Fated by Allyson Noel. I hated this book. I’m not going to get into it because I disliked it that much. If I hadn’t read it for school, I would have put it down after the first paragraph.
More than Midnight by Brian James Freeman.
“What They Left Behind” A cool, creepy story. There was just enough subtly not right about the scenes to give it a pervasively unsettling feeling.
“The Final Lesson” A revenge story, which isn’t usually my thing, but this focused more on the mourning than the quest or act of revenge, which is almost an afterthought, while being the climax, of the story.
“Among Us” A monster story with lawyers. Nice twist. In the end it takes the concept a bit too far, I think, but Brian pulls it off.
“Pulled Into Darkness” Strong suspense. Most of the story is waiting, and that is driven—as it should be—by expectation. A great suspense story.
“Answering the Call” I’ve told many people over the years that this is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read—even had a discussion with Tom Monteleone a few years back about the genius of it. Brian builds it slowly, almost like Charlie Grant would, and it’s unique. He gets everything right in this story. Really great.