’Til the World Ends is a wonderful anthology featuring three fabulous, talented authors.
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa:
I LOVED Dawn of Eden. This prequel to The Immortal Rules was fascinating, and Julie Kagawa drew me in as only Julie Kagawa can. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this generation of the Archer family. Ben was so lovely and Kylie was a stunning combination of grace and fierceness. Samson angered me, but I believe his role in the story contained a very poignant lesson about forgiveness. I was not expecting such a detailed love scene, but my… oh my… well that was… erm… why is it SO hot in here? Reading this prequel and the appearance of a certain someone that I was very intrigued by in book one made me want to pick up my copy of The Immortal Rules and dive right back in... which is exactly what I did.
Note: Dawn of Eden is not a YA story -- definitely more new adult due to a steamy and detailed scene.
Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre:
Oh, wow. At the start of this short story, I felt as though I was scrambling to keep up and trying to figure out what was going on. But I caught on quickly and ended up loving this fast-paced read. A strong female lead and an amazing "don’t-label-him-a-hero" male lead character make an unforgettable pair in Ann Aguirre’s Thistle & Thorne novella. I grow tired of the pretty boys in some novels and of being told why they are soooo handsome and swoon-worthy instead of being shown. I love that in our introduction to Thorne, he is quickly described as not handsome, large, and imposing. Add to that a silvery scar from eye to mouth and the fact that he’s risking everything for the greater good of the world, and I’m all-a-flutter all the way to my tippy-toes. THIS is a beautiful man, and he easily makes my list of desirable fictional beaus. The only problem I had was that this story came to an end. I could have continued reading about Thorne and Thistle for days. Ann Aguirre never disappoints me, and this is one of my favorites.
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall:
Sun Storm was my first foray into the world of storm chasers and Kinetics, and I definitely don’t want it to be my last. This was so different from my usual reads and absolutely engrossing. I didn’t expect to feel quite as compelled by this story as the previous two since there wouldn’t be any parallel storylines or characters that I was already invested in, but Karen Duvall managed to give me two more characters to fall for with Sarah and Ian. I like that this story had more of an ending… a closure, and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Duvall’s work.
If you are a fan of short stories and the post-apocalyptic world, then definitely add ’Til the World Ends to your must-read list.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.