Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold #BookReview #Giveaway




Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Authors: Brinda Berry, Cate Dean, Jayne A. Knolls, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Theresa DaLayne
(Anthology)
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Young Adult

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?



Anthologies are fun to read because you get a taste of so many different authors. Plus they are short stories and it’s fun to take a break and read something short every once in a while. I think the problem with short stories is that you only have so many pages to pack a punch and make it memorable.

The stories in Lore are based off different types of mythology and legends but giving them a new look. I often like my tales like this to be darker, I felt the stories even though they were dark were kind of light too. I know that might sound a little off. It didn’t bother me though I was okay with them even so. I guess the term I’m looking for is bittersweet.

I enjoyed all of the stories but there were a few that really stood out to me. One of which was The Barricades. I really loved the whole concept of that story, I want it to be a whole book. It was a really great story. I also really enjoyed A Beautiful Morning because it dealt more with immortals/deities. I thought the story was both sweet and sad. It had an essence to it. I also enjoyed Shimmer because it was a fun take on the mermaid legend.

Sunset Moon, The Maker and Between were interesting to me but didn’t stand out as much as the other three. Which happens with Anthologies. That’s what makes them fun.

I think that if you enjoy myths and legend stories this a great book of retellings. I definitely felt the variety could fit multiple taste. I also thought the stories were well written and I liked how they had the mixture of darkness with a little light peeking through.


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I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting us and reviewing LORE! :)

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  2. Great review, Jen! I'm often like you when it comes to wanting darker tales. It does sound like a good collection and I like how it's based on old tales/myths. I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  3. Thank you for hosting us today, Jen! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
    ~Cate

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  4. Thanks so much for the review! We appreciate it. :)

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  5. Thanks so much for having us on your blog. Great review!

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