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Foreshadow [Blog Tour Post]

I am so excited to be a part of this awesome blog tour going on. It is such a great collection of stories. A huge thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.
 
This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults. 

Age range14 – 18

Grade range9 – 13

Categories

Number of pages 352

Publication date October 20, 2020

ISBN9781643750798

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What Critics Are Saying:

“Readers are simultaneously entertained and educated. The ingenuity in the writing is reinforced by Pan and Suma’s accompanying essays. Each story shines. An enduring anthology, appropriate for classroom use and recommended for all teen readers.”
SLJ, starred review

“An ingenious collection of 13 short stories that will especially be enjoyed by aspiring writers. Each of these selections displays great talent, and readers will hope to see future works by these up-and-coming creators. Ranging from deliciously creepy to glowingly hopeful, this collection offers a master class in short stories.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] gorgeous short-story collection . . . Readers will be enraptured by these vibrant, unique, passionate new voices.”​
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My Review:

4 Stars

I found this to be a great read for October. All the stories have an element of magic or the like in them, which was a lot of fun. You definitely have to suspend your disbelief when it comes to the stories, but they are all great. I liked how each how elements of the story explained, and it gave me a deeper appreciation for the book overall.

I liked how more well known authors would introduce the stories, it was great to see authors supporting each other. Also since I knew the authors and had read their work, it made me more keen to want to read the stories because I trust those authors because of prior experience. I liked some stories more than others, and I did find rating them hard. I went with 4 stars because I enjoyed almost all of the stories, and it was a fun read.

I recommend for those looking for diverse stories in one collection. It is perfect for this time of year.

Meet the editors:

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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.

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Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

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