Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins + Various Authors

Title: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories 
Authors: Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Source: Publisher 
Published: May 17th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: 

Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love. 




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I love grabbing an anthology that houses so many of my favorite authors (Roth, Clare, Perkins), but my favorite thing is being able to sample authors who I’m not yet familiar with.  I have several books by Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer E. Smith, and Libba Bray; but I haven’t made time to start them.  Turns out these three authors wrote my favorite stories in this anthology and have ensured that I will make the time.


"Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail" by Leigh Bardugo: 

I adore both Eli and Gracie, and their story is easily one of my favorites in this entire book.  Read it, finished it, immediately re-read it with my daughter.  Too good to not be shared.  Also, it made me bump this author’s books to the top of my reading list.  Great characters and beautiful writing.


"The End of Love" by Nina Lacour: 

This is a cute F/F romance that had some poignant moments and a sweet ending.


"Last Stand at the Cinegor" by Libba Bray: 

This was creepily adorable, and I loved it.  Another author who shot to the top of my TBR.  Great writing and endearing characters.


"Sick Pleasure" by Francesca Lia Block: 

One of these things is not like the others… one of these things does not belong.  And that would be this short story.  And maybe that will make it unique for some readers; but I couldn’t relate to the characters, and it just wasn’t to my liking.


"In Ninety Minutes, Turn North" by Stephanie Perkins: 

Truly adorable!  This is not readers’ first introduction to Marigold and North; but even though I haven’t gotten to their first story in My True Love Gave to Me, it still worked as a stand-alone and was such a cute story.


"Souvenirs" by Tim Federle: 

An M/M romance that would have been good except for one of the characters being grating.  While Matty was charming, Kieth was annoying.  Yeah.  Kieth instead of Keith.  Even though he was born Keith.  Ugh.  It’s like Stephens who change their names to Stefan.  Just stop.  Or in terms the Kieths and Stefans will understand… stahp.


"Inertia" by Veronica Roth: 

I liked this sweet friendship-to-something-more story.  A last visitation, a realistic look at depression, and a rewarding ending.


"Love Is the Last Resort" by Jon Skovron: 

This story is peculiar.  But I like peculiar.


"Good Luck and Farewell" by Brandy Colbert: 

This was an okay short for me.  It never did quite pull me in, though.


"Brand New Attraction" by Cassandra Clare: 

I liked this a lot.  A demonic carnival, a mystery, and quirky characters.  I knew Cassandra Clare wouldn’t disappoint.


"A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong" By Jennifer E. Smith: 

Oh, my heart. So much sweetness. This would be my second favorite.  I loved this story and all its engaging characters so much. I would adore a full-length novel about Annie and Griffin. I definitely plan on reading more by this author soon.


"The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" by Lev Grossman: 

I’ll definitely be reading more by this author.  Two characters trapped in a Groundhog Day situation who discover wonder in every single repetitive ordinary day.  A story that is at first amusing but ultimately moving.


There really is a wonderful variety of stories here; and while not all of them were my cup of tea, it proves there is something in this delightful book for everybody.  Highly recommended for every reader’s shelf. Great for the beach, a quick bedtime story, sitting in a waiting room… any time you can’t squeeze in a huge novel but need a story because you’re just not yourself without a book in your hands. 

A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review. 
  
© at A Belle's Tales

  

12 comments:

  1. This seems like a great book with a lot of different amazing authors, and they managed to squeeze in some diversity as well! Great review, Michele! :)

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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  2. I loved the holiday one. I really want to read this one too. great little snippits. Stahp!!!! lol

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  3. Hold on..... YOU HAVENT READ LEIGH BARDUGO.... now you have wounded me Wifey... Shadow and Bone is awesome! If I know you, you will adore The Darkling and Mal and Alina. Okay I am making a plan. You read Shadow and Bone and then Siege and Storm and then we will read Ruin and Rising together since I need to read that one too.

    Now this was an awesome review and this sounds like a fun anthology. Great review Wifey!

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  4. It looks like a great mix Michele. I have the winterbook on audio

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  5. I don't really read anthology, but this one does sound like it has some amazing stories! I'm glad you enjoyed it so! And I hope you are well and that life is just fabulous for you! *HUGGLES*

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  6. Lots of good authors up there!

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  7. It's always interesting to have an anthologogy like that some better than others

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  8. This sounds like an interesting mix of stories. I love the title and the cover. :) Fun reading your thoughts on each one of the stories! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  9. I do really want to read more anthologies. I loved the winter collection, so I'm SO excited to read these. Yay for more with Marigold and North. I also like that it includes two LGBT+ short stories.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm not big on anthologies, but gosh, there are so many good authors here.

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  11. I really loved My True Love Gave to Me, but I hadn't even realized this one was coming out! I'm very excited to read it now, especially for Nina Lacour, Libba Bray, and Stephanie Perkins' stories!

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  12. Great review! I didn't quite get into this one but agree that there is potentially something for everyone in this mix of genres and I'm so glad you liked it!!

    my review

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