Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: One More Day Anthology

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What if today never ends?

What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?

Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.

Unless …
In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.

How do we restart time?

How do we make everything go back to normal?

The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.

Right now.

What would you do if this happened … to you?

Many thanks to the J. Taylor Publishing for the ARC of One More Day. I don't usually read or review anthologies but I am a fan of one of the authors (Danielle Shipley-I'm sure you guys have seen my reviews of her books. If not go check them out. ^_~).

I sure wasn't let down by the quality of these stories. Especially considering I haven't heard of most of the other authors but I can vouch that each story is well written. So much so that it was easy for me to immerse myself into the stories without thinking about it.

I'm not going to review each story separately since there are already individual reviews out there and I agree with most of them. I do want to explain that the only reasons I gave lower scores on a few of them is that I felt like the flow of the writing left me feeling jarred and could use a little ironing. That and that there probably wasn't enough time for the stories to be fleshed out so they might be better as longer stories.

As most of you know reading is a subjective thing so it is known that most everyone won't love every story, myself included, but I do feel that this book has a solid line up of authors and I highly encourage you to check them out.

These stories are witty, imaginative, and original, those types tend to be my favorite, so those were given higher ratings if they fell towards the fantasy/sci fi are the genres. I like humor so that helped bump up scores too if there was a hint of that in the story. These stories kept  me entertained until the end and I know you won't regret picking it up. I'm pretty sure you won't want to put it down until you're done. They are all fairly quick reads so pick up an ebook and you could probably finish the entire anthology in a sitting.

I know with most short stories some readers feel that the ending isn't satisfying enough or left too open ended. If you're worried about this problem then you don't have to worry about that with these short stories! Each one is tied up neatly and left me satisfied (although there were a few where I wanted more because I loved them so much) so keep that in mind. I sometimes feel that short stories are too fast paced, rushing to the end but I do feel like these were paced well and weren't too short which greatly pleased me. Well done authors!

Reading this anthology was a great way for me to discover new authors. I love it when this happens. I should read anthologies more often. Now I plan on researching more works by these authors and I hope that you all will join me!

Overall, I'd give the book a 4/5 rating.

Time Piece by Anna Simpson - 4

Dark Rose by Marissa Havorson - 4.2

Dragon Flight by J. Keller Ford - 4.6

The 13th Month by L.S. Murphy - 3.2

Sleepless Beauty by Kimberly Kay - 4.3

Stage Fright by Erika Beebe - 3

A Morrow More by Danielle Shipley - 4.5

(An ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review (and for the individual shout-out ^.^). Speaking for the whole "One More Day" author gang, we truly appreciate it and are glad, glad, glad you enjoyed the book!

~ Danielle