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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466225319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466225312
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,486,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Paperback
A mix of poetry and prose; blended together perfectly, with a smooth flow from beginning to end, back to the beginning, and through the book again.

"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.
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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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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