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- Print Length: 312 pages
- Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing; 1 edition (October 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MW6F49W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've noticed a theme, especially in recent years, to put a modern or different twist on an old tale... usually Fairy Tales. While Speer does include a few retold fairy tales, this collection contains new and unique stories as well. My favorite story of them all was probably One Hundred Eight Degrees, the story of a woman who once lived in a magical world and has to make the choice between power and love. The darkness found in The Jester's Heart shows how magic and bitterness can twist a person's soul, and is a great story to show what can happen with someone who is pushed too far. Every Word I Speak is the continuation of the kind girl from the fairy tale Toads and Diamonds and we see that "Happily Ever After" isn't always true.
Over all, this is a really good collection of short stories. Since I received a review copy from Netgalley, so there may be some minor changes in the final edition. While I did notice a few typos and grammatical errors, they weren't enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the stories.
Finally, in an attempt to clear my galley TBR list, I thought I would give it a try and get it over with. Sweet gods in heaven, how could I have been so wrong about a book! Wishes and Sorrows was so amazing! I absolutely fell in love with it and all of the different stories within. Wishes and Sorrows is a collection of short stories, many of which can be divided into Wishes and Sorrows, ergo the title. They’re all a bit fantastical, tales including ghosts, ghouls, fae, witches, and more.
The collection starts with what is possibly my favourite tale of the book, The Bell Witch and the Queen of Vines. In it, we see an older woman, a town witch that uses bells and dancing to ward off evil spirits and creatures from the town to which she belongs. She befriends one of these “evil” creatures one day, a werewolf, who shares with her a warning — danger and death are actively following her. What happens? I won’t give it away but it does hold a bit of Greek mythology in it…
Another ghoulish favourite is A Necklace of Rubies. This story could actually be its own full length novel (which I would have loved to read). Here, we see the typical trope of a character being given everything in the world, all of the freedoms available, and yet, cannot keep themselves from doing the one thing that was forbidden. Yet, there is a turn which leads to an unpredictable (yet enjoyable) ending. Also, Don Joaquin is exquisitely delectable and I could definitely see him being a Man Crush Monday character.
On the Sorrows side of the collection, you have some truly horrific tales in Remember and The Train, both of which leave you feeling unsettled. The former is told in bits and pieces where the reader jumps to conclusions about a lover who is abusive or false, while the latter is a perverse rendition of Frankenstein.
On the whole, each of these stories are interesting, well written, and solid. More than half of them have me wanting to reread them already, which definitely earns Wishes and Sorrows five stars.
// I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review //
You get the story of Cinderella, told in a new way. A story of a woman who is afraid of going crazy. Even a story that didn't get a happy ending. A perfect mix of happy endings and dark endings. Even though the stories aren't very long, you get enough details to feel the magic, the emotion, and get to know the character enough. And that is not easy to do, but Cindy did it well and I enjoyed it.
Every Word I speak, Remember, The Train, are three of my favorite, but remember you have a huge number of stories to choose from. So who knows you may like these three or all of them!
This book was fun and creative. I enjoyed these stories...but, I did have some issues with the book. Typos, there were a few and because of that, it did ruin some of the stories for me. I couldn't get past it, and if this book got re edited, I think it would be super perfect.
On the other hand, the stories were cleaver and original. The novella "But Can You Let Him Go" was AMAZING. With the growing popularity of fairy tales, Speer not only gives a fresh twist to Cinderella, but incorporates the history and culture of the tale. I really loved it. A few of the other short stories stood out as well. I like how she deviated from the normal subjects and diversified the cultural background and time periods. Overall, this is the product of a very talented and creative Author who was let down by her editing team.
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