Hex Appeal

Hex Appeal is filled with short stories from some of the best urban fantasy authors out there. I enjoyed reading the different styles of writings and being introduced to a few authors I had not read before, which are good things about reading anthologies. Also we get to see sneak peeks into characters pasts and little side adventures!

Retribution Clause - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels Series)

First off I love the writing duo of Ilona Andrews. I love Kate and all of the characters of her world. So it was very interesting to get a side story with mention of a character that has always been a mystery. I am talking about Saiman. Retribution Clause is about his cousin, who is just as scary as her cousin! You follow her and her partner as they seek and Assassinate. The job they go on has the usual danger and magic that we all know and love. A good little read for some Kate fans.

Bigfoot on Campus - Jim Butcher (Dresden Files Series)

I must admit I have not read Jim Butcher before, and I found myself very much wanting to catch up on previous books. I like humor in my books and Bigfoot on Campus delivered. Harry Dresden is a wizard, who is investigating a threat against his friend Bigfoots son. I do not know when or where this takes place in the series, but I have found myself a new author to check out!

Holly's Balm - Rachel Caine

I have not read any of Rachel Caine titles before, so this is another new author for me. I liked her writing style and the way the story moved along. Ms. Caine has several series for me to choose from and she also does shorts as well. In Holly's Balm, the story follows Holly and Andy, who I guess had a short in the Strange Brew anthology. What got my interest is that Holly is a resurrection witch and Andy is a gunslinger from the old west that she resurrected. They are on the hunt for a serial killer who is resurrecting his victims to only kill them again. I really liked the chemistry between the two main characters and their romance. I really hope these two get a full book to tell their story.

Snow Job - Carole Nelson Douglas (Delilah Street)

I have read Carole Nelson Douglas before; I follow her Deliilah series and was excited to read more. I feel that to understand her world, and the short you need to follow her series. She has more of a complex writing style that is more graphic and written out with a lot of description. The story follows a missing rock star and a hell goddess bent on revenge and is out to get Deliiah and Snow. This is a good little short for Delilah Street fans.

Outside the Box - P.N. Elrod

I have not read P.N. Elrod before, so this was a new one for me as well. This was a simple outside the box story about a vampire and witch who work together for The Company, an agency that watches new vampires. The two partners look for a missing woman. Not too exciting and fact filled but entertaining nonetheless.

How Do You Feel - Simon R Green (Nightside Series)

I have not read Simon R Green before. The story itself, I felt was little weird and I had a hard time keeping interest. How do you feel follows a dead boy zombie on a mission to track down his murderers. It was a little weird for me, but followers of the series may like it.

There will be Demons- Lori Handeland (Phoenix Chronicles)

I love Lori Handeland. I follow both of her series. The Phoenix series my fav! The secondary characters Summer and Jimmy are the center of this short. They are partnered together unwillingly and these two fight together in a demon killing job that leads to more than just kill the monsters. This is a good little short into the world of killer fairies, dhampires, skinwalkers and fallen angels. This is a very addictive world.

Cherry Kisses- Erica Hayes (Shadowfae Chronicles)

I enjoyed this story the most out of them all. Set in the Sadowfae world, Cherry Kisses is the prequel to the series. With an enjoyable con artist who has a few tricks up her sleeve to the handsome teacher who got away. These two team up to retrieve an abject from a demon from hell. I enjoyed the banter between these two. This is a well-written short that give a great look into the world of the Shadowfae series.

The Arcane Art of Misdirection- Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville)

I’m a HUGE fan of Carrie Vaughn and her Kitty Norville series. I can never get enough of her books and I love that I got a quick read into the world. The Arcane Art of Misdirection is set in Las Vegas and follows a blackjack dealer who spots cheating happening. This leads Odysseus Grant to the scheme. This is a good little short for any Kitty Fan.

Book Blurb for Hex Appeal

Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…

In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

In this bewitching collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors tell all-new, otherworldly tales.  Spellbinding stories featuring bigfoot, albino vampires, professional wizards, resurrected boyfriends and even a sex droid from the twenty- third century named Silicon Lily.  But as our conjurers are about to discover, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hexed.  And sometimes, even the best spun spells can lead to complete and utter mayhem.

Includes Stories From: Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Carole Nelson Douglas, P. N. Elrod, Simon R. Green, Lori Handeland, Erica Hayes and Carrier Vaughn

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2012 3.50