02 June 2011

HEXED - Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, Jeanne C Stein

From the back of the book: Four of the bestselling names in romance and fantasy come together in this collection of thrilling novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two...

New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews spins "Magic Dreams". Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep waters when she must challenge a dark being to a battle of wits or risk losing the man for whom she secretly longs.

In "Ice Shards", New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn returns to the Otherworld as Iris Kuusi, a Finnish house sprite, journeys to the frozen Northlands to confront the crazed shadow of her former lover and break the curse that is keeping her from marrying the man she loves.

National bestselling author Allyson James takes you to Magellan, Arizona, where Stormwalker Jane Begay and her friends are trapped by a powerful curse. It will take every bit of magic simmering beneath her skin for the Stormwalker to survive being "Double Hexed".

From national bestselling author Jeanne C. Stein comes "Blood Debt", in which bounty-hunter-turned-vampire Anna Strong is visited by three witches who ask her to right an old wrong. Anna will have to live up to her last name to make it through alive.


For me, historically, an anthology is one strong story, one reasonably good and the rest rather weak filler.

I was highly pleased to find that HEXED happily underexceeded my historical expectations....each and every novella smoked!

I was introduced to two new-to-me authors, in that I've heard of them, but not read as yet, Allyson James and Ilona Andrews. I have added their books to the WWBL because of their novellas in this book. Each one kept me up way past my bedtime so I could see what else was going to happen to the characters. Especially in Allyson James story, 'Double Hexed'. A multiple of supernatural characters working together to figure out who or what was keeping them trapped inside their hotel.

I've read Yasmine Galenorn's Sisters of the Moon series in the past, but meandered away for some reason. I will be going back after reading 'Ice Shards'. I like how Yasmine draws other characters into the main story, not just the sisters. I've been fascinated with Iris' place in the household and her backstory is uniquely told.

And I absolutely adore Anna Strong's story as written by Jeanne Stein. She's tough, family oriented, and trying to learn her place in the world as a vampire and as The Chosen. I am highly intrigued to read what is going to happen next since it looks like Anna might have a new love interest. YAY!

Thank you, Jeanne Stein, for giving me this signed ARC to enjoy and have on the keeper shelf to dig into again. HEXED comes out 7 Jun. Go get this highly excellent anthology!!

Five sparkly smokin' diamonds......


Aurian said...

I love both the Yasmine Galenorn and Ilona Andrews series, so I bought the book for those two stories. I have started with Allyson James, but put that book on hold to read Kiss of Snow first. Jeanne Stein is on my TBR for years now, somehow, never get to her.

Imzadi Dragonfly said...

Good to hear. I picked it up Sunday. I really enjoy the Kate Daniels series. You know... Powell's might have some signed backstock of the first book. Do you want me to check?

Vickie said...

Aurian: that is what I love about an anthology, getting introduced to new authors. I am glad I found the new ones and enjoyed the 'old'ones. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Jenna: I am looking forward to hearing what you think of the book. I have a feeling you will dig it.
Thank you for checking with Powell's on Ilona Andrews signed backstock. First in series would be cool. Thanks!