On the Hunt (short story anthology) Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall & Hannah Jayne
I usually prefer my books long – very long – and so avoid short stories. But I’d heard a lot about the authors of the first three stories in this anthology and decided to give it a go (thanks netgalley!). When I say I’ve now downloaded books by both Ivy and Zanetti you’ll understand that I’m glad I went with these shorts.
The first three were for me that bit better – fast paced, memorable characters, intricate world settings and strong story lines. I was particularly annoyed when Scorpius Rising finished – a new take on a wannabe zombies?! Those damn hunky Scotsmen are everywhere.
But for me the passion, longing and raw sensuality of Mika and Bailey won me over – and there was enough of the intricate world that Ms Ivy has created to really have me hooked!
As for Dianne Duvall’s ghost story – who doesn’t love a lonely spirit or want a sexy dream or two?! Yuri seemed both lost and yet very real. Whilst the ending was perhaps a bit obvious I just loved Yuri, I would have loved to have seen more of his interactions.
The fourth story, was a tad different (probably in a good way) with strong characterisation but perhaps I’d done the short thing by then or perhaps it lacked the pace. I didn’t quite get the first person story but the fashion setting made it stand out.
Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.