Monday, October 29, 2018

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives ~ My Thoughts #AThousandDoors #NetGalley


A Thousand Doors

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives
by J.T. Ellison,  Kimberly Belle, Laura Benedict, A.F. Brady, Paige Crutcher, Rebecca Drake, Heather Gudenkauf, Patti Callahan Henry, Joy Jordan-Lake, Alisha Klapheke, Kerry Lonsdale, Ariel Lawhon, Catherine McKenzie, Kate Moretti, Lisa Patton, Kaira Rouda
Print and e-book, 404 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2018 by Two Tales Press

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.


We’ve all played the “what if” game. For Mia Jensen, “what if” is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life.

My thoughts about A Thousand Doors ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"The day Mia Jensen died dawned cold and harsh under a brittle sun that barely warmed the streets." 

Wow! I don't know if I've ever read a book like this one before. What an interesting premise—Mia dies at the beginning of the book, and as she is laying there dying, she has flashes of what her life could have been like if she'd made different choices. This book is so fascinating because it's each author's take on the direction that Mia's life could have taken, if only she'd made different decisions in her life.

Each chapter, written by a different author, gives their spin on how Mia might have possibly have lived her life. And each chapter is as varied as the individual author's storytelling style. Some of these authors I've read before and some of them were new to me. I liked how each story gave me a small taste of the author's work. That's what I love about anthologies, they allow me to visit some old favorites while also discovering some new authors. 

A Thousand Doors is such an interesting variety of stories and they are all so good and so different. J.T. Ellison, one of the authors and the editor, starts and ends the stories and ties the whole book up in a very satisfying way. 

"Regrets. Joys, Mistakes. So many lives to lead, to have led. So many lives to lose, and so many to gain."

I received A Thousand Doors from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 


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