The Curiosities – Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff
Published: August 2012
Sourced: ARC from NetGalley
Rating: 9/10 for this wonderful read, which basically means I will recommend it to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen.
YA titans Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff – otherwise known as the Merry Sisters of Fate, who have been blogging short stories on their website since 2008 – have bought together a whole bunch of wonderfully creepy tales that play with myths, fairy tales and traditional YA themes to create something entirely unique. In an interesting twist, each story is introduced by the author and one of the other Sisters, exploring their relationship to both the stories and each other. Throughout the text, handwritten notes and sketches add to the experience, making this not only a brilliant collection of short stories but a fascinating look at creativity and the writing process. Fans of Maggie will rejoice at ‘Heart-shaped Box’ – the story that inspired the character Cole St. Clair of the Shiver trilogy fame. Personal favourites of mine were Maggie’s snarky and sarcastic ‘Rain Maker’ and her shocking paranormal story ‘Another Sun’. From Tessa, you can’t go past the deliciously strange and suspenseful ‘The Vampire Box’ and her gorgeous and heartfelt take on the berserker myth, ‘Berserk’. Brenna’s uncomfortable high-school story ‘Girls Raised by Wolves’ is a bizarre and yet strangely accurate look at the dynamic between teenage girls, and her ‘King Arthur’ twist, ‘The Madness of Lancelot’ is eerie and compelling. All up, this is one of my favourite books of recent times – wonderfully creepy, filled with powerful, complex characters and just weird enough to make it absolutely fantastic. A must read not only for fans of these authors, but for those intrigued by the fantastic, the unearthly, and all the things that go into the creative process.