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Never Be Younger: a YA anthology

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Classic story meets the modern world...and out of this world.

From the halls of a high school to hip night clubs to the depths of space, Never Be Younger gives Shakespeare's classic plays and sonnets a fresh spin for a new audience. Nine authors pay tribute to the Bard by taking his timeless tales to new heights, entrancing readers all over again. A Shakespeare story by any
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Published June 9th 2015 by Metamorphosis Books (first published June 7th 2015)
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Sophia Sardothien
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Thank you netgalley for providing me this e-arc

I received an e ARC of Never Be younger from one of the authors, in exchange with an honest review.

Star Cross Lovers :

I liked the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. There is a better reason for the feud between both families, and the highlights of the play are present in this short story.

The Scarf:

I loved the 1st few pages of this story; they were adorable and funny ( I loved how the scarf had a twitter account ). Although the plot was kind of predictable, yet it was enjoyable. There were par
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

Shakespeare retellings caught my eye immediately. I see a lot of fairytale retellings, but I don't think Shakespeaer retellings other than Romeo & Juliet parallels is something I've seen before.

The ones I liked were Star Crossed Lovers. Romeo & Juliet with a sci fi twist. Visually striking, and entertaining, if the dialogue and some of the scenes were rather silly. I did quite like the actual lines from the original mixed in.

The Scarf - Othello - I really loved
May 26, 2015 added it
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It’s been a long time since I have picked up one of Shakespeare’s plays to read and the Never Be Younger anthology made me think I should remedy that asap. Some stories, such as Othello, never leave you but others I definitely would have gotten more out of the retelling if I’d had more familiarity with the original.

The highlights for me were:

To Undreamed Shores by Cortney Pearson (The Winter’s Tale). I would have enjoyed more of this story for sure. The Winter’s Tale is one I’m not too familiar
Natasha Rowlin
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I received a copy of this collection from one of the authors for the purpose of an honest review.
I loved this idea - a collection of short stories, each with a YA take on Shakespeare? As someone who loved reading Shakespeare plays when I myself was a ‘young adult’ I was definitely keen to read these interpretations. Each story took on an interesting slant with variations in settings, use of language, it was a fun read for sure. Some stories grabbed me more than others. An unexpected de
Danielle Shipley
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun, varied collection, spinning classic Shakespeare storylines into all new contexts. As is generally the case with anthologies, some of the stories left me wanting, while others had me smiling inside and out. The authors of “Never Be Younger” strike me as a clever, imaginative bunch, with much to offer Shakespeare lovers and young adult/new adult readers alike. Definitely worth the read!

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recieved a free copy for an honest review from Netgalley

a modern twist on Well known shakespere plays

I really enjoyed these short stories. I am a big fan of classic stories/plays getting a twist or modern turn on them. I found the stories in this book very good and well written. My favourite would have to be romeo and juliet because it is also my favourite shakespere play. Very quick enjoyable read.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
There is a place for Shakespeare retellings, which I’m sure English majors and other aficionados can elaborate upon. In its simplest form, it tells the story in a milieu more relevant to this generation.

I’m afraid my favorite part of this book is its cover. While it was really fun to see the twists each author would incorporate into their story (space station, high school, etc), the writing was extremely juvenile. Just because your target audience is young does not mean one has to write in a ju
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Never Be Younger reimagines several of Shakespeare's plays in a variety of settings, times and realities that are designed to appeal to YA's who enjoy a variety of genres. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a very worthy cause, United Through Reading, a charity that unites military families through reading. As a teacher, I'm always looking for ways to make Shakespeare's work more accessible, so I had h ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, teens
I read this because I love anthologies and I love Shakespeare. I thought this would be a great combination. Wrong. Most of the stories started out enjoyable and then fell short. The build up of each Shakespeare retelling was pretty good. Then, without fail, just about every single one would take a completely lame or cheesy twist and end on a low point. The Romeo and Juliet story led the book off and made me think that perhaps this could be good. That ended up being the only somewhat decent story ...more
Lisa Bentley
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-books
Ahh, the Bard! One of best (if not the greatest) English literary exports of all time has been re-envisioned by various authors in this anthology of stories. I won’t lie to you. I did not enjoy it.

I know that my dislike of these stories is because I am a purist (which I understand is totally on me and therefore I do implore you to read other reviews on Never Be Younger) but I just didn’t enjoy reading this book.

To be fair, the stories were written really well and kudos to the authors for being a
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I got this book for free from NetGalley.

This is a collection of short stories, about 20-30 pages each, of different works of Shakespeare retold into modern day or sci fi aspects. Some were good, some weren't the best. I found most to be juvenile, which is who I think this is aimed at which makes sense. There were quite a few spelling and grammar errors which will hopefully be fixed in the finished anthology.

I think a major thing that would have helped me to like this more is if I had actually
Keshia Barbee
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
I was not into this at all. The only story that I liked in it was Mark the Music, none of the other stories flowed in a way that made sense
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Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: She can’t.) She lives in the middle of Montana, but dreams of the South. Rachel is the owner of Metamorphosis Books, an author services company offering formatting and interior layout for independent authors. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with he ...more

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