A wish is made upon a dandelion setting in motion a terrifying series
of events. Lucy, a young lady nearing her 18th birthday, must travel
to the enchanted Dewdrop Forest to find answers before it is too late to stop
her descent into madness.
I’ve always been a big fan of fairy tales and love reading them, so I
was immediately drawn to this book.
Despite the cute, Disneyesque title, this is a fairy tale in the vein
of the original Brothers Grimm, replete with disturbing, often violent scenes.
I was hooked from the beginning. With foreboding, I read of the wish in the
first chapter. The mere appearance of the weed hints at the troubles to come.
The lines between reality and fantasy are blurred and there are cyclic
elements to the story. Plying ethereal language, the author visits the
similarities between such dichotomous duos as love and hate. The prose has a
lyrical quality. I am still pondering the cryptic ending.
Although the book would benefit from tighter editing, I thoroughly
enjoyed it. The Lost Fairytales of the Dewdrop Forest has an inventive plot and
is a well-written, phantasmagoric story.
Linx’s entertaining book introduces children to the concept of school.
The vocabulary in this engaging story about Kitty the Calico’s first day is
geared toward emerging readers. The colorful, detailed illustrations by the
author immediately drew my eye, especially since the main character is a
kitten. This book would make a perfect gift for any child.
In The Month of April, the main character, April Boyd finds out her
mother has died and returns to her hometown with her girlfriend, Abby. Her
mother left instructions to cremate her body, take the ashes to New Orleans,
and scatter them in the river in front of the Jackson Brewery. Inside a box of
personal items, they discover an account April’s mother had written about her
trip to New Orleans the year before April was born.
They read about how April’s mother, Dani met the love of her life in
the Crescent City. The account, entitled “The Month of April,” chronicles the
couple’s brief time together and what transpired afterwards during Dani’s time
in the military.
Though grief-stricken after reading the sad tale, April understands her
mother better and feels closer to her. Caring for her girlfriend and
emotionally moved, Abby encourages April to take steps to bring closure to the
tragedy and together, they investigate the occurrences and right
As a fan of epistolary books, I especially enjoyed the sections of
Dani’s story. The setting descriptions
transported me to a city I’ve briefly visited, but never had the opportunity to
tour. Ard’s admiration of Raymond Carver is evident in his writing. I would
characterize this novella as dirty realism. The sparse, unadorned prose conveys
the author’s meaning succinctly. As a poor, unwed mother, Dani epitomizes the
kind of characters which populate the genre.
I found the dialogue somewhat flat, however, that too, could be
attributed to an aspect of realism. I do
not typically read this style of writing and the fact that I found the first
few pages too compelling not to finish reading the novella says much about this
author’s exceptional writing ability.