For those who thirst for accounts of paranormal romance, Trisha Telep has compiled some of the most thrilling takes of forbidden love in this collection. First crushes and last rites; dark spells and bright magic; forbidden lovers and enchanted beings -- and always, always the hungry games of desire. Pucker up for a darkly sweet collection of ghosts, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, vampires, and demons in tales from today's biggest writers of the paranormal persuasion.3 stars
(title and author, then brief summary, then opinion then content)
The Assassin's Apprentice by Michele Zink- Rose is a descendant of angels whose parents were killed by the demon Bael. She meets an assassin who has been sent to kill Bael and starts to like him. Even though he says she shouldn't try to get Bael and tries to stop her.
Interesting, I liked it okay but not a favorite. A little bland.
Making out a battle, and angels and demons.
Errant by Diana Peterfreund-Gitta is a unicorn hunter and she's brought a unicorn hunter and she's brought a unicorn for the traditional hunt before a wedding. She thinks Elise is a rich, spoiled girl afraid to get dirty. But surprisingly they come to find that they aren't so different and they both want to save the unicorn from death.
I liked it okay, it was a sweet story. A little round about without much a point and a little boring though.
A kiss and a little violence.
The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney- Marie/Moth is a vampire sent to retrieve a book for her master. However she finds it taken by a strange human boy, or so she thought at first. Turns out he needs the book to save someone and she ends up helping him in order to get the book in the end.
Definitely interesting. I liked it a lot and Moth was pretty funny, I liked her character.
28 cuss words, deginn/genie things, vampires, and magic spirit-y stuff.
Lost by Justine Musk-Sasha has always been good at finding lost things. When a stranger pops up and starts giving her lessons and telling her about another realm she begins to do amazing things...maybe even things that are a little scary. And she's attracted to this stranger although she knows next to nothing about him...
I really liked the tie in of Greek mythology especially since the god in the one is one of my favorites. A great short story that like flips inside out from creepy to cool and sweet.
Some magic-y stuff and a god.
The spy who never grew up by Sarah Rees Brennan- Peter Pan is the boy who never grew up and while some things have changed (he's a spy for her majesty) there is still something he always wants, a mother.
Oh my wordy I loved this!! This author is so inventive and I really loved it. A little confused in the beginning but at the end? So perfect!!
Some fairies and magic.
Dungeons of Langeais by Becca Fitzpatrick- Chauncey is possessed by a fallen angel (-ish) and is fighting to break free. He steals the woman (Jolie) that the angel cares about and is with and hides her away in hope of being freed from the possession after 200 years.
I liked it alright and I'm certainly interesting in the series now! It was lovely writing.
3 cuss words, angels & demons, a death, mention of a slight romance in the past.
Behind the red door by Caitlin Kittredge- Jo goes to the ash house and discovers a ghost who isn't what he seems.
Creepy turned out okay but not really my type. Too creepy haha.
27 cuss words, murders, ghosts, gay characters, drinking & smoking/drugs (mentioned).
Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan- Tabitha sneaks out to the forest where the unconsecrated zombie like people live. She dreams and longs for adventure meets a guy and goes cuckoo before realizing what she needs to do what is her purpose.
Ehhh interesting enough, good moral but a bit morbid.
Zombie-ish, some injuries, and lust-ish.
Familiar by Michelle Rowen-Witch in training Brenda gets a familiar that turns out to be a semi-on-the-run shifter. A hot one too.
I really loved this one, definitely my favorite and so funny, exciting, and fantastical.
12 cuss words, magic, witches, shifters, werewolves, brief battle, 3 kisses.
Fearless by Rachel Vincent-Sabine goes to Holser house after a long-ish string of crimes. She is a Mara and can tell that something isn't right here...why is no one afraid??
I enjoyed it a good bit. Snarky and a fun mystery with a sweet ending.
18 cuss words, making out, mention of drinking, abuse, bulmia, violence, and bean sidhe and mara.
Vermillion by Daniel Marks-Velvet and Nick go to check out some disturbances in a nearby ghost government outpost thingy. They also meet a strange women, Amie, who they can't quite figure out...
Ehhhh confusing and I didn't like the characters all that much.
19 cuss words, making out, some lust-ish & nudity, ghosts, banshees and possession. Mention of gay.
The Hounds of Ulster by Maggie Stiefvater-Sullivan and Bryant play Irish music but Sullivan is slipping away. They're taking him away and Bryant doesn't know how to stop it.
Ehh interesting but the ending stunk. It was a bit confusing and I didn't realize it was a girl's pov until forever.
13 cuss words, drinking and fey like creatures.
Many Happy Returns by Daniel Waters-Basically a zombie story about kids coming back within a week of their death and being less expressive and this guy waiting for his daughter to come back. Hopefully.
Ehhh a little sad, boring, and confusing (because of it being form another series) and all together it didn't work so great for me. Still okay though.