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Holidays Are Hell by Kim Harrison
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Read from May 30 to 31, 2011

Let's be honest upfront, I'm rating this book based on only 3 of the 4 short stories I read in the book. I was in a rush to finish this book (since it was due back to the library) and more importantly, I had just received Ilona Andrews' Magic Slays in the mail and I just had to finish up this book quickly in favour of Kate Daniels and Curran. No offense to the authors who contributed to this book in anyway, but I'm simply a HUGE fan of the Kate Daniels series...

I really enjoyed Kim Harrison's story on Rachel. In the story, we got to see Rachel when she was still an 18-year-old, not yet a badass witch in the way that we came to know her as. We also learned in details of her first encounter and adventure with Gordon Pierce in his ghost form... well, there was also their first kiss too... Although Pierce wasn't my favourite male character from the Hollows series, I do harbour some soft feelings for him. I truly believed\ that he loved Rachel despite the fact that the feelings weren't reciprocated. I felt somewhat sorry for Pierce after Pale Demon, but that's a separate issue all together. All in all, this Kim Harrison piece would deserve 4 stars in my opinion.

I also read the shorts by Lynsay Sands and Marjorie M. Liu. The one by Lynsay Sands was about a lady who was "zapped" by some scientific device and became able to shift form by simply thinking about it. The one by Marjorie M. Liu was about a chinese agent, trained in all sorts of lethal assault and defensive skills, who turned against her organization. They were both quite okay and were crisp read, not bad at all for short stories, so both earning 3 stars.

I can't speak to the short by Vicki Pettersson though because I skipped it all together. Again, no offense, I just had to get my hands on Magic Slay ASAP at the time, so that was where I ended...
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