- File Size: 3492 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BrixBaxter Publishing (May 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F0NH2JI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Spellbound: A Paranormal Young Adult Novella Collection Kindle Edition
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4 stars for Part of Your World by LA Starkey - simply because I love everything about mermaids. I can read all tales and novels about this fish-tailed creatures every day and would not get tired of them. LA Starkey took me to a ride underwater with Dominic, the prince of mermaids who was about to be married to someone he didn't love. Then came Kinsley, a mortal, a human who had always been fascinated about life in the caves and under the sea. I wish this was longer, though. I want to know more of what happened with them when their fates were sealed.
5 stars for Glistens by Chess Desalls - this is perhaps my most favorite among the bunch, because it's my first time to read about fireflies and their world. Marian Spritz is a good heroine, she's got a good heart for those who are in need, even if the one calling for her help is a fellow Glisten who was never good to her. I love this story so much, I demand Chess Dessals to write a trilogy of this.
3 stars for Tethered by Kelly Hall - a story about vampires with feuding families. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet with a twist. I enjoyed the banters between Grandma Aggie and Hazel, and I was hopeful for Emma and Jayden's story.
4 stars for Drops of Sunshine by Tricia Copeland - I liked this story too because it is quite different from the other novels in the book. Nina has enough on her plate, having to deal with divocing parents, her mom's an alcoholic and her dad's new wife is her best friend's mother. Then there's her deaf brother who has always acted special and perceptive of her. When she joins a camp for kids with special needs, she's in for a treat. Girls like Leslie and Lily can actually read her mind causing her to bolt and be more aware of her surroundings. Nina isn't really sociable so she's having a hard time dealing with her co-counselors and is afraid to open up.
5 stars for Feathers and Fireflies by Melanie Rodriguez - although at first I was confused with the title of the story because I was hoping to read about birds and fireflies. I was so wrong. This short story is about a girl named Rory who loves to draw using a charcoal but her uncle forbids her to do so. Reasons out that girls aren't meant for anything except to be housewives and do house chores. When his own son Aeden defies him and tells him that he's going after the woman he loves, the two young ones escape the old man's clutches and meets with Mistress Kyna, a scribe, who seems to believe the tale of animal spirits and their destined human mates. I didn't know about the shape shifters until the end of the book, and that was a great and unique experience. So much love for Rory, Aeden, Lucas and Sorcha!
I always loved reading short stories and anthologies. I can always finish one story in one sitting, take a rest or a drink, relish the story a little more, and then I'll proceed to the next story. Before I knew it, the next read would be better and the next, and the next, until I realize I love all the stories and can't particularly choose a favorite. In Spellbound, five talented writers joined forces to give the readers the chance to get to know the authors and be drawn to their world. I love all the short novellas in the book and I'm craving for more!
Each one invited me into different world and I enjoyed my visit to each one.
Anthologies are a fun way to get introduced to new authors and read something quick and fun from your favorite ones. Below is my review of each story:
*** 3 stars for Part of Your World by LA Starkey - interesting premise that reminds me of The Little Mermaid but it's more about the Little Merman :) It seemed a bit rushed in parts, which is why I only gave it 3 stars.
**** 4 stars for Glistens by Chess Desalls - when I was reading the story, it reminded me a bit of Harry Potter. I really enjoyed learning what a Glisten is, their magic and felt for Marian as she had to make some tough choices to ensure she did not break her promise to her ward.
** 2 stars to Tethered by Kelly Hall - my least favorite of the 5 stories. It just seemed a bit silly and I skipped a lot of parts because of it.
***** 5 stars to Drops of Sunshine by Tricia Copeland - I really enjoyed reading this one. The characters are well written and very relatable. I would like reading more about Nina and Jacob.
***** 5 stars to Feathers and Fireflies by Melanie Rodriguez - this one was my favorite! I really enjoy Rodriguez' writing and to me, she just keeps getting better. Rory and Lucas are really great characters and I hope that they will get to have their own full length novel or some more short stories depicting their adventures. Follow the fireflies! :)