Published by Dial Books on August 18th 2015
Genres: Horror, Thriller
A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.
Hellooooooooo book nerds! Today I will be reviewing Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by various authors, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke! This will not be a traditional book review, as I am reviewing each short story individually.
NOVA REN SUMA
The Birds of Azalea Street
When my friend asked me what I thought of Nova Ren Suma’s story, the only thing I could say was very Nova Ren Suma. Anyone who’s ever read The Walls Around Us or Imaginary Girls knows what I’m talking about. I didn’t really connect with the characters and the ending confused me, but I still wanted to know what would happen next. As usual, her writing is beautiful. Whenever I read a Nova Ren Suma book, I’m always left asking WHY????
In The Forest Dark and Deep
I liked this one! Carrie Ryan managed to create a complex, well-written characters in 30-some pages! My only complaint is that the whole switching between ages thing confused me a bit and I kept having to flip back a page to see what age Cassidy was.
WOW! I LOVED this one! I thoroughly enjoyed The Cure for Dreaming, so it’s no surprise that I love Cat Winters’ other work! This story was the perfect combination of romance (a bit naughty!), action, suspense, and total WTFery. View Spoiler »I loved the twist of Emmeline not being real! However, I’m a bit confused. Why could Emerson and Claudine see her but the other soliders couldn’t? « Hide Spoiler I only wish that we could’ve seen more of Emmeline’s past, but a short story is supposed to be short.
Verse Chorus Verse
YES. This one was so deliciously creepy! I have this weird obsession with celebrity lives that I only let myself indulge in by reading books about fictional celebrities. Leigh Bardugo’s short story was just what I wanted! I really liked the alternating points of view from the mother at home to Jaycee at the hospital. I was really freaked out at the end, let me tell you! View Spoiler »Also, the photographer was disgusting. When I was reading that scene I wanted to punch him in the face and castrate him and scream NO JAYCEE DON’T TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF HE’S A PERV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! « Hide Spoiler I have no complaints. It was perfect!
One word: AWESOME! The idea of death being a game that you had to win was SO COOL! This short story was full of action and suspense! I want a full book of this. NOW! I truly cared for the characters, even the supporting ones. Can we talk about how bad-ass the main character is? Again, I WANT A FULL BOOK! I only wish that we had gotten a little more back story on the stepfather and how Suze knew about the game.
The Dark, Scary Parts and All
This story was so interesting! I am a huge fan of mythology so I loved the Hades and Persephone twist! I strongly related to Marnie and her situation, especially in the beginning. I really want to know how the story is going to play out and what will happen next! My only problem is that the story was bit stereotypical but the fun twists and characters made up for it.
APRIL GENEVIEVE TUCHOLKE
The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh
I don’t even know how to feel about this one. I liked the character description in the beginning when it was just the friends driving in the car. I also enjoyed the flashbacks with Canary and Theo’s voice. What I didn’t enjoy was View Spoiler »the entire plot of hitting Canary with the car. The whole scenario made me sick to my stomach. Also, THE ENDING! WTF WAS THAT? I guess the takeaway is that karma is one hell of a bitch? « Hide SpoilerI really didn’t care for this at all. Too bad.
Fat Girl With a Knife
First of all, the characterization of Dahlia was incredible. Bravo. This story was SUPER FREAKY. In a good way. Like ZOMBIES and POSSESSION and WOAH. I really can’t say anything more!
HOLY PLOT TWIST! This story was CRAAAAAAZY. The only spoiler-free thing I can say is that the pacing was very well done. Alright, now for my real feelings. View Spoiler »I was not expecting the first plot twist AT ALL. I’ve seen the tv show Catfish and all that, but I REALLY THOUGHT THE GIRL WAS GONNA BE THE KILLER/PSYCHO/NOT WHO SHE SAYS SHE IS. Once the plot twist was revealed, I really feared for Cassie. Here is a poor girl who fell in love with a boy over the internet and is relying on him to escape her horrible home life, and he’s a total fake and a serial killer at that. It was the kind of plot twist that made me turn back a few pages to look for clues. I felt sick from that point on. Annnnnd just when I thought the plot twist was over, BOOM HIS MOTHER ISN’T ACTUALLY ALIVE AND HE’S A SUPER PSYCHO. « Hide Spoiler I didn’t really like the ending. It left a lot to be desired. But really, WHAT A CHARACTER.
Nope. Just nope. The only thing I liked was the setting, which is probably only interesting to me because I love Downton Abbey. The description was too wordy and I didn’t feel a connection to the characters. It was a murder mystery, but I didn’t actually care about the result. Boo.
The Girl Without a Face
Right away, I liked the premise. It was also creepy from the beginning. And it sure did stay creepy! There’s not much I can say about this one. It was hella creepy, but I don’t really have feelings about it. It was just eh.
A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow
This one had a fantasy world sort of like Snow Like Ashes, and I loved that. It also had beautiful writing. I want to read more of this author’s work. However, there were a lot of characters and it was hard to keep track of all of them. Also, it was really short. Not short story short, but just short. It left a lot to be desired.
I really enjoyed this one! When we read Frankenstein in 8th grade English I was the only one in my class that actually liked the book. I was not surprised to love this story, a Frankenstein retelling. It was freaky, nasty, super creepy, and I LOVED it. There was suspense, action, and wonderful writing! No complaints.
On the I-5
I was actually interested in this character! I wanted to know her story right off the bat. The writing was good and the plot was intriguing. I just wish it was more scary. Considering how scary Kendare Blake’s books are, I expected more from her short story.
Have you read Slasher Girls & Monster Boys? What was your favorite story? Do you agree or disagree with my reviews? Let me know in the comments!