People look at me like I have two heads when I say I have never read the Harry Potter series (or watched the movies for that matter), so I finally decPeople look at me like I have two heads when I say I have never read the Harry Potter series (or watched the movies for that matter), so I finally decided I needed to find out what all the fuss was about....more
I was really excited to read this anthology since it had contributions from so many authors I've read or are in my to-read list, and I wasn't disappoiI was really excited to read this anthology since it had contributions from so many authors I've read or are in my to-read list, and I wasn't disappointed! You never quite know what to expect in short story collections, though, and while some of the stories didn't work for me, many others did.
Here are my ratings of each story individually:
The Birds of Azalea Street by Nova Ren Suma - 4 stars I figured this one out early on, but it was still really well written and a good read.
In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan - 5 stars C-R-E-E-P-Y. Holy crap. This one will probably give me nightmares.
Emmeline by Cat Winters - 4 stars I loved this story, the setting of it in WWI and the creepy bombed out room.
Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo - 3 stars Distrubing in a way the others up to this point haven't been - I'm not entirely sure what to think...it probably would have done better as something longer than a short story to tell the whole thing. It has lots of potential, but was just too short.
Hide-and-Seek by Megan Shepherd - 3 stars Another one that would have been served better had it been longer, I think. It was a great concept, but just felt rushed.
The Dark, Scary Parts and All by Danielle Paige - 2 stars I just felt disconnected from the story about half-way through. It started off good but just fizzled out.
The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh by April Genevieve Tucholke - 3 stars Interesting story...I wasn't a fan of how weak of a person the storyteller was, but it made the story what it was.
Fat Girl with a Knife by Jonathan Maberry - 4 stars There was a lot of backstory for this one, and I think that's what made the story a bit more interesting where others in this style fall flat. I actually cared about Dahlia Allgood.
Sleepless by Jay Kristoff - 5 stars Wow, I loved this story. Everything about it - it's so real and current. The ending was sick, but soooo good!
M by Stefan Bachmann - 3 stars This story was OK, but not as frightening as it could have been. I think the way the main character was slowly revealed is where I found the most disconnect.
The Girl Without a Face by Marie Lu - 5 stars Wow, this story was fantastically disturbing. I stopped being able to tell what was real and what was not.
A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow by McCormick Templeman - 5 stars These are the types of stories I love, full of magic and fantasy. It was completely engaging from beginning to end.
Stitches by A.G. Howard - 4 stars This was a completely weird story, and I thought I had the ending figured out but I was wrong. It was entertainingly weird, though.
I-5 by Kendare Blake - 2 stars I wasn't a big fan of this story...it took me a bit to figure out exactly what was going on and it just wasn't my style in the end.
Overall, it was a strong compilation of some of the most popular YA authors. If creepy, dark and twisty is your thing, then give this a read!...more
I remember getting this book for my sister at the library as kids because she always complained about things being "too loose" (especially socks, hahaI remember getting this book for my sister at the library as kids because she always complained about things being "too loose" (especially socks, haha). Sadly, I remember nothing of the actual book except the title, which has popped into my head every time something is described as too loose. ...more