olena protsiv

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  • An Honest Mistake: A Humor Tale on Jan. 23, 2013

    I haven't read a short story in a long time and when I saw this on Library Thing, I thought I'd give it a try to see where it goes. It sounded entertaining as well as a fun read. I did not enjoy this short story at all. It was listed as humour, however, there weren't that many funny parts there. I think that this story has a lot of potential, but it needs to be revised and it would be a good story. The writing style does take away from the story and it was a struggle to continue. One of the things that really bogged down the story was the descriptions at the beginning and throughout the story. It just came out as details, and not as details that added to the story to make it more interesting. The plot concept was interesting, however, there needs to be more action involved. It just seemed as though there were a lot of details and before you blinked the story was finished. The story left a lot of things unanswered and it made me, the reader, unsatisfied. I received this book free from the author to review from Library Thing Member Giveaway.
  • Burn: A Short Romance Story on Jan. 23, 2013

    I received this free from the author on Library Thing Member Giveaway. Wow! This was quite a dark story. The first half of the story made it seem like it was going to go one way but then it switched and became something dark and obsessive. It's a star-crossed lovers type of novella. Penny falls for a guy, Matthew, in her junior year of university and believes that it is love at first sight. Unfortunately, he doesn't feel the same way and she ends up moping until her senior year, before moving on with her life. Just when she is over and done with him, things start to twist in a dark way and strange things start to happen. Love and obsession go hand in hand, and sometimes it doesn't end up as you think it will. The author did a great job in making this a fast pace novella. Right from the start I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next to both Penny and Matthew. There was some character development and we were able to get to know them a bit. The ending had quite a big twist that came out of nowhere and left me thinking 'where did that come from?' It was quite a shocker! The plot twists were entertaining in this novella and kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall it was a great, short, yet entertaining read.