Twenty stories about bad girls. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into a lot of the stories. Most seemed to be based on myths, many Greek, which my Greek mythology sucks and I find rather confusing. Though I doubt I'm the only one who finds Greek and Roman mythology confusing, just watch Hercules and Xena and see how the whole Greek and Roman names are mixed up. Because it was an anthology, I kept hoping the next story would be better or different, alas, many disappointed me. Some of the authors tried to make the bad girls really good or good girls stuck in a bad situation, both failed. I think "Soul Taker" was my favorite followed by "The Last Ride" and maybe "Black Annie." Perhaps because some of these stories were written by men trying to write from the woman's perspective came across as flat, kind of like the famous quote by Carrie Snow saying "A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car." Some of the authors were male, which wouldn't have bothered me, but it seems like they got female information from Google rather than talking to several females. Or maybe I'm imagining things, though I don't think so. When I write, I think I can do so from a male or female perspective, some times I try to keep the gender neutral or I give away the gender early so there's no confusion, however, I try to keep true to that gender. There seems to be a lot of bitterness in this anthology and I'm not sure where it stems from, but as my coworker once told me, "Build a bridge and get over it."
"Shall We Dance?" by C. S. Friedman. A story about a succubus, though why the narrator believes the reader or hearer of the tale should be drunk is beyond me as I think the "Alpha" Male in this story got exactly what he deserved.
"Bitter Fruit: A Tale of Crownland" by Rosemary Edghill. A lawyer defeats a serpent she's faced before and finds its weakness for destruction.
"The Light of Ra" by Phaedra M. Weldon. In Egypt, Isis is given the power of Ra and uses it.
"Time and Memory" by Leslie Claire Walker. A Faery takes men named Thomas away for seven years in hopes of passing down remembrance.
"Band of Sisters" by Allan Rousselle. A story of four sirens and how they came to be.
"Mother of Monsters" by Greg Beatty. Hell gets a slice of Heaven for a short time due to the Mother of Monsters and ??
"Sisters of the Blade" by Loren L. Coleman. In the story of King Arthur, Morgana was deemed evil, this story puts a slightly different twist on the story and Morgana might not be as bad as once thought.
"To Ride the Serpent Once More" by Terry Hayman. A lot of Greek names gets me easily confused, what was this story again?
"Lilith" by Peter Orullian. The first lady makes a sacrifice.
"Homeless" by Annie Reed. Hera comes to terms with how she abandoned her son, Hephaestus.
"Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth" by Christina F. York. Yet another version of the Cinderella tale, this time from the stepmother's side, she's not really bitter, honest.
"Tsonoqua" by Nathaniel Poole. A Native American legend created to keep children good rises again.
"Banished" by Jane Toombs. When you know you're the best, there is always someone better around the next planet or plane.
"Soul Taker" by Lisa Silverthorne. A harpy's transformed into an angel.
"Heart of Stone" by Scott William Carter. Medusa finds love and ends her curse.
"Black Annie" by Jean Rabe. A Fae goes on a killing spree after the villagers try to entice her out with a dead cat dipped in aniseed.
"The Amphora" by Steven Mohan Jr. Pandora fights an internal battle which is symbolic with the amphora.
"Dust" by Michael Hiebert. A little girl figures out the name of the Tooth Fairy and bad things happen.
"The Last Ride" by Douglas Smith. A Valkyrie makes sacrifices in the name of love.
"Greek to Me" by Laura Resnick. A modern day Harpy helps Ellie exact revenge on those who wronged her.