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I received this book as a gift It s not something I would have picked up on my own, as none of the authors featured number among my favorites.This collection of short stories was an easy, quick read despite the page count I skipped a couple of the stories and skimmed others I only liked a handful of them My favorites were The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves and Stillwater by Valerie Kemp. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The whole idea of this anthology is to explore things that happen in the dark and the ways they change us as people I first decided to pick up this book because I have read full length novels by most of these authors and enjoyed their writing styles plots I was particularly excited about the stories written by Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Saundra Mitchell and Sarah Ockler There were some really good stories and some really weird, on the fence ones I m going to give a story by story breakdown, but The whole idea of this anthology is to explore things that happen in the dark and the ways they change us as people I first decided to pick up this book because I have read full length novels by most of these authors and enjoyed their writing styles plots I was particularly excited about the stories written by Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Saundra Mitchell and Sarah Ockler There were some really good stories and some really weird, on the fence ones I m going to give a story by story breakdown, but they ll each be short as I am loathe to give anything away I will say that overall it was an interesting anthology, so far I still haven t read an anthology that I ve loved completely Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers From what I managed to figure out, this was a story about a girl obsessed with a boy who doesn t feel the same She stands outside his house every night debating whether or not to throw a rock through his window This wascontemporary than paranormal unlike most of the other stories and in so short of a story, the girl came across completely crazy to me and not at all likeable or relatable Definitely my one of my least favorite stories in the anthology VERDICT 1.5 5 Stars Nature by Aprilynne Pike This story had the spark for me that I wished Bumped by Megan McCafferty would have had I like the premise, a dystopian world where people are separated into the educated and the menial laborers Nature versus Nurture, a very old debate Only your test scores and your physical characteristics can decide which one you are And the latter can outweigh the first so easily The main character is on one track and gets thrust in the opposite direction after a routine physical This broke my heart, but I could honestly see it happening Scary, but really good and I would love to read this as a full length novel VERDICT 4 5 Stars The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves To be completely honest, I was bored straight out of the gate with this one I could tell it was a sort of dystopian universe or something, but it started out so trite Girl and boy are in love, but sneaking around because her Mom and Dad won t approve he s wrong side of the tracks There was a paranormal element to it, but it just never struck a chord with me VERDICT 1 5 Stars Ghost Town by Malinda Lo I really enjoyed this story and while I didn t love it, I think I could have if there had beentime with the characters developing the plot I did love that it wasn t the typical thing, but at the same time I enjoyed the whole clich of new girl Ty being lured to explore a haunted house by mean girl McKenzie The ending was different from what I expected and I can honestly say I really enjoyed this one My only complaint is it started to seem repetitive closer to the end VERDICT 3.75 5 Stars Eyes In The Dark by Rachel Hawkins This story was a lot like those really weird urban legends that everyone believes Like what happens when the guy gets out of the car to explore the mysterious noise and the girl finds his corpse hanging from a tree or something There was a little bitto this one, with the girl expecting to cheat on her boyfriend and ending up in creepy, deadly situation Gave me chills, but was really undeveloped and simplistic for my tastes VERDICT 3.5 5 Stars Stillwater by Valerie Kemp Possibly one of my favorite stories in the whole anthology by an author I ve never even heard of before , it is set in a small southern town where nothing ever changes until a boy and girl whose families have been feuding for generations manage to look past the fog and actually see each other Can they escape the madness embraced by the rest of the town I liked that it had a contemporary setting, but an element of magic random paranormal events to its plot Also, I really liked the main characters and got invested in their fates This was some powerful writing and I ll definitely be looking this author up VERDICT 5 5 Stars I Gave You My Love By The Light Of The Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan Berthe is just an average teenage girl, but when she s bit by something on a hiking trip her life changes drastically With the help of Stephen, will she be able to keep living her life like always I liked the growth of the relationship between Berthe and Stephen I thought though, that it was kind of bittersweet and unrealistically drawn But I honestly liked this a lotthan the actual full length books I ve read by Rees Brennan She s a great character writer, and that really shines through in this piece VERDICT 4 5 Stars Night Swimming by Beth Revis This was a short story set in the same universe as Revis Across the Universe series It was distinctively different from the others in the collection, being the only one with any real sci fi elements to it I wanted to love it, seeing how I m a gigantic fan of her series But I spent the whole story unsure of who the narrator was and that ruined it for me It had no true emotional impact, because I didn t know who I was supposed to be feeling sorry for I did like having a peek into Elder, Harley, Kayleigh and Orion s past before Amy entered into their lives VERDICT 3 5 Stars Almost Normal by Carrie Ryan Something about the hopefulness and youthful feeling of invincibility on the part of the main characters endeared this one to me The zombies are closing in, so a group of teenage friends decides to spend one last night being free at the amusement park Things go horrifically wrong I have never read Ryan s zombie series, Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I felt like this short story was a part of that universe That said, it was easy to immerse myself into it and get completely terrified I did want to shout at the kids about their stupidity, just like when you watch a horror movie and can see the killer behind the victim Interesting, but in this case the lack of resolution wasn t a good thing for me as a curious reader VERDICT 3.75 5 Stars There s Nowhere Else by Jon Skovron Basically a twist on the downtrodden hero, where Sebastian s Mom has an abusive boyfriend and refuses to leave him At night when he dreams, Sebastian becomes other people literally And the things he does as other people have very real consequences With a power like his, soon he ll have a choice to make Good versus evil, what will Sebastian choose The random entry of an entity that almost reminded me of Loki only super evil and another entity who was basically a voodoo priest made up the interesting parts of this story Honestly, felt mediocre about this one Could take it or leave it VERDICT 3 5 Stars Naughty or Nice by Myra McEntire Bex is on a school trip to Bavaria with her best friend Henry Things start to go awry when a local legend of a killer in a guise resembling Santa Clause throw them into terrifying circumstances Will they make it home alive This was so creative I absolutely loved the premise and the execution had the right amount of sass, mystery, legend and spine tingling creepiness Probably tied with Stillwater for my fave story in the book VERDICT 5 5 Stars Shadowed by Christine Johnson The second out of two stories that I completely had no interest in, over the course of reading the anthology Princess Esme is cursed and must keep in the shadows, away from the light Longing to be free, maybe the handsome Knight Rylan can help her escape her tower Not at ALL in keeping with the rest of the anthology, which seems to be made up of contemporary or futuristic dystopian stories This was a jarring addition, that felt to me like it didn t fit at all I was not paying any real attention and was glad when it was over Maybe if it had been in a different anthology I would have liked it VERDICT 1 5 StarsNow Bid Time Return by Saundra Mitchell Dacey enters a contest and wins the trip of a lifetime, to the Scandinavian part of Europe to photograph the Northern Lights for a week When her pictures all have the same mark defect on them, she thinks her camera is faulty But there might be anothersupernatural explanation, by the name of Kristian The imagery, plot and romance in this one were absolutely gorgeous I loved that it was part ghost story and part alternate dimension time travel interlude It was wonderful and while I am a romantic at heart, it still had my eyes rolling slightly at the tooth achingly sweet ending Still one of my top stories in the anthology for sure VERDICT 4.5 5 StarsThe Moth and The Spider by Sarah Ockler Very different from everything else I have ever read by Sarah Ockler, but definitely intriguing As always she has a way with words and I enjoyed the machinations of the main character, Cali Felt like there was something missing, but overall it grabbed my attention and wouldn t let go Another good piece of writing from one of my favorite authors VERDICT 3.75 5 StarsWhere the Light Is by Jackson Pearce Born a miner, die a miner Or at least that s what Will thinks his fate is until he meets Ennor, one of the Knockers, a creature living in the mines with the power to create cave ins The power to control a miner s very fate Will they be able to bridge the gap between their worlds, or will they both combust from a lethal encounter An interesting andliteral take on the theme of darkness and I enjoyed the folklore feeling that the myth of the Knockers created for the story It was very American to me, in that everything has to have it s own origin story I liked it, but felt that the romantic interest between Ennor and Will was entirely unnecessary VERDICT 4 5 StarsThis Was Ophelia by Tessa Gratton Ophelia wishes she d been born as a man and lives like one, in the time of Prohibition She meets and falls in love with privileged Halden King The only trouble is, he thought he was falling in love with another man And he may not want Ophelia romantically once he knows she s a woman She wants freedom and Halden, but he wants a different kind of love Will they stay together Ophelia in this was portrayed definitely as a stronger woman than in the original playbut the point is that she doesn t even really view herself as a woman I did like the premise, but at the same time thought it was kind of dated in its execution Thoroughly original idea though VERDICT 3.5 5 StarsOVERALL AVERAGE VERDICT 4.56 5 Stars, Overall it was a very good collection and I would highly recommend it to fans of these individual authors and fans of scary stories or stories with paranormal elements at the foundation I received this book as part of Around the World ARC Tours, run by the lovely Princess Bookie No favors or money were exchanged for this review It became available for purchase on June 18th, 2013 Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty An interesting collection of short stories that I enjoyed but would never read again.Opening Sentence Jed Miller is a sleepwalker.The Review Defy the Dark is collection of seventeen stories written by various authors For the most part they all feature something to do with darkness Many of the stories are on the scary side, there are also a few paranormal ones, and one dystopian one as well It was a unique blend of mostly interesting little s Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty An interesting collection of short stories that I enjoyed but would never read again.Opening Sentence Jed Miller is a sleepwalker.The Review Defy the Dark is collection of seventeen stories written by various authors For the most part they all feature something to do with darkness Many of the stories are on the scary side, there are also a few paranormal ones, and one dystopian one as well It was a unique blend of mostly interesting little stories but to be fully honest it wasn t something I would ever read again I m not going to go into detail about all of the stories because this review would be way to long if I did, but I will feature a few of the ones I really enjoyed.First up was Nature by Aprilynne Pike This was a dystopian story and it was very different from any of the other stories To be perfectly honest, I m not quite sure why it was included in the book because it really didn t have anything to do with dark, but it was my favorite story in the whole book I actually really liked the main character, she was smart and someone that I could cheer for The story also had a really great message and unlike most of the stories in the book it actually had a resolution at the end I have read many other works by Pike and I thought Nature was a great addition to her works I would love it if she decided to expand on the world she created and writebooks I think they would be fascinating.The other two stories that stood out to me were Sleepstalk by Courtney Summer and Eyes in the Dark by Rachel Hawkins These were both scary stories that reminded me of something you would tell at a sleepover or around a campfire They were both on the jumpy side and made me feel like a kid again while reading them I m not a huge fan of scary stories, but I thought that both of these were fun to read.As for the rest of the stories I thought they were fine, some were certainly better than others, but the anthology as a whole was an interesting read To be perfectly honest, I am not a huge fan of short stories that aren t part of a series I feel that you don t quite get enough to really connect with the story and most of them don t have any kind of resolution, which I m not a huge fan of It is refreshing at times to not have to commit to a huge book, but I just felt I didn t really get anything out of reading most of these stories If you are a fan of short stories then I think that you would probably really enjoy this for the most part Like I mentioned earlier, I think this would be a wonderful book to take to a sleepover or a camping trip where it is fun to share scary stories.Notable Scene I am nearly sobbing with frustration when there s a thump under the truck A small, stifled scream bursts from my throat, and I freeze.The thump comes again, harder this time The sound of my own blood rushing in my ears is almost painful It s like every piece of me, every last molecule, is straining to hear Another thump And the another.FTC Advisory HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Defy the Dark No goody bags, sponsorships, material connections, or bribes were exchanged for my review 3.5 stars, most of the stories are descent.Thoughts about the short stories within the book Nature by Aprilynne PikeRead the first few pages then gave up Eventually I skimmed to get to the last page of this story, only to find in a dystopian future society, everything is alright because the MC found true love with a boy who showed interest in her Totally not amused 0 star.Ghost Town by Malinda LoIt s a nice LGTB paranormal YA short story, the MC isn t an idiot, and I like it 5 stars The Sunf 3.5 stars, most of the stories are descent.Thoughts about the short stories within the book Nature by Aprilynne PikeRead the first few pages then gave up Eventually I skimmed to get to the last page of this story, only to find in a dystopian future society, everything is alright because the MC found true love with a boy who showed interest in her Totally not amused 0 star.Ghost Town by Malinda LoIt s a nice LGTB paranormal YA short story, the MC isn t an idiot, and I like it 5 stars The Sunflower Murders Telling us how sorry you are because you were making out with a boy when your best friend was murdered doesn t make a good story 1.5 star.Stillwater It is a okay short novel, but nothing is explained when it comes to the paranormal happening in town, so I can only give it 3 starsAlmost Normal by Carrie RyanIt s decent zombie story but it adds nothing to the already established world of The Forest of Hands and Teeth 2.5 to 3 stars.Dark Side of the MoonIt s a very strange short story so it takes some getting used to but the writing is highly imaginative, so 4 stars.The Moth And the SpiderI don t even understand what this story is about, so no rating.I Gave You My Love By The Light Of Full MoonAn utterly uneventful story, 2.5 to 3 stars Bit Time ReturnsIt is an okay ish short story, but the idea is so interesting, and it could have been so so much better, 3 stars only.ShadowedA bit on the Meh side, 2 stars.Where The Light Is It is a very nice coming of age story, with a paranormal touch 4 starsThis Was Ophelia5 stars Glad to see a twisted LGTB version of Hamlet retelling which has a happy ending this time and no one has to die needlessly Good.There re a few stories I didn t bother to read, so no comment ( KINDLE ) ♖ Defy the Dark ☨ The seventeen original stories in Defy the Dark, an eerie, mind bending YA anthology, could only take place in darkness Open the pages and discover A creepy guy who stares too long The secrets of the core of the earth Dreams of other people s lives A girl who goes mad in the darkness Monsters in Bavaria A generational spaceship where night doesn t exist And other mysteries and oddities The contributors to the enthralling collection are Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Rachel Hawkins, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Ockler, Jackson Pearce, Aprilynne Pike, Dia Reeves, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Jon Skovron, Courtney Summers, and Kate Espy, winner of the Defy the Dark new author contest Rating 3 3.5 Genre Young Adult Review When I heard that this book was being released, I decided to join the Defy The Dark s mini blog tour and agreed to post my honest thoughts on the stories, and the book itself There are many different authors that I have followed or have read 1 orof their works, that I had to see if this was worth the effort to read I have decided to break down each story individually, instead of at a whole, so that you can see which one s I really liked, and whi Rating 3 3.5 Genre Young Adult Review When I heard that this book was being released, I decided to join the Defy The Dark s mini blog tour and agreed to post my honest thoughts on the stories, and the book itself There are many different authors that I have followed or have read 1 orof their works, that I had to see if this was worth the effort to read I have decided to break down each story individually, instead of at a whole, so that you can see which one s I really liked, and which ones where just okay Thank you to Valerie Kemp for sharing this book with me Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers I m not sure what to think about this story, sorry to say It s focuses on an unknown girl, who apparently drowned but did not die and still has a major crush on the boy who apparently saved her life but has a girlfriend who he was matched with The story focuses on the fact that the boy sleepwalks which is dangerous in itself and that she wants to throw a rock through his window to get his attention I would have likedinformation and the name of the person telling the story 2 5Nature by Aprilynne Pike The basic premise of this story is that society is broken into 3 separate categories after the Bust Nature, Nuture, and Labor With this story, the main character is Kylie who thought she was going in one direction, only to end up in Nature where women are expected to produce babies At least we get SOME world building with this story 3 5The Dark Side of The Moon by Dia Reeves This has paranormal aspects to it It s the story about a boy and a girl who attend the same band camp and becomethan friends Then, Cado, the boy decides that the only way to impress Patricia s parents is to do something risky by taking what s called The Night Trolley Obviously, there is something hinky about the town where Patricia lives, and Cado gets pulled in to it 2 5Ghost Town by Malinda Lo Tyler White is the new girl in town, but she doesn t seem to fit in because she s butch She gets lured by McKenzie into going to a place where two women died, mostly likely they were lovers at the time One thing leads to another and it seems as though the ghosts understand her emotional turmoil and decide to help her This was actually pretty good especially the freaky ending Could definitely see myself reading a longer version of this story 3.5 5Eyes in the Dark by Rachel Hawkins This story also has some paranormal aspects to it in the form of spooky red eyes that belong to unknown creatures that live in the dark The story is basically about a girl, Samantha, who decides to take a ride with Kelley, the boy she liked until he moved away Sam Kelley end up in a place where they shouldn t be, and end up in a terrifying situation where you just know that bad things are going to happen 3 5Stillwater by Valerie Kemp This short story reminded me of an episode from The Twilight Zone which I ve always loved You have a boy and a girl with the same last name, living in a small town, with prejudices based family feuds that goes back generations It had the feeling that they re trapped in a bubble with no way out until stumbling upon a secret I liked this story a lot and will be looking forworks from this author soon 4 5I Gave You My Love By The Light Of The Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan This is also a pretty decent story that features a teenager Berthe who was bitten while camping, and ends up meeting Stephen, a vampire who saves her from hurting those around her It s definitely a romantic story with a predictable ending, and yet, I can t find any faults in this story 4 5Night Summary by Beth Revis Apparently this story is set on board a starship heading towards new Earth The story focuses on an unknown character, which I hate by the way, and his her apparent friendship and love for a fellow traveler patient Forced into taking a blue pill to keep them sane, this character and friends have to figure out the secret that is being kept from them by the Eldest and which has cost her friend her life I m to understand that this is set in the same universe as her series Across The Universe which I haven t read yet 3 5Almost Normal by Carrie Ryan Ryan is a new writer to me since I haven t read her series called The Forest of Hands and Teeth which I just added to my TBR pile after reading this story Apparently, the zombie apocalypse is coming hard, and 4 friends, Connor, Sarah, Bart, and Wyle decide to have one last night of fun before it s too late This story was actually pretty decent although too short I would love to see a full length story based on these characters 4 5There s Nowhere Else by Jon Skovron Sebastian Younger has some really vivid dreams So vivid, in fact, that he actually finds himself in the bodies of real individuals and he doesn t understand the consequences of his actions Caught between good and Evil, Sebastian must make a choice between the two before he causes too much damage A very interesting story One that, again is too short, and leaves readers wondering what will happen next with Sebastian and his decisions 3 5Naughty or Nice by Myra McEntire This is the story of Rebecca Bex and Henry who are on a school trip to Bavaria After being put into an awkward situation, they discover that a being known as Krampus gives out punishments instead of presents like Santa The only way you can survive is to steal his sack and run like hell Really interesting story, but way too short Still an enjoyable story IMHO 3.5 5Shadowed by Christine Johnson Cursed into a virtual prison of darkness by someone believing she was wronged, Princess Esme is forced to avoid light of all sources at all costs Can she survive or will her Shadow find a way to take over her body and Esme s life Can the charming Knight Rylan find a way to break Esme s curse before it is too late The ending left me with some questions that I have no answers to shrug 2.5 5Now Bid Time Return by Saundra Mitchell This story is part time travel, part ghost story, part romance It tells the story about Dacey Shen who wins a one week trip to Norway to photograph the Northern Lights While experiencing technical glitches with her camera, she meets the handsome Kristian who apparently can time travel or who never really did die I think this will be one of thepopular stories of the anthology and the one with the best ending 4 5The Moth and The Spider by Sarah Ockler This story is slightly disturbing due to it s subject matter Cali is home again after attempting what apparently is suicide She no longer has any friends, and her parents basically treat her like an inmate now even ensuring that she takes her mandated pills and is monitored The strangeness begins when she gets an anonymous phone call while writing a final letter good bye and watching a spider spin its web Yeah, I was left unsatisfied with this particular story 2.5 5Where the Light Is by Jackson Pearce Will is like his father was, a Miner who went to work at the mines right after graduating from High School Something those who live in Pennsylvania and West Virginia know all too well Will is also different in that he finds himself in the presence of a being that should not exist A Knocker Knockers like Ennor reward respectful miners and has the power to create cave ins that claim miners lives This is a romance in the darkness sort of story and I really liked this one Definitely an author I want to readabout 4 5This Was Ophelia by Tessa Gratton As I ve been told, this is a take on Shakespeare s Hamlet Told during the Roaring 1920 s, Ophelia Polonius goes out at night dressed a man She openly flirts with women, and things appear to be going smoothly for Ophelia until she meets Halden King and falls in love with him This is a difficult story for me to rate even though I liked the premise behind Ophelia s reality Perhaps a bit androgynous mayhaps, although I would never want to judge anyone who refuses to swing to the party line about what constitutes a male, or a female 3 5 Sleepstalk This was a twisted little story that revolved around a young girl stalking someone, as the title eludes to It was a decent book, but I couldn t stand the girl, because she was very disturbing, and her thoughts were pretty twisted All in all, not a bad story.Nature I enjoyed Nature, it was amazing and a fast read and not at all scary or dark in any way Nature takes place in the future in a post apocalyptic world the setting is the only thing dark about this story It Sleepstalk This was a twisted little story that revolved around a young girl stalking someone, as the title eludes to It was a decent book, but I couldn t stand the girl, because she was very disturbing, and her thoughts were pretty twisted All in all, not a bad story.Nature I enjoyed Nature, it was amazing and a fast read and not at all scary or dark in any way Nature takes place in the future in a post apocalyptic world the setting is the only thing dark about this story It sabout a girl discovering how she can be happy in a world that she didn t want to be apart of No monsters, no dark twists, no creepy thoughts, nothing just a simple story about a girl, but a good story.Dark Side of the Moon So I wasn t really expecting anything from this story, mostly because I had no idea what it was about before reading it, but I can say one thing it fell short of being a great story I didn t connect with the main character, couldn t stand any of the supporting characters, and at the times where I believed it was going to get creepy, it didn t Honestly, I feel like there was so much about this story that I felt was pointless, it didn t add to the story at all If the story had been on the trolley which I feel was supposed to be the main point s setting unless I missed the actual point for the majority rather than just a few pages on my kindle , I think it would have beendeveloped, and the story could have been flushed out to becreepy and twisted Instead, we are left with not much action or horror, and characters that I couldn t stand This story had so much potential that I feel was wasted.Ghost Town Ghost Town was an ok story, not as thrilling or scary as I was expecting it to be I was also expectingfocus on a ghost, which there is, but not at the level that I was expecting I, personally, wasn t a fan of the way the story progressed back in time I just feel like the level of excitement decreased each time we moved to an earlier time of the day I feel that this story had so much potential, which the first time out of three lived up to that, but then it just went downhill from there, and the potential was wasted.Eyes in the Dark This short story by Rachel Hawkins was intriguing It started off somewhat slow, but as the story progressed, it picked up the pace I didn t know what to expect as I was reading this, and even though I wasn t expectecting to be happy with the ending considering that this story should be dark , the ending wasn t a favorite of mine, but I felt that it did do the story justice I wasn t a super fan of the characters, but at the same time, I didn t not like them Although, there were times where I wanted to give them both a few shakes for being stupid.Still Water Interesting That really sums up this short story I was not expecting what the story was about I was actually expectingof a ghost storyish just based on an aspect in the story This was anything but I thought both of the characters were likable I don t know how I feel about what happened between them, but that s just me Overall, a nice, quick read.I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon What a cute little story I loved Berthe and Stephen, and how their story unvraveled for them This story, I felt, wasabout acceptance and learning to live with the changes that come rather than a story full of action or horror It was dark in the sense of paranoraml aspects, but not really dark in the aspect of scary or twisted.Night Swimming I enjoyed this litte short story sent in the Across the Universe Universe, and getting to know the characters and the background of the Godspeed , it addsto the story with just a handful of pages This story was a little slow for me, but it was still a good story It was a good addition to the series.Sunflower Murders I thought this was a decent story, but it was over too quickly, and there really wasn t any time to start to care about the main character My first impression of her was negative, she was a jerk, and the story was too short for her to redeem herself Even though she obviously regretted the choice she had made, it didn t change how I felt about her The story also wasn t scary or creepy at all, just sad.Almost Normal Almost Normal was a quick read about friends trapped in a zombie infested park It wasn t a bad story but it wasn t the greatest either At moments it was sad, but it wouldn t be a zombie story without some sadness I didn t really connect with any of he characters, and I do t know how I feel about the ending It wasn t bad, but there was something about the way it happened that I didn t like.There s Nowhere Else This was an interesting story, but it took a weird turnthan halfway through and I don t know how I, personally, feel about that It wasn t bad, but it wasn t at all what I was expecting when the turn happened.Naughty or Nice I loved Naughty or Nice I find the story or legend of Krampus to be quite interesting, and I think this story did a great job of bringing Krampus to life I wish it had been longer and Krampus had been muchactive in the story, but it was still a wonderful, and quick read I also really enjoyed both Bex and Henry.Shadowed I really enjoyed this story I wasn t thrilled with the ending, but I at the same time I thougth that it was different than expected, and it wasn t horrible I really enjoyed the setting medieval, which means knights, and Sir Rylan was pretty awesome I enjoyed the way the story flowed, and the uniquesness of the story itself.Now Bid Time Return This was an interesting story Still not exactly sure what happened at the end All I know is that it is not a ghost story I really liked both characters, and thought the setting was different from what I am used to.Moth and the Spider So I don t know how I feel or what I think about this one It was kind of weird I do t understand the point of Theresa She was just there, she didn t really add anything to the story in my opinion I thought the ending was decent, better than what he alternative could have been.Where the Light Is This was an interesting It was very original and I thought the setting was different from your average YA book I liked the characters, and I though the concept of Knockers was very unique This Was Ophelia This one wasn t a favorite of mine I didn t really connect with either Ophelia or Hal, and there were parts in the beginning where I wasn t exactly positive of what was going on which just kind of ruined the whole story for me Like all short story collections this had a mixed bag of some 2,3 and 4 star reads I gave it a 3 as average My favorites were by Courtney Summers, Carrie Ryan and Tessa Gratton. Originally at THE DARK was one of my very anticipated reads of June, and I only hadn t recommended it before because I wasn t sure how you went about recommending an anthology Here s what I concluded, though Read it.Enough DFD was an amazing collection of short stories from an even better line up of authors I can honestly say I read them all in one night and loved them That s not to say that I didn t have my favorites oh i did and so I ll use them Originally at THE DARK was one of my very anticipated reads of June, and I only hadn t recommended it before because I wasn t sure how you went about recommending an anthology Here s what I concluded, though Read it.Enough DFD was an amazing collection of short stories from an even better line up of authors I can honestly say I read them all in one night and loved them That s not to say that I didn t have my favorites oh i did and so I ll use them to tell you why you should definitely read this.So, my Four Favs Night Swimming by Beth Revis I cried tears of blood reading this It takes place in the world of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, on the generational ship Godspeed, and basically took my heart out for a nice little walk and then stepped on it I won t spoil anything but it tells the story from an ambiguous POV and half the fun was figuring out who it was The other half was getting your emotions toyed with, of course I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan Or, as I like to refer to it, IGYMLbtLotM no, i don t really refer to it like that Oh, SRB does it again, what s new This was the first short story of the anthology I read and it was fantabulous How anyone can pack so much character development in so few pages will always be a mystery to me Vampires Werewolves Tropes standing of their heads Yes, please.Stillwater by Valerie Kemp I d never read Valerie Kemp before, but when I turned my electronic page and saw that the story was over I was horrified I literary just sat them going wat The short story was just unf Mind bending and beautiful and mysterious and engaging Is thereto this Because I kind of need a whole book out of it now.Naughty or Nice by Myra McEntire McEntire is another author I d never read, but I loved loved this short story I think out of all the stories, I might have connected with her characters the most And the mythology behind it was fascinating Props for flawless dialogue as well, it had me laughing and clutching my iPad for longer than was altogether normal.And these are just some of the stories that I loved Like I said, DEFY THE DARK is amazing hands down the best anthology I ve read so far Prequel to Forest of Hands and Teeth but based on the setting being the amusement park, I think it s a prequel to book 2 The Dead Tossed Wavesand I loved it I really did It s so crazy to read these stories from before or as the zombies are coming and then to read the actual books about after they ve come and how they ve lived with them.this is a great addition to the series and I m glad I read it Prequel to Forest of Hands and Teeth but based on the setting being the amusement park, I think it s a prequel to book 2 The Dead Tossed Wavesand I loved it I really did It s so crazy to read these stories from before or as the zombies are coming and then to read the actual books about after they ve come and how they ve lived with them.this is a great addition to the series and I m glad I read it