I love anthologies and short story collections! I think it's a great way to discover new authors, as well as get a quick taste of stories from some of...moreI love anthologies and short story collections! I think it's a great way to discover new authors, as well as get a quick taste of stories from some of my favorites. I try to make my "purse book" an anthology as they're easier than full length novels to read sporadically. They're also perfect for my lunch hour reads. This book was a little different for me as I'm already a big fan of all of these ladies, so no new authors to sample. But it is a great selection of stories, so I highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers!
The first story is Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison. It features Jenks, my favorite pixie investigator from the Rachel Morgan series. Jenks gets a case of his own, helping a pixie family because their children are being magically attacked by a statue. Was nice to see Jenks and Bis, the teenage gargoyle, again. Rachel doesn't make an appearance, but Ivy has a cameo. Jenks handles things really well, and I think it did both Jenks and Bis good to spread their wings a little and act independently.
The next story is Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost. Good story about vampire bounty hunter Bones tracking two undead serial killers in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Always nice to see Bones again.
Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson is the third story presented. It involves the agents of Light from her Signs of the Zodiac series, but before Joanna came into the picture. I really enjoyed it, but the ending took me a little by surprise. I didn't see it coming, but it made sense so I liked it!
Next up is The Dead, The Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake. This one features Mira, from her Dark Days series. I haven't read the series yet, but have several of the books in my TBR pile. A nice introduction to Mira and her world, involving the murder of a nightwalker in her territory. If Mira can't solve the murder, she may lose her territory and be sent back to the Council. Another good story!
Last but not least is Two Lines by Melissa Marr. Liked this one, but could have used a little more background as I'm totally unfamiliar with glaistigs. Eavan does not want to become a full glaistig, which apparently involves both murder and sex. Think those are the two lines that she does not want to cross, but it's getting harder and harder for her to resist. There is a sexy bad guy and an equally appealing good guy, as well as family pressure to just get on with it already. Not bad, but there was that confusion over glaistigs, which dampened my enjoyment a little.
All in all I'd say that this was a good collection of urban fantasy, so I gave it 4 out of 5.
This book is unlike any other vampire story I've ever read or seen on TV or movies. I kept visualizing the scenes as I read them, either because I kne...moreThis book is unlike any other vampire story I've ever read or seen on TV or movies. I kept visualizing the scenes as I read them, either because I knew the writer was in film, or it was just that detailed. Details weren't distracting, just really effective.
While I enjoyed the book, it did take awhile to get started. I understand that this is going to be a trilogy and that the author has to lay the groundwork, but I kept urging him to just get on with it already! However, once the action started, it was great!
Some of the main characters are Eph and Nora, from CDC, who are our resident scientific experts. We also have the wise, old pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian, who knows the time has come, that a war is brewing...Can't you just hear the announcer for the movie trailer? *L* There are also quite a few really interesting secondary characters, but they weren't hard to keep track of at all.
Kind of hard to review this book without giving anything away. We know it's about vampires, because the book blurb said so. However, this is not your typical sexy, romantic John Claude type of vampire. These vampires hark back to old-school monster vampires. When I read the description, I had to pause when a visual came to mind. Definitely don't want to date these guys!
Am considering this book horror as well as fantasy because it was so frickin' scary. What else can I say without spoilers.....it's well written, incredibly detailed (not in a bad way), great plot, great writing, well developed characters, believable situations, and it will make a heck of a movie! Kept me up until past midnight because I wanted to find out what happened next. Did I mention the scary monsters?
Gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating because while it was really good, I like to save my 5's for the great ones. (less)