Purple Wish: A Valentine Fairy Tale and Ravenous both by Lorraine Versini

May 2, 2017 - 9:38 pm No Comments

If you have a spare hour and want to pick up two short stories that are a great read, then these two stories are just what you are looking for.

Purple Wish: A Valentine Fairy Tale by Lorraine Versini
Published on 5th May 2013
32 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Prince Jeffery was a gentle prince, more into poetry and arts than into running the monarchy, but when his older brother went missing he had to step up and learn to be king. One of his father’s final wishes was for Jeffery to find a wife. With mischievous goings on and a mysterious woman, will Jeffery fulfil his father’s wish.
Usually fairy tales are written from the POV of the princess, so this was a pleasant change to read it from the prince’s POV. The fantasy element was hinted at throughout the story and left me intrigued to find out who was causing the accidents. I did feel sorry for Jeffery as he was tied to a life that he did not want to live; however, you could tell he was a man of honour and did not want to upset his father. On his journey into the woods he was a completely different man, and when he met Gwyneth, his true self emerged and you knew he had a hard decision.
With some short stories, they do not feel complete, but the author wrote this story perfectly. The descriptive writing helped you imagine you were following in Jeffery’s shoes. A well written short story that grabbed my attention from page 1.

 

Ravenous by Lorraine Versini
Published on 8th November 2014
29 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

When Bastian’s mom would not wake up, nobody realised what had cause her death. The only sign of death was puncture wounds on her body. It is not until Bastian’s dog is injured do we find out what is causing the damage.
The author had a way of adding tension to a scene that you would not expect to find, especially when Bastian and Nancy took Max for a walk I expected something big and wild to attack them there and then. However, I did not imagine what happened next. For a book that only had 29 pages it was intense and although it is a quick read I could not put it down as I wanted to know what killed Bastian’s mom. The epilogue at the end tied up the story perfectly and it was a nice touch reading where the author got her ideas from. As it was based in France I had no idea of the landscape where the story was set and it was great to read the author’s personal experiences of living there.
A perfectly formed short story that will get your heart racing

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