The young adult fantasy and paranormal romance author, Larissa Hinton, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia. She now lives in northern Virginia, but she always looks forward to going back to the sweet smell of the salty ocean.
Larissa Hinton is currently author of Everblossom: A Short Story and poetry Anthology. However, be on the lookout for Angel Diaries (a paranormal romance) and Everblossom 2: A Second Anthology of Short Stories and Poems!
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When I first received this book, I began reading at once; for the title intrigued me. You will find fantasy and reality in Everblossom in a well-balanced mix of short stories and poetry. Some of the fantasy stories tell you about zombies, faeries, shape-shifters, while other stories handle real life problems like deception, child abuse, death and race discrimination. In several stories the ending is clear, but for the greater part the ending is left to your own imagination. Regarding the poetry, I have to admit that I'm not such a poetry reader and would normally avoid reading them, but Everblossom contains easy-to-read poetry. The poems are short and attack the mundane events in teenagers and grown-ups life, although some poems have a bit of fantasy and really surprised me. They seem logical in the beginning, but have a surprising twist at the end. All together I really did like reading Everblossom. The poetry was nice and the short stories left me wanting for more, so I rate this book 4 stars.
When I first received this electronic book, I was very intrigued upon reading it.
Everblossom is an anthology that goes through life in three stages. Bud, blossom and seed.
The title and description was very alluring to me. I have never been really fond of poetry and thought that this would be a very good opportunity to start. I was surprised to enjoy Larissa's poetry, she knows how to play with words.
As for the short stories, I was found to be left on my appetite most of the time.
Wishing that the stories would last longer, maybe she would be better suited to do novels or novellas better then short stories. But don't get me wrong, she is a talented writer.
But this anthology just did not deliver what it said it would for me.
This book is an anthology of poetry and short stories organized around the theme of the life cycle of the flower (bud, blossom, and seed). It has strong elements of fantasy and the paranormal and also some elements of romance. There are also appearances of characters from the authors' other books (some of which are published already and some which aren't). The first thing that should be noted about this book is that in addition to the themes mentioned above, there seems to be a strong overtone of bitterness to most of the short stories and even the poems (although the poems also tend to have a more hopeful note as well). This is neither good nor bad, in and of itself, but it is good to note that it is probably not a book one wants to read while already in a bad or negative mood.
Also of note, in relation to the anthology as a whole, is the fact that there is a fairly consistent occurrence of missing commas and several typos as well. There's not enough to completely jar the reader out of the stories, but it is enough to cause little hiccups in the experience. It is important to note here that the short stories had a very lyrical, poetical quality to them and it is possible that the writer was purposely leaving out commas in an effort to enhance the feeling of lyrical, musical prose. However, even if this is the case, it only worked to actually enhance the story (for my personal tastes, anyhow) in one or two locations.
Turning to the quality of the poetry, it is important to disclose that I am very particular in the style of poetry that I enjoy. I am not a natural lover of poetry and will read many poems before I find one that I enjoy and that speaks to me.Read more ›
Everblossom provides an interesting mix of writing. All of the pieces are very short, making this an easy-to-pick-up/easy-to-put-down read. I got through it in two sittings and enjoyed both. Hinton writes well, conveying ideas and emotions very effectively in just a few words.
I find poetry to be a very difficult review. It can mean so much to so many people, or it can mean nothing at all. All I can say is that I identified with Hinton’s work. Not all of it but much of it and certainly enough to be sure I’ll try more of her work in future.
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
Everblossom is a short anthology of stories and poetry that represent different stages of a flower (seed, bud, blossom). The stories and poems are dark, light, realistic, fantasy, heartbreaking, disturbing and everything in between.
The stories are very diverse and I enjoyed them, though there were several typos throughout the book. I enjoyed the writing style and felt it was very clear. I have to say I enjoyed the poetry more than the stories, however. I found the Words Speak Volumes poems were very intriguing and well written. Almost every line was a single word that may or may not directly connect to the next word, but all together, it spelled out the entire story without having to include every word like a story.
I rated this book as a 4, though it was really almost a 4, but above a 3.5, so it's real rating would have to be 3.75. The stories still had me intrigued and left me wanting to know more about what was going to happen in the stories, so the author did well at keeping your attention and interest.
This book could fall under adult or young adult because of the subjects it goes over, though I wouldn't suggest anyone 13 or younger read it because some of the harsher subjects. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I wish it had been longer.
Diverse, dark in places, well-written, unique, a bit too short.