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Saturday, July 17, 2010



Sure, love is hell. But it's totally worth it.

In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers—Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)—love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.

From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.


This book is a collection of short stories. In this case the assumption is joining a series of tales with fantasy as a starting point for love with a supernatural being or that love itself has a supernatural aspect.
In general I liked a lot of stories that, despite being short with about 50 pages, were very well structured and written with a dynamic and accessible writing. The book is clearly for a young audience looking for effective entertainment.
Although I enjoyed all the stories, I feel that one does not fulfill the premise of the book!
Specials is a science fiction tale dissonant enough because has, indeed, nothing supernatural.
Rather, I highlight two tales for their simple beauty reminded me of the ancient legends. In one a young girl becomes involved with a Selkie and in the other a young woman falls for a fairy boy.
The only penalty I have is that the stories were so short because I think they had much more to offer as part of a complete book.

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