Grimm & Dread
A Crow's Twist on Classic Tales
by Cassandra L. Thompson
Is it possible to make Grimms' Fairy Tales, the gruesome collection that shaped our storytelling, even more dreadful? Leave it to Quill & Crow Publishing House to try. Included in this anthology are twelve deconstructed tales with "A Crow's Twist." Some are dark and some are meaningful, but all of them will make you reconsider the classic stories in new ways. Featuring authors Lucas Mann, Victoria Audley, Brad Acevedo, Stephen Black, Ryan Brinson, Elou Carroll, Adam Faderewski, Beatrice Hadwin, Sabrina Howard, J.S. Larmore, Zeena Mubarak, and Mary Rajotte.
Robin's Review: I enjoyed these short retelling of fairy tales. I really like them better than the original/classic ones. They were creepy and compelling but also had a lesson hidden in it. I think I will get a hard copy for when my grandchildren are older.
Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
The stories included are:
What the Earth Bore by Mary Rajotte
Black as Snow by Zeena Mubarak
Where Shadows Fall by Stephen Black
The Devils Deal by Ryan Brinson
Become a Flute, Become a Spy Glass, Become a Knife by Elou Carroll
Godmother Death by Adam M. Faderewski
That Which You Have Promised by Sabrina Howard
The Three Wounds by Beatrice Hadwin
A Tainted Rose by Brad Acevedo
What's in a Name by J.S. Larmore
The Wind So Mild by Victoria Audley
The Crow Princess by Lucas Mann
Dragons in the Clouds
by David Blair
Dragons in the Clouds is an epic adventure that takes place during a time when Dragons were alive and freely roamed the land. The people during this time were getting eaten by a vicious species of Dragons. The ruling King finally orders the total annihilation of all living dragons. A powerful wizard, named Merlinius, who is a friend to the king, does not agree with the King's order, for Merlinius knows all Dragons are not what they seem. So, he does what he must to protect a family of Dragons that he had befriended. And to protect his Dragon friends, Merlinius performs the spell of weightlessness and tells the Dragons to fly up and to hide in the cover of the Clouds. He then gives the Dragons strict instruction to live within the clouds and to only come down at night to eat. An apprentice to the wizard who has grandeur of his own has a plan for Dragons that he has hidden deep within a mountain cavern. Now enters a young boy, who had also befriended a dragon, though a very young one, suddenly find themselves caught between the Kings order and a battle that has begun between two species of Dragons. A battle that would determine control of the skies above the Kingdom of Albian. This Apprentice's plan has consequences that may bring the Kingdom and perhaps the very world we live in today to a devastating end.
This a beautifully written story with wonderfully simple world building and truly lovable characters. The plot was understandable and interesting. The characters were charming and brilliant. The ending was surprisingly fulfilling.
I loved everything about this book especially the moral lessons hidden in it. It was easy to read and so much fun. It gave me such a feel-good feeling all day long. I highly recommend this book for all ages. What a joy to read. Thank you David Blair.
Chronicles of the Undead
by A.F. Stewart
Three generations bound together under a horrifying family secret.
Inside the personal journals of the Harrington family, watch a dark and dangerous odyssey unfold. Three members of this tormented family, Samuel, his son Edmund, and Edmund's daughter Charlotte, must come to terms with evil. Set during the 18th and 19th century in London, England, this family must struggle against horror as their lives intersect with supernatural forces. As two intriguing vampires befriend, manipulate, and play with all three souls, altering their lives forever.
Their fears, private confidences and weaknesses are revealed as one selfish act ends in horrific tragedy, with far-reaching consequences. Who succumbs to the seduction and danger of the vampire? Who grapples to combat the evil influence that permeates their lives? Find out in Chronicles of the Undead.
This story is told through diary entries of:
Samuel Harrington, Father, 1793-1795, London, England
Edmund Harrington, Son, 1795-1797, London, England
Charlotte Harrington, Daughter, 1825-1826, London, England
…about the involvement of Henri Forain, and the cousin, Eleanor de Burgh.
This was an easy and quick read with a sinister link between these family members and vampires. As diary entries it would seem far removed but it wasn’t. I felt the emotions the writer felt while they put their information down in the diary.
Infidelity, Domestic Violence, Prostitution, Death, Sacrifice
#Paranormal #UrbanFantasy #Horror #Vampires #Supernatural #ScienceFiction #Mythology
The Lament of Death: Children of Chaos Series
by Maria Vermisoglou
My name is Kyara, and I am a banshee.
My job? Bringing the dead to the other side.
I expected to become a healer...
…But fate bestowed me with a curse.
Cause, yeah. Being a Banshee is a curse.
I'm hated by my friends and family, and I'm kind of stuck in the Realm of Silver, the last place I want to be. But if I don't accept my job and take souls to their next stop, well, things will get bad fast. The wicked ones will drown the world in darkness, while the rest. I don’t even want to know.
What I really want is to gather the strength I need to become who I want to be.
Is it even possible to do my job with all this pressure from... everybody?
Prepare for an epic adventure!
Kyara comes into her powers after turning sixteen. Thinking she was to become a healer, only to find out that she is something else is really hard on her and her relationships. This is really a fantastic coming of age story in a dystopian world setting. I really felt for Kyara as a character. To be different, bullied, and shunned is difficult to say the least. She had amazing growth and maturity that made this story a great read.