The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance

Published in: 2009
Pages: 512
Edition read: E-book
Series #: Weather Wardens 7.5, Guardians 3.5, Kitty Norville 0.4, Otherworld Stories

Book Description:

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.

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.

Stories include:
“The Temptation of Robin Green” by Carrie Vaughan
“Succubus Seduction” by Cheyenne McCray
“Paranormal Romance Blues” by Kelley Armstrong
“John Doe” by Anna Windsor
“Taking Hold” by Anya Bast
“How to Date a Superhero” by Jean Johnson
“Daniel” by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
“Light Through Fog” by Holly Lisle
“The Tuesday Enchantress” by Mary Jo Putney
“Trinity Blue” by Eve Silver
“Grace of Small Magics” by Ilona Andrews
“Once a Demon” by Dina James
“Night Vision” by Maria V. Snyder
“Pele’s Tears” by Catherine Mulvany
“Pack” by Jeaniene Frost
“When Gargoyles Fly” by Lori Devoti
“The Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife” by Sara Mackenzie
“Blood Song” by Lynda Hilburn
“The Princess and the Peas” by Alyssa Day
“At Second Bite” by Michelle Rowen
“Blue Crush” by Rachel Caine
“The Wager” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
“In Sheep’s Clothing” by Meljean Brook
“The Dream Catcher” by Allyson James

My review:
There were too many stories in this anthology. 24 stories means that each story is about 20ish pages long, so as soon as you get into a story/world/characters, it ends, and you have to start a new one. That’s exhausting. Having to get into a new group of characters, new world, new circumstances every 20 pages, that is really hard reading. I could only read one or two stories in one sitting, so this took a while to get through.

That aside, these stories are quite good. Short, weird and wacky, but good. There were a lot of good authors in this anthology, some old favourites like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Caine, and Maria V Snyder; and some well known authors I’d been dying to read, like Carrie Vaugh, Kelley Armstrong, and Alyssa Day. There were some fantastic stories, some mediocre stories, and some really fun characters introduced.

I liked and hated this anthology. Liked the stories, the characters, the worlds, the energy of the writing. I hated that they were all so short, so crammed into one volume, that it just became a blur. I had a look at that list of story names and I can remember like three of them- I did take notes on each story, but that means little now (I had initially meant to review each story, but we’d be here all night if I did that, at 24 individual stories!).

Final review:
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance rating:
5/10. Good authors, good stories, but too short and too many crammed into one volume. Would I re-read it? I’d read the stories for sure, standalone, but as a volume or collection I wouldn’t read this again. My running issue is the too many short stories.
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of any of those authors or who are intrigued by any of those authors, fans of paranormal romances and fantasy stories, and people short on time- if you say you don’t have time to read, maybe try an anthology like this- the stories are so short that you can finish one while eating breakfast, and that’s your reading done for the day!