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The Lily or the Tiger (Into the Dust Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kiri Callaghan , Ren Cummins

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Product Description

It was meant to be a new kind of trip; the best high you'll ever taste, but Lily is about to understand that even a pinch of Dust is enough to change the course of your life forever.

Excerpt:
God, I wanted to fall in love.
Amidst the flurry of the romantic revolution--that’s when the rumors started. We heard about them at school: whispers of people reconnecting with their dreams after waking. A way back down the rabbit hole; back into that childhood state of mind where if you could think it--if you truly believed it--it was.
They called it ‘Dust’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: RenWritings (4 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H3WX44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Tiger is Burning Bright 5 Mar 2012
By Jessica Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kiri Callaghan understands one of the two most important concepts of capturing the audience. First, her word craft draws you in with its clever ability to 'Keep it Simple, Stupid' but the last thing this short story needs in the review is the word 'stupid'. She's brilliantly created a story that a pauper or king could read without consulting Gurus of Hidden Meanings to derive the point of the work. If you have a problem with sentences that don't contain every nuance of grammar there is, let Kiri Callaghan's "The Lily and the Tiger" change your mind. This story is punchy without rambling, filled with impact that doesn't turn everything that comes after a chore to read. There are sweet thoughtful lulls throughout the story that pace it delightfully along with the fireworks in her prose that create aftershocks that blow you right to the end without leaving a single singe of regret for having taken the ride.

The characters themselves are well researched without the jargon being overwhelming, using her talent to make slang over forty years endearing instead of irritating. "The Lily or the Tiger" is set during the Summer of Love in 1967. Lily is sixteen and Lord Almighty does she show it. The worst mistake you, the reader, could make when starting out on this journey is to forget that Lily is a teenager. There's a lot of stories out there that feature young characters that inexplicably can pilot a helicopter when needed - Lily's not one of them. It's just plain fun to follow Lily through the story because the authoress knits together Lily's immaturity of worldly matters, know-it-all-ism and her slippery grasp on the incredible range of human emotion. Lily's in for a hell of a ride in this short story and I encourage you to get in the front seat and make sure that the pull bar is down and locked.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall Head Over Heels Into the Dust 16 Mar 2012
By Elizabeth Giosia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The tagline, "A Tale of Uphoria," is an incredibly apt description of the world created within the "Into the Dust" series of short stories. Surely, you know the story of Neverland. Or, at least, you know that all you have to do is aim yourself toward the second star to the right, and fly until morning. "Into the Dust" takes your preconceptions of Neverland, and those who inhabit it, and twists them into something a little different. Something ... A little Uphoric.

"Into the Dust", in its whole, will be a collection of shorts stories assembled together to give you background for a forthcoming novel by Ren Cummins and Kiri Callaghan, due to hit virtual (and possibly physical) shelves near you in 2013. Each story in this series of prequels gives you a little taste of what Uphoria, the realm of Neverland, truly is. The first two stories, written by Cummins, focus on the Lost Boys and some pirates. The third story in the series, "The Lily or the Tiger", tells us about a girl named Lily and the summer she was sixteen. The Summer of Love, 1967.

Like many people of the time, Lily enjoyed the message of love and peace touted through popular music. Together, with a group of friends known as the Tribe, Lily would go once a week to a place known as Uphoria, only accessible through the use of Dust. Dust has rules, rules that should never be broken. Only use Dust as a chaser. Never use Dust on an empty stomach.

And never, ever use a thought you might be afraid of losing.

The toll of Dust is that once you use a happy thought, it's gone forever. It could be something little, like the ice cream cake you had at your birthday party last year. Or it could be something huge, like how you felt the day you graduated. No matter what it is, that beautiful feeling of happiness is never coming back.

"The Lily or the Tiger" is a fantastic short story, with its roots set in a place that many people know and love from their childhood. The character of Tiger Lily is flawed and, though those flaws, so realistic you could reach out and touch her. Glorious in her naïveté, Tiger Lily brings you up and shows the reader how fantastic the world of Uphoria is. At the same time, she skirts the dangers, giving a little taste of just how bad things can turn out if one isn't careful of where they tread. As the story progresses, the relationships between the characters involved in the world of Uphoria becomes deeper and more realistic, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when the world comes tumbling apart.

One of the things that this reviewer personally enjoyed most about "The Lily or the Tiger" was the small bits of information provided about the characters that made them seem more real. The way Lily mentions she dreams that her friends Midge and Randy will get together, or how Doritos are pretty much the best food ever. It is as if all that extra information, the little bits that would usually be glossed over in a longer story, were sprinkled in like glitter, like Dust, to give the reader a more in-depth journey to Uphoria.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this story. A quick read, and definitely worth the price tag. If you've ever wanted a return to Neverland, a return to the place where happy thoughts can whisk you a way at a moment's notice, the "Into the Dust" stories are for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be surrounded by a wondrous story 15 Dec 2012
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was not a short story that I normally read but I wanted to check out Kiri's stories so I picked this one first. I was caught from the beginning. Just like the way Lily falls into the Dust world I fell into this story. It made me think and I made me wonder. It entertained me from beginning to end and after reading it I bought Into the Dust. I want to read more stories by Kiri.
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