Monday, 4 June 2012

Monday Musings: Review of The First Time edited by Jessica Verday and Rhonda Stapleton

I picked up the Jessica Verday and Rhonda Stapleton anthology The First Time for Kindle a while back and have been reading a few stories every now and then. It’s a wonderful mix – 25 tales of first loves, first kisses, first zombie slayings, and various others. I don’t think there’s anything bad in here at all, but special mention goes to the following.

Premeditated Cat by C. Lee McKenzie – A really creepy tale about a very strange art teacher and the influence he has on a teen girl.

Sweet Truth by Stacey Jay - Any dystopian tale which gets my attention at the moment has to be stunning, as I’m fed up of the genre. This was so well-written I really enjoyed it.

Turn Here by Jackson Pearce – A girl and her mother find a cell phone that’s barking out directions via GPS, then follow it, starting a treasure hunt of sorts. Very unpredictable and really sweet.

Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff – It’s got Shakespeare and it’s side-splittingly funny. Read it now!

The First Goldfish of McKinley High by Sydney Salter – Thought provoking political satire following a high school election. Brilliant.

Selling Mr. Peanut, by Laura Zielin and Green Glass Reflection by Cheryl Renee – Two really good romances.

Heart On by Rhonda Stapleton – Funny and surprisingly sweet.

The best of them all, though, has to be When Skies Are Gray by Leigh Brescia – One of the most heartbreaking, and wonderful, stories that I’ve ever read. Absolutely incredible.

Overall, really strong recommendation – it’s introduced me to lots of new authors and I’m looking forward to tracking down more of their work, particularly the ones mentioned above. It’s also staggeringly cheap, currently going for £1.90 on Amazon UK – less than 8p a story! I would have happily paid twice that for the Leigh Brescia story alone.

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