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Posted January 12, 2014
Reviewed by Desere
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was one of those anthology’s that just totally blew me away! Each and every story had it’s own unique twist and each author added their very own touch of brilliance!
I am not going to give away anything on this one but I will tell you that you will be swept away be the brilliant Julie Reece in her Heart’s Desire, where we meet Cameron and Tessa. They have been in the throws of passion before but had to let go only to be brought back together by Tessa’s terrible accident. Can they overcome the powers that threatens to tear them apart yet again or will their love be enough? Get ready to shed some tears on this one; I sure did!
Then there is also the wonderful The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian that swept me away to a whole new world and had me feeling like I was inside a tale of the Little Mermaid only with a lot more passion, romance, secrets and a very surprising twist that no on screen undersea romance movie can come close to!
Those are just two of the amazing books in this incredible anthology that really had me entranced and I gained a whole new perspective for the other side of romance (fantasy). I loved how each author gave their own unique ambiance to the book and not one story seemed the same. And yes I do mean not the same which in some anthologies the stories are the same: boy meets girl and they fall in love here and there a little upset and ta-da the end, and it does not really seem like your reading different books but one long book about more than one couple!
I highly recommend this read for every reader out there. It is without a doubt one of the best take me away to another world books of our time!
Favorite Quote: “You’ll retain your legs while in the city.They are for dancing …with me” The tail is for the sea”.
Posted December 1, 2013
Posted December 1, 2013
Posted July 22, 2012
Since each story is so different, it is hard to sum up my thoughts on the entire collection. But by the time I connected to each story and the characters within, it ended, which annoyed me. I’m so used to dealing with full length novels. Here are my thoughts on the individual stories:
Heart’s Desire – This story was pretty straightforward and the ending predictable. I thought the romance was good but too much time was spent on thoughts and very little on what was actually going on. - 4/5
The Sweetest Song – This story had a wicked twist that caught me completely off-guard. Out of all four of the stories, I think this one was the perfect length for the story. Loved it. - 5/5
Pearl of Pau’maa – I tried reading this story at first when I was really tired and I couldn’t figure out what the hell was happening. Second read, I enjoyed it. I love that it had the action that I crave and the best set-up for a complex story. Unfortunately, it had a pretty cheap ending. One sentence short of a cliffhanger. This story needed way more length to tie up all the loose ends. – 3/5
The Undergarden – I thought it was way too sappy for my liking, although I liked the writing style. And the heroine was annoying stupid with her endless questions and stubborn attitude.. – 3/5
Posted June 18, 2012
Heart's Desire by Julie Reece 4.5 Stars
This short story is very moving - loneliness, loss, & love. Ms. Reece portrays them beautifully - brings them alive - so we can experience them with Tessa, the MC.
I don't know about you, but I've always had a dream world I escaped to. A few actually. Tessa wakes from her favorite one to a gut wrenching reality that easily gained my empathy. I longed for her to re-find Cam, just knowing he would ease her heartache. And *spoiler alert!* he does.
Warm fuzzies, folks.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian 4 Stars
I loved Disney's The Little Mermaid, and this story reminded me of it. A voice lost, a love found, The Sweetest Song was just that - sweet.
Otis, the male interest in this story was precious. A great character, fleshed out & believable for so short a story. He heads to his doom for love which any fairy tale / fantasy needs IMO. The 'happily ever after' comes about by two gods, Poseidon and Aphrodite, who act like a couple of modern childish brats. That threw me a smidge. I always imagined the gods to be prim & proper - ancient, lofty, condescending beings.
Overall, a great little story I enjoyed submerging myself in.
Pearl of Pau'maa by Kelly Said 4 Stars
While the whole anthology is fantasy in some way, Ms. Said is by far the most imaginative IMO. While all the stories are of love, this one has that magical element attached - a pearl - which brings the two characters together in dark, watery depths.
I had one major issue with this lovely story, though. Although fantasy, all stories still need that believability factor. One scene lacked that for me. Harmon, the male interest, rescues the lovely lady, Miki, from drowning. Moments later he leaves her treading water to dive down & retrieve her lobster trap. While down there he holds a long conversation w/ his brother, another merman, giving no thought to the weakened woman the pearl led him to. I just felt he'd be anxious to leave her side, or should have taken her to shore first seeing as how she doesn't have a tail, but two human legs. Dunno. Could just be me.
A wonderful little story, though, one NOT to be skipped.
¿The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams 5 Stars
This was by far my favorite story in the anthology. Ms. Adams drew me in and hooked my empathy from the get-go. She created two characters whose story affected me long after I finished reading. LOVE that.
Rarely do stories brim my eyes with unshed tears, but this one did. More than once. I felt Nixie's loneliness, enjoyed her innocence which was portrayed beautifully and consistently. Her journey through life is touching - heart aching, yet warming. Surprisingly, it didn't feel rushed in the least bit.
This story, while fantasy like the rest, far outshone them with that magical feel - that dream-like quality that moved my emotions.
Posted May 31, 2012
I Also Recommend:
Tidal Whispers is an anthology filled with amazing writers and their enchanting sea creature themed short stories. Julie Reece, Claire Gillian, Kelly Said and Jocelyn Adams really prove their writing skills by challenging readers' knowledge of creatures of the sea. These four short stories are nothing short of exquisite and each story has it's own special ability to highlight love in the most unexpected places.
*Heart's Desire by Julie Reece*
Heart's Desire is my first look at Julie Reece's writing, which is absolutely brilliant. She tells Tessa's story with vivid and romantic words that make me feel like I'm walking the sandy beaches right along with her at sunset. Reece is so in tune with building up the scene without directly telling readers what's going on; I never felt like she was just handing the story to me, but allowing my imagination to kick and get the full effect of her words. It seems almost impossible to feel so much love flow out of a short story, but Julie Reece captured my heart with her vulnerable, flawed Tessa and the dark, mysterious man of Tessa's dreams.
*The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian*
The Sweetest Song is the sweetest story of this anthology. Claire Gillian gives readers characters so gentle and determined that it's easier to savor every sweet drop of their triumph. Otis and Circe certainly do not have a normal relationship, but somehow they weather the storm and make the perfect match. Gillian's portrayal of Poseidon is unique and surprising. I've never pictured Poseidon to be a over-indulged first class jerk, but I guess there's a first for everything!
*Pearl of Pau'maa by Kelly Said*
This story kept me on my toes. Pearl of Pau'Maa begins by laying out Miki and Harmon's individual situations. It didn't feel like a romance right from the start until the significance of the Pearl of Pau'maa was revealed and the main characters collided under the rough waters of the sea. There is definitely more action, but once the story rolls to the love and heartfelt expressions it shines along the same theme as the other short stories.
*The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams*
The Undergarden is by far the most heart wrenching of Tidal Whispers. The story progresses from cute to intense as Wyatt and Nixie are introduced at a young age and grow up through confusing times. Jocelyn Adams really knows how to throw down when it comes to story-telling and The Undergarden showcases her talents magnificently. I loved how curious about life and the 'pink ones' Nixie was; it just made certain parts of the story seem more open because of her innocence and sincerity. Adams' short story was completely the right choice to close the anthology!
~Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review~