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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Overall, pretty good.

Overall a great combination of short stories.
Patricia Briggs really wet my appetite for more with Anna and Charles story. I can't wait to find out more about their story. Especially since I just finished the Mercy Thompson Series which ties in with their story. Karen ...
Overall a great combination of short stories.
Patricia Briggs really wet my appetite for more with Anna and Charles story. I can't wait to find out more about their story. Especially since I just finished the Mercy Thompson Series which ties in with their story. Karen Chance did a fabulous job, her characters were totally likeable and you were rooting for them all the way. She wrapped up their story nicely, but I hope to hear more about them later. Just finished up her last 3 books. Check on the Cassandra Palmer Series. Eileen Wilks had my heart pounding. Nathan and Kai deserve a longer story. I already have her other books in my wish list. I'm still not completely decided about Sunny and her Mona Lisa, there seemed to be more sex than story, and that doesn't do anything for me. To be fair I will read the first book.

posted by Darsey_spudnick on August 31, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Eh

Anthologies like On the Prowl are becoming more common these days, particularly in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. On the Prowl is a shape shifter-themed collection of 4 novellas by authors writing in pre-established worlds. It features; a prequel to Brigg's Alpha...
Anthologies like On the Prowl are becoming more common these days, particularly in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. On the Prowl is a shape shifter-themed collection of 4 novellas by authors writing in pre-established worlds. It features; a prequel to Brigg's Alpha and Omega series, set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson books, a side story from Wilks' Lupi series set between the third and fourth books but starring a secondary character, a story set in Karen Chance's Dorina Basarab world but lead by side characters, and short story from Sunny that's like a summary of the first four of her Monere books.

The stories vary between very good (Briggs and Chance) to you probably need to be a fan of the series (Wilks) to terrible (Sunny). While these types of books are more for series completists than public collections they can help fans of the genre or a particular theme learn about new authors whose works they might love. On the Prowl is recommended for collections that have a lot of paranormal readers, and of course to librarians (and booksellers) themselves who like to have an understanding of the variety of books on the shelves. It's a decent "sampler" of paranormal works that requires little investment and can certainly spark the urge to go out and add more books to your shelves.

Contains: sex, mentions of abuse, some violence

posted by MicheleLeesBookLove on July 31, 2011

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Fluff

    I like Patricia Briggs, which is why I was interested in this book and I also like to read short stories by authors with whom I'm not familiar to see if I like their writing style. I love action and adventure, and strong female characters. I'm okay with a little romance if it adds something to the story as in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The first story in On the Prowl is by Patricia Briggs and is the prelude to her Alpha & Omega novels. Since I've already read those novels, this short story tied in nicely to them and was as well written as are most of her stories.

    The next story, Inhuman by Eileen Wilks, was interesting at first, but towards the end became unbelievable even for a Fantasy fan. There was too much fantasy happening out of the blue with no explanation. I'm not much of a fan of explicit sex scenes....I think so much of that could be more affective if hinted to and the rest left to the imagination. But okay...let's try the next story since all writers are different.

    The third story, Buying Trouble by Karen Chance started out well. The idea was good with a talented female and a strong male character from fairie. But soon it seemed like the story deteriorated into a means to hold the romance/sex scenes together. I'm not much of a romance reader.....so I allowed that perhaps I had bought a book in the wrong genre for me. I continued to the last story in hopes it would get better.

    Boy, was I was wrong! The last story, Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny is pure romance and sex with only enough story to tie the romance and sex episodes together. I've never been accused of being a prude, but I felt as if I was witnessing a cheap porn movie! I have to say I was very disappointed to have to wade through all of that in an attempt to find a storyline.

    The only redeeming quality to this book is Patricia Briggs. Unless you are really into romance and sex that is written without even a brief nod to finesse, I would not recommend it.

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