Monday, April 8, 2013

A to Z April Challenge 2013 ~ G ~ The Glassheart Chronicles







The Glassheart Chronicles is a short story anthology written by a talented cast of Paranormal YA authors. 

Fisher Amelie (author of The Leaving series), J.L. Bryan (author of the Paranormals series), Courtney Cole (author of The Bloodstone Saga), Wren Emerson (author of the Witches of Desire series), Amy Maurer-Jones (author of The Soul Quest trilogy), Tiffany King (author of the Saving Angels series) and Nicole Williams (author of the Eden Trilogy) come together in this captivating anthology to each write a short story about a character from their already existing novels. 

This lively group of authors shine in this anthology. If you enjoyed the following books: 
Jenny Pox (J.L. Bryan)
The Understorey (Fisher Amelie) 
Fated (Courtney Cole) 
I Wish...(Wren Emerson) 
Soul Quest (Amy Maurer-Jones) 
Meant To Be (Tiffany King) 
Eternal Eden (Nicole Williams)

Then you will love these short stories, each of which provides a further look at the characters you have already grown to love. 


My Review:


I mainly picked up The Glassheart Chronicles because one of my favorite authors has a story in it.  (Not telling, you guys can guess which one if you want)  Altogether I did enjoy the anthology, but some of the stories frustrated me.  Don’t get me wrong they were all well written.  They all to one degree or another drew me in and kept my attention. I think if I had previously read the authors works that related to the short stories I would have enjoyed them more.   If I had already read the authors work I might have been able to say “oh that’s this characters back story” or “oh, yeah, now that whole reason for her being a crazy sociopath kinda makes sense”.  But because I hadn’t some of the stories just seemed too short.

As I said above the writing is good and the stories did draw me in and hold my interest. I did add a few books to my wish list based on the authors work here so it didn’t turn out all bad. If you are a fan of any of the authors I would definitely recommend picking this one up. But even if you aren’t familiar with any of them I think the collection provides a nice introduction to these authors, their styles and their novels  and is worth the read. 



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This post is part of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013.

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  2. I love books of anthologies because I love short stories.

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  3. Wow, that is a great cover!

    What struck as too short about some of them? Like they didn't build anything up for satisfaction?

    from John at The Bathroom Monologues

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    1. Yea, some just didn't seem to have any direction I guess. One was actually a scene the author had written in response to reader requests about what had happened at a certain point in her book. I think if I had read the book previously I would have enjoyed the short story more.

      They weren't all like this, and as I said above some made me put the books by the author(s) on my wishlist.
      I think it is a good read overall and definitely recommend it.
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  4. The cover is really beautiful! It's nice to see book reviews because I'm always looking for some new reads! Happy G Day!
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  5. The cover is really beautiful! It's nice to see book reviews because I'm always looking for some new reads! Happy G Day!
    www.katelincollard.org

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  6. I like the cover. I will forward your email to my daughter who is always looking for new books.

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  7. I loved the cover!! Good post, and I sent you right over to my page on FB! Congrats! www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  8. This one sounds like a book to have in my purse for days I'm waiting around. Great review.
    Connie
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  9. I've never heard of this before but now I really really want to read it. Soudns awesome.

    Happy A through Z blogging!
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  10. This is a fascinating review! It made me think about writing a short story about one of my characters. I don't have a book pubbed yet (maybe never at this rate), but if I do and want to write the backstory of a character, I'll make sure it's detailed and complete enough that anyone can enjoy it whether they're read my book or not.
    Thanks a lot - great post! :-)

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  11. The Warrior Muse said you needed some love, so I popped on by ..

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  12. Thank you for telling us about this! I got it for my Kindle because I love short stories. I can read one every now and then, when I have time. I love that cover design too. Anyway, it was free, so totally worth trying out. Thanks again!

    From A to Z, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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  13. The Glassheart Chronicles is a terrific title. Nice review too.

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  14. Thanks for sharing a review on a free book! I always wonder if it's a good book or not, so I'm glad to have a review. And the link!

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  15. This was a great review, thanks. I haven't read any of the authors yet, but a few have been recommended, so it's nice to get a more independent recommendation.

    Lyre at Lyre's Musings

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