Review: Spellbound by Various Authors

spellboundSpellbound
by Tricia Copeland, LA Starkey, Chess Desalls, Kelly Hall, Melanie Rodriguez

officialsynopPart of Your World
Where love is waiting just beyond the edge of what you can see.
When two worlds collide at the edge of the sea in a measure of desperation, a prince will bow before a commoner and a lost soul will be finally be found. Part of Your World – Where love is waiting just beyond the edge of what you can see.

Glistens
A guardian can’t shine without the song of her ward.
Marian Spritz won’t gain guardian fairy status if she fails her summer school project. But when she hears a call for help—a song felt only by Glistens—she must choose between not letting her schoolwork and teammates suffer and protecting a ward who faces grave danger.

Tethered
Can love heal all that’s broken?
Life had been simple for vampire Jayden Blackwell until he met the runaway Emmaline Grey. One taste of her blood revealed that not only is she a fledgling vampire on the cusp of her transition, but she’s also his bondmate and the granddaughter of his family’s biggest enemy. Will family feuding keep them apart or is it Jayden who compromised Emma’s survival?

Drops of Sunshine
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. -Buddha
Working as lifeguard at a camp for the blind seems like the perfect escape for Nina. But a few perceptive kids can hear her thoughts. Can embracing her truth help her heal and reveal possibilities she never imagined?

Feathers and Fireflies
Will you follow the fireflies?
Seventeen year old Rory of Vanora Village dreams of capturing the sacred summer solstice ritual of the animal shapeshifters with her trusty charcoal and parchment. But with only legends and tales to guide her, she cannot even convince her childhood friend, Lucas, that the ritual is real. On the night Rory follows the fireflies, she gets far more than she bargained for.

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Here are my ratings for the stories under Spellbound.

4 stars for Part of Your World by LA Starkey – simply because I love everything about mermaids. I can read all tales and novels about this fish-tailed creatures every day and would not get tired of them. LA Starkey took me to a ride underwater with Dominic, the prince of mermaids who was about to be married to someone he didn’t love. Then came Kinsley, a mortal, a human who had always been fascinated about life in the caves and under the sea. I wish this was longer, though. I want to know more of what happened with them when their fates were sealed.

5 stars for Glistens by Chess Desalls – this is perhaps my most favorite among the bunch, because it’s my first time to read about fireflies and their world. Marian Spritz is a good heroine, she’s got a good heart for those who are in need, even if the one calling for her help is a fellow Glisten who was never good to her. I love this story so much, I demand Chess Dessals to write a trilogy of this.

3 stars for Tethered by Kelly Hall – a story about vampires with feuding families. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet with a twist. I enjoyed the banters between Grandma Aggie and Hazel, and I was hopeful for Emma and Jayden’s story.

4 stars for Drops of Sunshine by Tricia Copeland – I liked this story too because it is quite different from the other novels in the book. Nina has enough on her plate, having to deal with divocing parents, her mom’s an alcoholic and her dad’s new wife is her best friend’s mother. Then there’s her deaf brother who has always acted special and perceptive of her. When she joins a camp for kids with special needs, she’s in for a treat. Girls like Leslie and Lily can actually read her mind causing her to bolt and be more aware of her surroundings. Nina isn’t really sociable so she’s having a hard time dealing with her co-counselors and is afraid to open up.

5 stars for Feathers and Fireflies by Melanie Rodriguez – although at first I was confused with the title of the story because I was hoping to read about birds and fireflies. I was so wrong. This short story is about a girl named Rory who loves to draw using a charcoal but her uncle forbids her to do so. Reasons out that girls aren’t meant for anything except to be housewives and do house chores. When his own son Aeden defies him and tells him that he’s going after the woman he loves, the two young ones escape the old man’s clutches and meets with Mistress Kyna, a scribe, who seems to believe the tale of animal spirits and their destined human mates. I didn’t know about the shape shifters until the end of the book, and that was a great and unique experience. So much love for Rory, Aeden, Lucas and Sorcha!

I always loved reading short stories and anthologies. I can always finish one story in one sitting, take a rest or a drink, relish the story a little more, and then I’ll proceed to the next story. Before I knew it, the next read would be better and the next, and the next, until I realize I love all the stories and can’t particularly choose a favorite. In Spellbound, five talented writers joined forces to give the readers the chance to get to know the authors and be drawn to their world. I love all the short novellas in the book and I’m craving for more!

 

My Rating: 

4cups

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