Saturday, February 4, 2012

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology

Title: Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
Author: Larissa Hinton
Published: August 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads

An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

I adore short stories. I enjoy a story that leaves me wanting more and has me thinking what could happen next once that final word is read. "Everblossom" is one of those books that will leave you writing the next lines so you can find out what will happen next.

"Everblossom" is split into three sections, - Seed, Bud, Blossom- and while I'm sure some people will find the too short stories a bit frustrating but I find them very interesting. The author has a way of sucking us into a situation without knowing the prior who, what, or wheres, and by the time she is finished all you are left saying is more more more!

This isn't a very long book. It probably took me only two hours to read, but it was quite enjoyable. The author stays true to her theme as we read stories from the beginning of life to the hard decisions of later on.

While, I'm unsure if I would label this as GRIPPING, I would definitely describe it as worthwhile.

I hope this author lengthens a few of her stories for they have some great potential.

I found these stories to mainly revolve around the beginnings of life or childhood. The stories were very interesting and well done. I enjoyed how they stayed true to SHORT STORY form and just gave you a snippet of everything instead of starting at a beginning.

The poetry in Seed was a bit rough but the short stories were very well done.

You can definitely feel the emotion in them.

"CRACK" was my favorite story in Seed. I liked the sense of only knowing so little about what the mother did to the child. It really made me want to know what happens next as I made up a story on why the woman would slap her child.

I believe Bud to be those difficult teen years. Like Seed it was a variety of alternating poem and short stories. The poems have greatly improved and the stories were just as interesting if not more so.

My favorite short story in this section was "Crash and Burn". I believe it would make for a great story. It gave me a taste of heartache and romance that made me hunger for more. I hope the author thinks about continuing it.

Bus also has a more supernatural feel to it. While it was a bit different from Seed, I found myself enjoying it more.

This section (to me) has more drama. A couple of the stories are picked up from the previous sections so you can get a glimpse of what will happen next. And a few of the stories are stand alones but leave you wanting just a nibble more.

I found the poetry in this section to be a bit bland considering how much I enjoyed the poems in BUD. Not bad, but I think they need just a tad bit of work.

I say give it a shot. It doesn't take long to read and it leaves you with a great insight to what this author can do!

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