Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror
Size: 480 pages
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC from Book it Forward ARC Tours
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through Book It Forward ARC Tours. This was an excellent anthology with a lot of really great vampire stories. It is young adult, but I would recommend for older young adults because of swearing and sexuality. Most of the stories were more horror/urban fantasy than paranormal romance.
I am going to highlight some of the stories I really enjoyed, and there were a lot of them that I really enjoyed. The first story “Things to Know About Being Dead” by Genevieve Valentine, was hilarious and bittersweet; I really loved it. The title pretty much explains what the story is about. I also loved “Flying” by Delia Sherman, it was a wonderful story about young girl who is a trapeze artist with Luekemia and struggling to find a way to join the circus. “Vampire Weather” by Garth Nix was another highlight; an excellent story about a young man who lives in an almost Amish like society in a world where vampires are everyday occurrences.
Then there was “The List of Definite Ending by Cecil Castelucci” where a vampire finds a more merciful way to take her prey; this was a sweet story and well written. “Sit the Dead” by Jeffrey Ford gives us a gruesome story about recessive genetic vampirism that was interesting and action packed. “Slice of Life” by Lucius Shepard gives a look into the life of a lonely girl who is contemplating becoming a serial killer to free a vampiric friend. “Why Light?” by Tanith Lee was one of the best stories in the anthology, it was a beautiful and touching story about vampires in an arranged marriage.
There were also a number of stories in here that, while not outstanding, were very good and engaging. I have listed the complete set of stories with brief synopsis/thoughts below.
Overall if you love vampires and creative takes on vampires, I think you will love this anthology. It starts out strong, there is a bit of a lull two third’s of the way through, but it also ends strong. Give it a read is short stories and vampires are your thing.
– Things to Know about Being Bead by Genevieve Valentine: Very funny story that I enjoyed a lot. About a girl finding herself as a vampire. Bittersweet. (5/5)
– Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard: A girl who wants nothing more than a friend has to decide if she will become a serial killer to release her vampire friend from its curse. Great description, I loved the writing and really enjoyed the story.(5/5)
– My Generation by Emma Bull: An excellent poem about how a vampire views the passing generations. (4/5)
– Why Light? by Tanith Lee: Absolutely beautiful and heartwarming story about a vampire girl who is sent off for an arranged marriage. She dreads meeting the man she is forced to marry but ends up finding out that things are different than they at first seem. Absolutely wonderful writing, captivating characters and story. (5/5)