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Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology Paperback – November 23, 2011
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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.
"Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology" by Larissa Hinton has become one of my favourite books of poetry. Even some of the prose has poetic elements. I had received the eBook from Larissa, in exchange for an impartial review. But just a few poems and stories into the book, I knew I needed to hold this book in my hand! So, I ordered the paperback version, and finished the book that way.
In the introduction, Hinton speaks of the order of the book, compared to the non-linear scope of her writings. Beginning with `Seed" - some of Hinton's earliest work; moving into `Bud', then `Blossom', the reader can visualize some of the flow of Hinton's writing. The Goodreads synopsis, which I show above, says that the book highlights three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed. That held true for me. When I reached the final poem, the writing that ended the book, I instantly flipped back to the `Seed' beginning poem; I had the desire to see again how it all began. After my second read through, I took extra time reading pieces that touched some unknown place in my heart, and have gone back to individual pieces since that time.
The book contains some of Hinton's favourite pieces, and some writing that was among her most challenging work. The flow of the book was not strictly an upward incline; the reader will find some of the author's earlier writings more appealing than those in the `Blossom' section. I believe this is highly influenced by personal preference, rather than author driven. The skill of the author in the use of words is evident.Read more ›
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by D. Brown
There's a breathless, unpolished feel to the writing in Larissa Hinton's short stories and poems, as if the author couldn't wait to release the words. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Sheila Deeth
This was a fresh and fun poetry and short story anthology that I had the treat to read and review. It is set up in three stages: Seed, Bud, and Blossom. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by V. Cano
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I feel that the poetry seems more polished than the short stories, and I enjoyed those more overall. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Gunther
Everblossom is definitely not a book that I would pick up and start reading if I saw it in a book store. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Rhee O
Everblossom is an anthology unlike any I have ever read before. First of all it seemed strange to read something that was so casual in its style. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Sandra K. Stiles
Being the fan of poetry I am, I had to at least take a look at this anthology. Read more
I enjoy short stories from time to time and this is a good grouping of stories that will have you thinking. Not horror, but psychological in nature. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Book Him Danno
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. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Greta