Black Short Monday #14 ~ Transition

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
#3 in this anthology
paranormal fantasy, short story
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Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly. From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.
Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

My thoughts

The beginning of the story is very exciting. The story starts with an excerpt of the end of the story, but the reader can't fix it.
I was excited about this scene and the title "Transition". My head began to run and I pictured a stunning story.

Sebastian lowered the body to the ground in the middle of dirt-and-gravel road in the far back of a graveyard.

"Crossroads matter, Eliana."

He pulled a long, thin blade and slit open the stomach. He reached his whole forearm inside the body. His other hand, the one holding the knife, pressed down on her chest.

"Until this moment, she could recover. But hearts matter. (...) That needs buried in sanctified ground and she needs to be left at crossroad."

Shortly after it I realized that's a story about vampires I was bored. Eliana is a girl who had terrible headaches and some exciting dreams until she was murdered by a vampire and Eliana was reborn as an undead girl. A great beginning, but nothing mindblowing.

Finally, nice to read, but nicer to finish.

BSM is a feature exclusively titled by Stephanie from Books Paradise. Mondays are definitely black. I thought what could I do to make it better. In the last time I consistently read short stroies, novellas or something along those lines and what lends itself better for reviewing those stories as a black monday? - Right, a black Monday!


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