Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Six Quirky Tales and Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft - 2 ebook Reviews

I received this item in exchange for an honest review. Image and blurb source Tomoson.com

Someone hasn't been sleeping well, so today I'm playing catch up and reviewing two ebooks in one post. The first is a fun book by Rayne Hall, the second is edited by Hall.

Six entertaining, twisted fantasy stories by Rayne Hall.  Stories are suitable for grownups and older children (with parental guidance). Most of the stories are short - this book is a quick read.

The book contains these stories:
Gunda's Garden Gnomes
How the Toilet-Maker's Daughter Became Queen
Scylla and the Pepper Pirates
The Prince Who Came Out of the Plaice
The Water of Truth
The Devil Eats Here. 

Six Quirky Tales is a fun filled, short collection of stories which will provide much entertainment for those with a slightly twisted sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories, with the minor exception of Scylla and the Pepper Pirates. It was interesting and at times humorous, but apparently reading about pirates isn't quite my cup of tea. This story in particular makes me think of The Princess Bride, if Buttercup had run off to find Wesley and things had worked out differently. Gunda's Garden Gnomes, How the Toilet-Maker's Daughter Became Queen and The Prince Who Came out of the Plaice were my favorites in this volume. I absolutely adore Hall's humor and I was not disappointed in the least with these stories. The Devil Eats Here I had read before in her anthology of the same name. Despite a few predictable twists and turns in these stories, I did enjoy it very much and would recommend it to my readers.

Six Quirky Tales Volume 1 is available on Amazon for 99 cents or free for Kindle Unlimited.

Ten exciting, entertaining, thought-proviking witchcraft stories by ten authors.

If you meet a witch, will you know if they're the kind or the evil sort? If you hear about someone practising witchcraft, how do you judge if their magic is real? If rumours spread through your neighbourhood or mass hysteria sweeps through your community, will you be able to keep a clear head? If the only way to solve your problem is by resorting to witchcraft, will you desist or give it a try?

In this book, all the witches are real. They practice different kinds of witchcraft: Traditional, Stregheria, Santeria, Wicca and more. Some are good, some are evil, and others are in between, so beware of jumping to early conclusions.  Ten authors share their visions of witches and witchcraft, and each tells their story in a different writing style.  

The stories are meant for grown-ups and teenagers (PG13). With parental guidance, some may be suitable for younger readers. 


I really enjoyed An Accidental Witch, finding it humorous, with a good touch of romance and also somewhat thought provoking. Alba I found to be long yet interesting, definitely a thought provoking and entertaining piece all on its own. The pricking of My Thumbs is a strange, twisted Shakespearean tale, not exactly my kind of story but well written. The Cat Maiden is a comical, entertaining and fun read with a nice twist.

// something came up and I ran out of time to review the rest of this book. my apologies, will complete it as I can.

Beltane is available on Amazon for 99 cents or for free with Kindle Unlimited.

My thanks to Tomoson.com and Rayne Hall for providing me with these books in exchange for an honest review.

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