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Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of hom Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home. And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder. This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly. Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!


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Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of hom Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home. And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder. This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly. Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!

30 review for Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    There were a few stand outs in this collection, but overall I was slightly disappointed. Teens encountering death/murder in all of its forms was a really cool concept—but the stories mushed together with very similar tones and plots.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fierce

    3½ stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyffany

    4.5/5 I haven’t read anything really rooted in the horror genre for soooo long, and when I went into this collection of shorts I only really knew a couple of the authors. But man, I’m remembering so much why I used to binge read horror books 🤣 Okay, so that might sound kinda bad when the collection of shorts is about murder; especially when depending on the author you never really know if the protagonist is going to be the victim, a bystander, or the murderer themselves. But for the most part thes 4.5/5 I haven’t read anything really rooted in the horror genre for soooo long, and when I went into this collection of shorts I only really knew a couple of the authors. But man, I’m remembering so much why I used to binge read horror books 🤣 Okay, so that might sound kinda bad when the collection of shorts is about murder; especially when depending on the author you never really know if the protagonist is going to be the victim, a bystander, or the murderer themselves. But for the most part these stories were really solid, complete shorts. I felt satisfied, with no questions or dangling unknowns, after each one. Plus even the stories where I was kind of able to predict the outcome were so well written the ride was enjoyable. I honestly only really docked half a star for two stories that didn’t hold my interest very well; one because I felt it was poorly written and honestly kinda weird, and the other (while well executed) just didn’t click with me. But in a collection this size that’s pretty good odds. Tl;dr - If you like horror, fictitious murder, and a fairly quick read, give it a shot. 🤣

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Thank you to Imprint/Macmillan for my review copy. I'm going to start with the warnings first.  Since this anthology is all about death and murder, you can already expect that it contains just about every trigger warning there is.  Murder, implied suicide, implied sexual assault, some sex (nothing explicit), language, animal deaths (not described, just mentioned), all types of abuse, Nazi Germany, teenagers saying slurs at others, talk about appearance (both good and bad), young teens in jail (hi Thank you to Imprint/Macmillan for my review copy. I'm going to start with the warnings first.  Since this anthology is all about death and murder, you can already expect that it contains just about every trigger warning there is.  Murder, implied suicide, implied sexual assault, some sex (nothing explicit), language, animal deaths (not described, just mentioned), all types of abuse, Nazi Germany, teenagers saying slurs at others, talk about appearance (both good and bad), young teens in jail (historical), school shooting drills and talk of shootings, teacher/student relationships, teenage drinking, teens going to college parties, bullying, and probably a lot more.  If you read crime stories, you pretty much know what to expect. I would normally try to talk about all the stories a bit in anthologies.  But since these are more mystery, it's very hard without spoiling anything.  So instead, I'm just going to talk a tiny bit about the standouts for me.  I didn't hate any story, but some were much better (for me) than others. Floater by Kelley Armstrong I had a feeling I would like this since I enjoy Kelley's writing and it didn't disappoint.  Except that it was shorter than I would have liked and it started the book.  It's so hard to enjoy the rest when I like the first story so much.  This one is about a dead body found floating and trying to figure out what happened. The Day I Killed Coach Duffy by R.L. Stine It's R.L. Stine.  I don't really have to say more.  It was short and strange and I really liked it a lot. The Boy in the Red Vans by Rachel Vincent This was one of those twisty short stories where you're trying to figure out what is going on.  Not everything is as it seems in the beginning. Concealment by Eileen Rendahl I wasn't sure at first with this one since it started out with a school shooter drill.  But that wasn't what the story was about at all.  A young teen girl started having weird flashes that she didn't understand until she googled herself. A Killer Story by Julie Tollefson This starts off with a trio of friends who grew apart the summer of senior year.  A body is found and everything is all connected somehow. First Party Back by Emmy Laybourne This is about a boy that attends his first party after accidentally killing someone while driving home from another party.  It also deals with alcohol poisoning and had a really great friendship that I loved. What I Did On My Summer Vacation by Jonathon Maberry I love books with bodyguards and threats, so this story stood out to me.  There was another with secret service that I enjoyed, too.  I think this one stood out a bit more because of it taking place on an island. Six Ways To Kill Your Grandmother by Barry Lyga This was the final story in the book.  It was about a 14 year old boy whose father was a serial killer and taught his son all his tricks.  He's living with his grandma and it seems like she has dementia.  He goes over all the ways he can kill her and get away with it. There were quite a few more than I really enjoyed and a few that were just ok.  I gave this book 4 stars.  

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is an anthology of eighteen short stories which was collected and edited by Kelley Armstrong. It is a collection of eighteen tales of murder witnessed, committed, and experienced, from an array of Young Adult and Adult authors. For the most part, I somewhat like most of these contributions. Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is an anthology eightee Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is an anthology of eighteen short stories which was collected and edited by Kelley Armstrong. It is a collection of eighteen tales of murder witnessed, committed, and experienced, from an array of Young Adult and Adult authors. For the most part, I somewhat like most of these contributions. Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is an anthology eighteen short stories wherein teens' first brushes with murder function as the fulcrum of life changes. Several selections involve murder's aftermath, while other contributions portray adolescents contemplating murder. The authors chosen might have been more inclusive, and a few entries suffer from predictable twists, uneven pacing, and clunky dialogue, but this anthology will nonetheless provide ample entertainment for young murder-mystery aficionados. Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is not an exception. Lack of diversity is a great weakness of this anthology. The short stories are mostly implicitly white and heteronormative characters, in largely contemporary settings, combine with the murder theme to give this an air of homogeneous atmosphere, despite the variety of narrative styles and the many forms of murder. All in all, Life Is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America is a good, albeit uneven collection about murder and the adolescent experience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    avaa

    Thanks! I hate it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This book is based only on the following reviews. Floater - Kelley Armstrong This one made me sad. I hated what Kylie learned, but do agree with how she left things. Daddy's Girl - Melissa Marr This one was flat out creepy. I didn't like how calm Iris was about things, to say she had issues is not even close to what was going on. The Boy in the Red Vans - Rachel Vincent This was another one that made me sad, but more for Michael, he didn't deserve what happened to him and Ellie took the easy way out. W This book is based only on the following reviews. Floater - Kelley Armstrong This one made me sad. I hated what Kylie learned, but do agree with how she left things. Daddy's Girl - Melissa Marr This one was flat out creepy. I didn't like how calm Iris was about things, to say she had issues is not even close to what was going on. The Boy in the Red Vans - Rachel Vincent This was another one that made me sad, but more for Michael, he didn't deserve what happened to him and Ellie took the easy way out. What I did on my Summer Vacation - Jonathan Maberry With this one Dylan seemed to find his place in the world, or at least within his family. I wish he hadn't had to learn the lesson he did though. Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother - Barry Lyga I loved the Jasper Dent books, so when I realized this short was set in that world I was happy. This one was a bit depressing though as it shows Jasper struggling to find his place and show how much he learned from his father. I do think Jasper made the right choice at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    representation: varied - hard to tell usually with anthologies content warnings: death, murder, gore This one was a mess. Usually in an anthology, I won't be a fan of very read, but I still might enjoy a few. There wasn't one in here that I really really enjoyed. To be honest, I could barely make it through most of the stories. I wasn't able to get pulled into any story, and I felt like it was just super eh even on the ones I sort of enjoyed. I can't think of a stand out one. The Kelley Armstrong o representation: varied - hard to tell usually with anthologies content warnings: death, murder, gore This one was a mess. Usually in an anthology, I won't be a fan of very read, but I still might enjoy a few. There wasn't one in here that I really really enjoyed. To be honest, I could barely make it through most of the stories. I wasn't able to get pulled into any story, and I felt like it was just super eh even on the ones I sort of enjoyed. I can't think of a stand out one. The Kelley Armstrong one was probably the best, but I saw the twist coming the moment I started reading the story. I don't have too much to say about this, but I just wouldn't recommend reading it. A Merida rating!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Yung

    A fun, if uneven, jaunt into short YA murder fiction. Like many (if not, dare I say, all) anthologies, there are some remarkably solid inclusions (“Summer Job,” “Gnat," “First Party Back,” etc.) amidst some weaker entries (“Daddy's Girl,” “The Company I Keep,” “Night of the Living Dog,” etc.). While there's a smattering of diverse characters throughout, it seems like the only author of color included is Y.S. Lee (correct me if I'm wrong). A fun, if uneven, jaunt into short YA murder fiction. Like many (if not, dare I say, all) anthologies, there are some remarkably solid inclusions (“Summer Job,” “Gnat," “First Party Back,” etc.) amidst some weaker entries (“Daddy's Girl,” “The Company I Keep,” “Night of the Living Dog,” etc.). While there's a smattering of diverse characters throughout, it seems like the only author of color included is Y.S. Lee (correct me if I'm wrong).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    An amazing collection of short stories about teenagers and their first encounter with dead. Even if the level is uneven all are well written and engrossing. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    It was pretty good, kind of sad though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Wolz

    3.5 for a couple of really good stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Penny Ramirez

    Some stories were better than 3 stars, some not. I read all but one. Many authors were new to me. I was surprised by a few of the stories. Billed as YA - most of them fit that bill.

  14. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    I love short stories! These were fun but got a bit repetitious towards the middle. My favorite was the last story 6 Ways to Kill Your Grandmother

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This was a book that I could not put down. I ignored laundry, emails, phone calls, eating and sleep for this one. That’s how great it is! This was the first time that I’ve read an anthology and it didn’t disappoint. I’m struggling with this review as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. However, I will say that each short story is unique and different. All of them have their own identities and little twists that go along. I want to point out that there are a lot of triggers going on here so tread This was a book that I could not put down. I ignored laundry, emails, phone calls, eating and sleep for this one. That’s how great it is! This was the first time that I’ve read an anthology and it didn’t disappoint. I’m struggling with this review as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. However, I will say that each short story is unique and different. All of them have their own identities and little twists that go along. I want to point out that there are a lot of triggers going on here so tread carefully.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Danielle

    I don't read a lot of short story collections, it's just not my favourite genre, but Kelley Armstrong is absolutely one of my favourite authors so when she edits a collection--which includes a story from her--I'm definitely going to have to make an exception. Life is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents: First Encounters with Murder includes stories from 18 different authors, most of whom I hadn't read from before, but there are some familiar names such as Armstrong, Melis I don't read a lot of short story collections, it's just not my favourite genre, but Kelley Armstrong is absolutely one of my favourite authors so when she edits a collection--which includes a story from her--I'm definitely going to have to make an exception. Life is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents: First Encounters with Murder includes stories from 18 different authors, most of whom I hadn't read from before, but there are some familiar names such as Armstrong, Melissa Marr, R. L. Stine, and Emmy Laybourne.  I'm definitely not going to review every story in the collection but I will say that unfortunately my favourite was Armstrong's, which starts off the book, and then meant everything afterwards was somewhat disappointing. In "Floater" a teen girl see a body found floating in the water and works to figure out what happened. It was really well-written, and had a lot of character depth for such a short story, and just continues to remind me why I love Armstrong's writing so much. The second story, "The Day I Killed Coach Duffy", was by Stine, and it was weird but still wonderful. I also liked "The Boy In the Red Vans" by Rachel Vincent, which had a fun (albeit predictable) twist. Unfortunately, the majority of the stories were brief, expected, and felt pretty repetitive. I did think there would be more mystery in a collection about murders. If you like short story collections you might enjoy this more than I did, but despite liking some of the stories Life is Short and Then You Die the only author whose full works it left me wanting to pick up was Armstrong's--and I was going to do that regardless. 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    *Goodreads Giveaway* Well, this was a fun little read. I love short stories, particularly creepy/unsettling ones, so this book was right up my alley. As other reviewers have said, the book is a little uneven. Some of the stories are quite good, others not so much. I particularly enjoyed the couple of "historical" stories that were included. All in all, this book is a good weekend/rainy day read. *Goodreads Giveaway* Well, this was a fun little read. I love short stories, particularly creepy/unsettling ones, so this book was right up my alley. As other reviewers have said, the book is a little uneven. Some of the stories are quite good, others not so much. I particularly enjoyed the couple of "historical" stories that were included. All in all, this book is a good weekend/rainy day read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Clare Bird

    I give this book 4 out of 5 birds. This is such a TOUGH one to review because it's not one author but many. But this book had me by hello. It's all about first experiences with murder. I have yet to have my first, unless you include the time I found the body in the river during high school cross country... Beside the point. I'll make it crystal clear, I have no plans to join the club unless it's a zombie apocalypse. Out of the entirety of the book there were 3 I skimmed and maybe two I read and I give this book 4 out of 5 birds. This is such a TOUGH one to review because it's not one author but many. But this book had me by hello. It's all about first experiences with murder. I have yet to have my first, unless you include the time I found the body in the river during high school cross country... Beside the point. I'll make it crystal clear, I have no plans to join the club unless it's a zombie apocalypse. Out of the entirety of the book there were 3 I skimmed and maybe two I read and was like meh. The rest I enjoyed! There were a few that are still making me think. One's I really remember liking- Floater The Day I Killed Coach Duffy In Plain Sight- this one I didn't think I would like and ended up liking it the most! Night of the Living Dog Murder IRL I'm sure I loved more than that- but those were ones I remember! I was also surprised by Barry Lyga's- I have read all his Killer series and wish he would have given me something other than more Billy Dent. I enjoy him as an author and was hoping for new stuff- not a rehash. I enjoyed picking up a short story, finishing it, and moving on. Anthologies are a great thing!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    As the introduction acknowledges, being a teen means experiencing a lot of firsts, most of them pleasant and exciting. In these eighteen stories, teens encounter more unpleasant firsts--death in the form of murder in various forms. All of the entries are infinitely readable and entertaining. Although some of the pieces are written by debut authors, others come from the pens of bestselling authors, including R. L. Stine and Barry Lyga. If the first story in the collection, "Floater" by Kelley Arm As the introduction acknowledges, being a teen means experiencing a lot of firsts, most of them pleasant and exciting. In these eighteen stories, teens encounter more unpleasant firsts--death in the form of murder in various forms. All of the entries are infinitely readable and entertaining. Although some of the pieces are written by debut authors, others come from the pens of bestselling authors, including R. L. Stine and Barry Lyga. If the first story in the collection, "Floater" by Kelley Armstrong, doesn't grab your attention, nothing will. Some of these are very dark and will leave readers scratching their heads while others will have them looking under their beds and inside closets and finding it hard to know which friends and family members can be trusted. I hope there will be more of this sort of thing forthcoming for a teen audience and those of us who love mysteries and a little suspense.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Lenarczyk

    Average Rating: 3.38 / 5 stars Floater by Kelley Armstrong - 4 stars The Day I Killed Coach Duffy by R.L Stine - 3.5 stars In Plain Sight by Y.S Lee - 3 stars Daddy’s Girl by Marissa Marr - 2.5 stars Summer Job by Amanda Witt - 3.5 stars The Boy in the Red Vans by Rachel Vincent - 5 stars The Company I Keep by Jeff Somers - 3 stars Concealment by Eileen Rendahl - 4.5 stars Night of the Living Dog by David Bart - 3 stars Murder IRL by Jeff Soloway - 2 stars A Killer Story by Julie Tollefson - 3 stars Gnat bf Jos Average Rating: 3.38 / 5 stars Floater by Kelley Armstrong - 4 stars The Day I Killed Coach Duffy by R.L Stine - 3.5 stars In Plain Sight by Y.S Lee - 3 stars Daddy’s Girl by Marissa Marr - 2.5 stars Summer Job by Amanda Witt - 3.5 stars The Boy in the Red Vans by Rachel Vincent - 5 stars The Company I Keep by Jeff Somers - 3 stars Concealment by Eileen Rendahl - 4.5 stars Night of the Living Dog by David Bart - 3 stars Murder IRL by Jeff Soloway - 2 stars A Killer Story by Julie Tollefson - 3 stars Gnat bf Joseph S Walker - 2 stars A Different Hero’s Day by Anthony Franze and Barry Lancet - 4 stars First Party Back by Emmy Laybourne - 5 stars What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Jonathan Maberry - 3.5 stars The Things We Don’t Talk About by Stephen Ross - 4.5 stars Enemy Lines by Caleb Roehrig - 4 stars Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother by Barry Lyga - 3 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    I received this book free as an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway So, I liked *most* of these stories. YA Thriller is not really a genre I usually read, but I recognized several of the authors in this anthology and thought I'd give it a try. I think there's a very good mix of ghost stories, murder mystery, and physiological thrillers in this collection. I'm sure readers will all find something that interests them. Since this was and ARC, my main critiques are about editing and format. I think the book w I received this book free as an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway So, I liked *most* of these stories. YA Thriller is not really a genre I usually read, but I recognized several of the authors in this anthology and thought I'd give it a try. I think there's a very good mix of ghost stories, murder mystery, and physiological thrillers in this collection. I'm sure readers will all find something that interests them. Since this was and ARC, my main critiques are about editing and format. I think the book would benefit from having the authors' names listed next to their story titles in the table of contents. That's how I like to see anthologies. Also, there are several spelling/punctuation errors that should get cleaned up with another read-through by an editor. Overall, this was a good collection with an interesting premise. It didn't really inspire me to look up any new author's works.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I received an e-ARC of Life is Short and Then You Die from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Like all short story collections that I have read in the past, Life is Short and Then You Die contains some really good short stories, some okay short stories, and some not so good short stories. Edited by Kelley Armstrong, Life is Short and Then You Die contains 18 short stories that tell of teens' first exposure to death. Each story is told from the perspective of the victim, witness, or kill I received an e-ARC of Life is Short and Then You Die from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Like all short story collections that I have read in the past, Life is Short and Then You Die contains some really good short stories, some okay short stories, and some not so good short stories. Edited by Kelley Armstrong, Life is Short and Then You Die contains 18 short stories that tell of teens' first exposure to death. Each story is told from the perspective of the victim, witness, or killer - sometimes, the point of view character even assumed multiple roles by the short story's completion (i.e. witness and killer). The best aspect of the book has to be the variety of storytelling. As readers progress through the short story collection, they read about teens' many different first-time exposures to death.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annalee

    It should be stated that some of these stories contain very heavy material and a blanket trigger warning should be issued: implied sexual assault/rape, mentions of self-harm, abusive parents/peers, and animal death are present in this anthology. That being said, Life Is Short and Then You Die is an entertaining and spooky horror anthology written by some of the best voices in mystery, thriller, and horror (including the beloved R.L. Stine). These eighteen short stories are not intertwined, yet th It should be stated that some of these stories contain very heavy material and a blanket trigger warning should be issued: implied sexual assault/rape, mentions of self-harm, abusive parents/peers, and animal death are present in this anthology. That being said, Life Is Short and Then You Die is an entertaining and spooky horror anthology written by some of the best voices in mystery, thriller, and horror (including the beloved R.L. Stine). These eighteen short stories are not intertwined, yet they all have the same common theme: a teenager's first time experiencing murder. While I enjoyed reading it, the crown jewel of this anthology was Stephen Ross's "The Things We Don't Talk About". Not only was it real, it was a beautiful and haunting reflection of what trauma can do to an individual.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    I intended to read this book for Halloween but just didn't get around to it so here I am finishing it in November... I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how many different kinds of it's-my-first-experience-with-a-dead-body kinds of stories it's possible to write. It's really difficult to review this book because it's a compilation of short stories by the best authors of mystery writing out there, but there were definitely some stories I liked better than others. Even though it's a relativel I intended to read this book for Halloween but just didn't get around to it so here I am finishing it in November... I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how many different kinds of it's-my-first-experience-with-a-dead-body kinds of stories it's possible to write. It's really difficult to review this book because it's a compilation of short stories by the best authors of mystery writing out there, but there were definitely some stories I liked better than others. Even though it's a relatively short book, I would recommend maybe not reading it all in one sitting because, well, it becomes just a jumble of a bajillion characters and locations.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A varied collection of short stories with young adult protagonists; the stories are linked by their exploration of death:murder. There are a wide variety of stories in the collection from first kill (whether accidental, sociopath, or directly triggered by events), to encountering death, to the long-term effects of murder and the ripple of its effects through time. There are some well known YA authors in the collection - many of whom I'd read previously. It was a pleasure both to read familiar voi A varied collection of short stories with young adult protagonists; the stories are linked by their exploration of death:murder. There are a wide variety of stories in the collection from first kill (whether accidental, sociopath, or directly triggered by events), to encountering death, to the long-term effects of murder and the ripple of its effects through time. There are some well known YA authors in the collection - many of whom I'd read previously. It was a pleasure both to read familiar voices and to discover new ones. I didn't enjoy all of the stories but most of them had something interesting to say.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    The feeling right from the start was that it lacked something-- but certainly not based on the topic itself because murder and/or mystery is popular in books, podcasts, and TV, but for some reason this didn't take hold. There was name recognition with authors of the YA persuasion and Kelley Armstrong was the editor, but most lacked some pizzazz or magic to make them riveting, gross, dark, or overall creepy as a whole. There were only several individual stories that were even mildly interesting. The feeling right from the start was that it lacked something-- but certainly not based on the topic itself because murder and/or mystery is popular in books, podcasts, and TV, but for some reason this didn't take hold. There was name recognition with authors of the YA persuasion and Kelley Armstrong was the editor, but most lacked some pizzazz or magic to make them riveting, gross, dark, or overall creepy as a whole. There were only several individual stories that were even mildly interesting. So the overall focus of the book was there through intent but didn't follow through with the execution.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    Super quick read, as it is a short collection of short stories. I picked it up because of the title - which is a catchphrase I use WAY too often - and the impressive list of contributing authors. Like most collections of stories, this one has its ups and downs. ALl of the stories are about murder, and all of them involve teens. To be honest, none of them stood out to me as a favorite - or even as a least favorite. I really felt "meh" about all of them. That said, it is at least an interesting exe Super quick read, as it is a short collection of short stories. I picked it up because of the title - which is a catchphrase I use WAY too often - and the impressive list of contributing authors. Like most collections of stories, this one has its ups and downs. ALl of the stories are about murder, and all of them involve teens. To be honest, none of them stood out to me as a favorite - or even as a least favorite. I really felt "meh" about all of them. That said, it is at least an interesting exercise for the authors and the editor. A quick read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Noura 📖📚

    To be honest, this was quite good. However, there were some that I found a bit lacklustre which is why I rated this 4 out of 5 stars as opposed to 5 out of 5. Overall an interesting look at the human psyche and an interesting character study. Personal favourites: Summer Job, The Boy in the Red Vans, The company I Keep, A Killer Story, GNAT, A Different Hero’s Day, First Party Back, The Things We Don’t Talk About. And of course, Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother !!! Absolutely missed the character To be honest, this was quite good. However, there were some that I found a bit lacklustre which is why I rated this 4 out of 5 stars as opposed to 5 out of 5. Overall an interesting look at the human psyche and an interesting character study. Personal favourites: Summer Job, The Boy in the Red Vans, The company I Keep, A Killer Story, GNAT, A Different Hero’s Day, First Party Back, The Things We Don’t Talk About. And of course, Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother !!! Absolutely missed the character Jasper Dent and sending Howie all of my love !!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    B.

    I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this one, but what it was wasn't it. Most of the stories are unfinished without a definite ending and read as though they are from larger bodies of works. I'd also classify this one as more middle grade than YA. That being said, there were a couple interesting ideas, and it was nice reading authors that, in many cases, I haven't read since I hit puberty. I also expected more "mystery" considering this was done by the Mystery Writers of America, but th I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this one, but what it was wasn't it. Most of the stories are unfinished without a definite ending and read as though they are from larger bodies of works. I'd also classify this one as more middle grade than YA. That being said, there were a couple interesting ideas, and it was nice reading authors that, in many cases, I haven't read since I hit puberty. I also expected more "mystery" considering this was done by the Mystery Writers of America, but these are more along the lines of Goosebumps level deaths, no real mystery involved.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oksana

    This book is AMAZING. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. There is something for everybody in this book. This book has suspense, thrills, and mystery and it's diverse because of the multiple writers involved. If you love a book made up of short stories, you will love this book. It not explores murder, but it also explores how humanity interacts with it. It blurs the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, and if murder would ever be justified. This book is AMAZING. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. There is something for everybody in this book. This book has suspense, thrills, and mystery and it's diverse because of the multiple writers involved. If you love a book made up of short stories, you will love this book. It not explores murder, but it also explores how humanity interacts with it. It blurs the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, and if murder would ever be justified.

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