Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Two Short Stories

The Princess and the Pauper by Monica Murray
Genre: Traditional, All Ages
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I liked this version of "The Prince and the Pauper", told from the perspective of a princess instead of a prince. The characters were believable. I was definitely unprepared for the way this story ended. The author threw a twist in that in my opinion was great. My only complaints were the constant descriptions about what Summer and Autumn were wearing. Often I found I was confused about who was whom. Overall this is a great and original retelling of a traditional tale. This is one I would definitely recommend.




Thicker Than Water by Clink Roslam

Genre: Contemporary Short Story
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This was a great short story. The life of two boys, brothers take different paths as they grow up. One is constantly in some form of trouble. He fights at school and at home to protect his younger brother. After spending a little over a year in rehab for a heroin addiction, the older brother returns.  His first stop is to see his mother. His second stop is at the secret spot only he and his younger brother share. But, as the younger brother discovers, sometimes things go too deep to be repaired.  He accepts this as easily as he breathes.  This story is woven together nicely and is one I love for the emotions it brings to the surface.  I would read many more short stories by this author and hope to see more from him.

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