Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance by Trisha Telep (editor)

Title: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Author: Trisha Telep (editor)

Read copy: Paperback
Published: March 9, 2009
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 0762436514
ISBN-13: 9780762436514

Fall in love with someone out of this world.

If love transcends all boundaries then paranormal romance is its logical conclusion. From the biggest names around, here are 24 tales to take you to another time and place.

Let Alyssa Day, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cheyenne McCray, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Maria V. Snyder, Carrie Vaughn, Allyson James Marland and others show you powers beyond your wildest imaginings.

Within these pages mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels, and mortals with extra-sensitive sensory perception play out the themes of extraordinary desires.

My rating:

Nothing to write home about, that's for sure. There were a couple of good stories in here, but were unfortunate to share space with other not-so-good stories, and so seemed rushed and not long enough. The potential was there, though.

The Good:
Paranormal Romance Blues by Kelley Armstrong (good humor)
Taking Hold by Anya Bast (wanted to read more about Mac and Lily)
How To Date a Superhero Jean Johnson (it promised, but didn't show the "big scene")
Trinity Blue by Eve Silver (again, wanted to read more)
Grace of Small Magics by Ilona Andrews (the absolute best in the bunch)
Night Vision by Maria V. Snyder (interesting premise, too little space)
Pack by Jeaniene Frost (what's not to love about werewolves, especially hunky ones, although the heroine was the most annoying one of the bunch)
The Dream Catcher by Allyson James (definitely not long enough)

The So-So: (with a little more work, and more plot, they might've worked)
John Doe by Anna Windsor
Light Through Fog by Holly Lisle
Once A Demon by Dina James
The Princess and the Peas by Alyssa Day
At Second Bite by Michelle Rowen
In Sheep's Clothing by Meljean Brook

The Bad: (utterly unnecessary, IYAM)
The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaughn
Succubus Seduction by Cheyenne McCray
Daniel by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
The Tuesday Enchantress by Mary Jo Putney
Pele's Tears by Catherine Mulvany
When Gargoyles Fly by Lori Devoti
The Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife by Sara Mackenzie
Blood Song by Lynda Hilburn
Blue Crush by Rachel Caine
The Wager by Kinley MacGregor


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