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  • By casahoya
    Jan 28, 2012
    Review for the anthology “Spellbound” by multiple authors. 1. “Spellbound at Midnight” by Isabelle Kane and Audrey Tremaine If you love elegant style and crystal clear description you’ll love the collaboration of Isabelle Kane and Audrey Tremaine. Not only do you see their characters in your mind’s eye, the scenes are well described. It was a treat to let these lovely ladies lead me along the path of their intriguing tale. They write about the south like insiders, aware of the nuances outsiders would miss. They give the heroine a sassy personality that works very well. (I’d ask her out on a date if I wasn’t married) She’s bright and that is a great lure. As you follow the story you try to put it in a context, but the authors skillfully put a question in your mind if you’ve got it right. I really liked they made Viole human with real emotions rather than a pristine faultless image of perfection no woman could be. The suspense builds gradually as you worry this darling woman is being... More > lured into a trap. The end of the story was unexpected and it worked well. 2. “Room 1309.5” by John Mecom There is an old Physics adage, “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This story is beyond revenge, it is black and abject horror. Monica is a certain type of person we’ve all met in our lives who causes waves for everybody around her with her insensitivity and selfish disregard for anybody not herself or her female friend. She utterly destroys a colleague without conscience and that ultimately costs her dearly. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” 3. “Uncle Vernon” by I always love reading Jenny’s pieces. Inexplicably, she chooses to ignore American English in favor of her British version of the language. She adds stray letters to words here and there at will. Some of her words are incomprehensible in North America. (rota basis?) Equally, I was birthed in the USA by my Mom, while Jenny was birthed across the pond by her Mum. I love it! This story combines a taste of spice in her heroine with a ‘down to earth’ nature that makes her very appealing. Her characters are quirky but intriguing and well fleshed out. Jenny creates a clear dilemma for Alison in her romance with imperfect Gary, who many women would kick to the curb in a hurry. Although the title is “Uncle Vernon” I felt the story is Alison. Following her experiences and reactions was the fun. She was so believable. The ending was a little shocking to me. Jenny has a gift for surprises. 4. “Half Seen, Half Hidden” by John Steiner John spins a chilling tale that draws the reader along in mystery until the surprise truth is revealed. It is a vivid portrayal of a shocking conclusion. People are not always what they seem. 5. “Ghost Taxi” by Joanna Foreman I thought this story was novel, very inventive, and in its way, heartwarming. Joanna Foreman has an interesting writing style and a decent grasp of the ‘good life.’ (Is that from experience?) She would be a fun person to meet and have dinner with. 6. “Telltale Signs” by Tori Ridgewood This story is written with the heroine as narrator relating her experiences. (Is that a European thing?) It certainly works for her. The story blended suspense with a snap shot of the likeable heroine and her life. Being alone in the dark is a universal fear for everybody. Your imagination can be your biggest enemy. 7. “The Origin of Fear” by Tara Fox Hall The author bio interested me. She is quite a person. This was a story that left me exhausted at the end. It was scary and it was captivating. I felt so sorry for her poor characters they were not destined for a happy ending. Sometimes people make very poor choices. I guess you really do need to heed warnings. Review done by Dennis K. Hausker, Fiction Writer November 16, 2011< Less
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Melange Books, LLC
October 31, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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