- Copertina rigida: 384 pagine
- Editore: Dial Books for Young Readers (1 ottobre 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0803741731
- ISBN-13: 978-0803741737
- Peso di spedizione: 717 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 105.188 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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Praise for Slasher Girls & Monster Boys:
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
"If your idea of an excellent summer night is telling ghost stories around the campfire, you'll be jumping for (horrific) joy over Slasher Girls & Monster Boys."—Bustle
“Terrifying and new . . . There’s nary a clunker in the collection—this is satisfying, disturbing horror for the modern YA audience.” —Publishers Weekly
“Murderous neighbors, creepy bathtubs, and lots of blood . . . Full of thrills and chills [and] gross, creepy fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
"This killer collection will satisfy any thriller junkie."—Booklist Online
"Satisfyingly diverse and compelling. . . . The majority of the protagonists are female [but] not one is a helpless victim. Many contributors subvert and complicate the roles of protagonist and antagonist, keeping readers on their toes . . . After encountering the horrors here, variously supernatural and disturbingly human, readers may want to leave the lights on.—The Horn Book
“Will scare, thrill, and terrify."—VOYA
“A ton of terrifying mini thrillers that take inspiration from classic stories. There’s a bit of supernatural in here, some gore-filled-horror, terrifying creatures . . . something for everybody.”—Book Riot
Praise for the authors:
April Tucholke's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea:
* “A stunning debut with complex characters, an atmospheric setting, and a distinct voice . . . Tucholke has real talent.”—VOYA, starred review
Stefan Bachmann's The Peculiar:
“Richly realized . . . accomplished . . . This is a story young fantasy buffs are sure to enjoy.”—New York Times Book Review
Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone:
“Mesmerizing . . . Bardugo’s set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.”—New York Times
Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood:
* "Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels."—Kirkus, starred review
Marie Lu's The Young Elites:
* “Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance’ formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love . . . there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren’t felt.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “Readers should prepare to be captivated.”—Booklist, starred review
* “A must for fans of . . . totally immersive fantasies.”—Kirkus, starred review
Marie Lu's Legend trilogy:
New York Times Bestsellers
"Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”—New York Times
Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter:
* “The fast-paced book is rife with excitement, romance, and intrigue.”—SLJ, starred review
Nova Ren Suma's 17 & Gone:
* “This is ingeniously crafted.”—BCCB, starred review
Cat Winters's In the Shadow of Blackbirds:
* "A story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice."—Booklist, starred review
April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Between the Spark and the Burn. She lives in Oregon.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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If I had to use an example, it would be Danielle Paige's entry, "The Dark, Scary Parts and All". I'm not a fan of her writing style. I started the reading the Dorothy Must Die series and right from the get-go, book 1, I could tell her narrative was going to be annoying. What happened with this story was both of the issues above--her writing style was bad (annoying), and so was her execution (predictable and just plainly not the best), which was is a sad thing to say because her story was inspired by THE OMEN (1976). At the end of this story, I was severely disappointed.
HOWEVER, that's not to say that this story doesn't have it's good and somewhat awesome stories. Jay Kristoff's "Sleepless" was, personally, the best in the entire collection. I'm not going to say anything about it because it's so good, you just have to read it. Other notable stories were written by Carrie Ryan and A. G. Howard. Some honourable mentions are Leigh Bardugo, Nova Ren Suma (whose story relies on realistic horror), and Kendare Blake.
OVERALL, don't expect much. It's just like every anthology: bad parts & good parts--but this is a pretty good collection for light reading.
As I read, I rated each story and wrote down my thoughts on them, and then I calculated my overall rating (around a 3.5, rounded up for stars) by averaging the 14 separate stories together. Below are my rankings and thoughts on the individual stories:
THE BIRDS OF AZALEA STREET
The way this one started, I honestly questioned whether or not I'd be able to make it through an entire anthology of stories like it. I really thought I was going to have to set aside the book just because it would be too scary for me. It wasn't scary in a paranormal sense, but I've started to think that some of the scariest things are done by us humans, not the imaginary creatures we dream up. The neighbor, Leonard, is the kind of character that makes me think that the random noises I hear at night are somebody in my house. But then, as the story continued, it got weirder, and as it got weirder, it got less scary. It was still pretty creepy, but the ending had me more confused than anything else, and it left me with more questions than it answered.
IN THE FOREST DARK AND DEEP
After the confusion caused by the story before it, this was refreshing, and it was outright terrifying for me. This is the famous "March Hare story", and the other reviewers aren't lying when they say that you'll never be able to think of the March Hare in the same way after reading this. As a kid (and even now, if I'm being truly honest), I never liked Alice in Wonderland. It was too out there and creepy for me as a kid, and I still have no desire to rewatch it or any of the newer adaptations, and it's never once been an urge of mine to read the book. I can say that, after reading this, my aversion to the story has only grown even stronger. Though I struggled with imagining exactly what this twisted version of the March Hare looked like, I think that inability made the story even creepier. The creepiest part of the whole thing? Easily the heroine's repeated use of the phrase "Exactly so". I'm still getting goosebumps every time I even think the phrase, and I can only imagine what actually hearing someone say it would do to me.
This one wasn't even remotely scary to me. It was pretty easy to figure out what exactly was going on in the story, and more than anything, it just left me feeling sad for the main character at the end.
VERSE CHORUS VERSE
This started off not-so-good for me. I thought it was going to end up being one where I just wanted to skim through the whole thing, but instead, it took a turn for the extremely unsettling and has left me terrified to get in a bathtub. This was definitely one of the strongest entries for me, and I've found myself still trying to figure it all out even now.
This one wasn't scary for me at all, but it was one that I read compulsively until I finished. It started off really strong, but I think I would have enjoyed this more if there were even more elements of the supernatural included. Instead, it just kind of felt like a less gory version of the Final Destination franchise.
THE DARK, SCARY PARTS AND ALL
All I could think of while reading this was the books that spawned from the Twilight craze. It took the tropes that people use most often to bash the YA genre and instead of using them in a way that was self aware and satirical, used them just as expected.
THE FLICKER, THE FINGERS, THE BEAT, THE SIGH
The best part about this whole story to me is the title. I love how evocatively it reads, and I love it even more when spoken aloud. This is the kind of scary story title that would have me hiding behind someone else if it was told around a campfire, but the story behind it just didn't even remotely scare me, or do much of anything for me. The only part of this story that really creeped me out was the discussion of various urban legends, all of which I still find absolutely terrifying even after hearing them years ago.
FAT GIRL WITH A KNIFE
In my mind, this was very similar to the two stories before it, and it was getting pretty discouraging to read stories that weren't scary and more frustrating than anything else. This was a zombie story with basically no zombies, and it was kind of a yawn to get through.
I loved this one. It was easy to deduce which story it was inspired by, but it was still fun all the way through. It had enough twists and turns that it was able to keep my interest, and the entire time I found myself wishing I could read faster. Instead of being outright creepy, this story created a creepy ambiance in much the same way that movies like The Silence of the Lambs does. The introduction of new elements to a classic story made this one of my favorite stories in the collection.
While I was reading this, I couldn't help but think that this story didn't truly belong in this collection. I enjoyed it immensely, and I especially loved that it told the story of a main character who was blind, but I fail to see how it was scary, or even really creepy. The inclusion of small children singing songs (while always definitely creepy) seemed as if it was done almost because the story wouldn't have been allowed in the anthology otherwise. The most thrilling aspect of this story was that it was a murder mystery as experienced by a blind young woman.
THE GIRL WITHOUT A FACE
I was hesitant to read this one only because of all that I had heard about it. Lots of people whose reviews I read claimed that this was the scariest story in the bunch, but I found myself very underwhelmed by it overall. It was spooky, but it really didn't do much for me overall. The beginning had me agreeing with other reviewers, but it quickly faded into a story that I felt was too predictable and overdone. I'm willing to admit that with this story and several others in the collection, I might have enjoyed them more if I had waited to read them at the right time (not on a sunny morning) and in the right setting, perhaps right next to my closet for this one.
A GIRL WHO DREAMED OF SNOW
This one was my absolute favorite in the anthology, but definitely not because I found it scary, or even creepy, really. There were twists and turns throughout this story, but I don't think I would even classify it as thrilling. The strength of the main character was refreshing after the characters in some of the collection's middle stories, and I loved that there were different cultures at play within the same short story. I can't really put my finger on what made this one so great to me, but I really, really enjoyed it.
I probably looked forward to this story more than any other in the collection. It wasn't as gory as I was lead to believe it would be, and it was more unsettling than scary or creepy, but I definitely think this is one of the strongest pieces in the anthology. The Collector and the other characters set a mood that made me thankful I wasn't reading it in a cabin in the middle of the woods, and I really thought it was an interesting take on the story that inspired it.
ON THE I-5
This was more of a revenge-thriller than a horror story, but I love the "system" that was created. I was a little frustrated that we didn't receive the whole back story of the main character, but the bits that we did get were so tantalizing that it more than made up for any questions that I had. It's the stories like this throughout this collection that have helped me realize that sometimes it's better to not have all of the answers in hand.
Overall, I'm so glad that I picked this book up. It's helped me learn that maybe I don't get spooked as easily as I've always thought I did, and it's made it so that I can feel confident in saying that I'll pick up more horror in the future.
What is best about this particular horror anthology, is that it is strictly young adult, which I haven't seen before. Also, each story is inspired by classic films, books, or songs. Some of the films/books/songs are already horror-based, but others are not. This makes the interpretations to horror that much better in my opinion. I think this also adds an interesting look into the way something can be interpreted, and had me researching some of the originals that inspired these stories.
For instance, my absolute, hands-down favorite story, "In the Forest Dark and Deep" by Carrie Ryan, is based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This story follows a young girl who is a victim and a witness to a horrible crime that is conducted by a mysterious figure: the March Hare. The events of the story flash back and forth between when Cassidy is a child and when she is a teenager on the brink of adulthood. It is very creepy and beautiful all at once. The use of the mad tea party is expertly done, and I just loved it so much. I would encourage you to either read this one first, or save it for last.
Of course, while this was my favorite, it is far from alone. A couple other real stand-out stories include "Verse Chorus Verse" by Leigh Bardugo, "Stitches" by A.G. Howard, "Sleepless" by Jay Kristoff and "On the I-5" by Kendare Blake. Each of these are just so chilling and do the best job of making shivers go down my spine. But, all of the stories are worth reading for sure.
I will say that I couldn't read this book at night. After I read the first two stories I tried to go to bed. Unfortunately, I have an over-active imagination and scared the living daylights out of myself, jumping at each creek and groan of my house. I had to sleep with my bathroom light on! So if you're braver than I am, definitely enjoy this anytime, but if you're a scaredy-cat like me, then I suggest full sunlight when enjoying. If you're a horror lover, you will not be disappointed with the stories collected in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys.
It's not that the stories were badly written. They weren't. They just weren't original. This might have been a five star book if the various authors had actually written something new and fresh, instead of rehashed fan fic.
There were a couple of stories that I really liked, though, that were genuinely unsettling and spooky. Emmaline, about a girl living in a bombed out home in WWI France is really good. I also loved M, about a neglected blind girl who is the only "witness" to a murder.
It's just too bad that so many of the rest of the stories mirrored old movie plots we've all seen before.