Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: The Fierce Reads Anthology: Volume 2

Title: The Fierce Reads Anthology: Vol 2
Multiple Authors
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: December 5, 2012
Amazon  |  Barnes&Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

This anthology includes short stories from six fierce young adult authors! Inside, you’ll find a futuristic zombie tale from Ann Aguirre, a science fiction thriller from Gennifer Albin, a nautical mermaid story from Elizabeth Fama, a story full of unicorns from Lish McBride, a postapocalyptic story from Caragh O’Brien, and a paranormal alternate future from Marie Rutkowski.




This book is free at both Amazon and Barnes&Noble (see links above).  It includes six short stories from YA authors, most of which are samples of or prequels to their published novels.  While several of these shorts can be found as extras on the author’s sites, a few are $.99 + at both retailers so I think having the entire volume for free is the way to go.

I downloaded this anthology specifically for the short story by Ann Aguirre, Foundation.  I am a huge fan of the Razorland series so, as soon as I realized there was a prequel that I hadn’t read, I had to have it!  It was excellent; and, for those of you who read the novella Endurance (the story of Stone and Thimble), you will want to read Foundation!  It was such a beautiful and heart-wrenching short.  I loved the way it explained so much and tied in with Endurance and Enclave!

The next story I was thrilled to find was a prequel to Cinder by Marissa Meyer titled Glitches.  I’ve really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, and it was great to read about how Cinder came into the lives of Garan, Adri, Pearl, and Peony.  My favorite part of this short was Cinder’s introduction to Iko, whom I have great affection for.  Peony is adorable, and I love the insight into her relationship with Cinder – this was especially poignant if you’ve read Cinder.

My most pleasant surprise was Gennifer Albin’s Department of Alterations, a prequel to Crewel.  For some reason, Crewel had not been on my radar, even though some of my blogger buddies seemed to enjoy it.  Well, the sneak peek of the first several chapters really intrigued me!  I was sad for it to end and have definitely bumped Crewel up on my reading list.

There is also a mermaid story from Elizabeth Fama, a story by Lish McBride, a post-apocalyptic story from Caragh M. O’Brien, and a paranormal alternate future from Marie Rutkoski.

This anthology includes the following stories:

Foundation by Ann Aguirre
The Department of Alterations by Gennifer Albin
Men Who Wish to Drown by Elizabeth Fama
Heads Will Roll by Lish McBride
Ruled by Caragh M. O'Brien
Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill by Marie Rutkoski

And the following bonus stories from Vol. 1:

The Fierce Reads AnthologyThe Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo
Glitches by Marissa Meyer

The bonus stories from The Fierce Anthology Reads: Volume 1 is also free on Amazon and B&N .  I’ve downloaded it, but it will be a while before I read it.  I’m not familiar with most of the authors so this will be a great way to sample and hopefully find some new books!

My only complaint is the lack of editing in most of these stories, but did I mention it’s FREE?



  1. I love novellas! I love getting that little bit extra that goes along with some of my favorites. Also did I hear you say zombies? nom nom nom

    Great review wifey!

    1. Exactly!! Especially when they're FREE! Oh, wifey... we have got to get you started on the Razorland series. I see me sending more books to you very soon ;)

  2. AAH, so excited, thanks for sharing this! I had no idea this was available (and free!). I'm very excited to read Glitches after hearing great things about it, and now I'm dying to read Foundation. I love the Razorland series so much. Great review, and thanks for sharing!

    1. Foundation is awesome!! Especially if you enjoyed Endurance ;)
      Thanks so much, lovely!

  3. I haven't read the Razorland series would this ruin it for me if I read it first?

    1. Not at all, Kimba! Foundation is actually Razorland #0.5. I prefer reading them in the order I did, which was just discovering Foundation recently; but it's really a personal preference. You could always save that particular short until you've read Enclave and just enjoy the others for now.

  4. Oh these are cool. I've read Glitches but none of the others.

  5. This sounds interesting. I haven't read any of these yet, but I am so glad you introduced me to this. Thanks for sharing!


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