Early Review: Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

November 22, 2013 Review 0

Early Review: Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna PriceKicking It by Anthology
Series: Alex Craft #4.5
Published by Roc on December 3, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Featuring stories by FAITH HUNTER * KALAYNA PRICE * RACHEL CAINE * CHLOE NEILL * ROB THURMAN * SHANNON K. BUTCHER * LUCIENNE DIVER * CHRIS MARIE GREEN * CHRISTINA HENRY

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.

KICKING IT offers intriguing glimpses into nine unique urban fantasy worlds, with sassy heroines and magical missions and enough of an adventure that I want to come back for more. Some of these series were familiar, some completely new to me, but all were entertaining and well put together.

Picking favorites in this anthology is like picking the cutest puppy out of a litter.  I loved Chris Marie Green's "The Girl With No Name", Rachel Cain's "Forked Tongues" made me wonder why I hadn't read about Holly and Andrew before, and while I didn't recognize Rob Thurman's Griffin and Zeke, the voice of the narrator and the image of Zeke growling and hissing like a fox cub guarantees that I'll track them down for more.  Seeing a Jane Yellowrock story from the supporting character's end of things was interesting, and in the case of the "The Devil's Left Boot", a fascinating look at the family left behind after a misguided villain dies.

Though some of the plots were stronger than others, each story had a compelling narrative voice that made me want to know more.  KICKING IT showcases some of Urban Fantasy's best, proving that in this genre, even supporting characters can kick butt and take names.

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