for Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die-

    4 even vampire love can be eternal stars Here we go again with another vampire anthology, even though this genre has been used over so many times during the course that I have read my first book. I have never gotten tired of reading about it, I always seem to fall in love with each story that I read, fall in love with each character that I get introduced too, and makes me want to read it more. P.C Cast author from House of Night series comes again with some of the hottest authors of that year, 4 even vampire love can be eternal stars Here we go again with another vampire anthology, even though this genre has been used over so many times during the course that I have read my first book. I have never gotten tired of reading about it, I always seem to fall in love with each story that I read, fall in love with each character that I get introduced too, and makes me want to read it more. P.C Cast author from House of Night series comes again with some of the hottest authors of that year, (2010). Each author has their own take on what a vampire should be, some of them go back to series they have written about vampires, or even some of them delve into new setting and characters. Either way, we get to enjoy the feeling authors get when they write about something they love. You never know, you may find a story you will love for eternity. Bloodshed by Claudia Gray: 4/5 She takes us into her Evernight series, instead of Bianca as the main character she has Patrice, point of view. In the last anthology, we learn how she got turned into a vampire and now we delve into the history of how she fell in love with a mortal World War II solider. This was a very cute and sad story for Patrice, we see how she has to hold her secrets from this man and how she fills the void from her past love Amos. Patrice is my favorite character in that series beside Balthazar, and after learning about his history I thought I wouldn’t find a more heartbreaking one, but then I did in this one. I felt so bad for her because she got her life taken away from her maker and now she roams the world as a vampire, trying to find anything to make her happy. If Claudia Gray ever writes a stand-alone about Patrice, like she did for Balthazar, I would read that so fast. Say Yes by Lili St, Crow: 5/5 I have not read anything by her yet, so this was my first time and I have to say it was pretty entertaining. It’s about a girl who goes to St. Mary’s Catholic prep school, who can’t stay away from a guy that she thinks killed her best friend. This was a very weird and interesting story because there was something that started in the beginning of the story that made me confused and it took off from there. You could see the main character trying to contemplate what’s going on with her life, but also have a dangerous side coming out for this boy she never met. There was two reference of the title in this book, one from her best friend and the boy Jack. For her best friend, she still trying to get over her death but even when she is gone, she still feels like she is in her shadow, while with Jack, he can give her a new life from this tragic one. By the end of this she won’t know if she made the right choice in her new life. Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder: 3/5 This author retells the story of Romeo and Juliet but with a twist. An undead Romeo waits for his beloved Juliet for a thousand years. He thinks she will come in an incarnation in the modern time. But while he is waiting for her he is having internal problems of his own. I never really liked this story when I read it, because both of them were naive and selfish just to have love, so I didn’t really like it. But I liked that it took place in Italy and we get to see a new side of Romeo, no matter how dumb both of them were. They got a happy ending in the end. The Other Side by Heather Brewer: 5/5 This story had me shocked till the very end, I thought it was going to be a boring story about a girl and her boyfriend who get locked up to be a meal for someone, but that changed drastically and I was shocked I had to put the book down. What I liked about this story is that the main character tried everything in her will to stay alive and get out of there. She was a strong-willed person, and tried not let the fear take over. Heather Brewer did an amazing job and I really want to read her other books to see if she will be my new favorite author. Drama Queen’s Last Dance by Rachel Caine: 5/5 This short story was set in her vampire series Morganville Vampires, but unlike the other one’s I read and was really confused about, this one I understood perfectly. I think this is the first novella in between the series, and I loved it. We got to see Eve and Michael’s relationship when a new vampire comes to town and might torment their relationship. Everyone was saying to leave him alone you will get him back in two years but he might not be the same. But she never gave up and saved her boyfriend and it was really cute in what he said in the end, and now it really wants make me read the series even more now. Thief by Jeri Smith-Ready: 3/5 Last but certainly not least, this author which I read before in other anthologies (which she made me cry in one of the stories) gave another short story about a girl who lives in a gypsy community and the tradition they have. Cassie O’Riley, may be the luckiest girl in the world, when it comes to marriage she gets to marry the best man in the world, Liam Flynn. But things change when her stepdad, had different plans for her. She just wants a happy life with Liam, but something happens that could change her whole life. This was interesting and sad, because she just wanted a happy life with Liam but her new fiancé had to go ruin everything. She had to run away with a vampire version of him. I love both of these characters and what I read about the author these two characters will be in another series she has written and I want to read it now to learn more about them. “You ever have that happen where you meet someone and just--clash? We were like a gravel and cream sandwhich." "That is the weirdest thing you have ever said. I suppose you were the cream?" "Of course I was the cream. Sha."--Eve Rosser, The Drama Queen's Last Dance (Rachel Caine)”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    This review was originally posted on my blog, Mel Reviews Books Eternal is a collection of short stories that involve vampires. The stories are all different and interesting in their own right and there is plenty for everyone who likes vampires. I have reviewed each story separately. Bloodshed by Claudia Gray This is a story that belongs in the Evernight universe. Set in World War II, Bloodshed is a story about a vampire, Patrice, who is in love with a human, Charlie, who is about to be shipped off This review was originally posted on my blog, Mel Reviews Books Eternal is a collection of short stories that involve vampires. The stories are all different and interesting in their own right and there is plenty for everyone who likes vampires. I have reviewed each story separately. Bloodshed by Claudia Gray This is a story that belongs in the Evernight universe. Set in World War II, Bloodshed is a story about a vampire, Patrice, who is in love with a human, Charlie, who is about to be shipped off to fight in the war. The story deals with interesting themes such as free will, loving an illusion of someone instead of loving the actual person and whether we really know someone or not. The story also took an interesting look on how war can change people. I really enjoyed the plot of the story. It was fairly original and not at all predictable. I also enjoyed the characters, particularly Ivan, but I did find Patrice to be a little vain and annoying and at times I found Charlie had little depth. I give this story 4/5 stars. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow Straight out I need to say that this is not my type of story and I didn’t like it at all. It is about a girl who last sees her friend at a party in the company of a vampire before she is found dead. It then follows the girl as she tries to deal with it and face the killer. I did not like the writing style of the story, most of it seemed like a train of thought, with unnecessary events put in. This resulted in there being little depth to the story. I also felt very little emotion throughout reading the story, even though the plot demanded it, because it was all actions and very little thoughts. The only thing that I liked about was that the plot was interesting and there was a nice twist at the end. I also liked how the vampire was kind of shady and creepy. I give this story 2/5 stars. The Other Side – Heather Brewer This was a very interesting and original story. It started with Tarrah and her boyfriend, Corey, being trapped in a basement, and because I knew that there were vampires in this story, I thought I knew where this was going. When the monster came in and was just how you imagined a vampire to be and then takes Corey out and drains most of his blood, it cemented what I thought was going to happen. Boy was I wrong. When the monster came and collected Tarrah the biggest, most unexpected twist jumps out. I really enjoyed the plot, but I felt like the story was lacking something. I didn’t really feel anything. It should have been a terrifying story, but I didn’t feel it. I should have been sad at one point, but I wasn’t, and I felt that it might have been because I didn’t really connect with Tarrah. I found her to be annoying and whiny and she had little emotion. I was also annoyed by the romance, which I felt the story would have been better off without. It was one brilliant twist though, so I give this story 3/5 stars. Letters to Romeo – Nancy Holder I found that the plot and the setting to this story really interesting. The story follows Romeo, who was unknowingly turned into a vampire when he committed suicide, in his search for Juliet after seven hundred years. When Romeo was turned he was promised that Juliet would be brought back to him by a Friar, who just so happened to be a magician. It was definitely an interesting story. It compared how much Romeo had changed, in his bitterness of losing the love of his life to the boy who first fell in love with Juliet. It also asked some questions about how strong love is, if it is just beauty deep or does it go all the way to the heart. I really enjoyed the twist. I also really enjoyed seeing Romeo’s rage as a vampire, which made the story, and Romeo, more believable. I also liked the flash backs that were in the story that covered how Romeo was changed. It was interesting to see Romeo compare modern day lifestyle, with all its technology, to the lifestyle that he had come from. I give this story 4.5/5 stars! Drama Queen’s Last Dance – Rachel Caine This story was not what I was expecting. I expected to not like the main character and I expected that there would be a fair bit of death and destruction in this story, but there wasn’t. The story is a Morganville Vampire story and followed Eve while she dealt with a new vampire in town, who happened to be attracting every male, including Eve’s boyfriend Michael. It was a really funny story and despite what I thought I actually found myself liking Eve. She was funny and we didn’t see much of her Drama Queen side. It was good to see her mature to face the problem. I also really loved Michael and Eve’s relationship. It was so sweet and real. The only thing bad that I have to say about this story was that there was no twist, what happened was what you expected to happen. I still really enjoyed the story and found myself laughing along to it. I give it 4.5/5 stars! Thief – Jeri Smith-Ready Thief is a story set in South Carolina and follows an Irish Traveller named Mary Cassidy, or Cass. It was a really interesting setting for a story, where I learnt about a culture that I didn’t know much about. That aspect of the story really fascinated me. The story went into a little detail about the marriage customs, in particular marriage being arranged by the parents for the benefit of the family. Cass was originally betrothed to Liam, who she loves, but then circumstances changed and she was then betrothed to someone else. We then see what lengths both Cass and Liam would go for love. I really enjoyed the vampire aspect of this story, which came in late and was a little unexpected. I loved how it then caused some extra problems that had to be overcome. I really loved Cass and Liam’s romance. It was sweet and beautiful. I loved that she loved him no matter what, and that they would both do anything to be together. I give this story 4.5/5 stars. Although the ratings of the stories where from one end of the scale to the other, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was better than what I expected it to be, and I found some of the stories really interesting and amusing. Overall, I give this book a 4/5 stars! Mel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I got the book out if the library because Jeri Smith-Ready said that her story features the kids that are in her new WVMP novella Let it Bleed (available for free on her website and an important part of the WVMP series, you should get it). But I actually liked most of the stories that I read and added several of the authors' books to my to-read list, so the anthology model was largely successful again. Claudia Grey - Josephine Baker helps her? Then she runs into one of her old loves, a Russian v I got the book out if the library because Jeri Smith-Ready said that her story features the kids that are in her new WVMP novella Let it Bleed (available for free on her website and an important part of the WVMP series, you should get it). But I actually liked most of the stories that I read and added several of the authors' books to my to-read list, so the anthology model was largely successful again. Claudia Grey - Josephine Baker helps her? Then she runs into one of her old loves, a Russian vampire, outside a German concentration camp? I wanted to give a try because her books are on my to-read list, but they have such mixed reviews from my friends already, I think I just have to pass. It wasn't awful, and I like the not-too-sentimental ending actually, but I have a feeling I'm going end up sniping too much about too-convenient coincidences and other annoyances too much to make it fun. Lili St. Crow - a very good story, very complete and very compelling. For some reason I've never read her Dante Valentine stories (I even thought Dante was a guy) or her YA books. They have mixed reviews from my friends too, but based on this I definitely want to try them sooner than later. Nancy Holder - Romeo and Juliet, it was OK if you like that kind of thing. It wasn't the kind of story that intrigued me enough to want to read more of her work though. Heather Brewer - good story, good twist. It didn't have anything to do with her series, but it did remind me that I've been wanting to read it, and my friends' reviews are all excellent. Rachel Caine - I'm a fan of her Weather Warden series and it's spin off Outcast Season series, but I read the first book of the Morganville Vampire books and while I liked it, I never felt any strong desire to read any more. It's one of those series I might get to eventually but there's no rush. So I didn't read the short story because I didn't want any spoilers. I'll get the book out of the library again if I ever get into the series. Jeri Smith-Ready - as I said above, she mentioned the story in her new novella Let it Bleed because the characters in this story appear in that as well. This one comes first, so it's kind of fun if you read this first, but not necessary. It's quite a good little story, as usual from Jeri. I definitely felt for Cass with her ambitions, her love for her boyfriend and how trapped she was in this situation. The supporting characters were also sympathetic, which is petty amazing in such a short story; Liam, Bridget and Michael, as well as Gavin and even the grandmother all were really vivid. My only real argument is in her author's description - my greyhound is the goofiest greyhound in the whole world, Jeri! But yours may be second, I'll give you that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Izlinda

    Another continuation in the "Eternal" YA anthology based on vampires. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray: I read the first Evernight series a year ago, and I don't remember Patrice's character at all. However, I don't think that background is needed to enjoy this short story about Patrice and her human lover prior to his assignment to Germany during WWII. Gray skillfully fills in the blanks. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow: I like the inclusion of how the title gets picked for the short story. In movies I usu Another continuation in the "Eternal" YA anthology based on vampires. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray: I read the first Evernight series a year ago, and I don't remember Patrice's character at all. However, I don't think that background is needed to enjoy this short story about Patrice and her human lover prior to his assignment to Germany during WWII. Gray skillfully fills in the blanks. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow: I like the inclusion of how the title gets picked for the short story. In movies I usually go "OF COURSE *roll eyes*" when the title of the movie gets dropped in dialogue (Deep Blue Sea, anyone?) but I liked how St. Crow used it to garner sympathy for the narrator and her loss. Oh, and I sympathized with the narrator waking up to having her pajamas bottoms soaked through with her period blood... Seems like "tragic" is the teenage buzzword in this short story. After a while, it got to be annoying. While some cliche moments, I did like some of the imagery and motifs St. Crow uses. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder: Nancy Holder is still an iffy author for me. I found the premise of this short story intriguing (Romeo is a vampire who searched 700 years for his reincarnated Juliet) but some parts seemed a little off. The chronology of events confused me a little. It's intriguing to see that Romeo never cheated in those 7 centuries -- never kissed or were physical with another woman. Though he did kill women... "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer: Girl is kidnapped with her boyfriend, held captive by a monster. There were some moments I giggled at how over-the-top some of the language was, especially in the beginning to set the mood of horror. "sadistic chuckle" and all that... I did find it interesting. "Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine: Set in the Morganville universe, which I've never read. This story was "eh, it's okay." It's nice to see the devotion Eve has but otherwise it didn't make me go "wow." In the introduction P.C. Cast sounds a little defensive about oh, yet another vampire book? reaction from people. Also, a little over-enthused about the stories when she starts describing them. I skipped that part because I didn't want to be so turned off by her introduction that I didn't want to try out the stories. Overall the anthology was okay. Best borrowed/read free.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Casandria

    Like Immortal, this collection of vamp short stories is mixed. First, the bad: "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Again, not a fan of her writing. The narrator is a vampire lady who's been around for about 150 years, but has learned very little about reality. Here's a tip: People don't like being turned into vampires without their consent! It's a dirty trick! Mostly, she just annoyed me. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is awesome, but it's basically a reworking of another story she wrote for The Eternal Ki Like Immortal, this collection of vamp short stories is mixed. First, the bad: "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Again, not a fan of her writing. The narrator is a vampire lady who's been around for about 150 years, but has learned very little about reality. Here's a tip: People don't like being turned into vampires without their consent! It's a dirty trick! Mostly, she just annoyed me. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is awesome, but it's basically a reworking of another story she wrote for The Eternal Kiss... I loved "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer, which totally freaked me out and then had a great twist at the end. "Letters to Romeo" is about how The Romeo was actually turned into a vamp, and now stalks girls he believes are Juliet reincarnated. He's sympathetic and horrifying at the same time. My favorite story was probably "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready which manages to create such a fascinating world in a few pages that I can't even do it justice here. Suffice it to say that it involves a society of Travellers, modern day gypsies, with an impressively thorough world of rules and expectations. Very very entertaining!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)

    Another lovely anthology of paranormal romantic goodness from the best para & YA authors around, like P.C. Cast who co authored House of Night series. Devilishly dark and delicious fun; I LOVE this series of short stories; like little bite sized pieces--NOM! Lotsa romance and dark vampires, my favorite!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a decent read, I checked it out from the library and enjoyed it but wont be purchasing it for my permanent library. I've read all the morganville vampire books so I esp. liked the morganville short story. This was a decent read, I checked it out from the library and enjoyed it but wont be purchasing it for my permanent library. I've read all the morganville vampire books so I esp. liked the morganville short story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)

    I have to say I usually don't like all the stories in anthologies but I loved every one of these! Jeri Smith-Ready's Thief was my favorite :) I have to say I usually don't like all the stories in anthologies but I loved every one of these! Jeri Smith-Ready's Thief was my favorite :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Letitia

    Not as good as the last one I read, but still good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ree Lynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite is the follow up to "Immortal: Love Stories With Bite". P C Cast has gathered another group of talented authors in a collection of vampire-related stories. Claudia Gray, Rachel Caine and Nancy Holder also contributed to the first anthology, with Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer and Jeri Smith-Ready rounding out the group. The anthology opens with "Bloodshed--A Story of Evernight" by Claudia Gray. I've stated previously that I had not read the Evernight series, b Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite is the follow up to "Immortal: Love Stories With Bite". P C Cast has gathered another group of talented authors in a collection of vampire-related stories. Claudia Gray, Rachel Caine and Nancy Holder also contributed to the first anthology, with Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer and Jeri Smith-Ready rounding out the group. The anthology opens with "Bloodshed--A Story of Evernight" by Claudia Gray. I've stated previously that I had not read the Evernight series, but this second short story from the series has me curious. Patrice, from the short story in Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, is in love with a human who is being shipped overseas during WWII. She finds out that he has been captured and is being held prisoner by the Nazis. She goes to Europe to rescue him, but ends up with a lot more than she bargained for. The next story "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is a fascinating tale of a girl whose image of herself as being in the background of life leads her to take action that she seriously regrets later. She truly can't believe that she is special enough to have been chosen over her popular friends and betrays someone who could have been important to her. I'd love to see what happens to her after this story, but couldn't find any hint of a connection to this story in any of the books on Lili St. Crow's website. Although, I do think I'll be looking into adding some of her work to my to-be-read list. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder is an interesting twist to Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Romeo hasn't died, he is a vampire who has waited for 700 years for his Juliet to return to him. He believes he has found her in a 15 year old girl from Florida, whom he plans to turn in order to spend eternity with her. But, the tragedy of his tale still clings to him... Heather Brewer's "The Other Side" tells the story of Tarrah & Cody, lovers who are kidnapped and held together in a small room while awaiting their captors. The twist at the end was one I didn't see coming though, and the 'myths' mentioned in her story are really interesting. Two of my favorite authors round out the book: Rachel Caine and Jeri Smith-Ready. Rachel Caine provides another story of the Morganville vampires with "Drama Queen's Last Dance" or, as I like to think of it, All About Eve. Eve is what brought me to the Morganville vampires series, having read "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" in Many Bloody Returns. This time a new vampire in town has her sites on Michael, and Eve, despite being told by everyone that it's lost cause, is determined to break Gloriana's spell. Eve is an awesome character, strong and self-confident, but still showing some of the normal insecurities of being young. This story is a great showcase for her character. "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready has me chomping at the bit for the next WVMP book! The story introduces us to Cassie & Liam, who are "Irish Travelers" and I believe Cassie is a relative of Ciara from the WVMP series. However, as highly as I recommend the WVMP series, you don't have to have read it to enjoy Cassie's story. Cassie and Liam are engaged and inseparable. Unlike most Traveler girls, Cassie is in love with her betrothed. Her father wanted her to be happy and promised her to Liam, despite his disabilities. Unfortunately, her father is dead and her step-father is threatening to tear Cassie and Liam apart by promising her to another. Cassie is determined to be with Liam no matter what, even if it means being dead to her own family. "Thief" is listed as a tie-in story to the WVMP series on Jeri Smith-Ready's website and I can't wait to see how she and Liam fit into Lust for Life, due out in fall 2012. I've mentioned before how much I love anthologies: I get introduced to new authors that write about a subject I'm already interested in reading and I get little tidbits to tide me over until the next offering in a series I enjoy. Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite provides all of this in some really cool vampire stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Prabhu

    So this was a unique one... I usually like a good romance in the Vampire genre. But the collection of stories in this book can be termed perfectly as 'experimental'. You get a variety of themes and genres in the one book. My favourite was 'Letters to Romeo' by Nancy Holder, a spin off on Shakespeare's most famous work Romeo and Juliet. It made me cry. I would suggest you give this book a shot. The foreword by P.C. Cast, one of my all time favourite authors, is the perfect setting to these tales. A So this was a unique one... I usually like a good romance in the Vampire genre. But the collection of stories in this book can be termed perfectly as 'experimental'. You get a variety of themes and genres in the one book. My favourite was 'Letters to Romeo' by Nancy Holder, a spin off on Shakespeare's most famous work Romeo and Juliet. It made me cry. I would suggest you give this book a shot. The foreword by P.C. Cast, one of my all time favourite authors, is the perfect setting to these tales. A good book for a quick read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomasin Propson

    The collection is ok, but not my thing. 2 stars. I finished it only because I was previewing its age appropriateness for my kiddo and in these books you always wonder if the *next* story will be the good one... Heather Brewer’s “The Other Side” was the best of the bunch if you’re looking for a scary (-ish) short story. Lili St Crow’s “Say Yes” was very teen-girl murdery mystery. I’d read more of Jeri Smith-Ready; those were characters I believed. I surmise Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires seri The collection is ok, but not my thing. 2 stars. I finished it only because I was previewing its age appropriateness for my kiddo and in these books you always wonder if the *next* story will be the good one... Heather Brewer’s “The Other Side” was the best of the bunch if you’re looking for a scary (-ish) short story. Lili St Crow’s “Say Yes” was very teen-girl murdery mystery. I’d read more of Jeri Smith-Ready; those were characters I believed. I surmise Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is a favorite of others, but I was not captured by this particular short.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel Lederhause

    There was only one story I personally didnt care for but overall it was a good book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    H.M. Gooden

    A quick read with a few interesting twists on the vampire theme. A few were so poignant I will remember them for a long time to come, while others provided a quick and enjoyable read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    In my review for the companion anthology, Immortal, I said I wanted more anthologies of this kind in the future. Young Adult Paranormal Romance stories these may be, but they're dark and tinted with a reality I appreciate. Love doesn't conquer everything in these stories. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray Set in her Evernight Universe Its a good idea to have read "Free" in Immortal because a lot of Patrice's actions are a direct consequence to the tragedy in that story. Patrice is probably one of my fav In my review for the companion anthology, Immortal, I said I wanted more anthologies of this kind in the future. Young Adult Paranormal Romance stories these may be, but they're dark and tinted with a reality I appreciate. Love doesn't conquer everything in these stories. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray Set in her Evernight Universe Its a good idea to have read "Free" in Immortal because a lot of Patrice's actions are a direct consequence to the tragedy in that story. Patrice is probably one of my favorite characters in Evernight, especially now that we've been given a more in depth look into her past. The story was touching and heartbreaking, but it made me want to read more about the consequences of her actions this time around. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow I'm fairly certain the name of the main character isn't mentioned in this story, not once. Its told from her POV, but it felt weird trying to put a name to her when writing this review. Lifestyles of the idle and rich teens of America, if you've ever seen the movie Clueless than what these girls (and guys) get up to shouldn't be a surprise. I was a little confused, near the end when the MC meets up with Jack again and what's done is done, with the implication on the newscast. I would like to see what happens to the MC in the future, but far as I can tell this has no connection to her Strange Angel series of books. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder Oh Romeo, who I have said on many an occasion is the original 'emo' boy. This was an odd story, maybe more so because it didn't end like I thought it would. More than anything I felt bad for 'Juliet'. I do wonder what it must be like, 700 years he remained loyal to his 'wife', loyal to the love they shared. If nothing else this should shush the naysayers who the think their love was less true because they were so young. In the end though I didn't enjoy this until the ending, when everyone did what was right finally. "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer Score one for Brewer she had me blinking at the ending. Then re-reading it and then just staring. Unfortunately I didn't like how the story played out. It was kind of melodramatic and given over to sentimental moments. I haven't read Brewer before, though her Vladimir Tod series has always interested me, so I can't say if this is how she ordinarily writes or not. The ending intrigued me however and I want to read more about a world where they are considered 'myths'. "Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine Set in her Morganville Vampires Universe Told from Eve's POV, it was interesting to see Eve act the adult. When Oliver said "Love is rarely that simple...or painless." I felt that sort of summed up the Morganville series in general. No one has an easy time of love in this series. Ever. And though this series tops my top 5 series to read and love, I'm not fond of Eve's style of narration. Its blunt and sharp, like she is, which is fine when its from Claire's POV, but from hers it begins to grate pretty swiftly. The rival, Gloriana, I'm guessing will be a player in the new story arc of the series, and apparently it worries Oliver. I wonder at Oliver's great sadness though and hope we get a short story about his past at some point. And more Myrnin being in the story and not just mentioned is always appreciated (another reason I love Claire's POV). "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready A heartbreaking story of what love can transcend. Oh Jeri, if I didn't already love your writing this would make me do so. Its tender and brutal and makes you wonder what happens next. I wonder why Brendan thought it would be better for the community and why Mary's mother wanted better for her daughter, but wouldn't fight for it. Why go to all that trouble and then roll over? And I certainly hope that Gavin gets what's coming to him. Why were the boys so scared of Brendan? It sounded like the community's justice was ample times worse. Here's hoping there's more stories in this world sometime! Like the first anthology this story was a lot of heart break and sadness, but equally powerful. Oliver definitely said it best--love isn't simple or painless. It requires sacrifice and knowing yourself, something all these stories had in common.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As the introduction by P.C. Cast stated, the market is awash with vampire books, many good any many not so good. While vampire stories aren't really my "thing", if you would like to take a dip in that pool, this anthology could be a way to start. Now, down to the nitty gritty (overall): The good thing about this book is that it is an anthology. You get to read 6 different stories by 6 different authors that you might not have picked off the bookshelf at your local bookstore. Its a way to get a fe As the introduction by P.C. Cast stated, the market is awash with vampire books, many good any many not so good. While vampire stories aren't really my "thing", if you would like to take a dip in that pool, this anthology could be a way to start. Now, down to the nitty gritty (overall): The good thing about this book is that it is an anthology. You get to read 6 different stories by 6 different authors that you might not have picked off the bookshelf at your local bookstore. Its a way to get a feel for their writing style and see if you want to try out one of their full length books. The bad thing about this book is that it is an anthology. Wait...didn't I just say that was a good thing? I did, but its also a bad thing because you only get a taste and then the story is over. The characters aren't developed and the stories aren't fleshed out. The stories start, introduce you to a character, hope you like them, have a problem, and solve it all nice and neat in about 30 pages or less. Each story: The first story is Bloodshed by Claudia Gray. This is probably the story with the most character development. You meet Patrice, she goes through some emotional growth, gets her heart broken, and then its over. Her love interest does a complete about-face, and that is disappointing, and we are introduced to a former lover who is just kind of there. If I came across another book by this author, I would probably pick up to see if it was just that this was a short story that made it "eh". The next story was Say Yes by Lili St. Crow. I didn't like this one at all. In a short story, the author has to make you care about the character in a short amount of space, but all I really cared about was finishing the story. The main character (whose name escapes me) is a teenage girl who goes to a private school. She goes to a party with her BFF, the BFF meets a guy, tells the girl to leave, and is then found murdered. Shocker, everyone thinks its the guy the girl met at the party. The main girl meets him later on, he turns her into a vampire, she stakes him through the heart, and then its blasted on the news that some other guy killed her friend. The third story was Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder, a twist on the Romeo and Juliet saga that we all know, however, in this story, Romeo is a vampire, waiting for his Juliet to be reincarnated. He thinks he finds her in a 15 year old girl (EW---when is mating with a 15 year old ok? NEVER!) and prepares to change her. Turns out she isn't as interested in him as he is in her and she isn't the "real" Juliet. The fourth story is The Other Side by Heather Brewer, was a twist on the normal vampire stories. The characters are kidnapped and chained in a basement, when the kidnapper comes and takes the boy, and its implied that his blood was drained before he was brought back. Then the girl is taken, but it turns out that the boy and girl are vampires and the kidnappers are human. The fifth story is Drama Queen's Last Dance by Rachel Caine and is set in a West Texas town where vampires and humans coexist in harmony. The self-proclaimed Drama Queen is Eve, the main character, a goth chick (but just for the fashions) who is dating a vampire rocker, Michael. A hot new vampire blows into town and decides she wants Michael to be her boytoy. Eve does what most females do when confronted with this situation and throws a hissy, but gets her man. The last book is Thief by Jeri Smith-Ready, about a group of gypsy vampires and the strict rules they live by. Add in some star-crossed lovers, a double-crossing stepfather, a fight, and a boy being changed from a mortal into a vampire to save his life, and you have Thief. Like I said, anthologies aren't my thing, but that doesn't mean that I won't sit down and read one if its well written, the stories are good, and the characters are relatable. If I may give my personal opinion, this anthology didn't meet those criteria for me. For you, maybe. And thats why I gave it 3 stars, because even though it may not be my cup of tea (for which I would give it a 2), but it might be someone else's (so, I added a point)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite is the follow up to yesterday's review of Immortal: Love Stories With Bite. P C Cast has gathered another group of talented authors in a collection of vampire-related stories. Claudia Gray, Rachel Caine and Nancy Holder also contributed to the first anthology, with Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer and Jeri Smith-Ready rounding out the group. The anthology opens with "Bloodshed--A Story of Evernight" by Claudia Gray. I've stated previously that I had not read the Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite is the follow up to yesterday's review of Immortal: Love Stories With Bite. P C Cast has gathered another group of talented authors in a collection of vampire-related stories. Claudia Gray, Rachel Caine and Nancy Holder also contributed to the first anthology, with Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer and Jeri Smith-Ready rounding out the group. The anthology opens with "Bloodshed--A Story of Evernight" by Claudia Gray. I've stated previously that I had not read the Evernight series, but this second short story from the series has me curious. Patrice, from the short story in Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, is in love with a human who is being shipped overseas during WWII. She finds out that he has been captured and is being held prisoner by the Nazis. She goes to Europe to rescue him, but ends up with a lot more than she bargained for. The next story "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is a fascinating tale of a girl whose image of herself as being in the background of life leads her to take action that she seriously regrets later. She truly can't believe that she is special enough to have been chosen over her popular friends and betrays someone who could have been important to her. I'd love to see what happens to her after this story, but couldn't find any hint of a connection to this story in any of the books on Lili St. Crow's website. Although, I do think I'll be looking into adding some of her work to my to-be-read list. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder is an interesting twist to Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Romeo hasn't died, he is a vampire who has waited for 700 years for his Juliet to return to him. He believes he has found her in a 15 year old girl from Florida, whom he plans to turn in order to spend eternity with her. But, the tragedy of his tale still clings to him... Heather Brewer's "The Other Side" tells the story of Tarrah & Cody, lovers who are kidnapped and held together in a small room while awaiting their captors. The twist at the end was one I didn't see coming though, and the 'myths' mentioned in her story are really interesting. Two of my favorite authors round out the book: Rachel Caine and Jeri Smith-Ready. Rachel Caine provides another story of the Morganville vampires with "Drama Queen's Last Dance" or, as I like to think of it, All About Eve. Eve is what brought me to the Morganville vampires series, having read "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" in Many Bloody Returns. This time a new vampire in town has her sites on Michael, and Eve, despite being told by everyone that it's lost cause, is determined to break Gloriana's spell. Eve is an awesome character, strong and self-confident, but still showing some of the normal insecurities of being young. This story is a great showcase for her character. "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready has me chomping at the bit for the next WVMP book! The story introduces us to Cassie & Liam, who are "Irish Travelers" and I believe Cassie is a relative of Ciara from the WVMP series. However, as highly as I recommend the WVMP series, you don't have to have read it to enjoy Cassie's story. Cassie and Liam are engaged and inseparable. Unlike most Traveler girls, Cassie is in love with her betrothed. Her father wanted her to be happy and promised her to Liam, despite his disabilities. Unfortunately, her father is dead and her step-father is threatening to tear Cassie and Liam apart by promising her to another. Cassie is determined to be with Liam no matter what, even if it means being dead to her own family. "Thief" is listed as a tie-in story to the WVMP series on Jeri Smith-Ready's website and I can't wait to see how she and Liam fit into Lust for Life, due out in fall 2012. I've mentioned before how much I love anthologies: I get introduced to new authors that write about a subject I'm already interested in reading and I get little tidbits to tide me over until the next offering in a series I enjoy. Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite provides all of this in some really cool vampire stories :) Follow my reviews at readerbarbara dot blogspot dot com

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    One story gives good bite while others only nibble As a follow-up to her first young adult anthology, editor P.C. Cast brings together six more short stories of vampire romance in Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite from some of the most popular young adult paranormal authors today, including Claudia Gray, Lili St. Crow, Nancy Holder, Heather Brewer, Rachel Caine, and Jeri Smith-Ready. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray - Like her contribution in the first anthology, Gray uses her tale to provide back s One story gives good bite while others only nibble As a follow-up to her first young adult anthology, editor P.C. Cast brings together six more short stories of vampire romance in Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite from some of the most popular young adult paranormal authors today, including Claudia Gray, Lili St. Crow, Nancy Holder, Heather Brewer, Rachel Caine, and Jeri Smith-Ready. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray - Like her contribution in the first anthology, Gray uses her tale to provide back story about the trials of love and vampirism that Patrice (of her Evernight series) has endured before the present day. I liked the war theme and the return of Patrice but it wasn't overwhelming. 3/5 "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow - This story employs a gritty and vulgar style reminiscent of Holly Black to examine what can go terribly wrong at a drunken teen party where darker forces lurk. Though chilling, the tale lacked any romance or love, though the anthology's name suggests that readers should expect otherwise. 3/5 "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder - In an interesting reconception of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo has been pining away for his lost love for 700 years and thinks he has found her in a modern girl. While the potential was there, a rushed and unexpected ending and a lack of connection with the vampire Romeo left me unmoved. 2/5 "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer - Unrelated to her Vladimir Tod world, this story details what happens to two teen lovers who wake up in a dark cell to find themselves bound and being drained of their blood. The story was set up well to make the twist surprising, but it didn't move it past being merely interesting. 3/5 "Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine - Set in Caine's Morganville Vampires universe, this story details Eve's fight to keep Michael's affection when a sultry vamp shows up in town. Because it was set in an established world, little work was done to build the characters or their relationships, and I didn't like the voice or style. 2/5 "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready - By far the best story in the bunch, "Thief" draws readers into a world where Travelers steal to make a living and old-school betrothals still happen, despite the power of real love to insist otherwise. This story created a fascinating world and endearing, sympathetic characters quickly and effectively; I would love to read more set in this universe. 4.5/5 While I enjoy short story anthologies and the opportunity they present to sample multiple authors, ETERNAL: MORE LOVE STORIES WITH BITE didn't have anything to make it stand out from similar books. Only one story ("Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready) really stuck with me and the rest were interesting but not memorable. In addition, this book had only six stories, two fewer than its predecessor, and it wasted space on another rambling and patronizing introduction from Cast. If you're willing to branch out into other paranormal creatures in search of a good anthology, I would heartily recommend Love Is Hell instead.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margot

    Rating: 3 stars List of short stories featured Bloodshed by Claudia Gray - 3.5 stars Sequel to the short story "Free", from the anthology Immortal. It's Word War II and Patrice goes to the Europe to save her love interest. I liked Free better, there was more action in it. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow - 3.5 stars This one is similar to another short written by St. Crow (Ambition, from The Eternal Kiss), only in Say Yes the MC is a rich kid, her father is a lawyer, her best friend dies, and the Rating: 3 stars List of short stories featured Bloodshed by Claudia Gray - 3.5 stars Sequel to the short story "Free", from the anthology Immortal. It's Word War II and Patrice goes to the Europe to save her love interest. I liked Free better, there was more action in it. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow - 3.5 stars This one is similar to another short written by St. Crow (Ambition, from The Eternal Kiss), only in Say Yes the MC is a rich kid, her father is a lawyer, her best friend dies, and the guy is indeed a vamp (whereas in Ambition the MC is poor, her father sort-of-an-unemployed-drunk, her rich friend is still alive, and you can't be sure if the guy is a vampire or something else). Neither has much of a closure, but if you disconsider that, they were entertaining. Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder - 2.5 stars Romeo is a 700-hundred years vamp and believes he found the reincarnation of Juliet in Florida and is going to turn her into one of his kind. Romeo wasn't likeable at all and the ending was rather predictable. The Other Side by Heather Brewer - 2.5 stars Tarrah and her boyfriend, Cory, find themselves handcuffed in a dark room, and a beast is there to use them for only-god-knows-what. Nice twist at the end, though I saw it coming. Drama Queen's Last Dance by Rachel Caine - 2.5 stars A new female vampire, Gloriana, arrives at Morganville and all guys seems to be enthralled by her, but Eve's not willing to let her take her vampire boyfriend, Michael, too, so easily. Entertaining but the end was a bit gooey. Thief by Jeri Smith-Ready - 4 stars Cass and her fiancé, Liam, must fight for their love after her stepfather Brendan decides to break his promise and choose to marry her to Gavin, whom she dislikes. Probably the best short story in this anthology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite is a YA Paranormal Anthology. Drama Queen's Last Dance is book 9.5 in The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine. This story is told from Eve's point of view. In this story, Gloriana arrives in town and shows interest in Michael. She follows him home and has him open up about his concerns in biting Eve when they're making love. Eve's appalled that he would discuss something so private with a stranger, a really hot vampire stranger. When they're invited to Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite is a YA Paranormal Anthology. Drama Queen's Last Dance is book 9.5 in The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine. This story is told from Eve's point of view. In this story, Gloriana arrives in town and shows interest in Michael. She follows him home and has him open up about his concerns in biting Eve when they're making love. Eve's appalled that he would discuss something so private with a stranger, a really hot vampire stranger. When they're invited to her welcoming ball, the Glass house gets fancy and attends in style. Michael confesses that there's something not right with Glory, that he can feel her calling him. Eve notices the other male guests having the same affect around Glory. When she spots Michael, Glory asks him to escort her on the dance floor and even though he's physically trying to say no, he can't. He wants to go with her, please her, and is soothed by her presence. Eve tells Oliver he's dancing with her and is surprised by his dancing form. Oliver explains that Glory has Glamour that works on both human and vamp, more than the average vampire. He explains that it can't be stopped. When Glory begins to leave with Michael, Eve chases after them and asks Michael if he wants to go. He struggles and with great difficulty says that he's with Eve and wants to be with her. Glory seems shocked by his comment and just when she's about to force the situation, Amelie arrives and asks Glory to return to the many men awaiting her return. Glory leaves and Michael clings to Eve. He's panicked and struggling with what was done to him. He tells her he loves her and asks her to marry him. She says yes and then tells Michael that he can bite her. She knows its something he wants and she wants him to have it. I enjoyed this story, but not as much as the others. I like Eve, but she's my least favourite in the Glass House Group.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Originally, I was going to rate this lower because I was really unimpressed with the first half of the book. The second half, particularly the last 2 stories, raised my rating. Claudia Gray's Bloodshed follows Patrice from the Evernight series. I didn't remember Patrice, besides the name being familiar, and I was unimpressed with the story. There really wasn't any action and it ended pretty suddenly. Lili St. Crow's Say Yes I was really looking forward to. A girl can't seem to stay away from the v Originally, I was going to rate this lower because I was really unimpressed with the first half of the book. The second half, particularly the last 2 stories, raised my rating. Claudia Gray's Bloodshed follows Patrice from the Evernight series. I didn't remember Patrice, besides the name being familiar, and I was unimpressed with the story. There really wasn't any action and it ended pretty suddenly. Lili St. Crow's Say Yes I was really looking forward to. A girl can't seem to stay away from the vampire that killed her best friend. Unfortunately, it pretty much sucked (no pun intended). I was constantly lost and the action seemed spontaneous, like there was no reason for things to happen. They just...did. Letters To Romeo by Nancy Holder I was a little nervous about. In my experience, Holder has butchered stories I thought I was going to love. And that's pretty much what she did with this one. I didn't know Heather Brewer, but her The Other Side was actually pretty good. Until the end, where I got confused again, but I can overlook that a little. Everything else was pretty cool. I liked the characters. I'm a huge Rachel Caine fan, so Drama Queen's Last Dance, told from Eve's point of view (from the Morganville series), was the one I really wanted to read. When a new vamp comes to town and zeroes in on Michael, Eve has to fight to keep him. You just can't go wrong with Eve and Michael. Finally, we finished with Jeri Smith-Ready's Thief, which was my favorite of the lot. Cass is a gypsy caught between what her family wants and what she wants. It was so cute I wanted to read more of it. It was wrapped in a pretty bow and ended with a solid finish. If only all the others would have been as good as this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    Not to argue with P.C. Cast, but vampires stories can be a bit stale at times. Nevertheless, this anthology was a fun read overall. **3 1/2 stars** Bloodshed by Claudia Gray * * * * I enjoy the Evernight series somewhat (especially the first book). Naturally, I enjoyed this interesting side tale giving part of the story for a couple lesser characters (especially Ivan). It didn’t hurt that the story was set during World War II. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow * * * * This story was a little less predictab Not to argue with P.C. Cast, but vampires stories can be a bit stale at times. Nevertheless, this anthology was a fun read overall. **3 1/2 stars** Bloodshed by Claudia Gray * * * * I enjoy the Evernight series somewhat (especially the first book). Naturally, I enjoyed this interesting side tale giving part of the story for a couple lesser characters (especially Ivan). It didn’t hurt that the story was set during World War II. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow * * * * This story was a little less predictable than expected. The author kept me slightly off balance the whole time. The main character is drawn to the boy she suspects of murdering her best friend. I want more of this story! Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder * * * I can always expect something a little different (and fun) from Nancy Holder, and this story was no exception. A very intriguing epilogue to Romeo and Juliet… …with vampires! The Other Side by Heather Brewer * * * * This is just your typical boy & girl kidnapped and held in basement story – with vampires! :) The story was fun, and I want more from the author (even though her main series does not look much like my standard fare). Drama Queen’s Last Dance by Rachel Caine * * * The aforementioned dance is thrown in the honor of a “new” vampire returning to Morganville. I have already mentioned that I am not the biggest fan of Rachel Caine and her Morganville series, but this story wasn’t bad… Thief by Jeri Smith-Ready * * * I believe this is the first combination Travellers/Vampires story that I have come across. I tend to greatly prefer gypsies to travellers. Still, this story was interesting!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marlee

    i loved Eternal, but not as much as the first one. The stories were still amazing and creative though and the characters were interesting and there were some amazing plot twists! Again, P.C Cast wrote an amazing introduction, which shed new light on what it is like to be an author, and how books shouldn't be judged based on what they are about. Again, Claudia Gray delivered an amazing story with "Bloodshed", which delved more into Patrice's history! I loved it and now cannot wait to read Evernight i loved Eternal, but not as much as the first one. The stories were still amazing and creative though and the characters were interesting and there were some amazing plot twists! Again, P.C Cast wrote an amazing introduction, which shed new light on what it is like to be an author, and how books shouldn't be judged based on what they are about. Again, Claudia Gray delivered an amazing story with "Bloodshed", which delved more into Patrice's history! I loved it and now cannot wait to read Evernight! "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow was so intense! I didn't know what was going to happen next throughout the story, which kept me on the edge of my seat! Nancy Holder's "Letters To Romeo" was a nice original, and scary take on Shakespeare's classic! I didn't enjoy this story as much as I would have liked, but there were still some great aspects to the story that I really enjoyed! "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer. Plot twist! I did not see that ending coming, and was so shocked! Fantastic! I felt the fear of the lead characters and was completely immersed in the story from start till end! I loved Rachel Caine's "Drama Queen's Last Dance", it gave more insight into the other characters of the series that "Dead Man Stalking" from Immortal did not. It was great and I can't wait to read the Morganville Vampires! And "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready. I found this story interesting, but again I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. There were good characters that had interesting stories, but overall just wasn't that good of a novel...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorre

    Bloodshed Claudia Gray It's WWII and vampire Patrice falls in love with a young man who's about to go off to war. Not a bad story but the action lacked a bit of oomph and I didn't really connect with Patrice. 3 stars Say Yes Lili St. Crow This story was so boring I had a hard time finishing it. I had Lili St. Crow on my tbr list with a few series but after reading this boring and poorly written story I have no desire to read anything more from this author. 1 stars Letters to Romeo Nancy Holder Intere Bloodshed Claudia Gray It's WWII and vampire Patrice falls in love with a young man who's about to go off to war. Not a bad story but the action lacked a bit of oomph and I didn't really connect with Patrice. 3 stars Say Yes Lili St. Crow This story was so boring I had a hard time finishing it. I had Lili St. Crow on my tbr list with a few series but after reading this boring and poorly written story I have no desire to read anything more from this author. 1 stars Letters to Romeo Nancy Holder Interesting Romeo & Julliet story... Romeo is a 700 year old vampire and he is looking for the reincarnation of his beloved Julliet. The story was entertaining but the writing was a bit stiff. 3 stars The Other Side Heather Brewer A nice vampire story with a very unexpected twist at the end. 4 stars Drama Queen's Last Dance (Morganville 9.5) by Rachel Caine A short story told in Eve's POV, which I love! There's a new vamp in town and she has set her sights on Michael... but Eve isn't about to let go of Michael without a fight! 5 stars Thief Jeri Smith-Ready This story is a love story with a vampire twist set in an Irish Traveler community. I really liked Cass and Liam and the setting of Irish Travelers, with their own traditions and way of life, was original. 5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    This is actually a 3.5 star book for me... Goodreads, why oh why don't you allow half stars in your ratings? Bloodshed by Claudia Grey - Even though I have never read her Evernight Series, I did really enjoy this story. Enough to make me want to check out the series. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow - This story was ok, a bit predictable. Not one of my favorites in this anthology. Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder - A different take on the Romeo/Juliet story... continuing after their death. It is an inter This is actually a 3.5 star book for me... Goodreads, why oh why don't you allow half stars in your ratings? Bloodshed by Claudia Grey - Even though I have never read her Evernight Series, I did really enjoy this story. Enough to make me want to check out the series. Say Yes by Lili St. Crow - This story was ok, a bit predictable. Not one of my favorites in this anthology. Letters to Romeo by Nancy Holder - A different take on the Romeo/Juliet story... continuing after their death. It is an interesting story. The Other Side by Heather Brewer - I did really like this story. It has a bit of a twist to it that I eventually figured out, but not even until almost the very end. Well written, and keeps the reader guessing. And, is should come to no surprise for those of you who know me, my two favorites in the book: Drama Queen's Last Dance by Rachel Caine - A side story focused mostly on Eve and Michael. I loved it. I love when Caine writes for anthologies using her Morganville world. It gives the reader a peek into other things happening in and around Morganville, that don't make it into her series books. Thief by Jeri Smith-Ready - A short story introducing us to characters who will make an appearance in the next WVMP book. I can't wait to see how they figure into the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monster

    This second anthology edited by P.C. Cast has more of the vampire romance stories we love. Authors Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray and Nancy Holder make a second appearance in this anthology and are accompanied by Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer, and Jeri Smith-Ready, all highly praised and sought after writers. A personal favorite in the collection is Nancy Holder’s “Letters to Romeo,” which reinvents the ultimate tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by giving Romeo eternal life as a vampire waiting for his fa This second anthology edited by P.C. Cast has more of the vampire romance stories we love. Authors Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray and Nancy Holder make a second appearance in this anthology and are accompanied by Lili St. Crow, Heather Brewer, and Jeri Smith-Ready, all highly praised and sought after writers. A personal favorite in the collection is Nancy Holder’s “Letters to Romeo,” which reinvents the ultimate tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by giving Romeo eternal life as a vampire waiting for his fair Juliet to return to him. Also of note is Heather Brewer’s tale “The Other Side.” In Brewer’s frightening story, Tarrah and her boyfriend Corey have been kidnapped, shackled, and thrown into a dungeon to await their terrifying fates at the hands of an unknown creature; but who in this story is the real monster? In Eternal, Cast has put together another winning anthology with six beautifully dark tales of unrequited love and her own wonderfully written introduction. Fans of Cast, any of the other authors, or of the vampire subgenre as a whole will surely enjoy this anthology. Highly recommended for public or school libraries in the young adult fiction collection. This is a young adult title that would work well for age ranges of 14-18, but adult readers who enjoy vampire romances would also enjoy this title. Contains: Not applicable Reviewed by: Kelly Fann

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheppard Memorial Library

    Like Immortal, this collection of vamp short stories is mixed. First, the bad: "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Again, not a fan of her writing. The narrator is a vampire lady who's been around for about 150 years, but has learned very little about reality. Here's a tip: People don't like being turned into vampires without their consent! It's a dirty trick! Mostly, she just annoyed me. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is awesome, but it's basically a reworking of another story she wrote for The Eternal Ki Like Immortal, this collection of vamp short stories is mixed. First, the bad: "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Again, not a fan of her writing. The narrator is a vampire lady who's been around for about 150 years, but has learned very little about reality. Here's a tip: People don't like being turned into vampires without their consent! It's a dirty trick! Mostly, she just annoyed me. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow is awesome, but it's basically a reworking of another story she wrote for The Eternal Kiss... I loved "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer, which totally freaked me out and then had a great twist at the end. "Letters to Romeo" is about how The Romeo was actually turned into a vamp, and now stalks girls he believes are Juliet reincarnated. He's sympathetic and horrifying at the same time. My favorite story was probably "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready which manages to create such a fascinating world in a few pages that I can't even do it justice here. Suffice it to say that it involves a society of Travellers, modern day gypsies, with an impressively thorough world of rules and expectations. Very very entertaining!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beth Dufraine

    "Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite" Anthology of six vampire stories; there was a little something for everyone. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Interesting story, but not overly stimulating/exciting. Still, I might give the "Evernight" series a go. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow I didn't really care for this one too much. It wasn't a bad story, it just had a "choppy" feel to it. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder This was an interesting take on Romeo and Juliet, vampires in modern times. "The Other Side" b "Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite" Anthology of six vampire stories; there was a little something for everyone. "Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Interesting story, but not overly stimulating/exciting. Still, I might give the "Evernight" series a go. "Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow I didn't really care for this one too much. It wasn't a bad story, it just had a "choppy" feel to it. "Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder This was an interesting take on Romeo and Juliet, vampires in modern times. "The Other Side" by Heather Brewer Awesome! I loved this one, especially the surprising twist ending :) I definitely will look into what else she's written. "Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine This one was really good too. The Morganville Vampire's are an interesting bunch and I'd definitely like to read more about them. It gave me a "Wisteria Lane"/"The Gates" feel to it. "Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready I may have to look into the "WVMP" series. Cassie & Liam's story was pretty darn good. I'd like to know what happens next with them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review is based only on the following stories. Claudia Gray – I liked this one set in the Evernight world. I haven’t always liked Patrice, but this little short made me like her better, made me hope things would work out for her, even though I didn’t think it would. I would love to know if Patrice ever met up with her love again. Lili St. Crow – This one was just odd for me, probably the weakest in the bunch. Rachel Caine – I always love seeing Eve getting worked up and with this story she had This review is based only on the following stories. Claudia Gray – I liked this one set in the Evernight world. I haven’t always liked Patrice, but this little short made me like her better, made me hope things would work out for her, even though I didn’t think it would. I would love to know if Patrice ever met up with her love again. Lili St. Crow – This one was just odd for me, probably the weakest in the bunch. Rachel Caine – I always love seeing Eve getting worked up and with this story she had reason to. I was glad that in the end Eve showed she wasn’t prey. Jeri Smith-Ready – I hated what happened to Cassidy in this one. I especially hated it because of who caused the harm and why. I really liked the Traveler aspect and hope that these characters show up in her vamp series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is really a 4.5 star read. Sure wish GR would get the 1/2 star capability! There really wasn't a bad story in the whole book, though I liked Heather Brewer's story the least. Loved Rachel Caine's Morganville story about Eve & Michael, but I'm a Morganville junkie anyway. Jeri Smith-Ready has quickly become one of my favorite UF authors and she didn't disappoint with her story. Claudia Gray's story about Patrice was excellent and I don't really care for Lili St. Crow, but I even liked her st This is really a 4.5 star read. Sure wish GR would get the 1/2 star capability! There really wasn't a bad story in the whole book, though I liked Heather Brewer's story the least. Loved Rachel Caine's Morganville story about Eve & Michael, but I'm a Morganville junkie anyway. Jeri Smith-Ready has quickly become one of my favorite UF authors and she didn't disappoint with her story. Claudia Gray's story about Patrice was excellent and I don't really care for Lili St. Crow, but I even liked her story. I've just gotten started with Nancy Holder's YA UF stuff and her story was good. After a wave of truly so-so UF anthologies, it's really nice to find a collection that I can recommend to anyone!

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