Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
Recently, I started into the horror genre of young adult fiction world after a long time of saying, “No, never! You will never see anything of this sort in my hands!” I had even begun to enjoy the horror genre. However, on second thought, perhaps I prefer a version of horror that could compare to the chick lit/light version compared to most horror stories. Like, Michael Myers in a bright pink dress or Alien as an adorable plus toy version.
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys is an anthology of some of the hottest young adult authors in the market. You’ve got the editor, April Genevieve Tucholke, the goddess that is Leigh Bardugo, the master of atmosphere that is Cat Winters, Marie Lu, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, and more! It’s a collection of horror, suspenseful, and thrilling short stories ranging from blood and guts to a more subtle mental suspense.
I had just finished Cat Winters’ The Uninvited, and I was still high on her feels. I needed more, and this was my way to read more of her work.I thought it was done quite nicely, and she proved yet again that she is a master of words and mood. The atmosphere was lush and dark, and the characters were quite interesting. It definitely added up to a thrilling and killer twist, and I definitely enjoyed.
The next one I read was by Leigh Bardugo, and this is where I realized I was perhaps not ready for all horror had to offer. This story disturbed me – although that was the complete point. And that was when I realized there was a reason I never watched horror movies. While I did finish the story and didn’t see the surprise twist coming, I was completely and utterly freaked out. I couldn’t make myself finish the rest of the stories after that.
I’m sure a lot of people will like this anthology, but with a person that is still new to the horror genre, I just couldn’t deal. I still can’t deal with Ghost Hunters, let alone a book that is so much more creepier than that.
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