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4.5 - A great sampling of powerful 'Chicks' in action
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2011
Now this is more like it... these leading ladies really do 'kick' it. Most of these stories are connected to long running series, and since some of those series are complete, it was fun to get an encore from favorite characters I haven't seen in awhile. And while most of these popular urban fantasy authors take us to their established worlds, there are a few who give us glimpses of new ones - and there are a few of these worlds that I really hope I get to visit again.
Shiny by Rachel Caine ~~ A long drive to a picnic at the beach with her djinn lover David turns into a wild ride for Joanne ~~ I love David and was happy to get another chance to see him and Joanne one more time, since Caine's wrapped up her Weather Wardens.
In Vino Veritas by Karen Chance ~~ When dhampire Dorina comes up against a vampire gang, a very unusual duel is her only hope of surviving. ~~ This Dorina Basarab short had some funny moments, can't wait for the next full length Dorina book.
Hunt by Rachel Vincent ~~ When faced with real monsters, werecat Abby finds she's a victim no longer ~~ It was hard not to get depressed by the events which help Abby to find her inner strength in this Werecats connected short.
Monsters by Lilith Saintcrow ~~ Having lost her "family" to hunters, Eleni is out for vengeance ~~ Great world building in this short, I'd like to read more about these vamps - on her site Saintcrow says she may write more of Eleni and Tarquin.
Vampires Prefer Blondes by P N Elrod ~~ Blondes have 'gotta' stick together, and Bobbi's intimate knowledge of vamps is going to come in handy. ~~ Vampire Files connected short, I don't follow the series but I think the leading lady is vampire PI Jack's girlfriend. I have read - and liked - many of Elrod's other shorts, but it was nice for a change of pace to see a 'dame' doing the rescuing.
Ninth Tenths of the Law by Jenna Black ~~ Possessed by an illegal demon or just a rebellious teen? Either way this girl needs Morgan's help to avoid a purification - by fire. ~~ Since the Morgan Kingsley Exorcist series is complete, it was fun to get a little Morgan quickie, but I would have been happier with two more paragraphs to wrap up things that Black hanging at the end.
Double Dead by Cheyenne McCray ~~ Night Tracker Nyx is captured while in her daytime PI form, by shifters who can look like anyone and have big plans. ~~ A good Night Tracker carve out with some pretty emotional moments for fans.
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Red by Elizabeth A Vaughn ~~ Better not think of shooting the messenger when it's Red making the delivery. ~~ This is my first story for Vaughn so I don't know if this more fantasyish story ties in to her other series. Even in a book populated by kick butt females, Red has got to be the most lethal.
Superman by Jeanne C Stein ~~ A persona non grata from Anna's past need her help dealing with a predator. ~~ An Anna Strong short, Stein does a good job of writing a story that will work for fans and newbies too.
Monster Mash by Carole Nelson Douglas ~~ PI Delilah is hired to get rid of a singing ghost haunting a casino ~~ The Delilah Street short was fairly involved, so I probably didn't enjoy it as much as fans of the series would.
Wanted Dead or Alive by L A Banks ~~ An assassin's failed hit is just the beginning of her new "life" ~~ I don't know if this one was connected to Bank's vampires since I don't follow that series, but I am not as fond of her shorts, as I am of her werewolves.
Mist by Susan Krinard ~~ The fighting is over for a Valkyrie now living on Earth, or is it? ~~ I find Norse myth interesting and wouldn't mind seeing more of this heroine.
Beyond the Pale by Nancy Holder ~~ A woman newly awakened to her hidden powers, is on her first mission as part of a group of magic wielders protecting the world from the Erl King and the Wild Hunt ~~ As much as I love some of the other authors, this was my favorite of the stories even though it ended way too soon. This is a world that I want to read more about, and I checked Holder's site and I may get my wish since she has plans to turn this story into a full novel in the future.