Author: Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis, Rhian Ivory
Genre: YA Thriller/Horror
Published by: Firefly Press
Publication date: 11/10/18
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a copy from Firefly Press in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Three Strikes is a collection of three dark novellas from three star YA authors.
The Darkness – Lucy Christopher
Kasha has answered the advert for The Tribe. Now she sits writing alone in the darkness of the jungle. Is she the only one left? Then she spots a red light blinking at her from the darkness. Cat’s eyes? A camera?
The Twins of Blackfin – Kat Ellis
Every evening Bo visits her best friend Sky’s grave. One night she hears a girl’s voice. Following it leads her to a journal and a crypt.
Matchgirl – Rhian Ivory
A modern YA retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Busking, runaway Nia is mugged and left badly hurt in a tunnel. All she has is three matches, and she starts seeing pictures in the light… A story of grief, love and music.
The Darkness by Lucy Christopher:
Set in an African Jungle, during a psychological program known as ‘The Tribe’ and follows our protagonist, Kasha. She agrees to go with her best friend Sam after the death of her mother, though its not long before Kasha notices things aren’t what they seem. I won’t say more because i don’t want to spoil it, going in not knowing what to expect only added to the suspense.
The thing I loved most about this story was the lack of supernatural, this stuff happens every day in the world which makes it all the more scarey. Well written, gripping and utterly brilliant! The grief, guilt and vulnerability that surrounds Kasha during this time was captured perfectly. I loved every page!
The Twins of Blackfin by Kat Ellis:
Set in the town of Blackfin, and follows protagonist, Bo. The weird and strange are part of everyday life in Blackfin. When a ghostly voice lures children from their beds Bo takes it upon herself to solve this mystery. Bo’s investigation leads her to a part of Blackfin history involving twins with strange abilities she never knew about. Suspecting the ghostly voice belongs to one of the twins, Bo sets out to help reunite the ghost of Edita with her twin.
I couldn’t get enough of this one. It’s eerie, weird and everything I love in a book! I found out this is a prequel to Blackfin Sky, this honestly made me so happy and I’ll definitely be buying it asap! I love for this kind of weirdness and need everything Blackfin has to offer.
Match Girl by Rhian Ivory:
This is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. I’m not familiar with this story, despite having it in one of his books. Nia is determined to go to the winter festival, despite her father forbidding it. The day Nia plans to run off she spends selling love spoons and busking to make enough money. In a tunnel near the station she is mugged and left with s head injury. While lying there unable to get up, she lights three matches and is lost in three different memories until the matches burn out.
I have to be honest, this was my least favourite of the three. I can’t work out if it’s because I haven’t read the original story or if I just didn’t take to it like I did the others. There’s nothing wrong with it, and don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it and think It’s well worth reading. I’ll read the original classic and go back and read it again, I’ll get a little more out of it and will add to this then.
I highly recommend picking up a copy asap, there’s something in it for everyone!