Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Five Must Have Young Adult Anthologies

Short stories aren't common in the stacks anymore. However recently, established young adult writers have banded together to write anthologies featuring original short stories. Books and Sensibility has compiled a list of  the top five must have.

1. Steampunk ! Edited by Gavin J Grant and Kelly Link 

Includes : Garth Nix, Cassandra Clare and Libba Bray and more.

Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre's established themes and refashion them in surprising ways

2. Enthralled Edited by Kelly Armstrong and Melissa Marr
Includes : Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and Ally Condie

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying . . .   whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.
Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

3. Let it Snow : Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. 

4. Prom Nights From Hell by Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle,and Michele Jaffe

An exciting collection of paranormal tales, best-selling authors take prom mishaps to a whole new level—a truly hellish level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper—and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.
From angels fighting demons to a twisted take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux can. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, creepy fun.

5. Zombies vs Unicorns Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbaleister

Includes : Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare and Margo Lanagan

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. 

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