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That Moment When: An Anthology of Young Adult Fiction Kindle Edition
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After fifteen minutes, leafed through the rest, then set it aside forever.
This collection is deceptive, and even though it was free, it's still irritating. The majority of the stories are just teasers - although looking through the introduction again, I still can't find anything stating that the stories are not all complete. It may be some publisher's idea of a great way to promote new authors, but for those of us who love short stories and picked it up with great excitement, it's let-down after let-down.
When I find a short story I really like, I make the effort to note the author's name, go to their website, see what else they've written, and often purchase one of their books, or a periodical with more of their work in it. Perhaps I'm unusual. I don't think so. Getting entranced by a story that suddenly ends with a blurb like "If you enjoyed XXXX and would like to read more, please to to www.XXXXX" or "You can find out what happened to XXX by going to..." is just annoying.
There are some wonderful new authors represented here, who deserve better than this.
In any anthology, there's a "risk" (for lack of a better term) of some or lots of the stories being duds/stinkers/misses. Especially in ones with different genres, not everyone has the same tastes and while that is all good, it can be tricky to create a successful collection.
Honesty time: Some stories I did DNF (didn't appeal to me enough to keep reading)or skipped entirely because when I went to the author's page at the end (not to spoil myself) it said "Need to know what happens next" and other variation.
I hate book previews with a passion... prequels are fine but I don't want to have pay separately to get the book to read the rest of the story. I go into anthologies expecting either a completed short story or a completed teaser (yes, to me they are different things).
Now this is just my personal opinion, others may squeal and enjoy these ones more but for me, it was an annoyance. The description did mention these would be thrown in but I didn't realize how many there would be. I did enjoy some of them but after awhile it became annoying and I skipped em entirely. I did try to give most of them a fair shot though.
Most of the stories for me fell into the category of "good but not great,wouldn't read again", "Hmm.. not bad" with some "oy vey, I didn't enjoy that" and "Wow, that was good."
Am I too old to enjoy some of them? Maybe... I could see my teen self enjoying these more than Adult me (the YA genre wasn't very big like it is now when I was in high-school) but I don't think that was entirely it. I can read a good YA just like any other book if the characters and story appeal to me. I've discovered some all-time favorites that I would love to share with my niece and little cousins one day if they turn out to be book-nerds like me :) (Ally is 6, and Mary's girls are 9 and 4)
Part of my reason for taking advantage of the (as of 2-26-17) free kindle download on Amazon was partly because the retail physical book price made me wary and partly to see if I could read this without a headache on the PC app (got a headache when I did try a Kindle.. didn't get one on the computer app)... thirdly, to see if this was something I would buy and later share with Ally, Rebekah, and Miley when they were older. (Maybe of the school or local library gets it)
Anyways.. when the stories were really good/great, they hit it out of the park and had me thinking about em afterwards. Some ended perfectly and left me wanting more of the world they inhabited :)
<b>UNDERBELLY CIRCUS by Hilary Thompson
SILK AND SERVICE by David Kudler
Desperate by Stacy Claflin
"Another World by Rachel Morgan
"SAND AND STARSHIPS by Heather Lee Dyer
THE WRONG TIME FOR FATE Ingrid Seymour
"INCONVENIENT CURIOSITY by A.M. Lalonde
Push by Leia Stone
WHEN I FIND YOU by Norma Hinkens
PROVISIONS by Kira Lerner
MORE THAN A CRUSH by Kat Stiles
GLIMPSES by Avril Sabine </b>
(my tired eyes may have skimmed over one or two, didn't sleep well)
These are the authors I would love to read more of one day (Mount TBR grows a little bit taller).. famous words of a bookworm haha ;-).
Small number for such a wide collection but part of the "meh" stories for me were genre issues. Urban Fantasy is more miss than hit for me and Paranormal I can be picky about.
The Sci-Fi section: was slightly better
Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic: held my attention more
Fantasy was more 50/50 I suppose
Thriller and Horror: was good for the most part (YA Horror I don't mind)
And More (Speculative Fiction) was decent overall with a couple standouts
All in all, it wasn't a bad journey... just one I mostly wouldn't travel down again *shrugs* Wish I could download my favorites separately from the collection itself.
Recommend? Maybe... give it a try and see what you think.
I did pick up a few authors who I'd like to read more of too.
Overall, I felt like my time investment wasn't really rewarded with a complete experience. I'd have a hard time recommending anyone read this book cover to cover, but skipping through and reading a few select stories could be ok.