by MaryJanice Davidson, Lois Greiman, Michele Hauf, Leandra Logan

June 2009
ISBN: 0-312-94568-X
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

When a publisher decides to do an anthology, it is generally because a couple of authors have mentioned some short-stories that they have written. Pulling together a group of authors with similar stories to form a cohesive book is usually the outcome. An anthology is a good device to introduce a new author to the reading audience, or to showcase a familiar author's other types of writing. I think both of these factors are at play in Faeries Gone Wild.

MaryJanice Davidson, best known for her Undead series, offers readers unique perspective on faeries that is completely within her own quirky writing style. Scarlett may be a faery, but she is also 6'4 tall and obsessed with counting. Her OCD charms notwithstanding, she finds the man of her dreams in an unlikely Minnesota town that features a cursed car and a giant case of ADD.

Lois Greiman pens a gentle novel of love and conservation when Avalina, a faery who protects green plant life, goes head to head with a ruthless developer who owns part of the forest. William Timber will have to set aside a lifetime of destruction to embrace what Avalina offers.

Michele Hauf offers a look at both the tooth faery and the sandman in her story. Some of the mothers in town want to ban the tooth faery, and Sidney is worried that she will lose her job. When she encounters Dart Sand, she would like to get to know him better, but on-the-job romance could get her banned from the mortal realm.

Leandra Logan shows readers a glimpse of the faery dating scene. Curvaceous and charming Tia can't understand why she has no luck dating until she learns a secret about her past. Now she is headed to Manhattan where she meets a firefighter who really lights her ablaze.

Of all the novellas, both MJ and Michele offer the most humor, while Lois has the most touching story in the quartet. Each story is fine on it's own, but they fit together awkwardly which is most evident when you read the ending of one and immediately go to the next one. I think it would be more enjoyable if each story was read with a break in between, but it is a light summer read nonetheless.

Reviewed in July 2009 by Paula.