Happy Halloween Readers,
Thank you, Sarah, and Titan Books, for sending me a copy of Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery by Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Sherrilyn Kenyon for free in exchange for an honest review.
Today we start the creepy journey to Halloween who else is really excited? Like last year I will be doing a table of content so people can find posts they want quicker. I’ve got so many Spooktacular plans I can't wait for you to see them.
So what book did I pick, I picked Hex Life an anthology of witchy tales. This was such a great book of short stories about witches and witchcraft from some amazing authors. Hex Life is a great collection, and the stories themselves are as diverse as the voices represented within.
I love a good anthology when it’s done right and this book didn’t let me down. The different authors here give us a wonderful range of tales from contemporary urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic witch burnings, historical dramas, noir, slow-burn horror, and revenge. I just think witches are great because they encompass such a wide range of what it means to have magic and this anthology manages to capture that range.
the stories are also from a variety of time periods and are written by authors with vastly different styles but arranged in such a way that the transitions are seamless. This anthology takes the classic tropes of tales of witchcraft and infuses them with a fresh, feminist perspective and present-day concerns even if they're set in the past. Whatever your preferred mode of magic, odds are you’ll find something to satisfy your witchy needs.
Both the authors and their witches are from a variety of ethnicities and cultures, which provides a fascinating insight into witchcraft and folk practices in fiction. These witches might be monstrous, or they might be heroes, depending on their own definitions. Even the kind hostess with the candy cottage thought of herself as the hero of her own story. It’s always good to see strong women at the forefront, in both the table of contents and in the narratives themselves, and Hex Life wins big in both regards.
I honestly loved this anthology and I love witches so this was an easy win for me and I think it will be a good read for anyone who enjoys stories of magic and a great start to get into the Halloween mood.