I am sitting here staring at my screen. We are living through crazy times right now. This book came at the perfect time. Losing yourself in stories that feel familiar but new is helpful during times of stress. I am not one to get stressed about a lot of things. But the way things are at the moment have kinda have thrown me for a loop. So I was so glad to have something to bury my head in. If you love stories by amazing story tellers you NEED to pick this up.
Thank you for my review copy Titan Books!!!
Synopsis: An anthology of new dark fairytales!!
What I liked: OMG. Reading this anthology was like watching a amazing story teller tell a story. It was so comforting but very familiar at the same time. Each story felt like a warm blanket. Some old favorites twisted into a modern stories and new stories. All the stories in the anthology fit so well well together. There is so so much to love about this anthology. The beauty in which some of the authors write made my heart soar with happiness.
What I didn’t like: There is absolutely nothing that I didn’t like
Star Rating: 5
My Thoughts: Anthologies are hard to review. I don’t want to say too much about one story in particular. They are all fantastic. I know I should be saying more about my thoughts….and normally I would but. I can’t find the adequate wording too describe the comfort that Cursed brought me over the last week. Please pick this up if you need something for your brain or your heart.
Every time I go to the bookstore I always look at the copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I want to buy it for a child and watch them read it. Watch their eyes light up as they read about the March Hare or the Cook that had a pig for a baby. Which, incidentally was the part that scared me the most. I really couldn’t tell you why either. The jabberwolky never scared me…..just the cook and the pig baby. I digress though. I love retellings of many different stories, so when Titan Books asked me if I wanted to participate in the blog tour for Wonderland I jumped at the chance.
Synopsis: Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical, taking us from the nightmarish reaches of the imagination to tales the will shock, surprise and tug on the heart strings.
So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking glass or….But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?
Contributing Authors: Jane Yolen, M.R. Carey, Cat Rambo, Angela Slatter, Laura Mauro….and many many others.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
My Thoughts: Many of the stories worked really well in the wonderland type back drop. There were a couple that didn’t really work for me. But that didn’t mean that the story was great it just didn’t fit with the others. Saying that all the stories were so well written. The poems by Jane Yolen which opened and closed the anthology were so beautiful. Each story was very different then the other.
If you have an itch to return to Wonderland in a more adult manner then please check out Wonderland it does not disappoint at all. There is something there for each genre.
Make sure you go to the next stop on the blog tour!!
Big Thanks to Titan Books as always for including me in an amazing blog tour.
In the words of the immortal Misfits “Bonfires burning bright. Pumpkin faces in the night. I remember Halloween.” Yes, it the holiday that all Horror lovers and children wait all year for. I finished Doorbells at Dusk a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to review it on Halloween. Many of the stories in this anthology capture the wonder and mysteries that Halloween night holds for kids. I am not by any means saying that this is a anthology is for children but rather the emotions that you feel as you are reading it.
Summary: A spooky anthology of horror stories centered around Halloween.
What I liked: The stories for this anthology were well chosen and fit well together. With this anthology I felt the mystery and the spookiness that Halloween held for me as a child. As a Halloween centered anthology that is what I was looking for from this anthology and it delivered. The cover art is beautiful and really portrays the vibe of the stories in the book. The stories ranged between a 3 and 5 for me.
What I didn’t like: There were only a couple of stories that fell a bit flat for me.
Star Rating: 4.0
My thoughts: I love books that feature Halloween as their main setting. Sometimes as an adult you lose that wonder about Halloween. The magic and the mystery of the entire holiday is slightly lost between the running around for candy and making sure that the kids have their costumes. But when you slow down and read this anthology some of that magic comes back and in your mind you can see yourself as a kid in a costume trick or treating. Walking along sidewalks which for that one night seemed to be magically transformed from the mundane to the creepy.
Big thanks to Corpus Press and A Hook of a Book for sending me a review copy.