Yes, I do occasionally talk about writing on this blog. Hold in your collective gasps. Sheesh!
Recently, author Aubrie Dionne contacted me to do a review for her new e-book JESTER'S FOLLY, part of her CARNIVAL OF ILLUSIONS series. Not only was I willing to do so, I was delighted to receive all three short stories in the series. I know she was only expecting the one review. But heck, since she sent me all three, I might as well say something about all three.
My review: We all have something hidden, deep down inside. A secret kept: some forever cherished, others forever unwanted. Mina hides her past behind a painted face and a fearful heart of being discovered for a long-ago tragedy that claimed the life of a friend. Working as a carnival jester, danger now stalks her movements seeking a taste for revenge.
It's a story of sadness, masks, and forgiveness. Well-developed characters and description move the plot along nicely. What I enjoyed about the Carnival of Illusions series are the twist endings. Nothing is expected or is as it seems. This has always been my preference for stories - and can be seen often in my own here - writing the unexpected. Aubrie did a good job of holding my attention and keeping it throughout.
My review: A new twist on teenage angst, that feeling of wanting to be noticed and accepted by peers and family. Kaylee takes it a step farther in an effort for attention, and is gifted in an unexpected way. Yet this gift comes with consequences, along with an evil that may trick her out of the life she truly craves.
This story speaks to any young adult looking for a bit wonder, magic, and love in their reading list. I must say that I'm not a big fan of teenage plots. Yet this one keeps your attention and the need to further understand the character's feelings. A good read!
My review: With the coming of the eclipse, Vira knows her life will change forever. Love and tragedy intermingled, she debates whether she can escape the destiny seen within the oval glass. Yet events hurl her down a path she could have never imagined or predicted. Danger is at every angle, and only courage and sacrifice can save Vira, but at a terrible price.
Out of all three short stories, I enjoyed this one the most. The story line was solid and had me at the edge of my seat. Fast-paced and exciting, the characters left me wanting to read more after the last sentence was finished.