“It’s currently FREE – don’t miss it if you’re a fan of YA fiction!”
The Alliance of YA Authors have gathered together a number of short stories and taster chapters (40 in all!) by some of its many members and published them as an anthology titled That Moment When. These cover all sub-genres of YA fiction – paranormal & urban fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian & post-apocalyptic, pure fantasy, thriller & horror and much more. The Paisley Piranhas thought we’d review a selection of them (there are too many to review them all!), four each, to give you a taste of what’s on offer.
The anthology is currently FREE, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of YA fantasy. Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of YA fiction!
I’m kicking off with a review of fellow Piranha Katy Haye‘s story Wishful, which is included under first the category, paranormal & urban fantasy. It’s a lovely story, reminiscent of a fairy tale, but much more grown up. The heroine is trying to make her father stay in the UK with her, rather than go overseas to work for months at a time, but he’s addicted to his job and doesn’t really listen. Instead he tries to bribe her with gifts, to sweeten her temper, but she’s not having it so in a fit of pique all she buys is an old glass bottle. This, however, turns out to be something quite extraordinary and not just a dusty piece of glass – it contains a jinn (genie). Now who wouldn’t want to find a genie in a bottle? I know I would and I loved this story!
Then we have Unicorn Magic by Roz Marshall, the opening chapters of a novel, and a fascinating mixture of VR gaming and tales of magical creatures. The heroine is addicted to a VR game, but the lines between that and reality soon start to blur. I was immediately drawn into the story and found it intriguing. I loved the excitement of the game, and later there are poignant moments which leave the reader wanting to know more about what will happen next. Can’t wait to continue!
Taste by Derek Murphy (founder and driving force behind the Alliance of YA Authors) consists of the first three chapters of a novel and they definitely left me wanting to read more. A young girl, Emily, is living in a post-apocalyptic world where normal people are ruled by an enhanced human race called the elites. She breaks some rules and almost gets herself raped and killed, but is saved at the last moment. She has other things on her mind, however, such as the Choosing – when girls of her kind turn seventeen they may be chosen as mates by the enhanced humans and she’s waiting anxiously to see if this will happen to her … Very exciting, I loved the premise and world building, and found it a great start to a story. More please!
Finally I read Glimpses by Avril Sabine. This was a gripping short story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The heroine is a high school girl who is psychic in that she catches glimpses of the former owners of an item if she holds it in her hand. She’s been using old things like this as inspiration for writing stories on her blog, but when her boyfriend brings her a dagger, things turn a bit more sinister … I don’t want to give any more away, but this was fast-paced and thrilling, a great read!
Next week Katy will review four more stories from this great anthology.
Pia Fenton writes contemporary romantic YA stories and her Northbrooke High series features UK heroines clashing with US heroes in an American high school setting. The fourth one in the series – New England Dreams – is out now!