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Everblossom provides an interesting mix of writing. All of the pieces are very short, making this an easy-to-pick-up/easy-to-put-down read. I got through it in two sittings and enjoyed both. Hinton writes well, conveying ideas and emotions very effectively in just a few words.
I find poetry to be a very difficult review. It can mean so much to so many people, or it can mean nothing at all. All I can say is that I identified with Hinton’s work. Not all of it but much of it and certainly enough to be sure I’ll try more of her work in future.
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
Everblossom by Larissa Hinton is a collection of short stories and poems, all of which circle around one central theme. It is split up into three separate sections which meander through the life-cycle of a flower `from bud to blossom and then back to seed', a lovely idea for a collection. It includes some of Hinton's early work and does therefore not just deal with the growth and fruition of a flower, but with the evolution of the writer herself. `The beginning of the end' is also a continuing reverberation throughout.
Everblossom is essentially about human emotions and the fragility of life, and features very varied subject matter. The paranormal appears briefly, as do faeries and shape shifters. There are echoes of magical realism throughout.
The first set of poems and stories deal with childhood - the wonders of rainbows, playing in sandpits, dancing and laughing and the like. Most of the writing in this collection contains morals, primarily the importance of enjoying one's childhood and later life. Particularly poignant is `Born Without a Heart' which deals with the aftermath of the death of a baby, and `Forget', where a young girl foresees her father's death, shunned by her mother in the process.
`From Mother to Fetus' is a wonderfully sweet and touching letter written from a mum-to-be to her newborn child. It deals with racial stigma and overcoming problems which are likely to be encountered during the child's life, particularly with regard to the relationship between mother and baby.
The narrative style is interesting and Hinton places a modern twist upon the usual generic prose styles.Read more ›
As an English student, I thought I'd be bored of poetry... And I honestly am... However this book mixed poetry and short stories and it seemed to work well! I enjoyed reading it, though I read it last night as I haven't been feeling well as of late. I'm not entirely sure what my first immediate thoughts of the book were, but after having time to think about it, I'm not truly impressed.
I was hoping for something else... Not sure what, but I was kind of let down. I'd read good reviews on smashwords and some not so good reviews, but all (of the bad ones) simply stated that the book wasn't for them so I figured the book itself was good, just not everyone's cup of tea. I found this to be my issue as well...
Some of the short stories could have easily been turned into full books, or at least have been extended. The poems were amazing also. It just wasn't what I was looking for whilst ill. Maybe I'll pick it up again and read it some other day? Maybe when I'm feeling better?...
I received this kindle version from the author in exchange for an honest review!
Every one of the stories had the potential to be turned into a proper book - every single one of them. When it finished, I wanted more! I was genuinely upset when the whole collection ended and the bar at the bottom of my kindle said 100%. The stories didn't feel uncompleted or anything, but they left on good cliffhangers that made me think "Is that the end? Nooooo!"
The poetry is beautiful. There is only about six poems, but they are all unique and nicely paced in their own way. There are also a few different versions of the same poem called 'Words Speak Volumes' and it is basically a random word on each line. Well, not totally random. I noticed that each word related to the one above it. It had me thinking and reading it for ages - the author is a genius!
It was a good, fast read. I read it in one sitting, hooked. After reading a big heavy read, it was nice to have a light collection of easy stories to read. I recommend this to all different kinds of people, as most of the stories are made up of different genres. There are some disturbing things that may upset others however - like a gruesome part about eating humans. Basically, somebody just pulled an arm out of there pocket and started nibbling it (I am not sure if this is a comedy or horror.... both I think....)! Don't expect too much of it, as it is only approximately 70-80 pages, but I really enjoyed it so I do think - if you have an ereader - you should read it. Dear Larissa Hinton, is there any chance for Everblossom 2?!
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