Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Love Is Hell



Love is Hell
by: Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin, Laurie Faria Stolarz

# of pages: 272
age range: 13+

Sure, love is hell. But it's totally worth it.

In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers—Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)—love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.

From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.

Since the book description doesn't really give much of an actual description of each of the short stories, what I'll do is describe each story then review it.

Okay, the first story was Sleeping with the Spirit by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I would give this story a 4/5. It was about a girl who has a little bit of clairvoyance and she moved into a - you guessed it - haunted house. The girl falls in love with the ghost who needs her to help him move on. The ending was bittersweet because obviously you can't stay together with a ghost, especially since the ghost doesn't age, but the story was cute.

The second story was called Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld. Now I would have given his story a 5/5 because I really like it, but I have to give it a 4/5 for a few minor reasons. The story was in the future - no surprise there - and it it was about two teens who had to do a project for one of their history classes, basically they had to get something that is totally common for normal 21st century people, like a cold. One of the two characters, Maria, gets her emotion control turned off, so she starts to get angry, crazy, annoyed, etc. The other character, Kieren, get his sleep control turned off and he discovers dreams. So they fall in love, the end. It was a great story but readers didn't really know i t was the future at first so that was a little confusing.

The third story was called, Thinner than Water by Justine Larbalestier, who is married to Scott Westerfeld - who knew. I would give this story a 4/5 stars too. It was about a girl who lived in an Amish like village, she knew about technology and stuff but her parents were like totally strict anti-modern people. So in her village after the age of 15 you have to "handfast" with someone, basically you did a trial marriage with them for a year, and if you loved each other you would get married the following year. So the girl handfasts to the village outcasts, falls in love with him, but her parents hate him. Then some sad things happened. But it was still pretty good.

The fourth story was called Fan Fiction by Gabrielle Zevin. I did not like this story, at all! I give it 1/5 stars. Basically it was about this needy unnoticed girl named Paige who met this guy falls in love with him but then he leaves, and he turns out to be this character in a book she refused to read. Basically she's crazy, like literally crazy. The ending was never explained well at all, it was confusing, and Paige was so annoying. Hated it.

The fifth and final story was Love Struck by Melissa Marr, and again I'll have to give this a 4/5 stars. It was about this girl Alana, which I don't know how to pronounce (Alaina or ah-lahna?) She accidentally picks up this guys "pelt" and is bound to be his "mate". The guy is a Selkie so that's just how they roll. She ends up falling in love and they have a happy ending, I liked it.

So what do I think of short stories? Not bad, it's hard though because I'm so used to reading 200 page + , novels that when a story ends so abruptly it's a little like "whoa! I finished?" These are great little stories to read though if you're stuck unbeaten the next paranormal best seller.

Should you buy this book, why not? You can get Love Is Hell at amazon (link is in blue).

There are too many authors to link websites so I'll have to skip that this time.

Oh, almost forgot, if you like Love is Hell check out:

Prom Nights From Hell - various authors
Vacations from Hell - various authors
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
How to ditch your fairy - Justine Larbalestier
Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
Deadly little secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

Did I forget anything, I think not. Until next time my dear friends!

- M.

P.S. I'm finishing up Eternal so that will be reviewed soon, yay!

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