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Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology (English Edition) di [Hinton,Larissa]
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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.

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3.0 su 5 stelle Poetry!! Prose!! It's all here!! 20 maggio 2012
Di Madley93 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
A mix of poetry and prose; blended together perfectly, with a smooth flow from beginning to end, back to the beginning, and through the book again.

"Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology" by Larissa Hinton has become one of my favourite books of poetry. Even some of the prose has poetic elements. I had received the eBook from Larissa, in exchange for an impartial review. But just a few poems and stories into the book, I knew I needed to hold this book in my hand! So, I ordered the paperback version, and finished the book that way.

In the introduction, Hinton speaks of the order of the book, compared to the non-linear scope of her writings. Beginning with `Seed" - some of Hinton's earliest work; moving into `Bud', then `Blossom', the reader can visualize some of the flow of Hinton's writing. The Goodreads synopsis, which I show above, says that the book highlights three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed. That held true for me. When I reached the final poem, the writing that ended the book, I instantly flipped back to the `Seed' beginning poem; I had the desire to see again how it all began. After my second read through, I took extra time reading pieces that touched some unknown place in my heart, and have gone back to individual pieces since that time.

The book contains some of Hinton's favourite pieces, and some writing that was among her most challenging work. The flow of the book was not strictly an upward incline; the reader will find some of the author's earlier writings more appealing than those in the `Blossom' section. I believe this is highly influenced by personal preference, rather than author driven. The skill of the author in the use of words is evident.

One of the poems that caught my attention is titled: "Sprout"; and is the first poem in the `budding' section of the book. The last three lines read: `from bud to blossom - this is the beginning - of the end'. I first read these lines in dismay, a feeling of sadness coming over me, the feeling that death is everywhere. Later reading sparked feelings of youth, that feeling we all experience as we spread our wings, and begin to live fully as an adult, having moved from the child stage - the seedling stage.

The mix of poetry and prose gives this book the feeling of a story, with a beginning and an end. There were times that I forgot I was reading individual writings, and saw the sequence as planned - planned from the start. The sequence for the book was clearly planned, but the writing of individual pieces did not have the same sequence. I saw this as a strength of the book itself.

As an anthology of poetry and prose, I do recommend the reading of Larissa Hinton's "Everblossom". With its variety of writing styles, as well as Larissa's ability to cross genres seamlessly, it will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf. Enjoy!
3.0 su 5 stelle An enjoyable read 6 gennaio 2012
Di Carina - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
My Rating: 3.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This anthology is different. At some points it's a little bit macabre and makes you wince, at some points it's sad and then again it makes you smile. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this, but I was definitely surprised. If you're looking for a short book to distract you from heavier reads, you should pick this up.

More detailed:
Everblossom is a quite short anthology and therefore a very fast and easy read. It's a mixture of short stories and poems, which is the reason why I was immediately intrigued by this. In my opinion, anthologies are great books to pull yourself together after a heartbreaking read and prepare yourself for the next longer novel. And Everblossom definitely made this possible.

When I started reading this, I was especially looking forward to the poetry since it's been a long while since I've read a few poems. But in the end I turned out to like the short stories a lot better. My favorite short story is Changes whose characters and their secrets immediately intrigued me. I would love to read more about them!

What I was missing is a real connection between the individual parts. Every short story and poem by itself is intriguing, but the transitions from one story/poem to another weren't very smooth. I'm not sure though whether it's because of the very short length of the individual works or whether a different order would have done the trick.

Like I've mentioned above, this anthology can be a little bit creepy and macabre at certain points, which Larissa Hinton already points out in her introduction. I really enjoyed these parts, but I would recommend this for an older audience. All in all, Everblossom is an intriguing and easy read which I definitely enjoyed.


I received an eCopy of this anthology from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Review from Hampton Reviews 4 settembre 2011
Di Jennifer Hampton - Pubblicato su
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This book is an anthology of poetry and short stories organized around the theme of the life cycle of the flower (bud, blossom, and seed). It has strong elements of fantasy and the paranormal and also some elements of romance. There are also appearances of characters from the authors' other books (some of which are published already and some which aren't).
The first thing that should be noted about this book is that in addition to the themes mentioned above, there seems to be a strong overtone of bitterness to most of the short stories and even the poems (although the poems also tend to have a more hopeful note as well). This is neither good nor bad, in and of itself, but it is good to note that it is probably not a book one wants to read while already in a bad or negative mood.

Also of note, in relation to the anthology as a whole, is the fact that there is a fairly consistent occurrence of missing commas and several typos as well. There's not enough to completely jar the reader out of the stories, but it is enough to cause little hiccups in the experience. It is important to note here that the short stories had a very lyrical, poetical quality to them and it is possible that the writer was purposely leaving out commas in an effort to enhance the feeling of lyrical, musical prose. However, even if this is the case, it only worked to actually enhance the story (for my personal tastes, anyhow) in one or two locations.

Turning to the quality of the poetry, it is important to disclose that I am very particular in the style of poetry that I enjoy. I am not a natural lover of poetry and will read many poems before I find one that I enjoy and that speaks to me. That being said, this is what I thought of the poetry included in this anthology:

It was not traditional poetry, with measured verses and rhyme and obvious rhythms. However, I did feel that it tended towards formulaic. There were lots of poems that were comprised entirely of one word lines. It got repetitive and made it more difficult for any of them to stick out from the others. The first poem in the book, "Seed to Seed to Seed," was by far my favorite. It had some interesting imagery, a unique ordering of its words, and the line breaks seemed to have purpose. Also, as with several other of the poems in this anthology, I was especially struck by the final line in the poem. Overall, it had a polished and well-thought out "feel" to it that left an impression on me throughout the course of the entire book. I also enjoyed "Childhood." It was another poem that felt polished, used interesting-but spot on-imagery, and had purpose to the line breaks.

When looking at the short stories of this anthology, it is important to note that these stories are extremely short-more along the lines of the flash fiction end of the spectrum. When reading a short story, I look for all of the things in a novel (characters, plot, story arc, etc). These stories tended not to have all of the elements I look for. Whereas I look for a short story to tell me the story of an entire summer vacation, while these stories provided a few minutes of the vacation. In other words, I want the story of the entire photo album and the author provides the story of one snapshot.

That being said, almost every story was intriguing and left me wanting more. I felt "Crash and Burn" was especially well-written and polished feeling, but it left me feeling as if it was unfinished-more so than the other stories. Parts of "Family Reunion" felt forced, as if the author was moving the characters around on the stage, instead of the characters doing the moving themselves. However, the images-which were a bit graphic and unsettling-are likely to cause the reader to want more of the story. Finally, it's important to point out that this author has a definite knack for building intriguing paranormal worlds, characters, and situations. There were several characters and worlds who got more than one appearance in this book and I am truly hoping that I am able to read more of these in the future. They look more than ready to be given a whole novel's worth of time and attention, both on the part of the author and on the part of her readers.

This book would be good for anyone who wants the variety offered by an anthology with some of the consistency offered by a novel. There are a couple of instances of grotesque imagery in the book, however, so this is not a book for squeamish people. With just a little more polish to this anthology, it would easily have received a higher rating, but even as it is, it is an enjoyable read.

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4.0 su 5 stelle Unique but short read. 30 settembre 2012
Di Vyki @ On The Shelf - Pubblicato su
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Everblossom is a short anthology of stories and poetry that represent different stages of a flower (seed, bud, blossom). The stories and poems are dark, light, realistic, fantasy, heartbreaking, disturbing and everything in between.

The stories are very diverse and I enjoyed them, though there were several typos throughout the book. I enjoyed the writing style and felt it was very clear. I have to say I enjoyed the poetry more than the stories, however. I found the Words Speak Volumes poems were very intriguing and well written. Almost every line was a single word that may or may not directly connect to the next word, but all together, it spelled out the entire story without having to include every word like a story.

I rated this book as a 4, though it was really almost a 4, but above a 3.5, so it's real rating would have to be 3.75. The stories still had me intrigued and left me wanting to know more about what was going to happen in the stories, so the author did well at keeping your attention and interest.

This book could fall under adult or young adult because of the subjects it goes over, though I wouldn't suggest anyone 13 or younger read it because some of the harsher subjects. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I wish it had been longer.

Diverse, dark in places, well-written, unique, a bit too short.
4.0 su 5 stelle A great collection of short stories 5 gennaio 2012
Di Mysunshine510 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Everblossom: A Short Story and Poem Anthology by Larissa Hinton is a captivating series of literary works that take you through the life cycle of the flower of life. The collection is separated into three parts of the cycle: Seed, Bud and Blossom. It also shows the progression and fine-tuning of Hinton's writing craft.

Seed shares Hinton's early poetry and short stories. The first poem, Seed to Seed to Seed, is a poem that shows how the rest of the collection proceeds. It is a poem that describes how the cycle of the flower is the cycle of life and, essentially, the cycle of her anthology.

In the Beginning, There were Fairy Tales is a playful short story where one man's imagination is the limit. It is a short story that illustrates an early beginning of Hinton's creativity and writing ability and toward the end of the story, the knowledge of a reality and the acceptance of an end. This short story has also paved the way for Hinton's unreleased work titled, Iwishacana.

Bud, the second part of the literary piece, is the rising star in the collection. In Bud the reader's view is transformed into the growth and development stages of life. The short story Crash and Burn relives the coming of age changing view of the opposite sex, where a life-long friend becomes a romantic interest and a mess of confusion of emotions. Hinton cleverly wraps up the intrigue of attraction in Sideways Glance and delivers the wonders and playfulness in flirtatious tactics. Forget is the beginning of the times we all miss our youth and the easiness and blissfulness that was ignorance. Forget reminds us of when that first pain of loss hit our hearts. Hinton turns the revelation into something more interesting by adding a paranormal component. The next few works are paranormal in nature and is especially tantalizing when short story Family Reunion gives an age-old tradition a sinister zombie twist.

Lastly there is Blossom, the third and final part. In Blossom Hinton uses poems like Bills, Bills, Bills and English Major Dues to show the stresses and responsibilities of adulthood. Using short stories such Transcend, Hinton captures death and bottles it with a paranormal stopper. This is the ending of the life cycle and the writing represented shows how Hinton's writing abilities have progressed.

The entire work has a continuation poetry titled Words Speak Volumes, which are weaved decisively in and out of the collection, like vines up white lattice. Hinton's WSVs are perhaps the most valuable poems in the series. Hinton strings together single words and short phrases to piece together large murals of childhood, adulthood and aging in a fun and wonderful perspective.

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poem Anthology by Larissa Hinton is sure to be an enjoyable read for ages twelve and up.

Thank you for taking the time to read! Have an amazing evening.

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