Thursday, June 11, 2009

Love is Hell

Next up on the list is "Love is Hell." I picked this one up of the library bookshelf because it is a collection of short stories by a bunch of YA authors. Reading short stories is one of the best ways I have found to find awesome authors that you may have either read before or never actually heard of. Either way, its a great way to branch out of your comfort zone of authors, especially if you have some familiar faces in the mix of stories. "Love is Hell" is written by Melissa Marr ("Wicked Lovely"), Scott Westerfeld ("Specials"), Justine Larbalenstier ("Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin ("Elsewhere") and Laurie Faria Stolarz ("Blue is for Nightmare"). The stories in it are fantastic. They aren't too racy but they set characters in unique circumstances, whether it be our world far in the future or in the past or anywhere else in between, and create realistic people whom we can all relate to. A portion of the books proceeds go to College Summit, which is pretty cool and generous if I do say so myself.
The next short story book I am going to read is a new one called "Vacations from Hell "which is written entirely by authors who I read and loved, such as Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Mylnowski and Claudia Gray.
More to come,

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