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The Sacrifice: Emotionally-Driven, Poignant Reads

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The Sacrifice

In this collection, meet:

Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

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Short Stories/Contemporary
219 Pages
Publication Date: August 25th, 2016
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3.75Penguins
Quick Reasons: thought-provoking, emotionally-driven reads; each short story explores and imparts a spine-chilling message; the prose is smooth and effective overall; some of the plot lines seemed a bit forced/too tidy

Huge thanks to Estelle (the muse!) for reaching out to me for a review and sending me a free copy of Indrajit Garai’s short story collection in exchange for my honest opinions! This in no way altered my read of or thoughts on this title.

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This collection of short stories is both haunting and emotional. Each plot introduces a complex, thought-provoking moral implication or message, and carefully crafts the story around it to the most heart-wrenching or powerful end. Indrajit Garai plays on his readers emotions throughout this series, leaving them breathless, angry, or hurting in turn. Each story manipulates the heart of readers in a beautifully engaging way, and is bound to leave people thinking long after closing the final page of the book.

I did, however, find a few of the plot points to feel a BIT awkward or forced. It seemed in several places, things happened in a weird or unnecessary order strictly to keep the plot moving and the story rolling, dragging out a situation or event. While this isn’t a bad thing necessarily–several times, these moments led to the more profound and poignant revelations–there were moments I found myself wondering over the realism of said events or situations. Some of them felt, I suppose, a bit fake or unbelievable in the end.

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The prose, however, is smooth and easy to follow, and the characters find their place within these pages. In fact, each character felt uniquely individualized and wholly separate from the rest, and while there were some interactions or reactions that I found myself doubting, they helped to draw me in more fully and immerse me in their stories. I believe the last story, especially, stands out as a favorite in my mind–the trials and tribulations faced and suffered by the characters, the climax and resolution of the plot, all came together in an emotionally powerful and deeply profound way.

While I don’t read many short story collections, I would definitely recommend this to lovers of contemporary fiction, powerful characters, and stories with punch. These emotionally-driven, heart-wrenching reads are bound to open readers up to a variety of different settings and characters…and, hopefully, impart some powerful, poignant messages in the process. Picking this book up isn’t a sacrifice, penguins–maybe you should consider it next time you’re seeking a turbulent read.

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Magical Stories: Cute Stories, Cliche Resolutions

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Magical Stories: A Collection of Short Stories for Children Aged 3-103

A child’s imagination is something that seems to fade away as we age, but this book will keep that fire alive! You and your children will enjoy exploring the depths of pure imagination, fun, and excitement by reading this book. Not only will you enjoy these aspects, but you will also enjoy a priceless bonding experience, as your minds run wild from the stories that are told in this collection!

In this book you will enjoy:

• Letting your imagination run wild
• Large, bright, artistic and colorful chapter pictures
• 10 easy-to-read stories that you will love to share aloud
• A bonding experience that teaches, educates and exercises the mind
• Stories that your children will absolutely love!

Magical Stories is a book that is full of fairy-tales, which are geared for children, age’s four to twelve, but for absolutely everyone to enjoy nonetheless! As society advances with technology, the simplicity of downloading this eBook makes reading easier, and much more relaxing.

You and your child will love reading this collection over and over again, whether it is breakfast time, or bed time. As things like Television and Tablets are consuming family time at a rapid rate, there is no better investment than sharing a priceless collection of stories with each other.

Fun for the whole family!

This is an excellent storybook primarily aimed for children aged 4 – 12 years. Early readers will enjoy the stories read aloud to them. Kids and children can practice their reading skills or have a parent/teacher read it aloud. These special stories include lessons and morals about building confidence, self-esteem, caring, sharing and love.

Story List:
• Dali the Different Little Dragon
• Finding a Fairy
• The Puppet Show
• Tilly the Polka-Dotted Tiger
• Lilly and the Fairy Land
• Timmy the Elf
• Daisy the Dragon
• Thomas and the Mermaid
• Laura the Leprechaun
• The Adventures of William Scott

Fantasy/Paranormal/Children’s Literature
109 Pages
Publication Date:  November 17th, 2016
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Quick Reasons: large array of intriguing characters; some well-handled moral implications; the plots seemed overly simplified and, in a lot of instances, rushed at the end; not much action or adventure; I felt a bit bored overall

Huge thanks to Píaras Ó Cionnaoith for sending me a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

Let’s start with the small things first, yes? There are SO MANY different characters to be found in these stories. I found myself constantly wondering (as I don’t read story titles ahead of time often) what creatures I’d be reading about next, and what sorts of lives they were bound to live. There is a cute sense of “happily ever after” to the resolution of every story, and the prose is whimsical and poetic enough to entrance even the most finicky of young listeners/readers.

Píaras Ó Cionnaoith revisited some of the characters from his collection of poetry, that I reviewed in the last few months of last year. This was both surprising, for me, and delightful–it enabled me to more fully “see” those characters, and better grasp their stories and troubles. I was especially happy to realize I recognized such characters–while a few I wasn’t so sure about, several I knew immediately from their names. It was nice, being able to revisit and rediscover them in this collection.

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There were, however, some things that I wasn’t so impressed with. There was, for instance, a lot of repetition–the narrator would explain something once, only to follow it up with different word choices two or three more times before moving on. The plot also seemed a bit off-pace; the beginnings seemed to take FAR longer than the resolutions, and the resolutions seemed to be in some instances forced or too easily patched up. There was a sense of off-balance throughout, I suppose, and many of the “struggles” faced by the characters were almost too easily resolved or looked beyond. I found myself, due to this, feeling pretty bored with the read overall.

There were also a lot of instances of awkward or weird phrasing. Several times, I found myself struggling to comprehend just what was being said, or needing to add in or substitute words within sentences to understand. While this isn’t a bad thing–these mistakes were minor enough they didn’t hinder my read TOO much–it was a bit confusing, and interrupted the flow of my reading for several seconds at a time.

All told, this probably wasn’t the best fit for me personally. While these are cute, well-written children’s stories that do a great job at subtly promoting lessons like kindness, friendship, and acceptance…I found the pace of the plot to be a bit off-balance, and the resolutions to be almost too easily reached. It was fun, though, to revisit some characters I discovered in Píaras Ó Cionnaoith’s magical poetry collection. I would recommend this to those with young children, lovers of mythical creatures, and happily-ever-after seekers.