I've read this book three times in one year and will read it again soon! Utterly engrossing, a page-turner of a romantic novel built on the best kind...moreI've read this book three times in one year and will read it again soon! Utterly engrossing, a page-turner of a romantic novel built on the best kind of humour. A definite must-read for Regency romance lovers.(less)
Seductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've alway...moreSeductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've always been a fan of the fully-developed storyline that novels give. But this collection really made me change my mind about short stories - the thirteen tales were dynamic, enthralling and offered a lot in a small amount of words, while simultaneously leaving even more to the imagination, making your mind whirl with questions and theories. I was happy some of these get development through other books, which I've already added to my to-read list - otherwise I'd been screaming with frustration over what the hell happened next.
This is the breakdown of the collection, or my thoughts of every short story as a stand-alone: (I'm placing a sort of groupment by year-orientation - if YA stands for all teen years, I'm dividing it into early(13/14), middle(15/16) and late(17/19) as to writing style and story headiness)
Number 1 was a story called Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney, and it is my absolute favourite in the collection. I'm really sad there's not an actual novel/series developed from it. The story was mysterious, sassy and seductive; the main heroine a great mix of darkness and spirit, and the support cast made reading a thrill. I was so into it that I forgot I was reading a short story and when it ended I was exclaiming "Oh, no, c'mon!" This one was a late-YA.
Number 2, or Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz, would be a great read for all Blue Bloods fans out there - her style is just the same as in the series, and the story is both creepy and cute, a thing I haven't known others than Cruz to actually pull out in a good way. This one was more of an early-YA.
Number 3 - Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder, is as much about action as attraction. I love the two finished trilogies by Snyder and when I saw her name I knew this was going to be good. And it was, I'd have loved it even more if she had written it in her usual adult style, but seeing as this is a YA collection... This one was middle-YA.
Number 4 by Holly Black is called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and is really cold. There is almost no romantic sparks in it, but the story is strong and heady, really meaningful and captivating! I’ve read only one of Black’s other works and it’s not among my faves, but this one really got to me and I loved it. I wanted more even! It’s a definite late-YA story.
Number 5 is a sparklingly hilarious work by Sarah Rees Brennan called Undead is Very Hot Right Now. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it. It was an unexpected contrast to all the other stories, but a welcomed one. Definite early-YA.
Number 6 came by Kelley Armstrong and was with the somewhat simple title Kat which seems to give nothing away, but by the time I’d read it it was loaded with meaning on so many levels. Fans of the world of the Darkest Powers series would adore another dive into it. There is no romance involved, but there’s plenty of life-altering relationship ties in it. A middle-YA.
Number 7 was called The Thirteenth Step and was contributed by Libba Bray. It was, like Holly Black’s, a piece that was dark and heady, not easy to swallow, but really meaningful. I loved the twists in the story – the main heroine started with a certain frame of mind, then halfway into the story it changed dramatically, and then again at the end, throwing me completely off-balance with the way things wrapped up, it was so unexpected. Late-YA.
Number 8 was a Halloween-themed tale by Rachel Caine by the name of All Hallows. All Morganville Vamps fans must read it – it’s a great story from Eve’s POV, giving us another look at the fiascos that come with celebrating Halloween in Morganville. We get to laugh and scream with Eve, Michael, Clare (CB XD) and Shane, and enjoy the addition of hilariously-addled Miranda. Loved it! Made me wanna go back to the series. A middle-YA.
Number 9 was called Wet Teeth and was by Cecil Castellucci and had a somewhat cute feeling to it. I both hated and loved the way it ended – it was sad and unexpected, but it was very well done. Early-YA, by my count.
Number 10 came by the name of Other Boys, a creation of the celebrated Cassandra Clare. When it began I got the feel it would go similarly to the beginning of a certain all-known series about vamps and teen love, but I had hardly made the references when the story turned. And then a bit later turned again. It became something completely unexpected and surprised my inner miss know-it-all XD. Middle-YA, I think.
Number 11 was written by duo Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie under the name Passing. Those of you aware of the Crusade series must read this as it is the inspiration for them and comes as a sort of prequel. I once tried Crusade but I guess I wasn’t into the frame of mind for it, but this short story really hooked me up and I’d love to go back to the book. Middle-YA for me.
Number 12 is called Ambition by author Lili St. Crow. It was very realistic, and the guy was really enticing. The ending was no ending at all, but a real cliff-hanger. I think it’s a middle-YA.
Number 13 was a piece called All Wounds by Dina James, and I loved it almost as much as the first short story in the collection. I was more than happy to see there’s an upcoming novel by the same name in which the author actually develops the story she begins here. I added it to my shelves without a second thought. Middle-YA.
Really loved this book, will be taking up others like it in future. (less)