Fantasy, romance, short story, young adult

Book Review: Kisses and Curses presented by Fierce Reads, edited by Lauren Burniac


Title: Kisses and Curses
Editor: Lauren Burniac presented by Fierce Reads
Publisher: Square Fish
Length: 400, paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Short Stories
Raiting: 1 Folded Page

Every page more fierce than the last! Enjoy a good monster love story? Or a dark, Russian-style folktale? How about a flashback to the secrets of a cyborg’s past, a post-apocalyptic romance, or a conversation between a boy and Death’s dead assistant, while both sit in a diner and eat waffles?

Whether you’re already a Fierce Reads fan or you’re a fan-to-be, this short story collection will satisfy your every bookish craving! Featuring multi-genre tales from some of the hottest YA authors around, including Ann Aguirre, Courtney Alameda, Gennifer Albin, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Katie Finn, Nikki Kelly, Jennifer Mathieu, Lish McBride, Marissa Meyer, Caragh O’Brien, Marie Rutkoski, and Lindsay Smith.

By turns uplifting and sad, light-hearted and powerful, startling and laugh-out-loud, these bite-sized gems have one thing in common: You won’t be able to put them down!

This book makes me violently angry. This is a warning because most likely my review will be extremely biased.

No where in that blurb does it mention that these short stories aren’t stand alone. However, the majority of this short stories are prequels to series I’ve never heard of or never intend to read. This book reads more like a marketing tool to get readers to buy or at least read series that don’t get a lot of attention. I would be okay with this, if there was any mention of it in the blurb. (You have no idea how much of a struggle it is not to go caplocks crazy, please appreciate that I’m trying to remain calm).

what the actual

I’m not sure a book has made me this angry before. One of the authors even blatantly says that her writing a 1.5 is a marketing tool (See picture above). It was at that point that I legitimately couldn’t believe that Fierce read made no mention of how many of these stories weren’t original stand alone pieces. One author even went so far as to just included her favorite deleted scenes from her novel.

In the end, 12/14 of these short stories were prequels, parallels, differing POV from the original story, deleted scenes (/sigh) or 1.5s. That leaves only 2 original short stories. I really enjoyed about 3 of these short stories, 2 of which are the original ones. The first story in the book, and the only non-stand alone I enjoyed, is Glitches which is a prequel to Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. I figured they did that to attract an audience so I was like “Oh, Okay. That’s cool, gotta do what you gotta do.” (Obviously I don’t think that anymore).

This books ONLY saving grace is that all the authors are strong, female voices in writing who also like to write good female characters. I also enjoyed the author bios for the most part. However, this book is no good unless you’re super okay with spoilers or you’ve already read the vast amount of series needed to enjoy all the short stories. I definitely wish I hadn’t bought it.

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