{Review} Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

September 10, 2014 Reviews, Young Adult 3 ★★

{Review} Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend RetoldLore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold Pages: 283
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn't believe in Native American magic--until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

YA Review My Thoughts

Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold is a young adult myth/legend and paranormal anthology. It is a collection of 6 short stories. On its’ face it looks like it would be right up my alley. I mean, I love myths and mythology! That is so my thing. And if I had picked up this book before I started blogging, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Because before I started blogging, I didn’t have very high expectations of short stories. I didn’t think you could pack enough detail into the story to make it interesting and to give me a chance to connect with the characters in so few pages. And that was the majority of my problems with Lore. BUT since I have been blogging, I have found some truly awesome and amazing anthologies. Anthologies where I am in awe, and asking how on earth did the author do that in 70-100 pages?? or even less. And because I have now seen the anthology light, I was disappointed in Lore.

There were two stories that did enjoy- The Maker and The Barricades. I found them to be fun and interesting, but the other four stories I was disinterested in…at best. Some I flat out did not enjoy. The Maker is the 4th story and The Barricades is the 6th one. Check those out if you have the book. I don’t want single out any of the other stories or fault the authors because I feel like short stories are a different kind of beast than full length novels. So I still want to see what each of the authors can do with a full length book.

The Maker is a story about a gollum…hello how cool is that?? And the Barricades is about the Fae, and I love me some Fae. (on a side note, I am really digging the fae at the moment…does anyone know of a good new adult Fae book, please let me know!) If you love anthologies and YA myth and fantasy, I hope Lore works out for you. It just didn’t do it for me. But I did find two new short stories that I enjoyed so that is positive.

But Don’t just take my word for it!

Check out these reviews from readers that loved LORE!
Book a holic faeries gave it 5 stars
Black Heart Magazine gave it 5 stars


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3 Responses to “{Review} Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold”

  1. kindlemom1

    Yikes, I will definitely be avoiding this one. I can tell by your review that I wouldn’t like it anymore than you did.

    Thank you for the wonderful honest review!!

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