I was initially attracted to Four Summoner’s Tales because Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors...moreFour strong stories from four great writers.
I was initially attracted to Four Summoner’s Tales because Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I loved Ms. Armstrong’s urban fantasy series and I always look forward to new books and stories by her. I’ve also read Jonathan Maberry’s young adult zombie series and enjoyed that immensely. So Armstrong and Maberry = Win for me.
If the opportunity to reanimate a recently deceased loved one presented itself, what would you do? And at what cost? This is the theme of Four Summoner’s Tales. I think that what I liked most about this anthology was each author’s very different take on the theme.
Suffer the Children by Kelley Armstrong A small remote town in northern Ontario lost most of its young and aged population from a diphtheria outbreak. The town is offered a chance to resurrect the recently dead children at a huge cost. I loved Preacher and Addie who acted as the town’s conscience. This is a dark story with a little twist.
Pipers by Christopher Golden Christopher Golden is a new to me author and from the quality of this story, I will be sure to look up some of his books. I really enjoyed this story about a father’s love for his young teen-aged daughter Savannah. The story ripped my heart out and I really felt the Zeke’s pain, as well as the grief of his small, border town that has been tormented by a Mexican drug cartel. This is quite a dark and brutal story.
The Good Natured Man by David Liss If you like the historical “romances” complete with rakes and other villains, then this may be the story for you. The Good Natured Man takes place in 18th century London and is the story of a young man with a questionable background who wishes to marry a rich widow. He takes a journal from his father and learns a spell to reanimate the dead. What follows is bribery, trickery, betrayal, death, and general mayhem. This was an enjoyable story and it really touches upon the consequences of changing fate. Well done.
Alive Day by Jonathan Maberry I really must read some of Jonathan Maberry’s adult books. Rot & Ruin is a family favorite in my home and now that I’ve read this short story I really want to read more of his Joe Ledger series now.
This was probably my favorite story of the anthology. A black ops team is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and they come across something strange and deadly. I liked how this story took from the Lilith mythology of the region and expanded on those demons. It was definitely a very creepy and bloody story.
All in all, four strong stories by four exceptional writers. Four Summoner’s Tales was an enjoyable read.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Gallery Books for a review copy of this book.
Need something to read at the beach? A light and fun book of novellas to read for summer vacation? This is a follow up anthology to Wild & Steamy....moreNeed something to read at the beach? A light and fun book of novellas to read for summer vacation? This is a follow up anthology to Wild & Steamy.
Speed Mating - Jessica Sims - 4 stars Speed Mating is the story of a were-liger (lion/tiger hybrid) who, despite the odds, goes into heat and needs a mate (and father of her child) pronto. Her alpha Vic is eager to assist by suggesting possible mates. Each date is a bust and as Estrella gets closer and closer to her time, she becomes desperate. Desperate enough to try speed dating where Vic is sitting in for a no-show. Estrella finds herself attracted to Vic but worries about the complications of being with him.
The "heat" part gives rise to some funny situations. Estrella is horny and desperate but she still wants a good father for her young. I especially loved the speed dating scene where Estrella and Vic had a quickie date. Nice sexual tension there. I really had a lot of fun with this one and I am now going to have to find more books by Jessica Sims to read.
Conjuring Max - Carolyn Crane - 3 stars Conjuring Max is the background story or prequel to Carolyn Crane's Mr. Real. In this story we meet the computer savvy witch Veronica and her conjured boyfriend and bodyguard Max. While I loved Mr. Real, I had a hard time with this story. Maybe it was because Veronica was not an easy character to like. After all, everyone seemed to want her dead. What I did like is that it explained how Victoria created her computer conjuring program. It’s quite a neat concept when you think about it. Take a picture, any picture, and poof that person appears the next day. Of course, there is an expiry date, but you can always conjure him up again. In any case, don't miss Mr. Real because that story is a lot of fun to read.
Wrecked - Meljean Brook - 4 stars Wrecked was my favorite story of this anthology, but I am a little biased. Meljean Brook's Iron Seas world has got to be one of the best steampunk worlds created. The Iron Seas is based on an alternate history of the world complete with fantastic steampunk contraptions, airships, steampunk prosthetics, nanobots, zombies, megalodons, and even a kraken. I am dying to scream out “Release the Kraken” whenever I see those in books. Part of the charm of this world is the featured couple who always have a hot and steamy romance. I loved Elizabeth and Caius and am looking forward to more stories from the Iron Seas.
Overall, an enjoyable anthology.
Thank you to Carolyn Crane for a review copy of this book.
The Blushing Bounder - A Tale of the Iron Seas by Meljean Brook - 4 stars Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series is...moreOverall, a wild & steamy anthology...
The Blushing Bounder - A Tale of the Iron Seas by Meljean Brook - 4 stars Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series is one of my favorite steampunk series. The author's world building is extensive and the story takes the reader to an alternate history of London, complete with airships, nanobots, steampunk contraptions galore, and strangely enhanced humans. This story focuses on Temperance and Edward Newberry, two Americans forced to move to London because of a public kissing indiscretion. (Oh, the shame of it!) Temperance suffers from consumption and is slowly dying unless she takes a transfusion of nanobots that would cure her.
This is definitely steampunk done right, if not just a little bit grotesque. In addition to all the cool gadgets, people in this world have machinery grafted on to their bodies! As this is part of the Wild and Steamy anthology, there is a little steam...
Vixen by Jill Myles - 3 stars This is the first time I've read a story by Jill Myles and I will definitely look out for more. This is by far the steamiest story of the anthology. Vixen is the story of a were-fox or kitsune named Miko. Kitsunes are known for their voracious sexual appetite. Miko's mother is worried that her little girl/fox is all alone and arranges for two hot were-cats to be her bodyguards. It seems that a local hunter is illegally hunting fox and Miko may be in danger. Werecats Sam and Jeremiah to the rescue!
Oh my, there was a lot of steam factor here. Two hot guys and one sexy fox. Need I say more?
Kitten-Tiger and the Monk by Carolyn Crane - 4 stars I was struck by the fantastic world created by the author. This story is probably my favorite of the anthology. I loved this story about Sophia, a woman with the power to change memories and Robert, her old flame and a power to be reckoned with. Sophia wants to rid herself of her power and seeks out the Monk to help her out. The Disillusionist World has to be one of the more original series out there and I really must start reading that series soon.
3.5 stars. A nice little anthology with blind dates and some sneaky matchmakers. All the stories take place in the same town and they kind of had a so...more3.5 stars. A nice little anthology with blind dates and some sneaky matchmakers. All the stories take place in the same town and they kind of had a soap opera feel, but in a good way. These authors were new-to-me authors and I am happy to say that I will be looking forward to reading more of their stories in the future.
Mr. Virile and The Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes - 4 stars This story had a fun premise. Two bloggers and authors who write dating advice are matched up by their agents. Dane is Mr. Virile and he gives men dating advice. Holly's dating advice for women has a huge following. The narrative is punctuated with blog posts by the two authors and their advice is quite entertaining. I loved the romance and the sexy times were hot.
Tycoon Reunion by Candace Havens and Shannon Canard 3.0 stars Annabelle had been Jake's high school sweetheart. He ditched her after grad to go off and make his fortune. Ten years later, he rescues her from a blind date gone bad. She's become quite the hottie and he finds that he is still attracted to her. Loved the meddling sister. Loved the romance, though I am not too sure that I would take back a man that left me ten years earlier. I guess it helped that he was a very wealthy man.
Passionate Persuasion by Rosemary Clement-Moore 3.5 stars Alex is in the restaurant/bar industy. Kiara is an accomplished cellist. They had dated in college but Alex had gone off to make his fortune. These two were easily my favorite couple in the anthology. I loved how they were set up by a wealthy socialite that just couldn't get anyone's name right. Very cute story.
Date on the Run by Jill Monroe 3.5 stars Juliet is a reporter who is dying to write investigative stories. Ezra is on an R & R rotation from the military and in town for a short period of time. As a favor to his best friend's sister, Ezra agrees to go on a blind date on Valentine's Day. Ezra meets up with Juliet who thinks Ezra is Eric, her contact for a story on art fraud. Both are attracted to each other but as they leave the restaurant things go awry. Someone is out to kill Juliet and Ezra acts as her protector. Alpha male at your service with some hotness.
Overall, an enjoyable anthology.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for a review copy of this book.
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Anthologies provide me with a way to sample an author's writing without the commitment of a full novel. I've discovered some fantastic authors this wa...moreAnthologies provide me with a way to sample an author's writing without the commitment of a full novel. I've discovered some fantastic authors this way and my TBR (to be read) list has grown to a huge mountain. Carniepunk has got to be one of my favorite anthologies so far. This list of participating authors reads like a Who's Who list of urban fantasy stars. I was impressed by the writing quality and have added a few new authors to my ever-growing to-read list.
Carniepunk is an anthology about carnivals and the people who work there. I've always found carnivals, especially the traveling ones, to be a little creepy. These stories build upon those irrational (or are they?) fears. Add in a touch of the paranormal and there's some great stories in this book.
I had several favorite stories - I won't review each one individually. You can see my thoughts on each story below in the status updates. I think that for me, the following stories stood out:
The Cold Girl by Rachel Caine Freak House by Kelly Meding The Demon Barkers of Wheat Street by Kevin Hearne
Another really good story is Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep and is available for free on on Amazon.
I usually don't recommend anthologies but this one had an all-star cast of urban fantasy writers and is one of the best anthologies I've read.
Here is a full list of authors in this anthology: Rob Thurman, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Jaye Wells, Rachel Caine, Alison Pang, Hilary Jacques, Jennifer Estep, Kelly Meding, Nicole Peeler, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Gay, Seanan McGuire.
Something for everyone!
Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon and Schuster for a review copy of this book.
’Til the World Ends is an anthology of three novellas about a post-apocalyptic world. I was excited to read this anthology most...moreReally good anthology.
’Til the World Ends is an anthology of three novellas about a post-apocalyptic world. I was excited to read this anthology mostly because of Julie Kagawa’s story Dawn of Eden, the prequel to her highly successful Blood of Eden series. I’ve enjoyed Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series and Karen Duval was a new to me author.
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa Easily my favorite story in the anthology, or perhaps it was because I was familiar with this world. Dawn of Eden is the story of the aftermath of the Red Lung virus and the beginnings of the scary vampire-human zombie like creatures that rule the night. This story focuses on Kylie, a Red Lung virus survivor and Ben Archer. Ben is headed home to his estranged family. The story is exciting and the pacing is frenetic. Some interesting revelations are made about the hybrids. There is also the appearance of a mysterious character, identified only as K. Well done and darker than The Immortal Rules. Recommended that The Immortal Rules be read BEFORE this novella.
Rating: 4 stars
Thistle and Thorne by Ann Aguirre I’m not really sure if this story fits into any of Ms. Aguirre’s series. This is an interesting take about a corrupt world set in the future after some world changing chemical spills. The world is lacking in resources and the main character resorts to theft in order to feed her younger siblings. She pairs up with an enforcer and the two of them work to unseat an incredibly bloodthirsty and corrupt official. I loved how this unlikely couple worked together. Nicely done.
Rating: 4 stars
Sun Spots by Karen Duval I’ve never read anything by Ms. Duval, but I think I may need to look up some of her books. Sun Spots takes place after a devastating event called The Bell Ringer. The sun sends down deadly sparks that can kill most humans. Our heroine Sarah is able to predict these storms and makes it her purpose to warn people to take shelter when these storms arrive. She meets Ian who is able to control the weather. They soon realize that their powers are complementary and seek out government officials because Sarah has a premonition of a catastrophic end of the world. Sun Spots was an interesting story that held my attention throughout.
Rating: 4 stars
Overall, this was an enjoyable anthology and I am looking forward to reading more books by these authors.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin books for a review copy of this book.
Hex Appeal is a collection of 9 short stories. While anthologies are not usually my favorite reads, I found this anthology to be a quick and enjoyable...moreHex Appeal is a collection of 9 short stories. While anthologies are not usually my favorite reads, I found this anthology to be a quick and enjoyable way to spend a freezing cold Sunday. While most of the stories ranked in the 2 - 3 star range, 3 stories stood out for me:
RETRIBUTION CLAUSE by Ilona Andrews I'm beginning to think that there is probably not a book or story of the writing team Ilona Andrews that I wouldn't like. I mean, who would think to combine the urban fantasy world of Kate Daniels and something as innocuous as insurance adjusters? Retribution clause takes place in Philadelphia, in a world where magic wreaks havoc. The murdered wife of a lawyer had a retribution clause attached to her life insurance policy and Adam and Siroun are sent to "collect". 4/5 stars
BIGFOOT ON CAMPUS by Jim Butcher Figures that Harry Dresden would know Bigfoot aka River Shoulders. Harry explains the mayhem and destruction at a campus dorm to a campus cop. Oh, and there are vampires of the White Court involved. How I have missed Harry. 4.5/5 stars
THE ARCANE ART OF MISDIRECTION by Carrie Vaughn Julie, a Las Vegas card dealer witnesses a cheater. She then sees something completely out of the ordinary and follows Grant out of the casino. A clever take on magic and illusion. 4/5 stars
HOLLY'S BALM by Rachel Caine So when is a zombie not a zombie? When he has been resurrected by a witch. This short story is about a serial killer who resurrects his victims and kills them again. Nicely done. 3/5 stars
The other stories were not to my taste but fans of those authors may enjoy those stories.(less)
Into the Woods is a collection of short stories from Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. The author has included four new stories from outside this world a...moreInto the Woods is a collection of short stories from Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. The author has included four new stories from outside this world as well. The first six stories have been published before, either in anthologies or as bonus material at the back of mass market paperbacks. The author adds a note at the beginning of each story providing background to the story and where it was originally published.
In rating these stories, I just couldn’t help myself. I am a hopeless fan girl of this series. While Rachel can be whiny and annoying, I still love her and all of the colorfully eccentric characters that surround her. I’ve rated this anthology a solid 4/5 Stars. I enjoyed most of the Hollows stories equally.
Here is a rundown of the stories and my thoughts: 1.The Bespelled First published in the mass market paperback edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails. This is the story of everyone’s favorite demon Al and how he seduced Ceri to the Ever After. Al is deliciously demonic and Ceri, no innocent herself, proves that if you play with fire (or demons) you WILL get burned.
2.Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel. First published in the anthology Holidays are Hell. This is the story of a much younger Rachel, prior to her becoming a runner for the I.S. It’s a nice background story and it gives insight into Rachel’s illness. The story also introduces some characters that appear in later books, like Tanaka and Pierce the ghost. Pierce has some humorous observations about modern life in this story.
3.Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil. First published in the anthology Dates from Hell. This is Ivy’s story. Ivy and the men of her life: Piscary, Art, and Kisten. It is kind of a survival story, detailing Ivy’s abuse at the hand of master vampire Piscary, then later on her boss/partner Art. I loved her relationship with Kisten – he was her safe place. Mia the Banshee is introduced in this story. She’ll make an appearance in Black Magic Sanction. Lesson learned from this story: Don’t mess with Ivy – she gets even.
4.Dirty Magic. From the Hotter than Hell anthology. Mia the Banshee is one scary character. Banshees are kind of like a psychic vampire, draining psychic energy from their victims. Factor in a mama banshee out to feed her extremely rare offspring, and you have a very scary character.
5.The Bridges of Eden Park. The death of a much loved character (I’m not spoiling) was a surprise even to the author. This story appears at the back of the mass market paperback edition of For a Few Demons More. In this story, Rachel and Kisten help out Kisten’s sister Chrissie in her ongoing custody battle with Sean. This story kind of felt like a Western standoff (cue the music from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) involving witchcraft and vampires.
6.Key Line Drifter. From the anthology Unbound. This story is perfect for fans of Jenks the pixy and Bis the gargoyle. Ivy places a supporting role in this story, almost a “straight man vampire.” This story gives a lot of insight into the perils of pixy life, their high immortality rate, and their dedication to family and gardens. This story also includes paranormal creatures such as a dryad and nymph.
7.Million Dollar Baby – This story takes place during the events of Pale Demon where Trent and Jenks go off on an Elf Quest. Trent and Jenks head off to rainy Washington State to retrieve Trent’s 3 month old baby daughter Lucy from the bitchy Ellasbeth. Reading this gave me a renewed respect for Trent, as well as a respect for Jenks’ non-stop running commentary about life in general. If I ever need to rescue someone, I’d want someone like Jenks on my side.
Stories from Outside the Hollows – Not exactly my favorites, but entertaining nonetheless. The remaining stories are paranormal in nature and involve a different take on vampires, dryads, and a girl with special powers.
1.Pet Shop Boys. This story seems like a cross between vampire and fae lore. It reminded me a little of another vampire story with redheads, only these redheads changed hair color once they fed. A pet shop employee is invited to a party at Gateways, a wildly popular club. There is something sinister about the club and most of the patrons are redheaded. Neat twist at the end.
2.Temson Estates The first of two stories about dryads. In this case, the dryads are just spirits in the wood. When a young man inherits the woods and intends to sell, he is convinced to do otherwise because of the spirits in the trees.
3. Spider Silk Another story about dryads, though in this story, the dryad is an evil spirit who lures young girls away from their families. Surprising twist at the end.
4.Grace – This is the story of a woman with special powers, charged with collecting others with similar powers for her agency, The Strand. Interesting story with potential to become a full length novel.
Into the Woods is an enjoyable anthology. Fans of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series will love having all the short stories in one place. Recommended.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Voyager for a review copy of this book.
Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook make a nice combination in this anthology about hellhounds. The major draw for me was...moreCharlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook make a nice combination in this anthology about hellhounds. The major draw for me was Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews. I must say that I enjoyed all the stories in the book and I am glad to have discovered some new favorite authors and series to explore.
The Britlingens Go to Hell - Charlaine Harris I found this to be the weakest story in the anthology. It’s nothing like the Sookie Stackhouse series. I did like Clovache and Batanya the main characters but they were a little bland. Overall assessment 3/5 stars
Angel’s Judgement - Nalini Singh What an interesting world that included angels, vampires, Guild Hunters, and slayers. I loved the interaction between the two main characters Sara and Deacon. I’ve now added Nalini Singh’s books to my to-read list. My rating 4/5 stars.
Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews Andrea and Raphael get their own story. I love Ilona Andrew’s sense of humor. I loved the combination of Ilona Andrew’s world of magic waves and Greek mythology. The banter between the two main characters was entertaining as well. Rating 4/5 stars
Blind Spot - Meljean Brook I haven’t read Meljean Brook’s Guardian series yet, but it has moved up the list. I really enjoy Meljean Brook’s writing style. She writes believable characters, engaging dialogue, and interesting worlds. I really liked Sir Pup the Hellhound in all of his incarnations. A hellhound with character - 4/5 stars. (less)
Anthologies are always hit and miss for me. I'm usually happy if one story makes an impression. I picked up Holidays Are Hell because of the Kim Harri...moreAnthologies are always hit and miss for me. I'm usually happy if one story makes an impression. I picked up Holidays Are Hell because of the Kim Harrison story. Surprisingly, it was my favorite story in the book.
Here is my breakdown: Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison - 4 stars This is the story of an 18 year old Rachel Morgan. It takes place before Dead Witch Walking, before Rachel joins the I.S. and before she meets Ivy. We learn more about Rachel's illness as a child, her talents as a witch, and her family. Some surprise character appearances as well. Great story.
Run, Run, Rudolph by Lynsay Sands - 2.5 stars It's a cute story, really. This story is a continuation of a story The Claire Switch Project in the Dates From HellAnthology. Yes, they can be read on their own, however, they make way more sense when they are read in order. The story continues with the destabilizer now in Claire and Kyle's basement. The destabilizer turns people into shape shifters. Jill gets zapped and Jill spends the day getting chased by one of Kyle's old associates. It's a cute love story and probably the first time I've ever encountered a "make-out" break. Like, you are being chased by a scientist that wants to slice and dice you, you don't have time to make out! Cute story, not great.
Six by Marjorie M. Liu - 2 stars This story starts with the longest sentence ever. Over 300 characters. I know this because I put it in one of my updates. It's a vampire story set in China. Very different. Quite original. I just could not get into this story.
The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson -2.5 stars A story about Light and Shadows. Zoe Archer is trying to protect a premature baby. The baby disappears and Zoe must find her. Interesting concept. I thought that the resolution was just too simple. Again I could not get into this story.
So there you have it. One good story and probably because I like Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Borrow from the library. (less)
Dead After Dark is an anthology of four stories. I initially picked up this book because of the J.R. Ward story "The Story of Son." Personally, this w...moreDead After Dark is an anthology of four stories. I initially picked up this book because of the J.R. Ward story "The Story of Son." Personally, this was the best story in the book. The other authors were new to me: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Squires, and Dianna Love.
Shadow of the Moon - Sherrilyn Kenyon - 4 stars There was an abundance of characters in this book. I have not read her series yet and I was a little confused. All sorts of weres - were-wolves, were-bears, and were-lions. Some sexy scenes. I think I may pick up a book by this author and give her a try.
The Story of Son - J.R. Ward - 5 stars I love J.R. Ward so for me, this was the best story in the collection. It takes place in Caldwell, so maybe these characters could make an appearance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (I would love that!) Claire is an attorney. She makes a house call to one of her richest customers. They drug her and when she wakes up she is with Son, a vampire. She is trapped with him for the entire weekend. Doesn't sound like much, but I enjoyed it.
Beyond the Night - Susan Squires - 2 stars Could not get into this story although it did have a few bright moments and a few good lines. I just could not connect with the characters.
Midnight Kiss Goodbye - Dianna Love - 2 stars Meh. Could not get into this story either.
So there you have it. 2 good stories. 2 meh stories. (less)
Oh the dreaded anthology. We all buy them (or if we are lucky - borrow them) with great hopes and expectations for the one story or one author we love...moreOh the dreaded anthology. We all buy them (or if we are lucky - borrow them) with great hopes and expectations for the one story or one author we love. I personally believe that I need to read all the stories in an anthology – my own personal OCD trait, whereas I see others read just one story. And that’s fine with me.
I picked up Unbound because it had three authors I was familiar with: Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, and Jeaniene Frost. The other two authors were Vicki Petersson and Jocelyn Drake. I was pleasantly surprised which stories became my favorites – I really didn’t see that coming.
Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison 2.5 stars I love Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series and Jenks is one of my favorite characters ever, but I was really disappointed by this story. Jenks and Bis the gargoyle get a story on their own and I was saddened that Jenks could not hold a story on his own. I actually missed Rachel.
Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost 3 stars This is Bones’ story, before he meets Cat. Bones is in New Orleans and is chasing two killer ghouls. Marie makes an appearance as well. I was so looking forward to this story. Bones is one of my favorite characters but this story did not do him any justice. There just wasn’t any delicious sexual tension.
Dark Matters by Vicki Petersson 4 stars I had read a Vicki Petersson story in another anthology and I really disliked it. I was seriously contemplating skipping this story but I am so glad that I didn’t. Such a beautiful love story between light and shade. Loved the story, loved the characters, loved it all.
The Dead, The Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelyn Drake 2 stars Not a memorable story for me. I can’t even remember it.
Two Lines by Melissa Marr 4 stars This is one of the surprise stories. I was expecting a story about the fae and I got something completely unexpected. And – I truly enjoyed the story. Absolutely wonderful.
I’m glad I took the time to read all the stories. I’ve discovered a new author for me to explore – Vicki Petersson, and I was impressed with Melissa Marr’s story. (less)
Love is Hell is an anthology of 5 short stories by young adult authors: 2 of whom were familiar to me - Scott Westerfeld and Melissa Marr. The other 3...moreLove is Hell is an anthology of 5 short stories by young adult authors: 2 of whom were familiar to me - Scott Westerfeld and Melissa Marr. The other 3 authors, Laurie Faria Stoloz, Justine Larbalestier, and Gabrielle Zevin were new to me.
I enjoyed all of these stories and managed to read the book in one day. The stories were original and well paced. I fell in love with all of them. I can't even choose a favourite story. All of the stories kept my interest. Warning - not all of the stories end in a happily ever after.(less)
This is an anthology of 5 stories that have prom night as the theme. Authors are Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michelle Jaffe, and Stepheni...moreThis is an anthology of 5 stories that have prom night as the theme. Authors are Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michelle Jaffe, and Stephenie Meyer. I was excited to see these authors together in one book.
I found that most of the stories rated about 3 out of 5 stars.
Honorable mentions go to Kim Harrison's story - Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper. This was an original story, with a well developed character.
The other story I liked was Kiss and Tell by Michelle Jaffe.
The Madison Avery story continues in Kim Harrison's Once Dead, Twice Shy.(less)