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Best New Paranormal Romance

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Enchanting and enchanted lovers, magical romance, dark desires, otherworldly sensations, ethereal encounters, paranormal thrills, sensual spells, supernatural suspense, sizzling speculations... Highly imaginative short fiction and novellas from the best fantasy romance writers - both bestselling authors and new talent - of 2005. Edited by award-winning editor Paula Guran. ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Juno Books
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This is an anthology of short stories. The quality of these stories is incredibly inconsistent. Ratings as follows:

Follow Me Light, by Elizabeth Bear 2/5 - Bear has the ability to write truly amazing stories, and her descriptors are dead on. Too bad this tory made very little sense and none of the characters were remotely likable. The plot was too hard to follow.

A Maze of Trees, by Claudia O'Keefe 3/5 - This started off well, but the end was a bit abrupt. I loved the writing style, but didn't mu
I really enjoyed this anthology, but be warned: the title is a bit misleading (hopefully the cover design is a tip-off). Most of the stories are SFnal, with romantic elements (often twisted about in quite interesting ways). There are only a couple that would really fall into the Paranormal Romance marketing category in terms of going into your local Big Box store.

So. Still very much worth reading. Each and every story is quite good--but "romance" is a relative term.
Perryville Library
Vampires, werewolves, magic, and fairies even—all become common fare under the genre heading “paranormal romance.” A fairly new genre that is still taking shape, paranormal romances move beyond the scope of both science fiction/fantasy and romance to create an truly unique kind of reading experience where the supernatural abides and romance (though not always recognizable) lives on.

You may not be surprised to find some of your favorite authors grouped under this heading—Laurell K. Hamilton, Sher
It's a good anthology, with 10/12 stories engaging me, and even the ones that didn't were good in their own right. My absolute favorite piece was McDonald's; Bear's story was enchanting; Hand's story was just beautiful. The anthology had a good diversity, considering its theme was paranormal romance. Not all stories had happy endings, and not all stories had a traditional romance. Definitely worth checking out if you write any kind of speculative fiction with romantic elements, and romance reade ...more
Sarah Eisele
A number of good ones.
Like most anthologies, this one was uneven. I thought some of the stories were more sci fi than paranormal (though I liked a couple of those ones quite a lot), and some were not at all romantic, and the one involving an Iraq war veteran started out entirely too realistic for my taste. But there were a few that have stuck with me, so I'd say it was worth it to read this.
I had started reading this but only got thru two or three stories. I might come back to it, but not right now. I wasn't really page turning and the wording was a little hard to follow on some parts of the stories, I kept having to go back and reread in a few places. Good Luck
I got this book just for the Catherine Asaro story. I loved it. Its part of the Skolian Empire Saga. A stand alone, but helpful if you know the back ground of the Radiance War.

I also read Single White Farmhouse by Heather Shaw. Weird.
I wouldn't classify any of these stories as paranormal romance... I was disappointed!
Christine Hayes
These stories seemed more fantasy than paranormal
Brian tapiaz
Extremely amanzin'
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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