Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology by Larissa Hinton

Book: Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
By: Larissa Hinton
Publication Date: August 12, 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Description: An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary. 

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes. 

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

My Thoughts: I normally avoid posting bad reviews, but in this case, the author who requested the review requested that I post the review despite my hard feelings. I had many high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis, and I felt I was completely let down. I would like to point out though that, although I did not like this book, I did read many good reviews which lead me to believe this book just wasn't for me.

Everblossom was told through a series of poems and short stories relating to the growth of a flower. I love poetry, and although I thought this poetry was interesting, it just seemed elementary (again, in my opinion). There were none I actually liked. The short stories were somewhat better although not much. They all seemed too short and rushed. I couldn't get into any of the stories and as soon as I felt an inkling of interest, the story ended and my interest dissipated. At 61 pages, I was sure that the author could have added something that would have made the book more interesting. It seemed as if it was written in a short amount of time.

As my encounter with a book by Larissa Hinton, I was disappointed to read the others. There were plenty of stories that had the potential to be wonderful books but they were too short here for me. I give this book 1 star, for the potential of what it could have been had the stories been a bit longer. Remember, this is my opinion, you may feel differently.


Lan said...

It's hard to write these kinds of reviews isn't it? It was very brave of the author to suggest that you post a negative review anyway. Poetry isn't my kind of thing at all so I don't know if it would be the thing for me either.

Jinky said...

The blurb sounded alluring but poetry and I don't get along. Yet if it comes my way I'll give it a shot strengthen my weakness. --I agree with Lan, quite brave of the author --quite admirable I might add. Good for her! I'll remember her name for that. :)

Jenna and Ashley said...

I'm impressed that you posted it, but even more so, that the author asked you to. Thanks for being honest, even though it's painful. Glad you're reading books of all types of genres:)

-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

Lani Wendt Young said...

Your review reminds me why Im very thankful that Im NOT a book reviewer/blogger - such a tough spot to be in! Credit to the author for moving ahead with a 'negative' review. I must say though Sherre, that I like the careful and thoughtful way you express your opinion. I've been disgusted lately by how vicious and abusive some book reviewers can be on the internet. If Im getting a bad review from anyone, I hope they can write it as professionally as you have done with this.

Sherre said...

Thanks everyone and especially Lani for those kind words! Yes It's kind of hard to be positive and careful when you dislike a book, but I hate being mean even in real life so I try my best to get my feelings into words so that I'm not ruining people's lives....

Jessica@Booked Up! said...

It was obvious you didn't like writing this review, but you still did a great job of it. At least you posted an honest review! New follower by the way!

Jessica from Booked Up!
:) xxx

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