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Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology

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by Larissa Hinton

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An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to


An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

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Larissa Hinton
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Short Story and Poetry Collection , #2
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Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well the reviews were very interesting. Mostly every body said it was a good book. Of course i believe them. From what the reviews say this book doesnt deserve less tha a 4. I would have given this book a 3. Its not the story that i didnt like, the summary seems very interesting, i havent gotten the book so i decided to read the sample, thats what disapointed me. The sample was only eighteen pages and i didnt get a glimpse of the story.
Madley93 More than 1 year ago
A mix of poetry and prose; blended together perfectly, with a smooth flow from beginning to end, back to the beginning, and through the book again. “Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology” by Larissa Hinton has become one of my favourite books of poetry. Even some of the prose has poetic elements. I had received the eBook from Larissa, in exchange for an impartial review. But just a few poems and stories into the book, I knew I needed to hold this book in my hand! So, I ordered the paperback version, and finished the book that way. In the introduction, Hinton speaks of the order of the book, compared to the non-linear scope of her writings. Beginning with ‘Seed” – some of Hinton’s earliest work; moving into ‘Bud’, then ‘Blossom’, the reader can visualize some of the flow of Hinton’s writing. The Goodreads synopsis, which I show above, says that the book highlights three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed. That held true for me. When I reached the final poem, the writing that ended the book, I instantly flipped back to the ‘Seed’ beginning poem; I had the desire to see again how it all began. After my second read through, I took extra time reading pieces that touched some unknown place in my heart, and have gone back to individual pieces since that time. The book contains some of Hinton’s favourite pieces, and some writing that was among her most challenging work. The flow of the book was not strictly an upward incline; the reader will find some of the author’s earlier writings more appealing than those in the ‘Blossom’ section. I believe this is highly influenced by personal preference, rather than author driven. The skill of the author in the use of words is evident. One of the poems that caught my attention is titled: “Sprout”; and is the first poem in the ‘budding’ section of the book. The last three lines read: ‘from bud to blossom – this is the beginning – of the end’. I first read these lines in dismay, a feeling of sadness coming over me, the feeling that death is everywhere. Later reading sparked feelings of youth, that feeling we all experience as we spread our wings, and begin to live fully as an adult, having moved from the child stage – the seedling stage. The mix of poetry and prose gives this book the feeling of a story, with a beginning and an end. There were times that I forgot I was reading individual writings, and saw the sequence as planned – planned from the start. The sequence for the book was clearly planned, but the writing of individual pieces did not have the same sequence. I saw this as a strength of the book itself. As an anthology of poetry and prose, I do recommend the reading of Larissa Hinton’s “Everblossom”. With its variety of writing styles, as well as Larissa’s ability to cross genres seamlessly, it will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf. Enjoy!
TylerRosexD More than 1 year ago
Well... As an English student, I thought I'd be bored of poetry... And I honestly am... However this book mixed poetry and short stories and it seemed to work well! I enjoyed reading it, though I read it last night as I haven't been feeling well as of late. I'm not entirely sure what my first immediate thoughts of the book were, but after having time to think about it, I'm not truly impressed. I was hoping for something else... Not sure what, but I was kind of let down. I'd read good reviews on smashwords and some not so good reviews, but all (of the bad ones) simply stated that the book wasn't for them so I figured the book itself was good, just not everyone's cup of tea. I found this to be my issue as well... Some of the short stories could have easily been turned into full books, or at least have been extended. The poems were amazing also. It just wasn't what I was looking for whilst ill. Maybe I'll pick it up again and read it some other day? Maybe when I'm feeling better?... I received this kindle version from the author in exchange for an honest review!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There’s a breathless, unpolished feel to the writing in Larissa Hinton’s short stories and poems, as if the author couldn’t wait to release the words. The mix of poetry and story is nicely laid out, following a blossom from bud to flower to seed, and following characters and places with introductions to the author’s novels. There’s a land of wishful thinking where “bam, like Disney said it would happen, it really happened” characterizes the results of idle thought. And there’s a school for characters who delightfully hide more than the usual teen angst—indeed, my favorite story, Changes, takes place in that school. But there are oddities of language that left me with unintended smiles, perhaps my age and my English background battling against the nuances of American freedom and teenspeak. Long passages of dialog slow the reader down in short stories, while short lines of staccato teen angst, high school language and nature, college bills and English Major Blues, characterize the free-form poetry. The whole is a fairly slow read, surprising for such short pieces. Youthful exuberance is enhanced by loosely formed sentences and contemporary vocabulary, but the collection's probably not recommended for readers who might find such things offensive or distracting. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this collection from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
This was a fresh and fun poetry and short story anthology that I had the treat to read and review. It is set up in three stages: Seed, Bud, and Blossom. These stages coincide not only with flowers but with our own lives, and Ms. Hinton does a nice job of letting us see this as soon as the collection starts. In many anthologies like this one, the main issue is that there is no interconnecting plot weaving through it; no pattern that makes us feel like we are reading an actual book. This one, however, manages to accomplish that very well. The stories are the best part about the book. They are short yet not “fluffy”, but instead pack a serious punch of imagination. For me “Crash and Burn” was the best story, providing a nice view into the troubled lives of beginning love. Succinct and full of meaning. The poems didn’t fare quite as well with me as the stories. The majority of them were too simple, containing too little of the rich imagery which I prefer in poetry. To me, this was the collection’s weaker point. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something a little different, a little lighter to read.
Rhee More than 1 year ago
Everblossom is definitely not a book that I would pick up and start reading if I saw it in a book store. It's not because the premise is bad (I don't think you can go bad with poems and short stories), but because poems and short stories aren't usually books that drag me in, unless they are a cohesive collection that ebbs and flows from one to the next. Overall, reading Everblossom was an interesting experience, and I did enjoy each poem and short story on its own, but I really didn't see this as anything close to an anthology. Every time that I read a new poem or a new short story, I felt like someone had thrown me out of what I had just gotten comfortable in, and the WSV poems were just really rather annoying to me. They had to be my least favourite out of the entire book, but they weren't terrible. I just couldn't find flow in them, and that really bothered me. Aside from the disjointed way that the book went, I did enjoy the characters and I definitely enjoyed the poems. I can't pick a favourite short story, but I know for a fact that the Rainbow poem was my favourite. It touched home with me, which was something that I greatly appreciated. I would recommend that whoever is considering reading this anthology actually read it for the experience of opening yourself up to a new set of poems and short stories that you had yet to experience, especially since the paranormal aspect of them is a really fun aspect. I did enjoy reading this, and I would consider reading it again sometime in the future.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Being the fan of poetry I am, I had to at least take a look at this anthology. It has an out of the ordinary approach (poetry to short story back to poetry) that can easily throw one off. Particularly the beginning might make the reader question what the author is getting at considering how simple the writing appears. When the story progresses, however, the childishness of the start makes perfect sense. This is a story of growth, after all. The poetry in between short stories set the mood right. It consisted of numerous one word lines that culminated into one poem. The minimalism might cause a reader may mistakenly think it’s too effortless to be poetry. When you look at the whole poem, how the words tie into each other, everything comes full circle to the beginning. I really liked that. The short stories were appealing, but I didn’t get as much out of them as I did out of the poetry. There were elements of a paranormal nature threaded in and out that made them interesting though. I have to say, I am glad I read Everblossom. Larissa Hinton’s voice combines her words into poems that convey the human emotion. It is a short read but it has a fascinating charm that makes you appreciate life in a new way. My Rating: Pretty Good: Stay up until your bedtime
Sherre More than 1 year ago
I normally avoid posting bad reviews, but in this case, the author who requested the review requested that I post the review despite my hard feelings. I had many high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis, and I felt I was completely let down. I would like to point out though that, although I did not like this book, I did read many good reviews which lead me to believe this book just wasn't for me. Everblossom was told through a series of poems and short stories relating to the growth of a flower. I love poetry, and although I thought this poetry was interesting, it just seemed elementary (again, in my opinion). There were none I actually liked. The short stories were somewhat better although not much. They all seemed too short and rushed. I couldn't get into any of the stories and as soon as I felt an inkling of interest, the story ended and my interest dissipated. At 61 pages, I was sure that the author could have added something that would have made the book more interesting. It seemed as if it was written in a short amount of time. As my encounter with a book by Larissa Hinton, I was disappointed to read the others. There were plenty of stories that had the potential to be wonderful books but they were too short here for me. I give this book 1 star, for the potential of what it could have been had the stories been a bit longer. Remember, this is my opinion, you may feel differently.
FictionalDistraction More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 3.0 / 5 First thoughts: This anthology is different. At some points it's a little bit macabre and makes you wince, at some points it's sad and then again it makes you smile. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this, but I was definitely surprised. If you're looking for a short book to distract you from heavier reads, you should pick this up. More detailed: Everblossom is a quite short anthology and therefore a very fast and easy read. It's a mixture of short stories and poems, which is the reason why I was immediately intrigued by this. In my opinion, anthologies are great books to pull yourself together after a heartbreaking read and prepare yourself for the next longer novel. And Everblossom definitely made this possible. When I started reading this, I was especially looking forward to the poetry since it's been a long while since I've read a few poems. But in the end I turned out to like the short stories a lot better. My favorite short story is Changes whose characters and their secrets immediately intrigued me. I would love to read more about them! What I was missing is a real connection between the individual parts. Every short story and poem by itself is intriguing, but the transitions from one story/poem to another weren't very smooth. I'm not sure though whether it's because of the very short length of the individual works or whether a different order would have done the trick. Like I've mentioned above, this anthology can be a little bit creepy and macabre at certain points, which Larissa Hinton already points out in her introduction. I really enjoyed these parts, but I would recommend this for an older audience. All in all, Everblossom is an intriguing and easy read which I definitely enjoyed. --- I received an eCopy of this anthology from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
mysunshine281 More than 1 year ago
Everblossom: A Short Story and Poem Anthology by Larissa Hinton is a captivating series of literary works that take you through the life cycle of the flower of life. The collection is separated into three parts of the cycle: Seed, Bud and Blossom. It also shows the progression and fine-tuning of Hinton’s writing craft. Seed shares Hinton’s early poetry and short stories. The first poem, Seed to Seed to Seed, is a poem that shows how the rest of the collection proceeds. It is a poem that describes how the cycle of the flower is the cycle of life and, essentially, the cycle of her anthology. In the Beginning, There were Fairy Tales is a playful short story where one man’s imagination is the limit. It is a short story that illustrates an early beginning of Hinton’s creativity and writing ability and toward the end of the story, the knowledge of a reality and the acceptance of an end. This short story has also paved the way for Hinton’s unreleased work titled, Iwishacana. Bud, the second part of the literary piece, is the rising star in the collection. In Bud the reader’s view is transformed into the growth and development stages of life. The short story Crash and Burn relives the coming of age changing view of the opposite sex, where a life-long friend becomes a romantic interest and a mess of confusion of emotions. Hinton cleverly wraps up the intrigue of attraction in Sideways Glance and delivers the wonders and playfulness in flirtatious tactics. Forget is the beginning of the times we all miss our youth and the easiness and blissfulness that was ignorance. Forget reminds us of when that first pain of loss hit our hearts. Hinton turns the revelation into something more interesting by adding a paranormal component. The next few works are paranormal in nature and is especially tantalizing when short story Family Reunion gives an age-old tradition a sinister zombie twist. Lastly there is Blossom, the third and final part. In Blossom Hinton uses poems like Bills, Bills, Bills and English Major Dues to show the stresses and responsibilities of adulthood. Using short stories such Transcend, Hinton captures death and bottles it with a paranormal stopper. This is the ending of the life cycle and the writing represented shows how Hinton’s writing abilities have progressed. The entire work has a continuation poetry titled Words Speak Volumes, which are weaved decisively in and out of the collection, like vines up white lattice. Hinton’s WSVs are perhaps the most valuable poems in the series. Hinton strings together single words and short phrases to piece together large murals of childhood, adulthood and aging in a fun and wonderful perspective. Everblossom: A Short Story and Poem Anthology by Larissa Hinton is sure to be an enjoyable read for ages twelve and up. Thank you for taking the time to read! Have an amazing evening. A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero
recupefashion More than 1 year ago
When I first received this electronic book, I was very intrigued upon reading it. Everblossom is an anthology that goes through life in three stages. Bud, blossom and seed. The title and description was very alluring to me. I have never been really fond of poetry and thought that this would be a very good opportunity to start. I was surprised to enjoy Larissa's poetry, she knows how to play with words. As for the short stories, I was found to be left on my appetite most of the time. Wishing that the stories would last longer, maybe she would be better suited to do novels or novellas better then short stories. But don't get me wrong, she is a talented writer. But this anthology just did not deliver what it said it would for me. So I give it a 2 stars on 5.
Bookshelf_Confessions More than 1 year ago
I am not so in with anthologies, but this one changes my opinion about it. I love each of it, but I especially love those poems who could say a lot and would make you think,¿ yeah, that¿s right¿, and I like the short stories being presented. I agree with the author that words held powers, she herself showed that one could paint with words and words are art. I believe this author has a gift for short stories and she should pursue it. I like the stories a lot, it keeps me anticipating and figuring out how she would end the story. But, I guess, she might like the idea to make it longer, because from my own experience, I¿m liking the story and then it just ends. It¿s just that I wish for her stories to be turned into novellas. Each of it would make a good plot and definitely a good read, if we say so. And I¿d like to appreciate that in such short words she could say a lot, the characters are defined and the gist is well-delivered. She writes vividly or if not vividly, the words would transport you to what she wants to convey. It¿s well-written and the anthologies are weighed thoroughly to be able to be part of this book. Such a nice read, and I would watch out for this author.:)
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