Let’s face it—the holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard if you’re a lycanthrope. Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales, by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon and with a silver bullet close at hand.
In New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s “Gift Wrap,” Sookie Stackhouse is all alone for Christmas and feeling mighty sorry for herself, until she has an unexpected encounter with someone who has bigger problems than loneliness.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s lone wolf David Christiansen mends fences with his daughter and gives a young man an unusual Christmas gift he’s sure never to forget in “The Star of David.”
In “Christmas Past,” by New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur, Hannah gets an unmerry—and possibly life-threatening—Christmas present when the hunky werewolf who dumped her last Christmas Eve turns up as her partner on a hunt for a vampire serial killer.
In New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn’s “Il Est Né,” Kitty is stuck spending Christmas alone in a Waffle House, until she ends up playing Christmas angel to a brand new werewolf. But when dead bodies start to stack up like pancakes, she has to decide if he’s been nice or very naughty.
Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year’s morning, the werewolves in these and eleven more frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off readers who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.
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Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris
Our December book for the Roadside Reads Bookcast, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris was a wild ride. Not necessarily a great ride, but wild nonetheless. It seems my trouble with anthologies continues as there were more misses than hits in this book. Sure, there were a handful of authors that really hit the mark and made me laugh or feel something. Simon R Green had a great writing style that immediately made me run to goodreads to check out more of his work and add stuff to my TBR pile (here’s hoping I’ll get to his first Nightside book in 2017!) Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville short story seemed cute and I definitely added her series to my TBR. And Keri Arthur has so much stuff out, I don’t know where to begin!
All that said, the rest of the stories left me fairly unimpressed. The book starts off slow, peaks in the middle, and dribbled off at the end. It could have used better editing and perhaps looked at other authors that may have done a better job at creating holiday stories given the constraints. Some of the stories barely felt like werewolf stories, while others felt like it had nothing to do with Christmas.
To be honest, I think Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris would be better off being borrowed from the library or given as a white elephant gift than to be purchased by a serious werewolf story collector.