Friday, August 22, 2014

Lore Anthology Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Authors: Brinda Berry, Cate Dean, Jayne A. Knolls, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Theresa DaLayne
(Anthology)
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Young Adult

Synopsis:
A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?


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My Reviews!

It's so hard for me to review short stories. I'm a reader who loves deep story-lines and complex characters, but novellas/anthologies don't always have either of those two things. And it makes it hard for me to like them. But overall, I really enjoyed Lore!

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Shimmer
A cute, flirty tale of a mermaid and a boy on summer vacation. I liked the two characters a lot, and even though it was a short story, I could still connect with them. Draven is sassy, determined, and just wants to get over his heartbreak. Coral (okay, her name isn't at all fishy) is a tomboy who doesn't have many friends and who can't get close with anyone. She's determined to keep Draven at a distance, but he makes it impossible. And even when she shares her secret, he doesn't run. Draven's and Coral's friendship grows, as do their feelings. But that wasn't the only secret she was keeping. I wish there'd been more information on her ancestry and the mermaids and I think the letter was a bit of a cop-out. But I did love how the ending was left open to the imagination. It ended the story nicely.

Between
This story was about a girl who struggled with her identity and sexuality, a girl who made a series of choices that results in unimaginable consequences. To be honest, I was not a fan of this one. I hated the main character. She was mean, and selfish, and too busy worrying about fitting in and pleasing her mother than doing what she wanted. And I would have been okay with that had she actually grown as a character. Yeah, in the end she found her footing. But I still didn't care for her, and she was so freaking clueless about everything. And I was expecting something different with the genie aspect. 

Sunset Moon
I liked this story! I've been wanting to read more Native American inspired stories, especially those of its myths and legends. And I enjoyed this one, but everything just felt so rushed. Eloise's character development, the mythology, the relationship between her and Ven. It's hard, because this is a novella, but I wished it'd been longer. I would have gladly read a full-length novel with these characters, this story-line, and the myth. I liked the main character, and I'm glad she realized that she deserved better in life. But I'm still confused on the whole legend that the author was telling. I wanted more details about it.

The Maker
This one was dark and edgy with a main character who was hell-bent on revenge. It kind of felt a little bit Gothic, and I liked the bleakness of it. It was very fast-paced. I thought the main character was a douchebag; he was arrogant, weak, a monster living in the shadows and outskirts after an accident damaged his body and left him for dead. He blamed everyone but himself for it. And then he decided to ruin another person's life because of his mistake. But it wasn't supposed to be cheerful or happy. It was a short story that had a Frankenstein feel to it and that ended how it should have.

A Beautiful Mourning
I loved this story of the Mayan gods, forbidden love, and the sacrifices people are willing to make in the name of it. I loved the characters, Ishel and Kinnich, and was rooting for them so badly. Their romance was so sweet. There were also a few secondary characters, one of whom I hated, another I was indifferent about, and the last I loved. And I liked where the story-line headed. It was very heartbreaking, though, but it ended on a high note that made me extremely happy.

The Barricades
I loved this one! I think it was maybe the shortest one out of all of them, but I loved it a lot more than all of these (even the one above). I loved the characters, Daniel and Casey. They were both pretty sassy and determined to do the right thing no matter what. I liked Casey's strong-will and Daniel's protective side. Even if they fell for each other fast, I didn't care. I thought they were great together. This story was very fast-paced, and I loved the world the author created. I would have loved more background on it, but I still enjoyed the descriptions and details given. And that ending was really great; a silver lining of hope intertwined with newfound love.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting us and reviewing LORE!

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  2. Great review, Holly! It sounds like a great collection and I like how much character dev the stories seem to have which is always something I'm wary of when starting a novella or short story. I'm glad you liked it! :)

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    1. Thanks Giselle! Character development is so important to me, and it's mostly the reason I don't like short stories. I never feel like you get enough of it. But most of these still managed to connect me with the characters. :)

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