The Curious Tale of Gabrielle
by Zachary Paul Chopchinski
A young Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. She cannot stop or rest until all within her reach has been experienced and explored. Driven by an astounding will and lack of common fear, she finds herself able to face things most adults might fall before. Yet has there been a journey that has been meant specifically for her all along? Is there a path that has been created just for her to travel?
Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. What will happen as she discovers the lives—and tragedies—of the souls who choose her to see their story? It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a young girl.
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Let’s start with Gabrielle herself. She is a curiosity ridden 13 year old who is intelligent and when she should be scared shows how bold she can be. Since her mother works late nights and her father has passed she is pretty much taking care of herself and for any thirteen year old that can be hard. When she wanders into Alexandria’s shop on her birthday her whole world changes. Gabrielle is given a bracelet that will transporter her through the lives of the previous owners.
This is a well developed story that draws you in and the characters compliment each other well and it’s perfect for the targeted age range. Which is middle grade, young adult.
I will admit that at first I had a little trouble with the writing and some of the sentences felt like they were run-ons, but once you get into the flow it’s a really good story. This is the first in the series so be prepared for a cliffhanger at the end. Remember I did say we were going thru the lives of the previous owners of the bracelets, so there are definitely more tales to tell.
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We first posted this review in 2013. As one of our most popular Novella Thursday posts we thought you would enjoy reading it again.
Cinderella is Evil
by Jamie Campbell
History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.
Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.
With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.
When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.
With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?
A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.
What an interesting take on a classic fairy tale. This is Cinderella’s tale told from Anastasia’s point of view. As with life it’s a different story when someone else tells it, from Cinderella doing the cleaning to keep her mind off of her father to her dress arriving in tatters and not being ruined by her step mother.
I love how much Anastasia hates the Prince and thinks he is arrogant. It was a quick read and I recommend it for anyone who likes fairy tales. Overall one of the best short stories I have read.
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The Trash Collector
by Monica Shaughnessy
When objects begin to disappear from porches, Lydia Strichter suspects the neighborhood hoarder, Dale Kreplick. He’s a strange man with an even stranger habit of digging through people’s trash. But when she sets out to prove the “Trash Collector” is behind these thefts, she discovers more than the culprit. She discovers some things can’t easily be discarded. A heart-warming story of tolerance, grief, and the persistence of memory.
This book is the perfect reinforcement of the old saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and I don’t mean that in the literal sense.
This is a short story, but packed with so many emotions. A neighborhood with people of all ages all going through different phases of their lives. When things start to go missing it brings out the worst in some and the best in others. Dale seems the logical choice to blame. When his parents died three years ago he started going through he neighbors trash cans and collecting things they threw out. But to what purpose?
It’s a heartwarming story of love, loss, and memories. A beautiful quick read.
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On Shadowed Wings
by Amanda Dewees
In this YA paranormal romance short story of about 13,000 words, teenager Gail Emerson is about to graduate from high school–but where will she go from there? If her boyfriend Darryl has his way, she’ll follow him to college in California. But part of her thinks she should stay in North Carolina for the sake of the lonely little girl she babysits, who is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grieving father’s remoteness. Things get even more complicated when a cute college guy named Jim comes into Gail’s life on a quest for a mysterious butterfly phenomenon.
On the magical night of the Beltane Dance, when the veil between the natural and supernatural worlds is lifted, Gail teams up with Jim to confront a crisis—and discovers that when love and magic intertwine, making the biggest decisions can actually be as simple as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings.
This is the kind of short story I love. It’s got everything you could want. Love, loss, and a little magic. The characters are strongly developed and the story is beautiful.
Gail is a girl with a decision to make. Deep down she knows what she wants, but it’s a matter of deciding for herself and not listening to outside influences. She has a boyfriend who is pretty self adsorbed and doesn’t understand her attachment to Joy the little girl she babysits.
Joy is a little girl who has suffered the loss of her Mother. Her father is barley there in his inability to cope and when she disappears on Beltane night the magic that transpires is incredible.
Jim is new in town. He’s the cute nerdy guy that you can’t help but love. He is in search of a local legend and looking for clues meets Gail and Joy.
The chemistry between these characters is wonderful and I enjoyed every second of it.
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The Way Life Was Forever
by Carey Corp
Sun-dwellers are foul monsters that eat a human’s flesh from their bones…or so sixteen-year-old Lyra has always been taught. To keep their citizens safe, her colony seals itself into the vaults by day.
Moonwalkers are horrible beasts that feed on the blood of men…at least, that is what Perseus was told. The only sure survival for his people is to lock themselves into their repositories each night.
Both labeled as undesirable by their respective kinds, a fated meeting in the forbidden forest offers Lyra and Perseus an unexpected chance at happiness. If they can overcome their own prejudices and discover the truth about one another before time runs out.
Can the sun-dweller and the moonwalker learn that when reality is distorted by hate and terror sometimes the only thing to truly fear is fear itself?
I will admit it was the cover of this book that first caught my eye. When I read the summary I thought, well that could be interesting. I was not disappointed. This is a very short story and I felt like I had just started it when all of a sudden it was over, but don’t let that fool you. It is very descriptive and you learn a lot about our main characters in a short span of time.
Essentially there are two groups of people, the Sun-Dwellers and the MoonWalkers and each believe the other will kill them. When it is time for one faction to come out the other one seals themselves up in there vault like homes. If you are not back when it is time to seal the vaults you are left outside. Lyra gets left outside when the day comes and that is when she meets Perseus.
I don’t want to say much more or I will give the whole story away, but this is a free short story on Amazon and I enjoyed it. It was well worth the little time it took to read it.
There is nothing inappropriate out this book.