By Multiple authors (See below)
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
Cats! What is better than cats? Shapeshifter cats! Night Shift is an anthology by the publishing house Berkley, which includes four short stories where the main characters need to do odd jobs. Odd jobs that have to be done by characters that are the best or the only ones to get them done; and, on two of these stories the main couple are feline shapeshifters.
Secrets at Midnight (Psy/Changeling Novella) 4 stars
By Nalini Singh
Author’s Website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/
New York best seller author Nalini Singh has a new story for her Psy/Changeling series. Secrets at Midnight brings Bastien Smith’s brother of Mercy from Branded by Fire, where now that he has caught the scent of his mate his going to do everything in his power to claim and keep her.
I liked this story and I can even say that it ignited a spark to want to read the rest of the series, and see how this world of shapeshifters, psy, and humans live.
Kate Daniels #6.5
By Ilona Andrews
Author’s Website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/
Magic Steals by author couple Ilona Andrews is a new novella that takes place during the events of Magic Breaks. Weretiger Dali Harimau and werejaguar Jim Shrapshire must find who is attacking local owners when one of them is related to Dali’s community, all this while trying to come to terms with their relationship status.
This story was the reason I read this anthology, and I wasn’t disappointed. Magic Steals gives us a glimpse of Jim and Dali’s relationship that we haven’t seen on the books, and also it shows us Dali’s magic which comes from her white tiger powers.
SPI Flies #0.) 4 stars
By Lisa Shearin
Author’s Website: http://www.lisashearin.com/
Lucky Charms by author Lisa Shearin is the prequel for her SPI series. Here we see Makenna Fraser at her first day and mission as seer for SPI. This story can be read without having read the series before.
It was an interesting story and it sets the major idea for the series. It’s a good story, if you like reading about fae and government agencies that keep the unseen hidden.
The Beast of Blackmoor
By Milla Vane
Authors’ Website: http://www.millavane.com/
In the Beast of Blackmoor, author Milla Vane, tells us the story of Mala, who is in a quest to tame the beast of Blackmoor so the goddess Vela will grant her wish. But when she comes in front of the beast, she learns it is not a beast but a man by the name of Kavik, that was once cursed by the goddess and has been waiting for Mala for a long time.
I have mixed feelings about this story. I liked the story’s idea, plot, and the characters; except the laird, I was happy he died. But in the end, I ended up with a lot of questions that I felt were left unanswered. Also, I thought that everything was happening too fast, but most of all I think that it was lack of background information.
Overall, I liked the anthology and its theme, but if you don’t have some previous knowledge of the stories by Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, you might find them a little hard to follow, still you will find them good enough for it to catch your attention, and make you want to read the complete series.