Chicks Kick Butt is an anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).
Edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine, Chicks Kick Butt features original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers:
Shiny by Rachel Caine
In Venito Veras by Karen Chance
Hunt by Rachel Vincent
Monsters by Lilith Saintcrow
Vampires Prefer Blondes by P.N. Elrod
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Jenna Black
Double Dead by Cheyenne McCray
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Red by Elizabeth A. Vaughn
Superman by Jeanne C. Stein
Monster Mash by Carole Nelson Douglas
Wanted: Dead or Alive by L.A. Banks
Beyond the Pale by Nancy Holden
Mist by Susan Krinard
These chicks do kick some serious butt! I love reading anthologies because with shorter stories you can pick it up, read a few and go back to the book at a later time. Great, light reading material to keep your mind occupied and supply a few giggles.
As the title suggest, this anthology is filled with women who don’t take any crap from anyone, and are sure as heck not in need of a knight with shining armor! Each of the stories carries their own individual appeal.
Rachel Caine’s was my favourite, as I had expected, as I am a huge Caine fan! In her short story “Shiny” Joanne and David go to head to head with a djinn on the run. It is compelling, exciting and wonderfully developed for being such a short story.
Rachel Vincent’s “Hunt” was beautifully crafted. A werecat goes camping with friends…we know no good can come of that! This is one of the more serious stories which is filled with blood, and murder and much empathy for the suffering of the main character.
Lillith Saintcrow’s “Monsters” introduced me to Eleni, who is out for revenge after losing her family.
Those are my three favourites! Now I want to hear yours.