Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romane 2 edited by Trisha Telep
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 edited by Trisha Telep
I’ll review this similar to how I reviewed The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. I was looking forward to this collection since I had enjoyed the last one so much. I felt that this one fell short of its predecessor and it could’ve been better… way better.
To Hell With Love by Jackie Kessler
When Caitlin’s sister opens a gift that was meant for Caitlin from her ex-husband, Caitlin and her ex must travel into her sister’s mind to retrieve her. I wanted to like this story. I did, but it was just, well, bland. It lacked originality in some areas and I was just mostly bored with the story and the way it was executed.
Princes of Dominion by Ava Gray
Camael, an angel falls for a human woman and won’t give her up. His love comes with a terrible sacrifice, not just from him but from his fellow angels as well. This story was amazing. I really enjoyed it. I think that this would’ve been better as a full length novel though. I mean that ending was just like saying “Hey, look you could start a series!” I would definitely read that series. I’ve never heard of Ava Gray before this, but she’s a great writer definitely checking her out.
Spirit of the Prairie by Shirley Damsgaard
R.J. is a reporter doing a story on a Native American cultural center and discovers more than she bargained for. I liked this one, but I don’t know it felt lacking. The shapeshifting aspect of the novel was excellent though and I feel like it was the stories strongest point. I had heard of Damsgaard and want to read her Ophelia & Abby series, but I’m more hesitant because of this story.
The Demon’s Secret by Nathalie Gray
Cain is a Harvester, someone who collects secrets leading the way to Heaven and Hell, competes with Bethany, another Harvester, but only ends up helping her. I couldn’t get into this story and I was disappointed by it. From the reviews I’ve seen people have also struggled with it. I was guess I was expecting something more since I hadn’t love the previous story, but was just disappointed.
Marine Biology by Gail Carriger
A closeted gay Alpha werewolf has to go back home and face his family. He ends up meeting an old high school crush that turns out to be a mermaid and has to deal with a ghost that just wants to meddle in his father’s life. I have been wanting to read something by Carriger since I discovered her Parasol Protectorate series (that I still haven’t gotten my hands on) and I was so excited to read this one. This story was so funny and cute. Carriger is a great writer and I can’t wait to get my hands on her other work.
Zola’s Pride by Moira Rogers
Zola was thrown out and chased away by her mother’s Pride and she left everything behind including the man she loved and Walker is back and needs her help. I have not read the Southern Arcana series or have heard of it, so that’s probably why I was confused every now and then while reading, but I did enjoy the story.
In Dreams by Elissa Wilds
A woman learns how to astro-project and meets a mysterious man in her dreams that begins to take over her life. This story was fantastic. I’ve never read anything about astro-projection, but I really liked it. I enjoyed how the story ending and was just so… thrilled that I read something new and enjoyed it.
The Gauntlet by Karen Chance
Gillian is an imprisoned witch and leads a riot with the help of Chris Marlowe, vampire, to break free of her captors. I have heard of Chance and have been wanting to read her for a while, but this story seemed to drag. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s a talented writer, but this story lacked and seemed to fall short. The story had action, but that was all the story had. I love good action but not when it’s over done. Hopefully the next time I try Chance I won’t be let down.
The Getaway by Sonya Bateman
Jazz and her part dijinn boyfriend, Gavyn, go on a romantic getaway, but end up stranded where people seem to disappear frequently. Pretty good, but I was just kind of like, “What???” at the end and the “villain” was, well, annoying.
Mr. Sandman by Sherri Browning Erwin
Eve retreats to her aunt’s bed & breakfast and finds a man suffering from amnesia lying naked on the beach. Mythology! Yes, mythology plays a role in this story and it plays its role well. I loved this story. It was intriguing and I want more.
The Sin-Eater’s Promise by Michele Hauf
A soul gatherer hunts down a sin eater that has been intercepting his souls and finds himself caring for the woman he has to kill. I enjoyed this one, but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would.
Fragile Magic by Sharon Ashwood
A half fae woman that hides her heritage rescues a baby gargoyle and ends up taking him a vet where she meets a hunky werewolf. I loved this story. It was cute, funny, and the baby gargoyle was the best. I want a gargoyle now.
Nigthdrake by Lara Adrian
Nisha the Heartless is a transporter and is caring cargo she can’t wait to get rid of. But when her cargo starts talking, she can’t help but talk back and discovers a Drakor, a dragon. I loved this story. Since reading it I have read another of Adrian’s work, but I didn’t like it as much as this one. This story was great and different; just overall fantastic.
The Sons of Ra by Helen Scott Taylor
Trisha returns to Paris to get help from the Comte de Montgatine, a man she loved and lost almost twenty years ago. I loved the whole aspect of this story it was fascinating and completely different. I want more of the Sons of Ra.
Eve of Warfare by S.J. Day
Eve is torn between Alec Cain and Reed Abel. Apparently this is the short story promised to readers since the writer is no longer continuing the Marked series. I know who she chooses, but I want to read the series because well I think if I read the series I would enjoy this ending a lot more.
The Majestic by Seressia Glass
A story between two people who get a second chance at love. This story wasn’t anything special and I felt it could’ve been a lot better.
Answer the Wicked by Kim Lenox
A nurse is caught in the middle of a battle between immortal beings and a man desperate to enslave humans. I don’t know why but I just loved this story. It was great and I want more.
I didn’t like this one as much as the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, but there were stories I did enjoy and love. I was expecting a lot more from this collection and a lot of the stories fell short. Some of the stories didn’t even have any romance at all. I suggest the next mammoth book should be The Mammoth Book of Mythological Romance. I would read it, buy it, and probably and hopefully love it. I want a big book full of mythology and I want it soon.
Cover Thoughts: I don’t love the cover. The guy on it is unappealing and why does it look like there’s a planet behind him. I just don’t like the cover very much, but I do like the colors. So the cover is likeable, but could’ve been better.