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From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Lerner Publishing Group
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Wendy Darling
This is really interesting--short stories from the three authors who make up Merry Sisters of Fate, and mostly unedited. I'm going to use this review space to keep track of initial thoughts and star ratings for the stories, which I actually WILL edit into some sort of review at the end.

Introduction by Andrew Karre, of the fabulous Carolrhoda Lab imprint: fantastic. It answered the "why" question I had when I first realized there were handwritten notes and drawings all over the book.

All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

In May of 2008, three unknown writers formed a critique group and website ( for posting short stories and honing their craft. Fast forward to today, and these three writers are among the best and brightest YA authors writing today. Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff are what I consider to be the holy trinity of YA, and in this wonderfully imaginative anthology, it is abundantly clear why.

I kid you not, there isn’t a sin...more
Jessica at Book Sake
After having reading works by each of the authors and visiting the Merry Sisters of Fate website, I was excited to see this book come out. Each short story features a little intro by the author of that story along with another one of the writers and their view on the story.

ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

All of the stories have handwritten notes from the authors in the margins. Often they talk about what they liked and what worked and how they got to that point in their writing process (an...more
I'll admit it: I'm a Maggie Stiefvater fangirl.

So yes, I was drawn in to The Curiosities by the promise of Stiefvater story-genius, but as soon as I started reading, I found myself falling--and falling hard--for both Brenna Yovanoff and Tessa Gratton. All three women contribute beautiful stories and giggle-worthy notations, and when reviewing the entire collection, they all shine equally.

Certain stories seem polished while others feel more raw. And I do not mean raw in the "unedited" sense but r...more
Lauren Brittain
RATING: ★★★★


From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.

- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.

- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fict...more
Avevo acquistato questo libro senza avere grandi aspettative, pensavo si trattasse di una semplice raccolta di racconti. Quanto mi sbagliavo.
Questo libro è un piccolo gioiello, un mondo unico e curioso fatto di storie bizzarre, poetiche, talvolta tristi, altre volte inquietanti, di disegni e note scribacchiate ai bordi delle pagine. Ho apprezzato molto tutte le storie con mia grande sorpresa, ma le mie preferite in assoluto sono:
The wind takes our cries, Philosopher's flight, The last day of spr...more
Jessica B
This review was originally posted at my (now dead) book blog My current blog is

Let me start off this review by saying that there are little notes the authors made in the pages, but I was unable to read them on my e-reader, so I might have missed some stuff.

Stories I Liked
Vampire Box by Tessa Gratton
A Murder of Gods by Maggie Stiefvater
The Madness of Lancelot by Brenna Yovanoff
The Wind Takes Our Cries by Maggie Stiefvater
Auburn by Br...more

The Curiosities is a collection of short stories from three of the Young Adult genre's most infamous writers - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. Originally available online at this new volume hosts a number of their best yarns; tales of basement dwelling vampires, zombies, Arthurian knights, would-be serial killers, dragons, and much more. The charm of this collection lies in the handwritten notes, drawings, criticisms, and scrimmages between these three frien...more
Shelley Daugherty
I found this a really interesting book of short stories but it is more than a collection. This is a project stemmed from the three authors' blogs where they have shared ideas amongst each other and have given the reader an inside look of how they collaborate and review each others' work. Anyone who has ever wondered how writers come up with their ideas for books will love this fun and witty team of women. The stories included range from horror stemming from every day objects such as puddles, to...more
This was the first collection of stories I have ever read. I’m not a fan of short stories. I mainly liked it because of the authors. Maggie Stiefvater’s stories are the best. I love how well she balanced horror and humor! Tessa Gratton’s writing was really great times but there were some stories I wish would continue. I guess Brenna Yovanoff is good, too but her characters really need therapy!!!

So here’s how I rated every story (Also added my fav moments):
The Vampire Box by Tessa Gratton – 4 st...more
The blurb didn't lie. This truly is a very curious book.

I wasn't actually expecting The Curiosities to be a book full of short stories, but the more I read, the more I liked it. For the first few pages, I had to keep flipping back to the intro to check whose handwriting was whose, but I eventually got the hang of it. (Tessa's was loopy cursive, Maggie was ALL CAPS, and Brenna's was this spindly print) The stories are always preceded by some commentary by the authors. They were sometimes funny, s...more
The pedigree for this book is outstanding: as an exercise, these three women wrote a short story a week and posted it online on a blog titled The Merry Sisters of Fate. It's no news that I am a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan, and I followed the Sister's blog because of her. Brenna Yovanoff wrote a great book last year, The Replacement, that was sadly overlooked. I've not read any of Tessa Gratton's books.

Some stories were good, some were bad, some were mediocre. Some of these stories were familiar t...more
Curiosities is a collection of mostly paranormal short stories by three YA authors. The stories were originally published on a blog as a writing exercise. Stories include vampires, ghosts, legends, etc. The stories run from 4 to 8 pages, which doesn't seem as long as most short stories.

One thing I really like about this book is the comments and notes that the three authors have added to the beginning of stories and the margins. It is really helpful to see what each author has to say about her o...more
I was very excited when I found this one on Netgalley - I am a big Maggie Stiefvater fan. This collection of stories originally appeared on the Merry Sisters of Fate website where Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff post their short stories. I didn't know about the site before I read the book, but I'm thrilled to find it. I loved many of the stories- some of them were perfect little packages wrapped up neatly and I was completely satisfied as is. Sometimes, however, I was distraught w...more
Kat Heckenbach
I honestly believe there is no such thing as an anthology for which one can love every single story. This one came really damn close for me. Three awesome YA authors, all with complementary yet very different styles.

Things I loved:

So many dark stories.

It was not overly romance-focused.

The variation in styles and genres.

The notes from the authors throughout! It was so cool seeing their thought processes.

Anyone who loves YA fiction, and definitely anyone who writes it, needs this book. HIGHLY r...more
Caryn Caldwell
A collection of unedited short stories by three young adult authors, along with notes in the margins providing the authors' commentaries on each other's stories and on their own. The collection is diverse, especially as the authors try to emulate different styles or touch on a variety of topics, but many focus on the paranormal.

The entire collection has a fun, experimental feel to it, especially with the authors' marginalia. Would be particularly interesting for budding writers who want to see h...more
I have loved my introduction to the merry fates! Though Tessa is the runaway favorite for my tastes, I have enjoyed the stories from all three authors. Their final star averages:
Maggie - 3 stars
Brenna - 2.8 stars
Tessa - 4 stars

The Vampire Box by Tessa Gratton * * * * *
An excellent start to the book, an excellent introduction to this author, and a story I want MUCH more of!! A girl befriends the vampire her father imprisoned in the basement.

A Murder of Gods by Maggie Stiefvater * * * *
Shades of P...more
This collection of short stories from YA powerhouses Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff originated as an idea for these three authors to discuss their craft, learn from each other, and have a sounding-board for their writings. In 2008, Maggie Stiefvater asked Tessa and Brenna to join her on a blog titled "The Merry Sisters of Fate", where they would practice their craft together. This collection of short stories is the fruit of that labor, and it is a delight to read not only...more
Erin Laidley
The Curiosities is a collection of mostly unedited short stories, complete with notes from the author that discuss their inspiration for the story, some of the reasons why they chose certain ideas, and what they were hoping to accomplish with it. I loved getting a glimpse into Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna’s heads – not only to help me with my own writing, but to help me appreciate theirs even more.

One of my favourite aspects of anthologies is that they let you "sample" an author's writing. The Cur...more
North Richland Hills Public Library
The premise and promise of the book drew me in, a collection of short stories, some crafted from a common prompt, featuring comments made by the authors to delight readers and show some of the background behind the writing. The stories were great, and the remarks were funny and relevant, but I wished these comments appeared more often then they did. I wanted conversations in the margins, for the authors to discuss techniques and thoughts behind the stories, for the pages to be marked all over. A...more
I don't usually do short stories, and if I do, it's not in a book of them, because reading just one doesn't feel right, but I don't like reading an entire book of them.

This book of short stories, however, shattered that trend. I read every single one, couldn't stop reading them, actually.
All fiction readers/writers should read this book. It is a collection of short stories by arguably the best three writers in YA fiction. The stories only last about 5-13 pages so if one isn't right for the reader, there's another totally different genre around the corner. I found the author's actual hand writing on each other's work entertaining and interesting. Brenna Yovanoff's writing appeals the most to me but everything in there is worthwhile. The only stories I didn't like were the Arthur...more
Jessica Hill
Rating based only on Maggie Stiefvater's stories.

I admittedly only picked up The Curiosities A Collection of Stories because I adore Maggie Stiefvater's work, and other than a handful of the others, I read only her stories. Also, my copy wasn't printed correctly and is missing ~50 pages, so there are at least a few stories missing.

Here's a list of the Maggie stories I read (favorites in bold):

- A Murder of Gods (the misadventures of children of gods together in a school.)

- A History of Love (a h...more
J’ai adoré retrouver ces auteures que j’apprécie tant dans The Curiosities, l’idée de leur permettre d’ajouter leurs notes manuscrites dans les marges et autres dessins est géniale même si j’aurais parfois aimé en avoir plus mais il fallait bien trouver l’équilibre entre la lecture des nouvelles et des notes. Pour autant, il ne faut pas croire qu’on manque d’interventions des auteurs : après ces notes très mises en avant, on retrouve des commentaires avant chaque nouvelle, de son auteur et de l...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
The Curiosities is a group of short stories from Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff, who are critique partners. These stories were originally posted on their website The Merry Sisters of Fate. I have to admit I never read the stories posted online. I can’t stand reading on my computer, it makes my eyes hurt and I always find myself getting distracted (the internets a big place). So I was very excited to read these stories in print form especially since Maggie is one of my favor...more
Christy Luis
Three authors, crit partners and friends join superpowers in this curious collection of stories.

Likes and Dislikes: I enjoyed the novelty of most of this collection: the stories were each written with in a week, many within a day, and were never revised after being originally posted on the authors' website . That adds a certain element of surprise and entertainment. But the reverse is also true – the stories are mostly short and forgettable because they were not reworked and developed through re...more
David Edmonds
The Curiosities started out as a collection of short stories that Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff were writing on their blog, The Merry Sisters of Fate. I don't know that they even intended for these to be printed, but they were there for the public to read, for the three authors to practice and possible write things stories that were not their normal fare. However, what really makes this collection stand out, at least to me, is that each of the three authors were asked to...more
This was a really enjoyable anthology from the Merry Fates. Overall the additions by the authors were entertaining, such as the notes on the margins of the stories, the intros and various drawings. I thought they really added to the fun of the stories. There are too many to detail individually so I will simply note those that were my favorites. Overwhelmingly my favorites tended toward Maggie Stiefvater, she really made the anthology good.

Maggie Stiefvater

A Murder of Gods-- 4.5/5 stars I loved t...more
I adored this collection.

Even though I don't love all her books (see: Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie), I think Maggie Stiefvater is one of the most talented writers with some of the most beautiful writing. I thought Brenna Yovanoff was amazingly talented in creating a creepy, haunting atmosphere in The Replacement. And Tessa Gratton I had no opinion of before reading this book, but now I can't wait to read her novels and am especially excited for The Lost Sun because it is clear she is absolutel...more
The Curiosities is a collection of short stories written by three very popular YA authors, Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. These three very gifted ladies make up the Merry Sisters of Fate and their blog by the same name features many of these stories and their other works of short fiction. Lovers of short stories and budding authors will devour this book for the insight into the mind of these authors and their craft.

There were two stories that I really enjoyed. The first...more
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech...more
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