The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.
Carry On is about a wizard named Simon who is the chosen one and must defeat an evil monster called the Humdrum. He also has a brooding and condescending roommate named Baz who is missing from their final year at the Watford School of Magicks.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this anthology. I decided to read one a day and this made the experience really fun, so I would definitely recommend reading it that way. This book is a collection of short stories by various young adult authors. There is commentary at the end of each story by a BookTuber that gave the author a prompt. The prompts all have something to do with villains.
Rebecca is a strange yet fascinating and surprising read. I expected less from it, but was pleased with the quality of writing and plot that the novel gave me. It is a story about a young, unnamed girl who unexpectedly marries a wealthy older man. She arrives at his house and is confronted by the impact that his dead wife has had on the employees of the Manderley mansion.
Geekerella follows Elle and Darien, two teenagers who have one thing in common: Starfield. Elle is Starfield obsessed - she runs a blog about it and has watched the television series numerous times. Darien is set to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the new film adaptation, but the fandom are not happy about his casting. People like Elle see him as another teen heartthrob without any interest in the Starfield world. When a cosplay event at ExcelsiCon is announced, Elle sees it as a chance to leave her awful family and use the prize of a plane ticket to escape.
I don't read short stories very often, but when I do they often leave an impactful message with me. Short stories are very simple yet creative, and are a very useful form of practice for writers. If you ever have an idea for a novel, but don't want to write it yet, then you can test it out as a short story and see if it works out for you.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera follows Mateo and Rufus as they find out that they both only have one day left to live. After receiving a call from Death-Cast, they seek each other out through the Last Friend app and have one last day of adventure.