Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Summer Days and Summer Nights

I love short stories and was a huge fan of the first collection in this series, My True Love Gave To Me. When I saw the summer version available on Net Galley, I was so excited to dive into it. While I slightly preferred the winter version, Summer Days and Summer Nights was worth picking up.

My individual story rankings:

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tale by Leigh Bardugo – Why did Perkins choose to start the anthology with this story? It was too long and strange. I had to skip ahead. 

The End of Love by Nina Lacour – I loved this one about a girl who takes a summer school class and ends up with the girl she has been crushing on for year.  I want to read more Nina Lacour.

Last Night at the Cinegore by Libba Bray – Pulpy and fun horror with the requisite romance. 

Sick Pleasures: For A and U by Francesca Lia Block – The dud of the bunch. I grew up loving the L.A. pixie mania of Block's stories, but none of the magic is present here, just grim dreariness.

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins – The one I was waiting for! I feel so lucky to get to read more of Marigold and North's story. I hope this series continues with an autumn and spring collection so that I can continue to learn more about these characters. 

Souvenirs by Tim Federle – My first Tim Federle story, although I've been following him on Twitter for awhile. The same enthusiasm, humor, and love of drama abounds here. I need to read a full novel of his. 

Inertia by Veronica Roth – Some people weren't meant to write romances, and it seems that Veronica Roth is one of them. I wasn't a fan of this strange tale of future medical science and last goodbyes.

Love Is The Last Resort by Jon Skovron – What a strange story! Set in a modern country club, the story is told like it was written by Dickens, complete with asides to the audience. Still, the ending is fun and it's an enjoyable read.

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert – What happens if you meet the perfect guy at a farewell party and you want to dislike him on principle? That's what this story is all about. It was a mellow story after the preceding one, but well-written and a nice introduction to the author.

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare - Set in a circus that is run on the power of a demon, this one really wasn't for me. I think I am just not into Clare's writing style, as I couldn't get into City of Bones either. 

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith - This one was really sweet and fun. It's all about a camp counselor who finds love with a guy who is a bit different. 

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman  - Perkins saved the best for last! Just like in the movie "Groundhog Day," the characters are caught in a time loop and need to figure out how to make it work for them. I love the strange science fiction of it all, mixed with the beautiful common moments. I've found a new author to explore. 

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