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Overall this book is a very fun read with just a few meh stories. The whole collection though is well worth reading and will make you fall in love with a myriad of intriguing characters. There are some great surprises included throughout and I really do hope to read about some of these characters again in future stories.
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo
4 out of 5 gnomes
A love story that all starts with a potential monster sighting = awesome. This story went in a surprising direction. The writing really makes it feel like you’re there.
The End of Love by Nina LaCour
Pretty good, liked the love connection here but the parental drama was a bit blah/after school special-ish.
Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray
This is such a fun story. A look at a very non run of the mill kind of first date. This would make a tremendous movie. I love the horror/humor.
Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block
What did I just read...This one has the weirdest writing style. Don’t like how each person only has a one letter name.
In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins
Perkins is a master of making you care about characters. I like how she continued their story from the last short story collection. These two finding their way back to each other was great.
Souvenirs by Tim Federle
I really like this story. Matty and Kieth seem like a mismatched pair. I like that it's a love story about a breakup. You can tell that Matty will really grow from this experience.
Inertia by Veronica Roth
Dang, even if I hated Roth's last book with a firey passion I can definitely admit that she can truly write some intense characters. This felt like such an indepth world and story. I'm really curious about this world and characters that she's created.
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron
This story was a lot of fun. I love the wordiness/attitude of it all. Reads kind of like a really great farce/play.
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert
This is another story where you can really feel the character's emotions. Takes a look at the magnitude of feelings you have when people leave.
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare
This story was awesome. I'd love to read a whole book/series about these characters. The whole dark carnival world is fascinating.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith
Nice story, I like how it gives you a glimpse into autism and what that could mean for a love story. Even though the main character seemed a wee bit slow on the uptake on figuring out why the guy she likes is different.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman
Wow, such a good story. One that will give you all the feelings and really make you think. This one's my favorite because it does so much with so few words. It’s also great to think of all those perfect little moments each day that you might not even usually notice.