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2 Book Reviews: I'll Be Home For Christmas and A Change Is Gonna Come

* I have received this book for review from Readers First but this in no way affects my review *

Title: I'll Be Home For Christmas 
Author: Various
Source: From NetGalley
Publisher: Stripes
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Review:

I was really excited to read I'll Be Home For Christmas as it contains some of my favourite UKYA and dealt with home at Christmas which was a theme that I was excited to read about. I really did enjoy this collection and it is a great read around Christmas, obviously.

Short stories are hit and miss for me, I often feel that I love some stories that then just find some average but this was not the case for this anthology and I really enjoyed all the stories although I do have some favourites. I also really liked the varying stories in the collection and think that they all tackled the theme differently which was something that I really enjoyed. 

As I said, I did have some favourites and I really loved "The Family You Choose' by Cat Clarke as I think that it tackled the fact that family can be what you choose an is not always the ones that you were given and has stuck with me for the longest time. I also really loved Lisa Williamson's story, 'Routes and Wings' as it was really touching and hard hitting which I was not expecting from this collection. 

Any collection, normally has a weird story which in this collection was Marcus Sedgwick's story and to be fair even though lots of people don't like this story, I like weird so this story was one of my highlights. 

The Verdict:

I'll Be Home For Christmas is a great collection of short stories which are a great read and touch on some important issues.

Title: A Change Is Gonna Come
Author: Various
Source: From NetGalley
Publisher: Stripes
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Review:

I had been excited for a long time before finding out about A Change Is Gonna Come so when I got the chance to read it I was very happy and the anthology did not disappoint and it is something that everyone should read. 

A Change Is Gonna Come is a very diverse book which was a very quick read for me as it kept me entertained throughout. I really liked that there was a wide variety of genres in the book especially Catherine Johnson's historical fiction read which I found really interesting to read about and really enjoyed and I would love to read more stories like this in the future. 

The book also gave new voices the chance to be published in the book and these were really enjoyable to read from. I especially liked Mary Bello and Aisha Bushby's story as it focused on OCD and it was just really well written and is a story that I would not forget it.

I also really love Nikesh Shukla's story as it really did fit into Brexit Britain and I really the concept and I can't wait to read more of his books in the future, YA or otherwise.

The Verdict:

A Change Is Gonna Come is a widely diverse short story collection that has stories for everyone and kept me engaged throughout. 

Have you read I'll Be Home For Christmas or A Change Is Gonna Come? If so what did you think?

See you soon,

Amy

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