The Eternal Kiss, edited by Trisha Telep (RP Teens, 2009)

In this all-new anthology of vampire stories, fourteen authors explore the dangerous relationship between blood and desire, looking at how the romanticized undead interact with their victims, prey, and lovers. Among the stronger stories are Maria Snyder’s “Sword Point,” Holly Black’s “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown,” and Libba Bray’s “The Thirteenth Step.” Rachel Caine’s “All Hallows” offers another entry in her Morganville Vampires series, and Cecil Castellucci’s “Wet Teeth” is bound to leave readers somewhat disquieted. “Passing,” by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, feels like the start of something larger, as does Dina James’ “All Wounds.” With authors such as Cassandra Clare, Kelley Armstrong, and Sarah Rees Brennan contributing, there’s plenty to appeal to vampire fans, especially the Twilight crowd. There’s no real weak link in this anthology, and it’s more enjoyable than not.

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