Book Review The Awakening & Other Stories

March 30, 2013 at 12:14 am 5 comments

Cover ArtTitle: The Awakening & Other Stories

Author: Emma Meade

Genre: Paranormal  Smashwords Barnes & Noble  iTunes Diesel

The Awakening & Other Stories by Emma Meade

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

I enjoyed this anthology collection of short stories by authro Emma Meade. My favorite stories had to be The Awakening, which is about a girl who fell asleep and dreamt for hundreds of years, and then suddenly wakes up in an underground room, where she’s rescued by two working men. Or well, rescued, may not be the correct term. End of the Line was a close second. That story evolved around Cassie, a girl who wanted to commit suicide by jumping under a train, and who ended up boarding the Death Train, where she had to make the choice if she wanted to live or die.

I wasn’t too keen on The Boy on the Beach, because for me, it didn’t fit the other stories. It wasn’t scary, and the main character kind of brought itu pon herself. The Old Vampire made me sad, as opposed to scared. That story is about Hailey, who spent her entire life dreaming a dark prince would come to rescue her. Now she’s an old woman, and the dark prince finally shows up, but it’s nothing like she imagined. I also wasn’t too fond of Ghost Story, because it was too predictable.

I enjoyed Snowglobes, because I thought it was a very original story. I liked The Knocking as well, it was a simple concept, but very chilling. I also enjoyed Milsa Loris. It had that old fantasy theme going on, with witches and magic, and it was a nice somewhat-different story in the anthology.

All in all, this was a decent, but quick read. I wouldn’t mind reading another anthology, or possible even a longer book by the author. She has a talent for original concepts, and choosing interesting main characters.

Connect with the author:

Blog: Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction

Website: emmameadebooks






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