Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review - Wonderstruck - A Fabulous Collection of Stories by lots of talented authors


by Many Fabulous Authors
(see below for list)

Goodreads blurb:  When you look at a picture, what do you see? We gave authors around the world the challenge to write a story based on a set of five images. More than thirty authors rose to that challenge and created an amazing young adult anthology of drabbles, short stories, novelettes and novellas for you to enjoy. Flip the pages and prepare to be Wonderstruck!

Dive into a world where wind is a power that feeds the flames and love makes everything more complicated. A life where a scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble and a place where silence as you will find out has a lot to say. Find yourself in a future where a powerful enemy can only be stopped by the most dangerous weapon of all: the truth. All of this and more lies within these very pages... Are you ready? 

Wonderstruck is Clean Teen Publishing's first break through Young Adult anthology. All stories within this book have fallen within our YA rating scale, however, not all stories have young adult characters. You will find a great deal of entertainment within Wonderstruck that is appropriate for readers of all ages. To view more information on our official content rating system please visit:

Winning Novella-
Jon Messenger ~ Wind Warrior

Winning Novelette- 
Maren Dille ~ Pastiche

Winning Short Story-
Kati Ellis ~ The Silent Man

Winning Drabble-
Jennifer Bull ~ A Lady's Revenge

Wonderstruck Authors (By Last Name): 

Radeyah H. Ali
Drabble~ Magically Fitted

Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Drabble~ Joah and the Beacon of Light

Beau Barnett
Short Story~ Into Eternity

Dyan Brown
Clean Teen Drabble~ The Wrong Way Home

Jennifer Bull 
Short Story~ A Wizard's World
Drabble~ Life in a Jar
Drabble~ Round and Round I Go
Drabble~ A Lady's Revenge
Drabble~ Once In a Blue Moon

Liana Chau
Drabble~ Ahead and Beyond

MeMe Collier
Short Story~ The Fairy Jar

Leah D.W.
Short Story~ Watery Grave

Maren Dille
Novella~ Pastiche

Kati Ellis
Short Story~ The Silent Man

Julie Gilbert
Drabble~ Keio and the Farsight Fire

Rebecca Gober
Clean Teen Drabble~ Unlike Twilight
Clean Teen Drabble~ Not Another Fairy Tale

Lisa Goldman
Short Story~ Oafish Me

Dominique Goodall
Drabble~ Fairy Capture

Brenna Harden
Short Story~ A Warriors Journey

Sandra Havriluk
Drabble~ Jedidiah

Marya Heiman
Clean Teen Drabble~ The Fantasy
Clean Teen Drabble~ The Space Oddesy

Sacha Hope
Novelette~ Glass Heart

Erin Liles
Novelette ~ Outside the Walls

B.T. Lyons 
Novella~ Heartkeeper Short Story~ Peace

Julie Marcinik
Short Story~ The Executioner

Mia Marin
Drabble~ A Note To My Traveler
Drabble~ A Dear Dalliance

Miranda Maurin
Short Story~ The Dance of Time

Jon Messenger
Novella~ Wind Warrior

Veronica Morfi
Drabble~ Shine

Clean Teen Drabble~ Pity Party Ball

Ifeoma Ofuani
Drabble~ He Would Be Great

Paula Phillips
Short Story~ Skye in High School Wonderland

Jocelyn Sanchez
Novella~ A World Unlike Mine
Drabble~ Night
Drabble~ Darkness and Light

Short Story~ Nirvana

Clemy W. Thompson
Drabble~ The Truth

Dana Wright
Drabble~ Fairy Lights

About the Authors:  To learn more about the authors, click on the names which will direct you to their website.  I apologize to any author whose site I couldn’t find.

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!
**Received this ebook in exchange for an honest review as part of the Clean Teen Street Team
First, I think it is amazing that all of these stories came about based on five pictures.  They are all very creative and very different.  It amazes how different each of them is yet some originated from the very same picture. 

Drabbles are new to me being 100 words exactly, but I don’t connect to them as much as I do novellettes and novellas.  They were still cute though.

There was one story I didn’t connect with because it didn’t do anything for me, but with as many stories that are in this who cares if there is one that isn’t your cup of tea.  And I’m not going into any more detail, so onto the ones I think were pure awesomeness (there are 3).

First up!  Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger because I read the full version novel and now I understand how the story relates to the picture which is cool.  The story was wonderful written and sucked you straight into the fabulous world Jon created.  The drama of college and family mixed with people with elemental powers.  And you absolutely should read the full novel because it rocks, and you can learn so much more about Xander and his world.  You can see my review of it here.

Next was Heartkeeper by B.T. Lyons which I thought was a fascinating world and think it should be some type of series because I would like to read more.  It is basically about humans being destructive and the world getting back at humanity until a Covenant is formed and everyone must go through a yearlong evaluation of many trials to see if they are worthy enough to live past 13 years old.  It was a cool story about Adain and his friends coming of age :)

My last favorite was A World Unlike Mine by Jocelyn Sanchez because it was a unique world mixing immortals with a more realistic modern world.  The story of Tasha will have you rooting for her and loving her as she discovers who she is.  This is another one of those stories that I like to be a series.  I really connected with the characters.

This really is a great collection of stories, and I only mentioned a few of them.  I recommend it to anyone who likes a little magic in their life :)


~ Member of Clean Teen Street Team ~

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