Book Review: One Crazy Night

PictureOne Crazy Night, an anthology by Nightshade Reads

Eight paranormal, fantasy, and urban fantasy authors have put their heads together and come up with this anthology of stories on the theme of how lives and even worlds can change in a single crazy night. Some of the stories are standalones; others are more like prologues or teasers for the authors’ longer works, but all are exciting and enjoyable. They range from the lighthearted YA humor of “Love Magic” by Louise Nicks, where two teenage sisters wreak havoc on a high school dance with an ill-made love spell, to the reflective “The Recruit,” by Sara Furlong Burr, in which an alcoholic firefighter, broken by his brother’s death, tries to find the wherewithal to move on and do something about it, to the horror of “Bellona,” Aoife Marie Sheridan’s look at the backstory of the villainess from her Saskia trilogy. And lots of other great stories – the undersea paranormal “Elements” by M.H. Soars; the poignant dystopian paranormal “The Keymaker” by Teshelle Combs; frightening YA nightmare “The Lady in Black” by R. Holland; Emma Faragher’s chilling legend “Necromancer Lineage”; and Sharon Stevenson’s engaging and slightly creepy urban fantasy “Reanimator.” (Though the anthology contains some YA selections, some graphic violence and horror content and minimally graphic sexual content makes it more suitable for older teens and adults.)

A highly recommended sampling of some fresh and exciting new voices in these genres – and the proceeds go to a very worthy cause, leukemia and lymphoma research. Definitely worth reading!

Find out more about the authors of Nightshade Reads and this anthology in this post.

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About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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