SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love Kindle Edition
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The first that struck a chord in me was Red Snow, by Debra Goelz. This is a true fairy tale, harsh, violent, magical, and mysterious. Children are disappearing in the forest, for reasons both frightening and sinister. I wanted to know more about Daphne, and why she was tied to the forest as she was. Eugene, the man who’d been changed to a snake, was really intriguing also. Goelz presents the situation, doling out information in just the right bits so that when the final denouement comes it is both in keeping with the tone of the tale and satisfying.
The second story that resonated and left me thinking was Faun, by Gavin Hetherington. Faun is another fairy tale, this one featuring a boy of sixteen, who is on a Christmas vacation at a cabin the woods with his family. Freddie is at odds with them over something that fundamental to him but which deeply offends his father and has been ostracized. After a quarrel at dinner he runs away into a blizzard, finding his way to a nearby village. What he finds in the village is both moving and heartwarming.
The third story that I want to talk about is by one of my favorite authors, Shaun Allan. The fact that his work was featured in this anthology was why I purchased it in the first place. Wings is a journey into despair and the need to be loved. Megan has been given a second chance, and opportunity to bring love into people’s lives and change the world. But her own emotional pain is too much and she begins to find satisfaction in bringing misery to the world. Shaun Allan has a knack for getting deep into the dark corners of the human psyche, which is why this tale resonates with me and why I seek out his work. What begins as a quest for personal revenge soon takes a form Megan is completely unprepared for, threatening the world she knows, and deep inside, still loves. Allan illustrates the growing darkness of Megan’s soul and a rising sense of doom with a deft hand, illuminating the darker places in our own souls, the places we would prefer not to look.
I enjoyed this anthology from start to finish and highly recommend it.
This anthology has the common theme of snow and cabins in each story. That is where the commonalities ended. SNOW features mystery, suspense, supernatural and paranormal themes, and romance of all sorts.
Sarah Benson’s story, Whiteout, is a mystery. Just a bit about the story… (no spoilers here!) – Alicia wakes up in a remote cabin surrounded by snow, unable to remember why she is there or even who she is. She is also handcuffed to a bed. Alicia’s quest begins - to discover who she is and who had put her in this situation. Is it possible to carve out a future when she still can’t remember the past? This story has tense moments and interesting reveals. I enjoyed the details and warmth of the relationships. Highly recommended - Fun read! Thanks Sarah Benson!
Tobacco & Pine was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the heroine who is struggling to deal with the death of her father while romance is budding around her. The author, Lucy Rhodes, has an engaging way of describing characters and scenes.
Seeing Him Again by Delilah Mae focused on giving young love a second chance.
And there are 13 more stories on top of those! I enjoyed this anthology and would recommend picking it up today.
Note: I did receive a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback.
While the theme for this anthology is forbidden love, Shaun manages to twist this concept by adding a supernatural element and a dilemma for a character that is positively wrought with bad decisions when it comes to love.
As always, Allan’s way with words creeps up on you and gets under your skin. The destination of the story almost becomes a background to the way he puts pen to paper. Seriously, I could read his descriptives for ever.
So, if you are looking for something a little different, as always, I am suggesting to check out Shaun Allan’s work. However, I also implore readers to dive right back in after reading his work and check out some of the other stories in the Snow Anthology.
Composed by sixteen Wattpad writers, SNOW is compiled of novelettes/novella-length stories all centering around forbidden love. Some feature cabins while others approach historical/modern settings with blossoming, continuing, or complicated romance. Spanning a multitude of sub-genres, you are sure to find a story that piques your interest!
I found myself stumbling upon an opportunity to receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this anthology for an honest review and could not refuse! Having previously read a handful of some of these author's works before, I knew I was in for a treat! I boy was did I get loaded with amazing prose, beautiful stories, and wishing there was more once hitting the end!!! With personal writing flair contributed to each story, I loved the clip introduction into authors I'd never read from.
For overall I give SNOW a 4.5/5 stars for overall comprehension, writing mechanics (literary elements/devices usage), and enjoyment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The fact that I couldn't choose which story was my favorite is the best thing ever!!Read more
Edgy, forbidden love? check
Isolated cabin? check
Short, wonderful tales with all of the above?Read more
Like in all anthologies some stories are far better than others and I didn't feel the theme of snow/cabin and forbidden love was...Read more
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