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Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet. Macbeth. Everyone has heard their names. Everyone knows their stories. But you've never seen them like this.

In this collection, some of the hottest names in YA today reimagine ten of Shakespeare's best-known plays and sonnets for a new audience. From sci-fi adventures on distant moons to modern magic found in everyday places, these updated myths p
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Paperback, 462 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Snowy Wings Publishing (first published January 1st 2015)
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Lyssa Chiavari
Apr 19, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I had a lot of fun working with the other authors on this collection, and I hope that you will enjoy reading the stories as much as we enjoyed writing them! Here's a look inside the stories, for those of you who would like to know more:

"Rosemary for Remembrance," an adaptation of Hamlet, by Jess R. Sutton
Mel is a good student, a mediocre painter, and an excellent brewer of magical potions. When she is sixteen, her mother dies. All signs point to suicide, but Mel, refusing to believe that her mot
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Jeimy Cely
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you are a fan of Shakespeare and short stories, this is a book for you. First, yes, I think you need to know a little about the Shakespeare plays and sonnets, and maybe that is one of the reasons why I struggled with some of the stories. But there were others I didn’t know and I really enjoyed reading and they made me want to read or watch the play - for example: Othello.

My favorites stories were:

“Angel and Demon”
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Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
I love that all the stories in this anthology were inspired by ideas from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, with an excerpt from the originals showing the inspiration for each story at its beginning. It was a fun read, and as with all anthologies I enjoyed some stories more than others, although each was unique and well-thought out. I give the anthology overall 4 stars, and will rate the individual stories below.

Rosemary for Remembrance was sad with a hint of Hamlet flair. - 4 stars
Shoulders of
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DJ
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderful collection of retellings of Shakespeare's works. I'm very hit or miss on Shakespeare but this collection reeled me and brought the stories to life in a whole new way. The modern twists on these stories are magnificently done. This would be a great read for anyone who's interested in Shakespeare but has a hard time connecting with the writing. Also fans of the traditional works would enjoy th
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Denise Worley
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am new to the anthology and short story world, but this was a great way to start. All the stories were so good and interesting that you either felt the connection to the characters or like you were there. Some of the stories I wish would turn into more since they were sooooo good. I would definitely recommend this book!
Ayah
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Tani
I made a mistake with this book. I tried to read it on my cell phone, knowing full well that I rarely ever read things on my phone. Don't ask me why. I really don't know. But I think that this decision has soured me on this book a little. Add in that I'm not a huge short story person (although I am trying to get better at them!), and that I wasn't familiar with about half of the original Shakespeare plays that some of these stories were based on, and I probably do this book a disservice. I just ...more
Emily Davies
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I am friends with the editor of this book. I do not know any of the other authors.

That said - I loved EVERY story in here. I am quite a fan of Shakespeare, science fiction, and fantasy - and this collection of tales had everything I could want in it. Some were heart-wrenching, others hilarious, and all were excellent. I truly cannot recommend it highly enough!
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Disclaimer: I was provided a free e-book copy of this anthology in exchange for reviewing it; however, I was not obligated to give a favourable review.
This anthology was very interesting to me. I've always been a theatre nerd, and I've loved Shakespeare's plays since I was first forced able to read one in the ninth grade (the first one I read was The Merchant of Venice, if anyone is curious). When I saw this book available for review, I was intrigued and excited to read it. It took me a lot lon
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Lyssa Chiavari is an author of speculative fiction for young adults, including Fourth World, the first book in a sci-fi trilogy set on Mars, and Cheerleaders From Planet X, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of all things sci-fi. Her short fiction has appeared in Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology, Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack, Magic at Midnight: A YA Fairytale Anthology and Perc ...more

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