Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review: On The Hunt (anthology) by Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Knight

Title: On The Hunt
Series: Sentinel Wars, Final Prophecy, Gods of Midnight
Author: Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Knight
Read copy: eBook
Published: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 1101481285
ISBN-13: 9781101481288

With shadowy creatures, intoxicating magic, vivdly imagined worlds, and sizzling passion, this is an anthology no fan of paranormal romance will want to miss.

In Gena Showalter’s “Ever Night,” Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting world every year on her birthday—a world ruled by a warrior king who hunts her kind. Neither of them can deny the passion that soon consumes them both…

In Shannon K. Butcher’s “The Collector,” demon hunter Neal Etan sets out to acquire a powerful artifact, but find much more in beautiful Viviana Rowan. The antique dealer’s touch strengthens his magic—and her life may be in Neal’s hands if they don’t recover the artifact in time…

In Jessica Andersen’s “Crystal Skull,” archaeologist Natalie Albright’s dig gets shut down amid rumors she has awakened the local demons. But when the terrifying underworld creatures attack, Natalie must team up with her ex to survive. As they fight the ancient menace, they discover a destiny that binds them together---and threatens to tear them apart…

And in Deidre Knight’s “Red Angel,” Jamie Angel, leader of the deadly Nightshades, has tracked every kind of monster and demon that roams the darkness, but none of his experiences can prepare him for falling in love with one of the creatures he’s trained to destroy…

My rating:

I only read one book by Gena Showalter and I hated it, so I was pretty leery of reading her story in this anthology. I went in prepared for the worst...but Ever Night literally blew me away and ended up being my favorite contribution in this collection.
It was dark, angsty, tender, sweet, heart-breaking, heart-warming, and utterly bittersweet. And I absolutely adored it. Now I'm wondering whether there is (or will be) a series about "Nightmare" and if the answer is yes, when is the next book released? Because I want more!

The Collector by Shannon K. Butcher was the "weakest link" in this anthology. I read the first book in the Sentinel Wars series and didn't like it that much, and this short story didn't convince me of giving the series another shot.
It was good, but not that good.

Jessica Andersen's Crystal Skull was another installment in her "doomsday" Final Prophecy series, and while I did like it, it had all the usual JA and FP elements, I didn't feel quite connected to it, since it didn't feature the already established Nightkeepers cast from the previous books.
So, while it was tied to the series, it seemed somehow removed from it all. I sure hope to see Natalie and JT in one of the "normal" books in the future.

Red Angel was the first thing I read by Deidre Knight, but I sure hope it won't be the last. Because it packed quite a punch despite being quite tame in the hotness department and had quite an "inspirational romance" vibe to it.
Maybe a shortened version with less God-talk...

All in all, this was a great little anthology, wonderful to keep up the pace with the established series and a good lookout spot for new authors.


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