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Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology Kindle Edition
About the Author
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and has been described as "a game-changer" (Shelf Awareness), "stylistically mesmerising" (Publishers Weekly) and "out-of-this-world awesome" (Kirkus). Her series include The Illuminae Files, The Aurora Cycle, the Other Side of the Sky duology, The Starbound Trilogy, the Unearthed duology and The ElementalsTrilogy. Her work is in development for film and TV, and has taken home multiple Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, a Gold Inky, made multiple best-of lists and been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter and rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
Melissa Keil has lived in Minnesota, London and the Middle East, and now resides in her hometown of Melbourne. Her YA novels, Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl have both been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year and the Gold Inky awards.
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author, but his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian, and that time a member of Destiny's Child said his name. Visit willkostakis.com to find out more.
Ellie Marney is a teacher and author of the Every series (Every Breath, Every Word, Every Move), a highly-awarded YA crime trilogy. She advocates for and promotes Australian YA literature through #LoveOzYA, hosts an online book club - #LoveOzYA book club - and is a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador. She lives near Castlemaine, Victoria, with her partner and four sons.
Visit elliemarney.com to find out more.
Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, lived in the US, the UK and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is the prize-winning, best-selling author of the Ashbury-Brookfield books (including Feeling Sorry for Celia and Finding Cassie Crazy) and the Colours of Madeleine trilogy (A Corner of White, The Cracks in the Kingdom and A Tangle of Gold).
Visit jaclynmoriarty.com to find out more. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01NBB6MU3
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 5232 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 236,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With a theme “Begin, End, Begin” there are so many ways it can be interpreted and I was astounded by the creativity of these authors. I think I loved almost every single one of these stories which is so rare with an anthology but with this calibre of talent who can really be surprised. I knew of, but had not read, a lot of these authors when this was first released and it was a great chance to see their writing style in small snippets, with a fabulous and engaging story. I still think about a lot of these stories two years later and is a testament to the quality and imagination of these writers. I’ve definitely read a lot more of their works since and it was a real benefit getting a chance to see their styles and fall in love with them first.
Some of my favourites would have to be 'One Small Step' by Amie Kaufman and 'I Can See the Ending' by Will Kostakis; both are amazing and certainly ones I have thought about often since. They aren’t the only great ones as there are some beautiful stories in here filled with heart and imagination.
There’s only ten contributors so there is a chance at a longer story from them all, but even so with a few short pages you are brought into these worlds or science fiction, contemporary, romance and diversity. If you are new to the #LoveOzYA phenomenon this is a fantastic way to get introduced to some great authors and see their talent in small, entertaining snippets.
And there’s *definitely* romance in there. From the first person born on Mars falling for her best friend, to a hunt for a mysterious witch to prove your love, time-travelling back to your first ever kiss, and what to do when having the gift of premonition means you also know from the first kiss that a romance is doomed.
But if romance is not your thing - there's also horror, sci-fi, contemporary, surrealism ... all with the YA coming-of-age thread running through.
So if you want to read outside your region, and see what’s happening waaaaaaaaay across the pond – please check out ‘Begin, End, Being: A #LoveOzYA Anthology’
Also – *Chris Hemsworth said it’s the best thing he’s ever read. So there’s that.
*Blatant lie. Sorry. Worth a shot.
This YA Anthology is a brilliant compilation of short stories written by fantastic Aussie YA authors that make you laugh, cry, cringe even ponder on some of the issues that are raised each story. To be honest, it really is difficult to choose a favourite as every story was fantastic in its own way – from the writing style, witty dialogue to even the plot or diverse themes represented. As this was an anthology, I decided to be different and not read this in chronological order. I read each story randomly and “tabbed off” each story until I finished (pictured below). I really enjoyed it as I would reward myself each night with a short story after work. It was easy to immerse myself in each one and also got closure at the end of each short story. Some stories I refused to read at night time (lol) some I could related to the character either due to personality or cultural background. This YA Anthology was such a great idea!! I really did love how unique and diverse the stories are and I highly recommend this to all YA fans.
All the elements I love in a good novel such as great storytelling, genuine characters, and tightly woven plots, are all here.
I took a while to get to the end as I really enjoyed holding on to the characters before beginning the next tale.