Tag: short story

Liberation By Sian B. Claven

Liberation
Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: April 15, 2019
51 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Evelyn was everything that Karen and Aubrey could ask for in an adopted daughter until she starts having the darkest of dreams, or perhaps they are the memories of her previous life that she seems to have forgotten.

Who was Evelyn in her past life? And why does it feel so bad?

Kim’s Review:

Claven does it again! This story is creepy and bloody and perfect for a short, engaging read! I will admit that at certain places, it did get a bit predictable, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. Claven is perfect for a good horror book and she keeps proving it book after book. And the cover! I easily recommend this book for horror lovers!

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Flower by Safira X

Flower
Author: Safira X
Published: December 5, 2019
47 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

He stops when he catches sight of the perfect girl. “Sky Winter”, her username reads. She has long, blonde waves that go down to her waist, bangs that stop just above her porcelain blue eyes, and rosy cheeks. Her cheeks are so round that you can’t even see her cheekbones.

‘Her skin must feel like a baby’s,’ he gushes.

He can’t keep his eyes off her lips. They look so soft and plushy. He can’t wait to taste them. Not to forget, she has the most defined hourglass waist he’s ever laid eyes on.

He clicks her image, bids $20,000 on her, and tells where and when he’d like to meet if she accepts the bid. It’s a foolish decision. He’s never bidden that high, but he can get his money back when it’s all over, like always. More than that, he has to have her…

Kim’s Review:

I was contacted by Safira X about reading her first novel, Flower. It sounded like something I would enjoy, so she sent me a free copy. I read it very quickly. I will admit that it is disturbing and not meant for everyone . . . And of course I liked it! There are some elements that I didn’t like, but the ending gave sufficient satisfaction when dealing with those elements. Overall, this is a dark book filled with horrific themes and I would only recommend it to certain people.

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Short Story Sunday: A Christmas Crime by Tara Lyons 

A Christmas Crime 
Author: Tara Lyons
Published: December 9, 2019

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 12-13, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

With snow falling in a quaint Surrey Village, it’s the perfect setting for Holly and Christopher’s dream Christmas wedding. But instead of enjoying mince pies and mistletoe, their happiness is threatened by old secrets and someone harbouring a grudge. When the truth is finally revealed, can the couple enjoy the festivities with their family, or is their marriage doomed from the start?

Jessica’s Review:

This short story starts with quite the first line:

The blood splatter on the altar wasn’t the only sign that everything wasn’t right.

This is the first I have read by Tara Lyons and this short story gives us a taste of what she can write.  I hope to read some of her full-length novels sometime!

The only negative for me was that I wanted to get to the ‘meat’ of the story, which did not happen until the wedding day.  Despite being a short story, it did drag a little for me.  I think I wanted to know what the crime was.  And I did not see that ending coming, it was quite unexpected!

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