Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: Everblossom by Larissa Hinton

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
by Larissa Hinton
Publisher: Self-Published
First published: August 12th, 2011
Source: Received from author
Format: e-book (Kindle)
Pages: n/a
Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Rating: 3.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This anthology is different. At some points it's a little bit macabre and makes you wince, at some points it's sad and then again it makes you smile. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this, but I was definitely surprised. If you're looking for a short book to distract you from heavier reads, you should pick this up.

More detailed:
Everblossom is a quite short anthology and therefore a very fast and easy read. It's a mixture of short stories and poems, which is the reason why I was immediately intrigued by this. In my opinion, anthologies are great books to pull yourself together after a heartbreaking read and prepare yourself for the next longer novel. And Everblossom definitely made this possible.

When I started reading this, I was especially looking forward to the poetry since it's been a long while since I've read a few poems. But in the end I turned out to like the short stories a lot better. My favorite short story is Changes whose characters and their secrets immediately intrigued me. I would love to read more about them!

What I was missing is a real connection between the individual parts. Every short story and poem by itself is intriguing, but the transitions from one story/poem to another weren't very smooth. I'm not sure though whether it's because of the very short length of the individual works or whether a different order would have done the trick.

Like I've mentioned above, this anthology can be a little bit creepy and macabre at certain points, which Larissa Hinton already points out in her introduction. I really enjoyed these parts, but I would recommend this for an older audience. All in all, Everblossom is an intriguing and easy read which I definitely enjoyed.

Books by Larissa Hinton:

Everblossom
Iwishacana/Acanawishi

Have you read Everblossom? What did you think about it?
Do you plan to read it?
Carina

4 comments:

  1. I read this one (and the review is going up late this month), but I find it amusing how you liked the stories more than the poems - because I felt the opposite. I liked the poetry a lot.

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  2. Great review! My first thought when seeing this one was how gorgeous the cover was! And no, I haven't read it, but you make me real intrigued! I usually have a hard time with anthologies though, so I'm still hesitant, but I'm gonna put this on my list anyway so I have a good option if I happen to go into anthology mode!

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  3. Thanks for reviewing my book, Everblossom!

    It's actually quite interesting how people like the poetry or the short stories more. Some people love the poetry because they're easy to read and interesting at the same time. Then somebody people love the short stories because they love the characters and the plot. It's interesting who loves what.

    I'm just glad people like it period. :)

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  4. Oh poetry and short stories! Not usually my thing but this cover is lovely!

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