What if everything about life-everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience-never happens?
Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying ... that's where you'd be ... forever.
In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.
How do we restart time?
How do we make everything go back to normal?
The answers, in whatever the world-human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale-could,maybe, happen today.
What would you do if this happened ... to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I want to thank J. Taylor Publishing for providing me with an eARC of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. I really love reading short stories. Especially in an anthology where the stories focus on time or some type of time travel Time travel makes me giddy! I love sic-fi. So given the opportunity to read this anthology you can bet I jumped right in to read it. I thought perhaps I would do a few stories a day. Nope, I sat down and read it cover to cover without putting it down. So, I will review the stories in the order I read them! Time Piece by Anna Simpson This short story was interesting. The repetitiveness of the scene and it's slight changes was really quite great. Think Ground Hogs Day, but with slight differences each time. It certainly reminded me a bit of Back To The Future, as well. I'm a huge fan of Back to the Future, so this story really drew me in! Dark Rose by Marissa Halvorson This story didn't draw me in as much as I would have liked. I felt it was a bit slow going. The world intersects were interesting: to see the three girls who are basically the same person but in parallel universes. The concept was interesting but it didn't quite jive for me. Dragon Flight by J Keller Ford I really enjoyed this one. A girl who wants to do whatever she needs to to win the boy's heart. But then she learns that her world is not exactly as it seems. And for her to try and figure out exactly why time suddenly stops for her, well, it's not what you think it will be. The 13th Month by LS Murphy This one, well, I really liked this one. But I will say that the introduction of the angels was a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn't expecting them at all. Once again we have time stopping. But the world becomes sort of a apocalyptic mess in the main character's eyes. You have to read this to really understand it! And the outcome of this one, well, the consequences will surprise you! Sleepless Beauty by Kimberly Kay This one, well, while predictable, I really enjoyed it. I love any kind of fairy tale retelling and this was no exception. I wanted to see more and I could see this as a full length book for sure. The characters were endearing and interesting and each was totally unique. Stage Fright by Erika Beebe This was a different read for me. I am not too familiar with theater, but I do understand the idea of stage fright! However, while the main character is nervous about acting the main part, I didn't really understand where the fear came from. I needed more background. I did enjoy how her love interest literally jumped off the pages. A Morrow More by Danielle E Shipley This story has a definite fantasy twist to it. For me, I really have to be into a fantasy to get through it. The idea of it was interesting for sure and I would love to see the characters expanded more. It was actually a bit short for me and this made it hard for me to really get into it. The ending was a bit predictable but I sometimes like knowing it will end the way I want it to! Guest Post As you can see, I really enjoyed these stories for the most part. I think I have a hard time with short stories that I want more from. They may come to the end, but then I feel like I need to know more about the characters. So it would be great to see some of these turned into full length books!
In the interests of disclosure, the publisher provided me with an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in exchange for an unbiased review. ******************** When I was asked to review this anthology, I was intrigued by its premise, and agreed right away. Notwithstanding the Wilson Phillips earworm that the title inspires (am I dating myself?), I found it overall a great read, and entirely appropriate for its Young Adult audience. In Time Piece by Anna Simpson, the main character has to destroy a time machine before the world is completely destroyed. This machine, built by her uncle, put time into an ever-smaller loop, and the loop is almost done. The frenetic pace was perfect for this plot-driven story, and though I would have liked a little more character-building, I thought it was a great pick for the anthology’s starting position. Dark Rose by Marissa Halvorson has three parallel worlds intersecting, where the same character in each world has distinct character traits, one of them seeking to destroy the other two worlds. While I loved the concept, I found the story a little tough to follow, with two of the three versions of the main character less relatable. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I thought the ending could have had more of a psychological explanation that would have been extra-cool. I thoroughly enjoyed Amber, the scrappy main character in Dragon Flight by J. Keller Ford. She’s trying to overcome her fear of heights so she can go on a romantic roller coaster ride with her crush when time stops at the top of the biggest drop. The descriptions of this odd, stopped world were awesome and I got a huge kick out of the ending. The writing is beautiful in The 13th Month by L. S. Murphy. Two angels engage in their latest cycle of an ongoing death-fight to determine the fate of life in the world. The voice in here is so strong it deserves its own reality show, and the ending gave me the chills. I am a sucker for retold fairy tales, so Sleepless Beauty by Kimberly Kay was right up my alley. Though the ending was predictable (who here doesn’t know the ending of Sleeping Beauty?) the way we got there was adorable and fun to read. Hannah, the main character in Erika Beebe’s Stage Fright, is very deep, and I love the tidbits Beebe drops in there about Hannah’s backstory. Where I got hung up was in the introduction of the love interest, who emerges from the pages of a magazine. Somehow, with Hannah’s setup, she didn’t strike me as someone who would be so obsessed with teen magazines. So while I liked the world- and character-building, I did think the love story could have been developed better. A Morrow More by Danielle E. Shipley starts off as a fairly typical fantasy story but takes a sharp turn around the mid-point and leads us into a quirky interaction that determines the rest of the plot. It has a sweet climax and end—as a writer myself, I totally get it!—but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. I recommend this anthology to anyone who is interested in YA speculative fiction.