Review: Where The Veil Is Thin – An Anthology Series [ARC]

A collection of short stories featuring the fae and other mythical creatures

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I’ve never been a fan of short stories, mostly because they leave me wanting more. But I wanted to discover new authors and this seemed like a good way to do that! All of the stories focus on fairy tales and mythical creatures.

I’ve decided to give my opinions on each of the short stories included in this anthology … so let’s get started!

This book will be counting towards ARC August, hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat and for Trope-ical Readathon, hosted by Jenny @ Jenny’s Review Blog.

Where the Veil Is Thin book cover

Where the Veil Is Thin

by Alana Joli Abbott

Published June 7, 2020 by Outland Entertainment
ISBN: 1947659812

Data from Goodreads

These are not your daughter’s faerie stories…

Around the world, there are tales of creatures that live in mist or shadow, hidden from humans by only the slightest veil. In Where the Veil Is Thin, these creatures step into the light. Some are small and harmless. Some are bizarre mirrors of this world. Some have hidden motives, while others seek justice against humans who have wronged them.

In these pages, you will meet blood-sucking tooth fairies and gentle boo hags, souls who find new shapes after death and changelings seeking a way to fit into either world. You will cross the veil—but be careful that you remember the way back.

The Pros: Stories I Liked

  • See A Fine Lady by Seanan McGuire: Hands down, one of my favourites from this collection. It was quirky and interesting and just crazy enough to be believable. It reminded me a lot of Seanan’s Wayward Children series so I really enjoyed this!
  • Don’t Let Go by Alana Joli Abbott: I remembered this fairy tale from another book, but it was nice to see a more urban version of it. I thought the author did a great job of capturing character personalities and details in such a short amount of time. I was very much invested in this story – and I think I’ve found a new author to binge-read!
  • The Loophole by L. Penelope: I loved reading this one! The introduction of a mythical creature I’m not familiar within an urban fantasy setting worked so well! The story was short but intense and I was sucked in from the start! Great premise, great execution, and another binge-worthy author added to the list!
  • Your Two Better Halves by Carlos Hernandez: This was an interactive story and it was so much fun! Readers could have various different endings, and I enjoyed trying all of them. I only wish I didn’t have an ebook of this one, as it made it difficult to flip back and forth. Overall, a fun read!
  • Old Twelvey Night by Gwendolyn N. Nix: What an interesting concept! I will never look at apple trees the same way again. I fell for the writing, the ambiance, and the characters in this story. Everything was well-developed; I just wanted more! Great unique concept and characters I really connected with!
  • The Storyteller by David Bowles: This was a very sweet and heartwarming tale. It fits perfectly in the scope of a short story, leaving things open-ended for the reader’s imagination.

The Middle: Stories that were Okay

  • Or Perhaps Up by C.S.E. Cooney: This story grew on me, but I didn’t fully understand the worldbuilding or its attempts at speaking about life and death.
  • The Last Home of Master Tranquil Cloud by Minsoo Kang: Interesting story, I liked the feminist themes it had. However, there was a lot of telling vs showing that stopped me from connecting with the characters.
  • The Seal-Woman’s Tale by Alethea Kontis: I would probably have liked this story if it weren’t for the plethora of plot holes. It’s one of my pet peeves and while I can forgive a couple, there were just too many for me to enjoy this story fully.

The Cons: Stories that didn’t work

  • The Tooth Fairies by Glenn Parris; This was a case of wanting more than the story gave. The premise was intriguing, but the characters had no personality to them (except one was annoyingly repetitive). If I had been given just a bit more backstory, something to root for, I would probably have liked it.
  • Glamour by Grey YuenAn interesting interpretation of changeling children, but there was so much unexplained! I needed to understand more to really love this story, and the details just weren’t there. All in all, a confusing read.
  • Take Only Photos by Shanna Swendson: The plot was okay here, but I didn’t like the main character. She was too aloof and I just didn’t care for her – and so, I didn’t care about the story.
  • Summer Skin by Zin E. Rocklyn: Another case of intriguing premise but not enough detail. This was a darker tale than most, and it could have been very creepy. But it needed more of a backstory to hold it up and I was disappointed by that.
  • Colt’s Tooth by Linda Roberston: In this case, the story was too short for me to be invested. Everything happened so quickly and I didn’t feel satisfied with the setup or the conclusion of the tale.

Well, there you have it! A break-down of my thoughts on every single story that was a part of this anthology collection! It was actually a very fun reading experience and I am definitely going to try reading more anthologies from here on out! Overall, I’m giving this 3/5 stars.

Do you like anthologies? What are some of your favourite ones?

Do you recognize any authors from this collection?

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