Monday, February 13, 2012

Review of IN HIS EYES (Indelibles Anthology)

Just in time for Valentines Day, The Indelibles bring you a one-of-a-kind young adult anthology!  Sixteen original short stories all from the point of view of our favorite male characters - some are old flames from our novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.

Let these imminently crushable, swoon-worthy guys show you what romance looks like - in his eyes.

The contributors to In His Eyes include award winners, frequent "Top 100" placers, and hot 2011 debut authors.

In His Eyes is FREE at Smashwords and $0.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble - hopefully to go free there as well by our release date on February 14 for Valentines Day.  Or you can add In His Eyes to your TBR list on Goodreads.  
For more information about The Indelibles, check out our blog, facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Stories included in the Anthology:
Surprise, Surprise by Stacey Wallace Benefiel *ZELLIE WELLS Trilogy*
First Kiss or First Kill? by C.K. Bryant *BOUND series*
Shattered by Ali Cross *BECOME series*
Before by Jessie Harrell *DESTINED*
The Qualm Before the Storm by Karen Amanda Hooper *TANGLED TIDES (The Sea Monster Memoirs series *
Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes *UNTRACEABLE (The Nature of Grace series)*
In the Beginning by Katie Klein *THE GUARDIAN*
A Chance Encounter by Cheri Lasota *ECHOES IN THE GLASS (to be released)*
Family Bonds by Heather McCorkle *THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL (Channeler series)
Getting Closer by Lisa Nowak *RUNNING WIDE OPEN (Full Throttle series)*
Precalculus by Cory Putman Oakes *THE VEIL*
The Almost Assassin by Laura Pauling *A SPY LIKE ME (to be released)*
Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn *OPEN MINDS (Mindjack trilogy)*
By The Firelight by Elle Strauss *CLOCKWISE*
A Very Alien Valentine's Day by Magan Vernon *HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN (My Alien Romance series)*
Aligned by RaShelle Workman *EXILED (Immortal Essence series)*

My Review:  4/5
Reading this anthology was fun!  It was like speed dating -  spending a few minutes with each story and deciding if you like the storyline, characters, the author's writing style and so forth, then deciding if you'd like to pursue it further.  Wait.  I've never done the speed dating thing, maybe there's some unpleasantness associated with that.  Since it was completely enjoyable, let me find a better analogy.  Okay, I've got one!  It was like going to Baskin Robbins and trying 16 of their 31 flavors.  Yeah, you might like some better than others, but THEY'RE ALL ICE CREAM . . . . . WINNING!  Plus, you can have them all in one sitting if you want (why does everything lead to food, with me?).

If you've been hanging with me for the few weeks I've been up and running, you know that I have a special affection for the ladies that make up the The Indelibles.  Several have been kind enough to forward me their books for review and I've won a couple more in giveaways.  So far, I've reviewed 3 books that are linked to 3 of the short stories listed above, on my blog - BOUND by C.K. Bryant, RUNNING WIDE OPEN by Lisa Nowak and BECOME by Ali Cross.  Reading those 3 stories in this anthology was like visiting a friend.  You already know the basics, and yet there's still something new and interesting to learn about them.  Also, a male perspective for the whole read, that's a bonus.  Throw a romantic theme on top of that and you've got the recipe for an extra special Valentines Day treat. . . and it's FREE!  Who says no to that??  I'm gonna go with. . . . . crazy people.

Like I mentioned earlier, some flavors stood out.  The short stories (other than those associated with books I've already reviewed) that pulled me in and whispered, "Gotcha! You're mine.  Read my book or you'll never sleep again!" were:  IN THE BEGINNING (The Guardian) by Katie Klein, PRECALCULUS (The Veil) by Cory Putman Oakes and MIND GAMES (Open Minds) by Susan Kaye Quinn.  They get my AWESOME FIRST IMPRESSION Award.  But, trust me, ALL the stories are good and piqued my interest.  I'm sure I'll eventually get around to reading every book on the list.  So, now it's your turn to check it out and see which ones end up making YOUR list of best first impressions.

I recommend this to everyone who enjoys reading YA, don't pass it up!
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  1. Thanks for helping us get the word out, Arla. I always love reading your thoughtful reviews.

  2. Thank you for your great review! Happy you enjoyed the stories.

    1. It was a wonderful collection. I gotta get Zellie up on here sometime soon. Read the trilogy last year.

  3. What an awesome review of the anthology! Thank you!

    1. Thanks! Your story was SO cute! I wanted to put him in my pocket and carry him around with me.

  4. Thank you so much for helping us share the news about our release! So glad you enjoyed the stories.

    1. I really did, they were fun. It gave me a lot of help in directing my TBR list.

  5. Thanks so much for the wonderful review and helping us spread the word about the anthology! :)

    1. Thank you for the comment and for such an intriguing story. It REALLY tugged at my heart strings. What a sweet boy he is! I've gotta get my hands on your book.