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Release Date: October 30th
With more sorrows than wishes in it _ or maybe I just got more caught on all the darker aspects _ this is a wonderful anthology made of stories capable of breaking our hearts, and of making us _ okay, myself _ wish that each and every one of them had been turned into a full length book. Because if a story is good enough, I will always find myself wanting more!
Also I have to mention this: I had already read some of these stories in another anthology...the thing is, I didn't enjoyed them as much back then, as I did now. Surprise! o_O
Apparently my taste _and its growth _ still has a long route ahead of it...*inserts awkward silence*
This being said, it does seem that these are the type of stories that just get better with a frequent re-reading.
The Bell Witch and The Queen Of Vines - 3.5 stars
With small traits of the famous Eurydice allegory _ amongst many other influences.. _ this Bell Witch, is the story of Aziza who is very much alive _unlike the other Bell Witch poltergeist legend . (of which I had never heard previous to reading this story).
Aziza is the wise woman of her...let's say "village", and the one who has the task of keeping ghosts and all things "that lurk in the night" away, and properly behaving.
The writing, it invokes the magic Aziza possesses in her life.
This is a dark story of crossroads and of second chances, with a little dash of romance provided with the introduction of "shameless" naked werewolf..... :)
You people are probably getting the wrong idea with this, but, oh well, lol, go read it, and you'll find out what I am talking about ;)
Every Word I speak- 4 stars
When what was given as a blessing turns into a curse, what will Queen Sarah do with her life?
Dark and gritty, this is the author's take on a supposed happy ending....only instead of living a dream, our main character ends up living a nightmare.
I really liked this story, and I would love to know what happens next in a full length book!
p.s. Okay, a novella will also suffice :)
One Hundred Eight Degrees - 3 Stars
A short that tells us the story of a time traveller, living with her head and heart in two different worlds.
"It was one hundred and eight quick steps to the bedroom.
She shut the door promising herself that tonight she'd dream of tomorrow."
I liked it, but I think it could have worked better with a little more information about her home country.
Remember - 4 Stars
A story made of missing pieces and unknown truths. The human mind and all it's secrets.
Perhaps it was her tears that drew him, the tall, slender shadow that separated itself from the wall and arched over her. He was all black except where the moon reflected in his gold eyes."
A very ambitious Cinderella retelling that manages to give its readers a number of different takes of the famous fairy tale, all of this while telling a single story.
The Taste Of Cherries - 3.5 Stars
As far as I am concerned, the story doesn't matter as much as the pure gorgeous prose of this one.
"I will sit in the sun and dream in the warmth. Dream of petals as soft as a baby’s cheek, as light as the laughter of love. They will be pink and sweet, drifting through my hands like grains of sand. I will shelve all regrets away, and concentrate on remembering the taste of cherries."
All in all, a wonderful anthology sure to make every "fairy tale addict" and "lover of fine prose" _please, please, let it all be properly edited by now with the typos removed, or people will have my head! _ a very happy reader!
Buy "Wishes And Sorrows"
Now I am just going to bother BookDepository until they have the paperback edition! :)
Oh, and the cover is gorgeous!