Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology

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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.

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.

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Published: Aug. 11, 2011
Words: 12,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465976932
About Larissa Hinton

The young adult fantasy and paranormal romance author, Larissa Hinton, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia. She now lives in northern Virginia, but she always looks forward to going back to the sweet smell of the salty ocean.

Larissa has always loved writing since the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since. After many years of writing whimsical tales of romance and fantasy, she is now proud to be a self-published author. When she's not writing, she's teaching English at a local middle school.

When seen out of the classroom, Larissa is shopping for the next great Wii game, searching for undiscovered treasure (a.k.a. sparkly jewelry) and plucking some fresh fruits (or vegetables, dependent on the year) out of her small garden.

Larissa Hinton is currently author of Everblossom: A Short Story and poetry Anthology. However, be on the lookout for Angel Diaries (a paranormal romance) and Everblossom 2: A Second Anthology of Short Stories and Poems!

If you want to know more about this author and her sarcasm, then check out her website at: http://www.larissahinton.com/

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Reviews

Review by: Tyler-Rose Neath on Feb. 25, 2012 : star star star
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!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Feb. 13, 2012 : star star star
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Sankiewicz on Jan. 21, 2012 : star star star
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
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sherre Leach on Jan. 12, 2012 : star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sherre Leach on Jan. 12, 2012 : star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carina (Fictional Distraction) on Jan. 06, 2012 : star star star
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.

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I received an eCopy of this anthology from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Ruff on Dec. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
I am glad that I read Everblossum: The Short story and Anthology by Larissa Hinton! The reviewers below did an awesome job explaining the book! I haven't read poetry before and this book stretched my reading pleasure and opened the door for me to go outside of my little box of the typical books that I usually read! I hope that you take the time to check this author's book out and I will be adding her to my future reads list!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Zoe Crook on Nov. 15, 2011 : (no rating)
I adored this anthology; it has everything I want in a story. Gripping storylines, memorable characters, convincing romance and beautiful writing. I didn't know this collection of poetry and stories would be so good - but I hope my review convinces you to read it so you don't hesitate like I did!

Every one of the stories had the potential to be turned into a proper book - every single one of them. When it finished, I wanted more! I was genuinely upset when the whole collection ended and the bar at the bottom of my kindle said 100%. The stories didn't feel uncompleted or anything, but they left on good cliffhangers that made me think "Is that the end? Nooooo!"

The poetry is beautiful. There is only about six poems, but they are all unique and nicely paced in their own way. There are also a few different versions of the same poem called 'Words Speak Volumes' and it is basically a random word on each line. Well, not totally random. I noticed that each word related to the one above it. It had me thinking and reading it for ages - the author is a genius!

It was a good, fast read. I read it in one sitting, hooked. After reading a big heavy read, it was nice to have a light collection of easy stories to read. I recommend this to all different kinds of people, as most of the stories are made up of different genres. There are some disturbing things that may upset others however - like a gruesome part about eating humans. Basically, somebody just pulled an arm out of there pocket and started nibbling it (I am not sure if this is a comedy or horror.... both I think....)! Don't expect too much of it, as it is only approximately 70-80 pages, but I really enjoyed it so I do think - if you have an ereader - you should read it. Dear Larissa Hinton, is there any chance for Everblossom 2?!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Zoe Crook on Nov. 15, 2011 : (no rating)
I adored this anthology; it has everything I want in a story. Gripping storylines, memorable characters, convincing romance and beautiful writing. I didn't know this collection of poetry and stories would be so good - but I hope my review convinces you to read it so you don't hesitate like I did!

Every one of the stories had the potential to be turned into a proper book - every single one of them. When it finished, I wanted more! I was genuinely upset when the whole collection ended and the bar at the bottom of my kindle said 100%. The stories didn't feel uncompleted or anything, but they left on good cliffhangers that made me think "Is that the end? Nooooo!"

The poetry is beautiful. There is only about six poems, but they are all unique and nicely paced in their own way. There are also a few different versions of the same poem called 'Words Speak Volumes' and it is basically a random word on each line. Well, not totally random. I noticed that each word related to the one above it. It had me thinking and reading it for ages - the author is a genius!

It was a good, fast read. I read it in one sitting, hooked. After reading a big heavy read, it was nice to have a light collection of easy stories to read. I recommend this to all different kinds of people, as most of the stories are made up of different genres. There are some disturbing things that may upset others however - like a gruesome part about eating humans. Basically, somebody just pulled an arm out of there pocket and started nibbling it (I am not sure if this is a comedy or horror.... both I think....)! Don't expect too much of it, as it is only approximately 70-80 pages, but I really enjoyed it so I do think - if you have an ereader - you should read it. Dear Larissa Hinton, is there any chance for Everblossom 2?!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: David P on Nov. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
Everblossom by Larissa Hinton, is a short story and poetry anthology (collection of works). Some such stories are sad, some are magical, while others cause intrigue. But the main theme I noticed was life stages.

Expressions of life through poetry and stories that express troubles some of us may have experienced throughout our life. The scenarios written within range from being bullied at school, losing a child, and the need to cope with being something not quite normal.

The Good

1.Decent poetry. I'm not one who reads poetry often but I can recognize a good poem when I read one. ( The One to Fear is a great one)

2.Some short stories could definitely be turned into full blown books.

3.Hints of magic and mystery such as dreams becoming reality, visions of death, fairies, and immortals who eat humans.

4.Leaves you wanting more. I still want to know what's next in some of them!

5.Some stories could trigger some strong emotions in some readers. (Good and bad thing depending on the person)

6.Quick read.

The Bad

1.I think that this is not for people under 16 due to some stories that involve the death of a child after birth. Definitely not for the weak of heart.

But don't let that last bit dissuade you. It's a great read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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