Defy the Dark

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

  • Title: Defy the Dark
  • Author: Saundra Mitchell Malinda Lo Myra McEntire Sarah Ockler Jackson Pearce Dia Reeves Jon Skovron Aprilynne Pike
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mThe 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.

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    1. Not a bad little collection of stories. Some stories are disturbing, others creepy. We had modern tales, medieval fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, science fiction and more in this book! If it has to do with darkness or nighttime it could be in hear. Many of the stories leave you with a feeling of wondering what happened as you use your imagination to fill in the blanks. So here are my thoughts (briefly) for each story.Sleepstalk by Courtney SummersThe main character stalks her ex-boyfriend who [...]

    2. 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.

    3. so proud to be part of this anthology!defythedark/go-into-the-da. the final story could be written by YOU: dailyfiggment/2012/03/0

    4. 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 [...]

    5. Across the Universe PrequelOMG. yes, more of this please :DI loved it! Getting a peak into the head of that creepy guy who was always scribbling and being angryG I thought this guy was in book 2,(view spoiler)[ but NO, it's LUTHOR!Luthor, the crazy guy! I found it in As They Slip Away (hide spoiler)]where Kayleigh talks about his interest in her and him watching her. Ugh. but it was great to read this little peak and be with them on Godspeed again. before book 3, before some things go crazy. I l [...]

    6. 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 litt [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. *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) or more of 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 [...]

    9. 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 sto [...]

    10. Originally at: yabooknook.tumblr/post/549DEFY 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 t [...]

    11. OkRate this a 4 I did read two books out of this book. I only brought it so I can read Almost Normal that went with the other short stories to forest of hands and teeth. I mean I wanted to read the other stories but I got bored! So anyways I'll rate this for almost normal which I enjoyed that book and for the first book that was in the beginning of the book it was something about sleepwalking I did enjoyed that even though it was mad short and I wanted that boy to wake up and see her for goodnes [...]

    12. 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 themis is a great addition to the series and I'm glad I read it!

    13. This is the best anthology I've ever read.That wasn't something I was expecting. Sure, it has two authors I enjoy, but it also has a few that I don't, and the premise wasn't great, exactly. But this book fortunately surprised me, by offering some of the most consistently good short stories I've ever read, trumping my previous favorite, Geektastic. It's also one of only two anthologies where I didn't DNF a single story. So, here's a story by story review.Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers: 4/5Courtne [...]

    14. Defy the Dark is a collection of sixteen short stories all by different authors. They're all stories of what happens when you're in the dark, but vastly different writing styles and genres. I don't quite know how to rate/review a collection of stories. Some I loved, some I didn't, and some I just didn't get, I guess? So, rather than give a detailed review of each (they're short I don't want to give anything away), I'm going to give a snippet of my thoughts on each.Intro by Saundra MitchellTechni [...]

    15. GENRE: YA ParanormalTHEME: Romance, Magic, Paranormal, and Science FictionRECEIVED: Epic ReadsBLOG: seeingnight/REVIEW: I haven’t read or reviewed many anthologies before and to me it’s hard to pinpoint everything without spoiling too much. I’m going to try my best and give an idea of what I enjoyed about each one and hopefully it will help recommend some great story telling. At the beginning it does mentioned that there was a contest for a new author to debut their story in this book. For [...]

    16. I first have to begin my review by stating I have grown to love reading anthologies. Not only do these collections provide readers the opportunity to discover new writers, the shorter works are fabulous when we don't have time to read an entire novel. Plus, I enjoy the variety of works and diverseness of subject matter made available. Defy the Dark contains an amazing array of stories, some I loved and others I liked. I'm on an anthology kick now--I'm reading Shards and Ashes (dystopian YA). Her [...]

    17. I was a big fan of this collection of short stories. There were several "new to me" authors whose other work I'm now determined to track down. In the interest of not spoiling any of stories, I'm not going to provide summaries of each one, just my own overall impressions.Sleepstalk by Courtney SummersThis was seriously creepy and a great start to an anthology about darkness. I love everything Courtney Summers writes, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this.Nature by Aprilynne PikeThis was my fi [...]

    18. Defy the Dark offers seventeen (I don't know why the synopsis says sixteen) short stories that all involve things that happen in the dark. I wasn't sure what to expect, genre-wise, from this collection. It's actually a mixed bag: contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, historicalIt's difficult to review and rate a book when it's written by seventeen different people. So I thought I'd share a little bit of my reaction to each story in the collection:"Sleepstalk" by Courtney Summers - This is an o [...]

    19. Originally posted at Mhairi ReadsDefy the Dark is an anthology of stories set under the cover of darkness. Written by seventeen Young Adult authors, the stories cover a wide variety of genres, including dystopia, horror, paranormal, romance and crime. I picked this one up for two reasons:1. It features stories by my perrenial favourites Sarah Rees Brennan and Carrie Ryan.2. It has a super pretty cover and I am a total sucker for those.In addition to some great standalone pieces, Defy the Dark al [...]

    20. Three stars for the stories I loved. I tried, but I couldn’t rate it any higher. In order of appearance:Sleepstalk (Courtney Summer) – Contemporary – I found the narration a little strange, but once I got into it, I really liked it. The point of view character was very disturbed in a very good way, and the author managed to keep her motives hidden until the very end.Nature (Aprilynne Pike) – Science Fiction/Dystopian – This isn’t something I would read in novel form, so I was surpris [...]

    21. Lots of fun, as these YA anthologies typically are! Some of the stories are more my thing than other. The "dark" element brought out a lot of Stephen King-for-kiddies, and I didn't like those as much as I liked the other stories that were less creepy/gross.Here are the stories I LOVED:Stillwater by Valerie KempI Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon by Sarah Rees BrennanShadowed by Christine JohnsonNow Bid Time Return by Saundra MitchellWhere the Light Is by Jackson PearceHonorary mentions g [...]

    22. It was a really fast paced book even if it almost 500 pages! A book with 17 short stories about to defy the dark (duh?!)My favorites were:- ghost town - Malinda Lo- night swimming - Beth Revis- the sunflower murders - Kate Espey- naughty or nice - Myra McEntire and- now bid time return - Saundra Mitchell

    23. I know the title is Defy the Dark, but a good deal of these stories were about living in the darkness! Lots of creepy books, a lot with no real happy endings, but oh, well, really great short stories, loved reading them!

    24. To short again :( but I did enjoyed it though I already figured Bart was going to die and turn into a zombie. Hard headed people or know it all never listen

    25. First of all: Overall, I greatly enjoyed this anthology. There were a few duds, but overall the stories, even if they didn't engage me and weren't really what I was interested in, were interesting and well-written. There were a couple stories I was absolutely thrilled to discover, and a few that I rolled my eyes at so hard they nearly rolled right out of my skull. I'm going to go over the highlights only, since there are like seventeen short stories in this and that's too many to go in-depth on [...]

    26. Nature by Aprilynne Pike - So cute! I loved the society she created and the romance made it so awesome! Two super smart people who have been screwed over (and made more attractive) by genetics! 4.5/5Stillwater by Valerie Kemp - I liked this story. It felt mysterious and well developed at the same time, if that makes any sense. And I liked the hopeful feel to it. I would love a full novel based on the world of this story! 4.25/5The Moth and the Spider by Sarah Ockler - I liked this story. It felt [...]

    27. Excellent collection! Anthologies tend to be a mixed bag, and it's always exciting to find one with more hits than misses. My favorite stories include:The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves, where a boy tries to prove himself by facing the one thing in his girlfriend's strange town that everyone's afraid of, the Night Trolley. And in a town where monsters are an everyday encounter, the Night Trolley has to be particularly frightening. This story was wonderfully strange and had me eager to read [...]

    28. Until recently, I haven’t been one for short stories. I felt they left too much unsaid, ended too soon, and/or just didn’t satisfy me the way a larger work can. Then I read a few recent anthologies, starting with Enthralled. That is the one that started this. I fell in love with short stories then, and have read a few anthologies since – being quite eager to be part of blog tours that involve these tomes. I have been mostly rewarded. Before I talk about Defy the Dark as a whole, I thought [...]

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