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- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Obsidian Books (October 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076P2BFGF
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I took some notes as I read, so here are my thoughts about each story. I didn't mention the plots because it's so hard with short stories to mention anything specific without giving something away, and I couldn't do that, because the surprises were just so good!
Just A Matter of Time (Loni Townsend) - Great start! When someone promises a girl darkness, this is exactly what I want! Great twist. Very fun.
Forerunner (David Powers King) - Absolutely loved the vibe of this. This was freaking fantastic. Totally wigged me out. So obsessed with this. (insert slow clap here)
Taking Care of You (Carrie Butler) - Dude! What a ride! LOVE this. The twists!!
The Apartment (Lisa Buie-Collard) - This was interesting. Great omniscient narration. Loved the characters.
The Caricature (Nick Wilford) - Oh my. LOL! Honestly, I'd love to read a whole book of stories in this same vein.
Shifting Sands (Elizabeth Seckman) - Crazy girl is very crazy. It's good, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one.
Shadows Falling On Rainbows (Celeste Holloway) - Kind of thriller-ish. Not the kind of dark I usually read - it felt VERY real (haha) - but that's the fun part of anthologies - I get to read something different.
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan (Tonja Drecker) - Great characters. Fun. Mysterious. Freaking love that ending!
Haunted Lake (Michelle Athy) - Creepy awesomeness. Great imagery! Gave me chills in broad daylight. Well done.
Soul Coin (Laura Rich) - "Some evil won't surrender to fists." - Great tagline! That said, this is my least favorite of the bunch. Everything was way too obvious.
Retribution (Melissa Maygrove) - This was too short! I don't quite understand as much as I'd like, but the imagery was fantastic.
Still not convinced? All proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to an organization benefiting active military members, veterans, and first responders. Kudos for the authors for donating their time and talent. Four and a half stars, rounded up to five.
Just a Matter of Time - Loni Townsend: This was a cute piece that intrigued and kept me guessing. The first line left me with a question that wasn't answered until the last second, and wow. Loved it!
Forerunner - David King Powers: A very down-to-earth character in a feels-like-reality setting, but something is going sideways. Very interesting.
Taking Care of You - Carried Butler: This was one of my favorites because it took me so much by surprise. It goes on the "super cool" shelf.
The Apartment - Lisa Buie-Collard: I loved the concept of this story so much that I wanted it to continue. I wanted more, especially the history of the apartment and how it came about, but I didn't need more. A great read.
The Caricature - Nick Wilford: I had to pause after this one and look back at my life, wondering if there were any moments I might (in this fictional realm) regret. An awesome angle.
Shifting Sands - Elizabeth Seckman: This character, she's something. Angel...such a great name for a memorable person--one I had to like even if I wouldn't like her in reality. There's a sign of great storytelling.
Shadows Falling on Rainbows - Celeste Holloway: I'm a sucker for a happy ending, and this story, while a bit longer, was worth it for that conclusion.
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan - Tonja Drecker: Are you in for a touch of the unexpected? This did not go the way I'd anticipated it would--the way the author leads the reader intentionally. What a great sleight of hand!
Haunted Lake - Michelle Athy: Language warning on this one, but what an interesting trip through time. It took me back to my days working at a camp lodge in the mountains with some of its own legends.
Soul Coin - Laura Rich: This was the most unique tale in the collection. Super fun to dive into a whole different culture for an unexpected tale. Easily one of my favorites.
Retribution - Melissa Maygrove: This story was a great tease, because I want to see more of this character. Whew! Talk about awesome.
All in all, there were many dark moments, some tales that ended as true horror does (without a happy ending), and some that just left me thinking. This was a perfect Halloween read, but a book lovers of the paranormal genre would appreciate all year round.
Content warning: Some language, dark themes, minimal gore, etc. Recommended for mature readers.
* I received a free copy of this anthology from the publisher*
My favorites were Just a Matter of Time, Forerunner, and Meringue, Murder or Marzipan. I received an ARC of this anthology and am pleased to post a review!