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A Trinity of Wicked Tales- Jilted: A Splatterpunk Horror Anthology Kindle Edition
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I really enjoyed these three tales - each has a great sense of atmosphere, satisfying dialogue and a range of personalities which we have come to expect in such shorts, and would not realistically be found anywhere else. You can tell an author which has fun with her writing, and Kyla clearly has alot of fun - this is why we love to read their books. She has a real knack for punchy, satisfying dialogue and a good descriptive prose, with a perfect sense of timing - as one scene, one conversation and one incident leads to the next, it does so each time with a good, comfortable fluency; in writing, particularly short-story writing - as in stand-up or flash fiction - timing is everything, and Kyla nails it.
I suspect that she wrote the tales in the order they feature, as you can see her writing style subtly evolving with each, culminating in a lip-licking erotic thriller, which hints at, but doesn't quite prod at, a fetishist suggestion in the author's future work; something which I would very much like to see. The first, "Junk for Two", although a good read, lacks a little in the range of its descriptive vocabulary, something which improves to some extent; having said that, I do feel Kyla's overall writing will benefit as she develops as a wordsmith. Likewise, the punchy pace of this book is fun, but the sentences are perhaps a little too punchy, particularly in "Junk for Two" - I'd like to see them a little longer and more descriptive.
Still, Kyla is not far off being the finished article, certainly where her genre is concerned, and if she is to continue writing prolifically, I've no doubt she'll produce increasingly good stuff - I'd look forward to that. Coupled with Kyla's clear indulgence, in the way she litters her graphic scenes with juicy effects and adjectives, here are all the makings of tongue-in-cheek, grisly horror fun for grown-ups. Although my favourite of the three stories has to be the shortest: "Iris", I'd love to read a novel Kyla has penned, and hope to do so soon.
"Jilted Love" does leave you wanting more, but in a good way - I'd like to have seen a fourth tale in this collection, with a satisfyingly killer story, just to end on a satisfied sigh, but as it is, this book is definitely worth a read, and I recommend it.
The stories are only short, but I thoroughly enjoyed each of them and could have easily read them as extended, full novels. My favourite story of the three was Iris. I was rooting for the protagonist Natalie to have a happy life, and was completely shocked by the ending! I also liked the use of flashbacks in this story. The last story Phil reminded me of the US TV series Dexter in a way. It was shocking and completely engrossed me.
What was great about this book is that although the stories are only short, none of the plots moved too quickly, they were evenly paced and easy to follow. They were all individual and didn’t merge into each other. Each of the different stories had a completely different feel and voice.
This might be trivial to most people but I loved that Ross uses semi colons. I think they’re so underrated and not used enough in novels, so that was awesome to see!
I love Ross’s writing style, the book was easy to follow and read, but it also kept me questioning and guessing what would happen next. There were more than a few unexpected twists and turns that I didn’t see coming! It’s evident that a lot of time and thought has gone into each tale and I’m excited to read the next volumes in the series!
The only negative I could pick out was that I did notice a couple of slight grammar and font errors, but I don’t think the majority of readers would be bothered or even notice these.
I would definitely recommend this book to those of you that enjoy something that’s dark and shocking. It’s a great volume of stories and I’m honestly looking forward to the next in the series.
As this book is short, it makes for a good read if you’re travelling or have an hour spare too.
This was surprisingly fun! Here, we have three stories that follow a similar theme, and while they are occasionally almost formulaic, it actually works well. You know what’s going to happen, but the characters don’t. This is far from perfect, but it’s also very promising – and just the right length.
I would like to thank the author and reader's house for a free copy in exchange of honest review.
I loved the writing it was very atmospheric and brilliantly paced. And the twists were very good.
The author really gets into the psyche and I'll definitely be reading more in the future.
4.5 because I wanted more about Phil!
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