[ARC] Twisted Dark #1 – 2 by Neil Gibson

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Twisted Dark è una raccolta di racconti – più o meno brevi – dalle atmosfere cupe. I racconti via via contribuiscono a costruire un universo di storie interconnesse per la presenza di elementi o personaggi.

Ogni storia è illustrata da un diverso artista, e questo comporta una disomogeneità di stile complessiva: nelle graphic novel secondo me la trama è importante quanto la resa grafica, e in alcuni casi il trovare il disegno lontano dal mio gusto ha contribuito a non farmi piacere neanche il racconto.

Le storie sono caratterizzati o da temi cupi, o da finali a sorpresa che virano sull’assenza di lieto fine, ne ho apprezzate alcune, ma per la maggior parte non ho trovato la raccolta particolarmente innovativa.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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Twisted Dark is a collection of tales – from short stories to longer forms – with dark atmosphere. The tales contributes in building up a universe where stories are connected by elements or recurring characters.

Each story is illustrated by a different artist, and this makes the collection graphically non homogeneous: concerning graphic novels I think that the drawing are important as the plot, and here sometimes the imagery was quite far from my like corresponded in not liking the story.

The tales have dark and twisted themes, or surprise endings that are not happy. I liked some, but overall I think the collection is not particularly innovative.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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Twisted Dark volume 1 by Neil Gibson ★★☆☆☆½
Twisted Dark volume 2 by Neil Gibson ★★☆☆☆½

 

 

[ARC] Things Withered by Susie Moloney

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The book collects some stories by Susie Moloney, all of them having in common something horror – noir that emerges in the conclusion of each story.

The stories are set in suburbs and in situation of decay, both social – economical and emotional: the main characters are persons unsure of their abilities, of themselves, dishearten and without any perspective for the future.

The stories atmosphere is always dark and emotionally heavy (and depressing), taking the whole collection it seems like all the stories come from the same standard structure (for example the conclusions are quite easy to deduce after reading a couple of stories).

Overall the stories are well written, but, as I said, quite repetitive – not in the plot in se, but in the general structure – and it’s difficult to feel empathy for the characters.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Things Withered by Susie Moloney ★★★

*I read this book in English

[ARC] Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

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Cécile dreams about singing in every theatre of (her) world, she will found herself kidnapped and sold to the troll of the mountain as bride for their prince.
In Trollus (a prise for the creativity) Cécile found herself in an unfriendly place but she start making some friends and the same relation with Tristan – the prince – evolves from indifference to friendship to love.

The trolls are bounded to live under the mountain for a curse made by a witch: their hope was a prophecy about the curse and the marriage between Cécile and Tristan could break the spell; in the meantime Tristan is plotting a revolution against the powerful nobility.

The characters are interesting: Cécile is resourceful girl who does not wait to be saved, while Tristan is less impulsive and willful to provide the best for his people. The binding during the marriage that allows one to feel the emotion of the other one is an innovative element that maybe could be used more.
On the other hand the novel is too long: in a shorter form the events could have been more engaging and the continuous repetition of moral issues about trolls were at the end annoying (it’s good to free them? There will be more wars? Maybe yes / maybe not).

The ending is quite abrupt and leaves space for a following book, this in fact is the first of a trilogy; in the next we will go witch hunting.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen – ★★★☆☆½

*I read this book in English

[ARC] Dragon and Dreams: Bedtime stories by Becca Price

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Delicious collection of modern fairy tales with a classic setup. The first and the second one – the ones I liked the most – have among the characters two adorable dragons; the other tales are nevertheless beautiful; I suggest to read this book, particularly to the people who like this genre.

Thanks to the editor for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Dragon and Dreams: Bedtime stories by Becca Price ★★★★★

*I read this book in English