Carniepunk - Kevin Hearne, Kelly Gay, Jackie Kessler, Nicole Peeler, Kelly Meding, Hillary Jacques, Allison Pang, Jaye Wells, Delilah S. Dawson, Rob Thurman, Rachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, Mark Henry, Jennifer Estep Anthology. 3.88 stars

1. Painted Love by Rob Thurman. Surprise hero. I think the most surprising I've read. Couldn't figure out at first why he was a witness to so much. ***1/2

2. Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah Dawson. Lydia awakens in a world that she doesn't want to leave. Good story. ****

3. The Demon Barker of Wheat Street by Kevin Hearne. Smart alec dog reminded me of [b:You Slay Me|50750|You Slay Me (Aisling Grey Guardian, #1)|Katie MacAlister||3142] series. Next! No stars because couldn't/didn't finish. This rating will not be added in the average rating computation. :)

4. The Sweeter the Juice by Mark Henry. I had just read a story that didn't do anything for me and came to this story with low expectations. this story was wonderful! Love the characters. In fact, I think the author could play up the characters into a full length novel if he kept a lot of the humor from the beginning of the story. This is a whole new set of people in an apocalyptic genre setting that I don't think has been fully explored yet (I've seen glimpses but this would be a great stand alone subgroup). I plan on reading more by this author. *****

5. The Werewife by Jaye Wells. Marital discord with a twist. The ending was good. ***

6. The Cold Girl by Rachel Caine. Story about a psycho killer and his girlfriend who is trying to get away. Another good story. ***1/2

7. A Duet with Darkness by Allison Pang. "Pride goeth before a fall" or something like that. ***

8. Recession of the Divine by Hillary Jacques. These characters, gods and goddesses, are not my favorite but this story was enjoyable. ***1/2

9. Parlor of Tricks by Jennifer Estep. Gin and her sister visit a carnival and like all the other books this story isn't full of fun and games - (get it, wink-wink). ***

10. Freak House by Kelly Meding. The beginning of a paranormal police force. Good story. I would be interested in reading this as a series. ***1/2

11. The Inside Man by Nicole Peeler. I love this author's books and this story was right up there with evil clowns! *****

12. A Chance in Hell by Jackie Kessler. Enjoyed this one, especially the beginning. ***1/2

13. Hell's Menagerie by Kelly Gay. Great, great story about Charlie's daughter. So good! *****

14. Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid and the Open Sea by Seanan McGuire. Usually this author's stories are sad and this is no exception. Loved it! *****