Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Green’s Hill Novellas
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2016
Welcome to Green’s Hill, a small, secret collective of the fey, furry, and undead, existing unnoticed in the California foothills for over a hundred and fifty years. Whether your passion is exotic were-animals, angels, elves, or vampires, you can find them here—although things are changing on the hill.
Bound by love and honor, Cory, Green, and Adrian work to give their followers a home—but they have no idea that the effects of their true love will spread like ripples in a pond.
Be prepared for the unexpected, and ready for enchantment—you never know who will be awakened to the romantic possibilities of a vampire, a sorceress, or a pansexual elf who finds power in the force of love.
This anthology includes:
Litha’s Constant Whim It is on Litha that Whim meets Charlie, and their vows to return next Litha and finish what they started launch a thirteen-year tradition of celebration. 1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.
I Love You Asshole! It’s a good thing vampires live forever, because it might take Marcus that long to convince Phillip that gender lines are for the living. 1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2011.
Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost An accident of divine politics has put Adrian, a twice-dead vampire, in heaven and under the care of angels Shepherd and Jefischa. 1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2010.
I was first drawn to this book because the stories all sounded interesting but then found out after that, while not labeled as a part of it, this book is a companion piece to the Little Goddess Series. It isn’t necessary to have read that series before this as I found the stories were fairly self explanatory and the small bits that appear to be from the main series are reiterated when necessary here so that there is some context for the story. All in all, I enjoyed the stories; the world building was interesting and I really liked how all the paranormals blended together in a single community. If you’ve read the Little Goddess series or if you enjoy fantasy/paranormal books with a variety of character types, this would be a good book to check out.
Litha’s Constant Whim 3.5*
Overall I enjoyed this story; I thought it was a good introduction to the world building and you get a good look at several varieties of paranormals. Spanning almost 15 years, the story switches back and forth between Whim and Charlie as their relationship progresses and they spend their one day a year together each year. I liked the premise of the story; it was great getting to see both characters grow and change over the times they weren’t together. I didn’t feel connected to either of them until about half way through the story, however, but the last half was great and I was happy with it when I’d finished it.
I Love You Asshole! 4*
This was the longest story in the book and was also my favorite. Starting before some of the events that take place in the previous story, there’s a little bit of overlap and a more of an explanation as to what’s going on in Green’s Hill than what was explained by Whim previously. That was really appreciated and helps if you haven’t read the main series. I really liked the main characters in this one and while sometimes fractious, their relationship actually came off as the most genuine to me in the book. I really felt for Marcus and all the hiding he forced himself to do but the ending was well worth all the trouble and I was sad to see the story end.
Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost 3*
I hate to end a book this way but, honestly, I didn’t care for this story that much. The writing was good and I really liked getting to see Adrian again, but the story itself didn’t mesh for me in this universe in general. I could see the first two stories fitting together but this last one just felt like an unnecessary third wheel and I was really confused by its inclusion, to be honest. I liked the Angels and how they got more defined the closer to ‘falling’ that they became and how the entire process of falling was so different. Other than adding in a couple of the characters from Green’s Hill, however, this could’ve been just any random story. *shrugs* I didn’t enjoy this one the way I wanted to and the ending to the story and, as a result, the book as a whole was bittersweet and I didn’t come away with any happy feelings at all.