The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black

Title: The Poison Eaters and Other Short Stories
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 224
Genre: YA/ Paranormal
Source: Simon & Schuster

The Poision Eaters and Other Short Stories was my introduction to the awesomeness that is Holly Black.  In it you'll find a variety of stories written by Holly (most have been previously published in other anthologies).  But in this volume you'll find them all in one place.  

Fans of paranormal will rejoice in this book.  There is a little  bit of everything thrown in here - vampires, shape-shifters, elves, and, my favorite... faeries.  These stories are dark, edgy and even show a flair for the macabre,  but I could easily see Holly's humor interwoven throughout. For a collection of stories, I was really impressed by the world building and character development found in such brief entries. 

Among my favorites were The Night Market (about a girl who ventures to save her sister after a fairy has cursed her), The Coat of Stars (a costume designer bribing the fairy Queen for his friend's return), Paper Cuts Scissors (a story where favorite characters leap out of their books and interact with each other), and The Poison Eaters (a story about poisonous sisters, and my favorite in the bunch).

Ms. Black has a distinctive style of storytelling and I was very impressed by this collection.  For fans of Holly's previous works and lovers of all things paranormal, this is one book you won't want missing from your collection.

This collection of stories includes:
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
A Reversal of Fortune
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Night Market
The Dog King
In Vodka Veritas
The Coat of Stars
Paper Cuts Scissors
Going Inside
The Land of Heart's Desire
The Poison Eaters  

My Rating: 


Tales of Whimsy said...

This looks goood. And that cover is pretty cool!

Anonymous said...

I've actually never read an anthology, so this might be a good one to start with!

Somer @ A Bird's Eye Review

Sabrina said...

Sounds great.
I haven't read anything by Holly Black so far but I will add this book to my wishlist.

Danny said...

Hm, I reluctantly read anthology's and I haven't ever read a book by Holly Black, maybe I have to start now??

Happy Weekend Sweetie! ( I missed your blog...)

Lola said...

I'm not one for short stories, but I've been thinking about giving this one a try. Thanks to your review, I think I finally will! :)

Kailana said...

Not sure how I missed this book, but now I want to read it!

Unknown said...

I loved the variety of the stories and was stuck between The Poison Eaters and Paper Cuts Scissors as my favourite. Loved the review. =D

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