“This is a great book for The Hollows fans to have all these anthologies brought together into one book especially if you've never wanted to spend money buying all those separate books or if you've just happened to miss a couple ~ like me! And if you're not a Hollows fan, there are four stories at the end that are not related to the series that you might find interesting.
The first six stories are old Hollows anthos:
#1 - The Bespelled (The Outlaw Demon Wails).
This is an interesting tale of Al and Ceri back at their beginnings and even though it was too short, I was shocked at Ceri's feelings. And "Gally"? who knew??
#2 - Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel (Holidays are Hell)
We get a glimpse of a younger Rachel with her brother, Robbie, who has come home for a visit and through a bet, Rachel brings back Pierce. I really enjoyed seeing Rachel and Robbie together and it helped me understand what had happened. (I loved her nickname...Firefly). I also liked Pierce more. But it was hard seeing Rachel weaker physically.
#3 - Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil (Dates From Hell)
I had actually read this one before...and did a review:
This story was pretty intense and long for a novella. I really enjoyed getting the whole Ivy perspective and how she is trying to deal with the bloodlust. It was so much more dark and creepy than anything I've ever gotten in any of the Hollows books. It really gives a better understanding on why it's so hard for her with Rachel and a little bit of the vampire dynamics.
The thing I hated was her being with Kisten!!! It just creeped me out....even though you knew Ivy and Kisten had been together before him and Rachel, to actually read about it and in detail felt like he was cheating on Rachel!
Mia was pretty weird too and it was interesting to get more information on her. If you've read the Hollows, you will understand what I mean.
Yep, I still feel the same way but not so creeped out anymore about Ivy and Kisten. I still really miss Kisten. And some of the lines at the end were great..."A witch? They partnered me with a witch? Whose bright-ass idea was that?" and "It was only for a year. How bad could it be?" oh Ivy, if you only knew.
#4 - Dirty Magic (Hotter Than Hell)
This is about Mia, the banshee, and her true love, Tom....really sad story.
#5 - The Bridges of Eden Park (For a Few Demons More)
Another one I have actually read before....really sweet scenes with Rachel and Kisten that was torture to read. ( i miss him!!). I loved seeing Kisten interacting with his nephew.
Best line: "Do you kiss her? the boy asked. Kisten grinned as his hand fell from Audric's shoulder. Every chance I get."
#6 - Ley Line Drifter (Unbound)
This one is all about two of my favorite characters; Jenks and Bis. Jenks gets hired by another pixy to help him with his daughter. I liked Jenks' POV and I think some of his mistakes just made him seem more real. And I LOVED Bis coming to his rescue. My favorite scenes were the ones between Jenks and Matalina and Jenks and his kids.
and a new short: #7 - Million Dollar Baby
This one is all about Trent baby! Well, Trent and Jenks. I so enjoyed getting Trent's POV and a few little thoughts about Rachel - aka "five-foot-eight inches of bothersome redhead". Jenks and Trent worked really well together to Trent's amazement...and Jenks' too and I got a kick out of all Jenks' nicknames for Trent. And when Trent saw - and touched - Lucy...I got chills. I loved how Jenks could relate to Trent and supported him. (I really missed Rachel though.)
and the shorts that are not related to The Hollows:
#8 - Pet Shop Boy
A different spin on vampires that was a bit creepy especially with the whole cat thing.
#9 - Temson Estates
This story and the next one has to do with dryads or tree spirits. In this one, William Temson inherits the woods and comes to find out why. I sort of liked how it ended.
#10 - Spider's Silk
This story was more about a legend of a tree spirit who tries to trick young girls so he could have a soul. It's a bit creepy but I liked it. There's a whole family of females; grandmother, mother and two daughters, who live on the property and we get the grandmother's and the mother's POV. I think this could easily have been a full length story and the ending was very trippy! (I'm still not sure what happened!)
#11 - Grace
Grace is a "thrower", someone who can manipulate energy, and these powers vary from person to person. She's a type of cop who reins in young people who haven't been trained. Some great characters include her dog, Hoc, her partner, Boyd, and an ex-boyfriend, Jason.
I remember Kim Harrison talking about this story and I can see why she liked it. Another one that would be a good full length story or even a series.
Overall, some great additions to The Hollows series that probably aren't necessary to read but certainly enhance the series. The new stories are interesting but it would've been great to know if she plans to do anything more with them.