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6.19.2009

Review: My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (anthology)

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My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (anthology) edited by P.N. Elrod
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Anthology
Trade Paperback (ST. MARTINS GRIFFIN, 368 pages, $13.95)
ISBN# 0312375042
What newly married couple doesn't dream of a romantic retreat where they can escape the world for a while—but what happens when supernatural forces intrude on their wedded bliss?
Nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors answer that question in this all-star collection of supernatural stories. Can a vampire-hunter enjoy her honeymoon when she’s just learned that her new hubby is a werewolf? How can newlyweds focus on their wedding night when their honeymoon suite is haunted by feuding ghosts? And what’s a wizard to do when a gruesome monster kidnaps the bride on her way home from the wedding?
With so much otherworldly mayhem awaiting our newlyweds, will they ever get around to the honeymoon itself? Find out in…My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.
* Kelley Armstrong
* Jim Butcher
* Rachel Caine
* P.N. Elrod
* Caitlin Kittredge
* Marjorie M. Liu
* Katie MacAlister
* Lilith Saintcrow
* Ronda Thompson

Author Site:
www.vampwriter.com


Putting the full moon in 'honeymoon'... (4 stars)

We've taken a look at the wild and weird wedding photos, now it's time to hitch a ride on the honeymoon train. Here are a handful of supernatural stories of post-wedding vacations gone awry.

[STALKED] by Kelley Armstrong is a Clay and Elena story from her Women of the Otherworld series. When a mutt interupts Clay's special honeymoon plans for Elena he's got to get rid of the bastard without drawing attention to it. Fans of Armstrong's characters will probably love this one but hearing it from Clay's perspective felt weird to me. 3/5 stars

[HEOROT] by Jim Butcher brings readers into the world of Harry Dresden for a quickie adventure. Harry and his dog Mouse are set after a grendelkin who has kidnapped a young bride just setting out on her honeymoon. While I've still not delved into the Dresden Files Butcher knows how to deliver an entertaining short story that even non-fans of the series can enjoy. 4/5 stars

[ROMAN HOLIDAY or SPQ-ARRRRRR] by Rachel Caine picks up where her story from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding left off. Celia and Liam Lockhart are about to set off on their honeymoon but first they've got to deal with mutiny and a couple of cursed bad guys on the high seas. Another cute piratical adventure from Caine, a fun follow-up to her previous tale of pirates. 4/5 stars

[HER MOTHER'S DAUGHTER] by P.N. Elrod drops readers into the world of Elrod's Vampire Files with Jack Fleming being rushed to a reception to find a missing groom. Twists and turns lead Jack through some interesting social curiosities all while hiding the fact that he is in fact, a vampire. Another series I've not read but certainly does tickle my curiosity with Elrod's narrative style, one I am sure Vampire Files fans would enjoy but readable by anybody. 4/5 stars

[NEWLYDEADS] by Caitlin Kittredge leads readers through a confusing plot that introduces her leading characters for her Black London series (which wasn't released yet when this anthology was released but rather, just came out June 2009). Newlyweds and strange happenings at a nice hotel/resort make for a strange story of spooky magic. Liked the characters introduced but this story confused the heck out of me, I was completely lost with no explanation of the finer details this series will introduce. 3/5 stars

[WHERE THE HEART LIVES] by Marjorie M. Liu is noted as taking place long before the events of her Dirk & Steele series but basically being tied to it. When a young woman is thrust from her home and sent to live with strangers who care for a cemetery ghostly happenings and a dangerous mystery in the woods threaten her. This one IMO really didn't fit the honeymoon theme of the book very well but was a great story I very much enjoyed. 4/5 stars

[CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE] by Katie MacAlister follows characters from her Dark Ones series through a honeymoon adventure in a haunted castle. When Raphael St. John and his bride meet up with the ghosts of Fyfe Castle they might get more than they bargained for in this vacation package. A little too silly for my tastes I (again) think fans of the series who wanted to know more about Raphael will like what they read. 3/5 stars

[HALF OF BEING MARRIED] by Lilith Saintcrow is typical Saintcrow originality poured into print for a clever, exciting adventure that flies by fast. Mr. and Mrs. Black have just started their honeymoon when they find out that their most important secrets they've been hiding from one another could be a deal-breaker, if the vampires don't get to them first! Saintcrow's writing is always hit or miss with me, love it or hate it she knows how to create really unique stuff and this is no exception... pretty darned good for a short story. 4/5 stars

[A WULF IN GROOM'S CLOTHING] by Ronda Thompson is a modern Wulf family (from her historical paranormal Wild Wulfs of London trilogy) tale of a newlywed Wulf and his unbroken curse. Sam hoped his curse would be broken once he and Laura married and consumated their marriage but when he still turns wolfy he's going to have to tell her the truth. This was cute but not overly fluffy and really made me wish that Thompson (who passed away last summer) was going to be writing more. 4/5 stars

Overall not quite as strong of a collection as My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding but definitely a nicely balanced one. Lots of tie-ins to other series written by these authors so their fans really shouldn't miss out on picking this one up. So what's next? An anniversaries collection maybe? Enjoy!

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