Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Casket of Stars~Julia Debski | Review

Title: Casket of Stars
Author: Julia Debski
Genre: Poetry and Short Stories
Length: 62 Pages
Publication: August 2014
My Rating: 3/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, that is a pretty cool cover, don't you think? Stars with a coffin outlined. Very nice imagery. And now, to get to the real question at hand. What did I think? Continue reading to find out.

This little novella contains two short stories and several poems on various topics. The first short story is centered around a young woman who is talking about her family and her favorite relatives as everyone gathers for a family reunion. I found this short story very interesting, but lacking in enough detail to make it as interesting as it might have otherwise been. 

The second short story focused around mother who is trying to deal with the loss of her twenty something daughter. The mother is desperate to find out what the last words were that her daughter spoke or wrote. This one was not as compelling as the first short story, but was still rather enjoyable. 

The poems were on a variety of topics, mostly centered around life and love and acceptance. At least, that's what I felt. They were alright, but lacked a strong emotional connection and flow.

Overall this was an enjoyable quick read. With more polishing I think that Debski will be able to hone her skill and be a very good author. Being somewhat of a poet myself I know that it can be difficult to get phrasing and flow at times. This is where this collection falls short. There needs to be more natural flow through the short stories as well as the poems. 

Until next time, my friends.


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