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Dates from Hell

(Short Stories from Hell)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  11,052 ratings  ·  331 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
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
Aug 30, 2009 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
Apr 15, 2008 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 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 14, 2009 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
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I only enjoyed half the stories in Dates from Hell. My favorites were Lynsay Sands and Lori Handeland.
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 c
Jan 21, 2011 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 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 rated it liked it
Basic Premise: 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
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
Jan 20, 2013 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 hot s
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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 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.
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finished "Chaotic". So now I know how Hopes and Karl met.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Hollows # 2.5 (Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil)
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good start:)
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

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 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
Anna Richland
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Okay, but the stories were published in 2006 and a few of them didn't age very well. Epilogue of one story had the hero "babysitting" (multiple uses) his own child. Nope. Another one had the empty hole of the World Trade Center as a portal where a spirit medium could contact Satan. I get that the author wanted to incorporate 9/11 aftermath into a story set in NYC -- but like I said, I just felt it didn't age well. It was an okay read, and there were no vampires (wasn't 2006 peak vampire?), which ...more
Trudi Jorda
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
4 Paranormal - some would say demonic romance stories where ladies fall for bad boys. What's so unusual about that?? The authors in this collection are talented women who have a way of making you lust for something other than the movie star, millionaire playboy or prince. I think we could all spend some time thinking outside the romance box of Regency England and prim and proper does not always reign supreme! Enjoy this walk on the wild side!
Mary Corso
Almost unreadable

Read the first story and did not like it. Did not like even the idea of it. Started stories 2 and 4 but could not finish them and I have a pretty high tolerance for stupid. Didn't even start the last story. Really just wanted to read the Kelley Armstrong story which explains how Hope and Karl met and had their first adventure. That story earned at least 3 stars. Short stories are a bummer as there is only took for one adventure.
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
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a re-read for me, but I don't think I was on GR back then.

I especially liked Ivy's prequel story. My heart still hurts for her. I may have to go back and read the whole series again.
The Claire Switch Project was quite funny.
Chaotic was quite interesting and a good concept.
Dead Man Dating was goo.
Laurie D'ghent
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
First book-pass. Near constant references to sex are annoying, which is sad because Harrison is a seriously talented author
Second book-three stars. Kind of silly, but a nice light read. The sex scene was easy to skip over
Third book-four stars. Armstrong is one of the best authors I've ever read. The sex scenes are skippable
Fourth book-four stars. Really quite good, skippable sex scenes
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some good short stories in there.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last two stories in this anthology really made this book.
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Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published over two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollo ...more

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