I loved this book! Everything about it; the concept, the way it was written, the characters, and Elsewhere.
The story is about Liz, a 15 year old girl...moreI loved this book! Everything about it; the concept, the way it was written, the characters, and Elsewhere.
The story is about Liz, a 15 year old girl who is killed in a hit-and-run accident and what happens after that.
The book is sweet, and touching. I loved the idea of Elsewhere, and I so wish that is what the afterlife would be like (although I know it is very farfetched). I just think the idea that Gabrielle Zevin had with this is beautiful and inventive.
I would recommmend this book to anyone. It's such a light read, with some bittersweet moments. I just couldn't fault it. I want more books like this one, and I am certainly going to look into this authors other titles.
I recieved this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Thank you for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
Seeing as this book is a compilation of s...moreI recieved this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Thank you for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
Seeing as this book is a compilation of short stories, I will rate each seperately and then give the book a general mark.
Blind Pig by Jay Caselburg - 1/5 The narration in this short story was reminiscent to me of that in Sim City. Although I liked the narration, I couldn't find it within me to care about what was going on, nothing really engaged me in this story. That's not to say it was bad, it just wasn't for me.
A Case To Die For by Karen Dent - 3/5 This one was a weird one for me. The beginning I liked a lot - towards the end I didn't, I thought it was too... weird. But the ending I liked a lot, too. It reminded me a bit of Stephen King, and for me, he either has 'Loves' or 'Hates' when I read his stories. This was a good one though. I enjoyed it. Very different.
Sound and Fury by Pete Kempshall - 4/5 This was a strange one, but compelling. I loved every minute of it, and both hated, but felt for the main character. Best one so far.
Burning, Always Burning by Alan Baxter + Felicity Dowker - 5/5 I loved every minute of this. This was one story that I actually couldn't put down. I kept reading it until it was over. Definately the best one. I loved how it was written, particularly how well the characters were portrayed.
The Black Star Killer by Nicole Murphy - 3/5 I thought this story had so much promise, I mean the characters..'abilities' were great, I just didn't find the story that engaging. I so wanted to love this one, but it left me feeling short. Like something was missing.
Hard Boiled by Brian G. Ross - 5/5 I loved this one, I just couldn't stop reading it. The characters were well developed even in such a short story and the end left me wanting to read so much more.
Silver Comes The Night by M.L.D Curelas - 4/5 and Outlines by Dirk Flinthart - 5/5 Both of these stories reminded me somewhat of paranormal versions of C.S.I and I enjoyed every bit of them - that is my type of reading! Great.
Sangue Della Notte by Donna Marie Hanson - 3/5 I don't know about this one. I mean - I remember liking it when I was reading it, but after reading the next short story it's gone completely. Maybe it just wasn't that memorable to me.
The Awakened Adventure Of Rick Candle by Joseph L. Kellog - 5/5 I love every minute of this one! The idea behind it was so unique and it was so interesting to read! I loved the ending, too. Talk about making you think. Kind of like a chicken and egg situation ;)
Third Circle by Lindsy Anderson - 5/5 The beginning of this story seemed sort of samey to me, similar to a few others in the book... however, I carried on reading and loved every minute of it. It was so interesting and I could picture it clearly, I loved the idea of the club! Very good!
Three Questions and One Troll by Chris Bauer - 3/5 The trolls and other beings in this story are not really my thing. I don't particularly like reading about them. However, although there were themes I did not enjoy there were essences I did, which bumped the score up for me. I enjoyed how each 'person' could be 'seen' differently, and that was really interesting to read.
Be Good, Sweet Maid by Penelope Love - 4/5 Very interesting concept, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen. That's what I want in a story, short or long.
Walking the Dead Beat by Robert Hood - 1/5 The only story I actually could not get through, I'm sorry. I just couldn't find anything in it I liked and I HATE not finishing a story once I've started, but with this one I just couldn't finish it. Not for me.
One Night at the Chery by Chris Large - 5/5 I loved this one! It's definately my favorite of the whole collection. I loved the twists, towards the end I was sure that a twist I assumed would happen was going to happen... and while it was hinted the twist was completely different and I loved that! I would have honestly, loved to end the book on this story.
Prohibition Blues by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter -2/5 Whilst I really enjoyed the beginning I thought the end was lacking in something. Not for me, and not the best way to end the book for me. Sorry.
Overall, whilst there were some stories that weren't my cup of tea I would give this book a strong 4 stars. Would I choose this book, with paranormal/fantasy type concepts? No. But honestly, I am glad I won this giveaway to be given the chance, because although the content really isn't my usual reading material I really enjoyed it. It was fun reading outside of my usual taste, too.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in paranormal/fantasy stories. This collection really does contain something for everyone! Vampires your thing? Got it. Zombies? Yep! Definately something to check out. (less)