Since Anthologies are short stories, I really can't do an in-depth review on each one without ruining the whole plot. So, in honor of "short" stories, I am going to summarize my initial reaction to each story from In His Eyes in 5 words!
Surprise Surprise by Stacey Wallace Benefiel:
What a great Valentines date!
First Kiss or First Kill by C.K. Bryant:
Medicine Mix-up had me laughing.
Shattered by Ali Cross:
She better love him back.
Before by Jessie Harrell:
Who would turn down Eros?
The Qualm Before the Storm by Karen Amanda Hooper:
Just kidnap her and leave.
Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes:
Full of mystery, major cliffhanger!
In the Beginning by Katie Klein:
I want my own guardian!
A Chance Encounter by Cheri Lasota:
Where is this girl going?
Family Bonds by Heather McCorkle:
Definitely worth breaking the rules.
Getting Closer by Lisa Nowak:
A sensitive guy, how refreshing.
Precalculus by Cory Putman Oakes:
Math SHOULD be that exciting!
The Almost Assassin by Laura Pauling:
Who would taze a mime?
Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn:
Don't they believe in privacy?
By The Firelight by Elle Strauss:
Do NOT mess with Casey.
A Very Alien Valentine's Day by Magan Vernon:
Aliens have some serious class.
Aligned by RaShelle Workman:
Makes saving souls look easy.
So there they are, my initial reactions. I hope this sparks some curiosity as to exactly what these stories are about. What? Need more convincing? Fine. Since you asked so nicely, I will share my thoughts on this anthology as a whole. Ahem...
I have never been one to read anthologies; I think this is because I form an emotional attachment to the characters, and then BOOM they're gone. That said, this book is wonderful. As in, curl up on the couch, grab a cup of tea, and daydream about these guys after reading all their stories. All of the short stories are from the guys' POV. It's a very refreshing change from the normal, female protagonist approach. With all of these amazing guys, the biggest challenge is simply choosing your favorite crush! One thing that I really love about In His Eyes is that I still understand and connect with the short stories, deleted scenes, and prequels that are associated with books that I haven't read yet. Each of the authors does an amazing job of tying me to the characters and, when needed, providing background information to help set up the stories. All of these short stories are very well written and have a definite flow making them easy to read.
Another quality that makes this book so amazing is its diversity. All of these stories are YA fiction, but some of them are contemporary, some are paranormal, some are fantasy, a few are sci-fi, and I even classify one as historical. With all of these different genres, there is sure to be a perfect story for just about anyone's taste.
Well lets see: this cover is steamy. Just look at the heart, it screams romance. I really love how the guy and girl are looking at one another through the heart in the mirror as they are leaning in for a kiss. They don't even seem to be aware of a mirror between them. So romantic. I hope they both get that kiss!
Basically, I absolutely LOVE In His Eyes and recommend it to anyone who loves YA, yummy guys, mystery, and a whole lot of romance!
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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