Beyond Books


by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, Jocelyn Drake

I bought this book back in August and it’s taken me this long to get through it. It was something I had kept in my bathroom so I could read a short story during bath time, however that never actually panned out. So I picked it up again this week as I needed some sort of distraction from things going on.

I’m always uncertain how to review anthologies, I suppose a take on each of the stories would be best, but I find that can get too long. I will say that none of the stories were as good as I would have liked. I was rather disappointed in the Kim Harrison story, mainly because the plot revolved around Jenks and where as I enjoy him in small doses in the main Hollows series, he’s not a character I can take entire story of, short or not. Rachel Morgan wasn’t even in the story except by name and the inclusion of Ivy into the plot was trivial to say the least. I guess for those wanting to know more about the pixie life in this series it works well, but I found it hard to get into.

The other stories, set in or around the worlds we regularly know from these authors fell flat to me. Melissa Marr’s story held no interest for me at all, and that is sad since I love her Wicked Lovely series.

I suppose overall I was very disappointed in this anthology. How sad. 🙁

One Comment

  • darla d

    I’m sorry this was disappointing – I hate when that happens! I am unsure about my feelings for these anthologies, which are so popular these days. They’re good for getting a taste of a new writing, and also for visiting favorite worlds and characters. Ideally, the stories would be gripping but peripheral to the main plot arc of the series, don’t you think? Sometimes it is indispensible to read them if you are a fan of the series, and it’s hard to know when that is so I can get my hands on the story. Hmm. Guess I’ll take a pass on this one.

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