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Beautifully written, with impeccable editing and pacing, Ms. Beaudelaire has crafted some fine stories – eerie, creepy, campfire tales – infusing them with her own touches of sweet romance and light erotica.
A fantastic job – highly recommended!
The Calavera- Two lovers celebrate the Day of the Dead- literally~
Fly by Night- a young brujo miscalculates the power of a scorned lover~
La Llorona- a ghost visits her past crimes- over and over again~ (interestingly, I just watched an episode about this urban legend on Season 2 of The Grimm!)
Beautifully done- but beware- there is a steamy element to each of these stories that might give a prude pause! LOL!
"Don't Cry" was the one I liked second. La Llorana continues to wail for her lost children and is denied the place she wants after death. A really scary story which has the reader waiting for a better ending that we know will not come.
And, last "Fly by Night" is another one which makes you sit up and take notice. Nothing like a campground and an owl to get your attention.
Most highly recommended.
I definitely plan on reading more of Simone's work because I love how she brings the reader along for the "ride" in her stories. I also recommend this book to everyone; no matter what level of knowledge of the Mexican/Spanish culture they might have because Simone has a way of making sure the reader walks away with a bit of understanding on all subject matters. Simone is an amazing writer, did a fabulous job on the stories and made my evening read pleasurable.
THE CALAVERA opens this collection with a story that will bring the Day of the Dead to life. New love in college meets the past with this tale of a girl, a boy, and a skull. Much more than a typical ghost story, I was chilled through after reading the last few pages.
DON'T CRY shares the legend of La Llorena, the Wailing Woman. Though legends are told from generation to generation, we find that sometimes the whispers in the night foretell a different ending than what might be expected. Or perhaps the lack of belief forms a loophole itself? Though this story is the shortest of the three, I found layers of meaning in the simple words.
FLY BY NIGHT is the final piece in this collection - a tale of a girl named Lysette and the consequences that change her life and that of her boyfriend, Alex. When camping in the dark of the night, it is best to heed the words of your elders, stay protected, and remember to always treat a witch with caution... as you may never know when you will see him or her again. This was an enjoyable look into the dark myths and legends of the Tejano people.
Thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.