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Dates From Hell (The Hollows #2.5)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  10,250 Ratings  ·  312 Reviews
1 Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison - Ivy and vampire Art are partners on homicide case for Inderland Security.

2 The Claire Switch Project by Lynsay Sands - Claire, new shapeshifter, accepts dates for school reunion with crush Kyle and his sister Jill.

3 Chaotic by Kelley Armstrong - Half-demon Hope is sent to museum gala by mentor Tristan to catch were
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I started this one and put it down almost two years ago. I was distinctly disturbed by Ivy's backstory (from the Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison), featured in Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was not at all what I'd call a romance. Her relationships with the men in this story were dark, tangled, and unsettling. It's good to have some perspective on Ivy, but I'm afraid I don't have a good opinion of her character right now. Maybe that was the point, and we will see her evolve as she ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Cherie rated it really liked it
The last two stories in this anthology really made this book. Though I like Kim Harrison's writing, her first published short story included here was kind of dry, though Kelley Armstrong's story really rocked. I've included individual reviews for each story below.

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison
Read 08-Jun – 09-Jun-2006
This is Ivy's story, before she meets Rachel and Jenks and starts Vampiric Charms. We learn a lot more about what makes Ivy tick, and how she comes to her dec
Feb 06, 2010 AH rated it really liked it
Anthologies are always hit or miss for me. It is rare that I like all the stories or am able to finish the entire book, especially when the authors are new to me. Dates From Hell is not one of those anthologies. I loved the stories.

Dates From Hell has stories by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland. Two authors that were familiar to me, and two authors that I had not yet read. Each story explores dating in the paranormal/supernatural world.

Undead in the Garden of Go
Aug 30, 2009 Mel rated it it was ok
Dates from Hell is an anthology with 4 short stories. Frankly, only the Kim Harrison and Kelly Armstrong story are worth buying the book. I'll give a short review of them all:

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison 4 stars

Ivy Tamwood is an investigator for Inderland Services and -however hard she tries- she can't escape her own nature or vampire politics.
This is a story about Ivy and told from Ivy's POV. It's a good way to better get to know the ever mysterious Ivy Tamwood, althoug
Aug 05, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I read this book as part of a reading challenge as it is a collection of short stories written by different authors. I enjoyed 2 out of the 4 stories, though story 3 outshined them all.

Story one is written by Kim Harrison and weaves the tale of a live vampire detective attempting to over come her nature and move up within the ranks of her division. The plot was interesting enough, but given the title of this anthology, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of, uh, smut. Also, this story took plac
Aug 14, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
I am using 3-star rating here liberally, because I actually read only 1 story out of 4 - Kelley Armstrong's novella "Chaotic." Having been burned by many anthologies, nowadays I only bother to read short stories written by the authors I know and respect. Kelley, again, didn't let me down.

"Chaotic" is one of those Armstrong's stories which will be interesting to both existing fans of her "Women of the Otherworld" series and readers new to her writing. Unlike stories in "Men of the Otherworld" ant
Jan 04, 2017 Esra rated it it was ok
Hikayelerin ait olduğu ana serileri okusam belki çok daha anlamlı olabilirdi!
Dec 10, 2014 Cat rated it it was amazing
Dates From Hell like the other book of the Short Stories from Hell series was awesome. Like the others of this series I've read it was to sample the authors of these short stories: Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland-- and I loved what I read.

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison was the first story in the book and although it wasn't my favourite in the Dates From Hell book, I still very much enjoyed it. Especially the ending/the last couple chapt
Jan 21, 2011 Bex rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, e-books
This is a 4 story anthology with very good stories.

"Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Kim Harrison is the story of Ivy and Kirsten before they met Rachel. Ivy is being pressured by her boss Art (a vampire jerk) and how she deals with him is downright funny; it also explains why she wound up as a runner for Interland Security.
4 stars

"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands Clare and Kyle are old high school buddies (now grad students) working on a molecular destabilizer. She is zapp
Kathy Davie
Feb 24, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
An anthology of four short stories that you'll hope you never have to experience on a date!

"Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" (Hollows, 0.5 although Harrison claims it as 2.5)
"Chaotic" (Women of the Otherworld, 5.2)

The Stories
Kim Harrison's "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" is a prequel to Harrison's paranormal Hollow series and provides a good bit of background as to Ivy's thoughts and feelings which lead to her encounter with Rachel as well as her relationships with Kisten and
Apr 13, 2009 Kat rated it liked it
4 UF/PR stories by 4different authors, all loosely tied to the idea of dating and the paranormal.

Story #1- Kim Harrison's contribution and the reason I picked up the book in the first place. A good, solid story. It had a full, interesting plot, and it tied in to the Hollows series I've devoured very closely. Actually, it was quite good that I read this story when I did, just after finishing White Witch, Black Curse, because it ties very closely to that book- it explains all of the backstory rega
Jan 20, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I should have realized that I didn't like Kim Harrison enough to pick up a book that specifically said in the title it was going to be about dating (and thus 'romance'). Bleh. Don't bother getting this unless that's the genre you enjoy.

Harrison's story was ok. It was interesting to see a story from one of the other character's point of this case, Ivy before she hooked up with Rachel (the main character in her series).

Sands was juvenile & poorly written. Sciency science!! makes a h
Layla Smith
"The Kim Harrison story was really bad. I don't if it because I haven't read any of her books, but I felt really confused by her world. It took me a minute to even kind of understand what her character was. I was not impressed by that character at all. She seemed very whiny, and my life is woe without really trying to change anything about it. I was very disappointed, especially after reading her short story in Prom Nights from Hell, because that one was very entertaining.

Lynsay Sands' story was
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Hollows 2.5

3 stars

Ivy POV. Gives insight into her and Kisten's relationship that is continually hinted at in the books. AND this is the novella to read if you've ever been DYING to know what it was that made Art (view spoiler) so damn mad. Heads-up, it was Ivy, not Kist that did it, so that explains her reaction after that whole mess came to light.

If you (like me) aren't a big Ivy fan, and are looking
Jan 31, 2016 Lorre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chaotic (WotO 5.2) by Kelley Armstrong
Chaotic was a fab Otherworld novella!
Hope Adams is a half-demon and journalist on a date at the museum.
What started as a very boring blind date, turns into a huge mess when her powers alert her that something bad is happening in the museum... and it's connected to Karl Marsten. 5 stars

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil (The Hollows 2.5) by Kim Harrison
I was really happy when I saw this short story was about Ivy before she met Rachel. But what a sad story
I like these books with multiple authors as they let you dip your feet into new pools without much commitment. I have since read many Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison books and have a pile of Lyndsay Sands waiting for me to read. I wouldn't mind reading Lori Handeland books too. I need to see what else she has written and put her on my list.

Anyway - I really enjoyed this book and am tempted to read it again now that I have read quite a few of the Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld books.
Apr 17, 2012 Selen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk ve sonuncu hikayeler güzeldi. İkinci hikaye daha çok bilim kurguydu ve bu kitaba uymamıştı. üçüncüsünde çok kafam karıştı birazda saçma geldi.
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finished "Chaotic". So now I know how Hopes and Karl met.
Beth The Vampire
This anthology contains four short stories, so I will be rating each individually and then taking the average for the overall rating.

Undead In the Garden of Good and Evil - Kim Harrison - 3.5 Stars
I am a fan of Kim Harrison’s ‘The Hollows’ series, and enjoyed the opportunity to focus on one of the most interesting characters in the series; Ivy. Ivy is a vampire that works for the homicide squad of Interland Secuirty, and this story is a prequel to the first book in the series ‘Dead Witch Walking
☂ ℬrandi

This story compilation tells the tales of some of the worst dates you can imagine and a few, really are. It's mild on sex but not on innuendo, varying degrees of romance. Kim Harrison's story is loaded with information about Ivy Tamwood, and though I haven't read the Hallows series, I doubt you learn a great deal more about Ivy while reading this. Lynsay Sands story is humors and light, without being fluffy and offers a sweet romance. Kelly Armstrong takes you through a wild night with a magn
Apr 08, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
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Dates From Hell is an anthology, of four different stories filled with hellish dates, as the title implies. I’ll first break this down to each individual story.

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison

This story is about Ivy and takes place before the first of the hollows series. Ivy is working for Inderland Security, aka the IS, in the homicide division, living in Piscary’s building in an apartment she shares with Kist
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil

Ivy just wants to get out of from working under Art and get into the Arcane division at I.S., but when her six month review comes up she finds out the only way to do this is either to give him her body and her blood or move him up with her with every promotion she gets. She's livid, but she's get ready to get her revenge the only way she knows how how... by setting him up for murder.

Set before the Hollows started and before Ivy met Rachel, this novel gives
Karen Wapinski
Jul 09, 2013 Karen Wapinski rated it it was amazing
This is an anthology focused on each 'date' having a supernatural origin.

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison
The first story is by Kim Harrison and features the backstory of Ivy, a non-POV character in her Hollows series, and while it stands alone admirably (I originally read this story way before I started the series) it also works to give fans a new perspective on why Ivy is the way she is. Her relationships are tainted and dark, trapped in a system where she has to submit and
Ellie the froggy
Jul 30, 2013 Ellie the froggy rated it liked it
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Mar 26, 2008 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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Nov 21, 2011 Raven rated it it was ok
I really didn't enjoy this book. The only part that I honestly enjoyed was the short story of Kim Harrison's but that was only because it gave more background into Ivy's character. Something that's quite nice since the main series is just focused on Rachel.

As far as "Dates" I think the only story that could possible count as a date in this book would be "Chaotic" and even then that wasn't really a traditional date...

Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil: Like I said I really enjoyed getting to
Feb 04, 2009 Sbuchler rated it liked it
Genre: Urban Fantasy (4 novellas)

I bought this book for the Kim Harrison story, _Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil_. If you're being a Kim Harrison complete-ist, then go for it - but mostly the story didn't do much for me. The point of view character is Ivy, and it ends right before she's met Rachel. It's not a bad story; it just doesn't have the charm of the early novels.

Lindsay Sands' story, _The Claire Switch Project_, is cheesy, and a rather high-schoolish romance. Although, I was utterl
Oct 03, 2011 Dominus~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
DATES FROM HELL. Awesome stories and I do really like all of this in here.

1. Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison----- What can I say? This one isn't my favorite and I thought there should be more Kisten and Ivy interaction at the end. Like a prove that she really loves him though I think there was somewhere there and I just didn't get it. I also wanted Art to have more participation. I though before that she's ending up with Art and I found out he enemy. Anyway, good
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Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.
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“Your mother sets you up blind dates? With guys like that?" The corners of his mouth twitched. "She doesn't like you very much, does she?” 16 likes
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