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What if you knew exactly when you would die?Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
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.
Note: This book consists of 5 individual short stories. I will review them one by one.
Sleeping with the Spirit by Laurie Faria Stolarz
I started off with this story, feeling very excited. I had read Stolarz's Deadly Little Secret not long ago and loved it to pieces. But I found Sleeping with the Spirit boring and predictable. This is definitely not one of Stolarz's best works.
Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld
This one was even worse. I never really finished it. While most people has a liking for this particular story, I found myself confused and clueless about the whole thing. Sorry, Scott, I really love your Uglies series but Stupid Perfect World is not for me!
Thinner Than Water by Justine Larbalestier
Unexpectedly, I found myself enjoying this story more than the previous two. Thinner Than Water is downright beautiful, bone-chilling and treacherous. Well done, Larbalestier!
Fan Fictions by Gabrielle Zevin
Fan Fictions somehow reminds me of a short story written by Anthony Horowitz in The Complete Horowitz Horror. It's called The Hitchhiker. Does that title ring a bell? I was surprised by how this author (whose name I've never heard before) weaves this eerily twisted story perfectly, sending readers away feeling shocked and awed at the end. Kudos to Gabrielle Zevin!
Love Struck by Melissa Marr
I enjoyed this story. It was really sweet and charming. Filled with Celtic myths of Selkies (mythological shapeshifting creatures - often in the form of seals - that lives in the sea) and a decent amount of teen romance, this story is going to make you smile.
Overall Rating: - 3.5 stars
Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.
Michelle has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, was released on February 15, 2011.
Praise from authors:
Wow, thanks so much for the AMAZING review, Aik!!!! :-D I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book so much, and thanks for making it one of your best books for 2012!!! You are awesome, good luck with your brilliant blog!! | Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the Escape from Furnace series
"Dear Naadir, Thanks for your thoroughly and lovely review of TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING. I´m glad to hear that you read the book three times.WOW!! I really appreciate you have posted my book on your awesome blog. I´m honored!!" Cris x
Thanks for your fantastic reviews! | Maria V. Snyder, author of the bestselling Study series
Thank you for the lovely review! And I like your comment, too: if Catherine were a plain girl, she may have gone unnoticed in Henry's court and faired much better. Alas, she did lead an interesting life! | Alisa M. Libby, author of The King's Rose and The Blood Confession
Thank you so much for writing a review of my book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. You have a very impressive blog. It looks like you are very plugged in to the wider world! | Dori Jones Yang, author of Daughter of Xanadu
Your blog looks lovely, and I particularly like that you review short story collections, and review the stories within. | Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
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