Friday, January 31, 2014

Stone Prison, by H.M. Ward

Stone Prison (Twisted Tales, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Looking for a quick read that is out of the ordinary? Looking for a helluva shocker? Well here ya go! Warning: it's a little horrific!

Stone Prison, by H.M. Ward is a short "Twisted Tales" story. It's a very dark version of Cinderella. "Twisted" is the correct term to describe this take on the fairytale classic. It's the sad tale of a girl, Ella, locked in a stone tower, held prisoner since she was a babe. I can't write too much about this book without spoiling anything for the future reader so I'll be brief and as vague as possible.

H.M Ward is known for her talent at making her readers feel very strong emotions in a short period of time through her serials and novellas as well as surprising her readers with shocking, unexpected endings. Stone Prison is DEFINITELY no exception to that!!! I had read comments about this book being "freaky" at times. Once I finished the book, I was in shock. I LOVED IT (once I was able to catch my breath and "digest" what had just happened)!!!

Technical stuff: A quick 1 hour read if you take your time. Keywords, tags & genres: Twisted Tales, Short Story, Dark, Gothic, Horror. Fantasy, Romance. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! Although this book has no sexual content, it may be a lot handle for younger readers, especially if you don't like horror.

Author's description:
By NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR H.M. Ward. This new series of novellas have a Gothic feel with a dark twist reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe's famous stories. This dark tale is like the fables of old, with a twist...
While other seventeen-year-old girls are dreaming of marrying the prince, Ella is hoping that she doesn't get caught. Ella is a thief, forced to live that way by the witch who slaughtered her father fifteen years ago. Since that gruesome night, Ella has been locked in a stone prison—kidnapped—with no chance of freedom. No one can escape from the witch. Ever. But this year, everything changes.
Recommended for ages 15 & older. This short story may be too gruesome for younger fans.

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