Book Review

Book Review: “Hardened Hearts”

I received a digital copy of Hardened Hearts from Theresa Braun, the author of the short story, “Heirloom.”

The Book

Per Amazon:

Product details

File Size: 3876 KB

Print Length: 260 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099597537X

Publisher: Unnerving (December 4, 2017)

Publication Date: December 4, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

About The Book

17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.

Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.

 

FOREWORD – James Newman

“IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WATCH YOU ROT” – Somer Canon

“WHAT IS LOVE?” – Calvin Demmer

“HEIRLOOM” – Theresa Braun

“THE RECLUSE” – John Boden

“40 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MONSTER LOVER” – Gwendolyn Kiste

“DOG TIRED” – Eddie Generous

“THE PINK BALLOON” – Tom Deady

“IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO” – J.L. Knight

“BURNING SAMANTHA” – Scott Hallam

“CONSUMED” – Madhvi Ramani

“CLASS OF 2000” – Robert Dean

“LEARNING TO LOVE” – Jennifer Williams

“BROTHERS” – Leo X. Robertson

“PORCELAIN SKIN” – Laura Blackwell

“THE HEART OF THE ORCHARD” – Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

“MEETING THE PARENTS” – Sarah L. Johnson

“MATCHMAKER” – Meg Elison

Review

I love horror, and when I received Hardened Hearts, it confused me. I take little to love stories; I’m not into romance… But, I am glad I read the book and its twisted stories on love.  The stories suck you in, like the antique mirror in Theresa Braun’s short story, “Heirloom.”

The stories have characters who relate to the readers. Not everyone will like all the stories, but there is a few, you as a reader, will love.  The stories that drew me in were, “40 Ways to Leave Your Monster Lover,” “Heirloom,” and “It Breaks My Heart to Watch You Rot.” The last one is a tear jerker.

Not For Everyone

Hardened Hearts covers many types of love. From being the ‘other woman’ to murder to making love with an arachnid. Heck, you even get transported through time.

Scott Paul Hallam’s “Burning Samantha,” Robert Dean’s “Class of 2000,” and Leo X. Robertson’s “Brothers” represents the LGBTQ community.  “Burning Samantha” is an excellent reflection on society’s reaction to being different. It is also a sad story, unable to be who you are truly meant to be.

Let’s Discuss

Head on over to June’s Book of the Month Discussion: Hardened Hearts to discuss the book. I look forward to reading your views.

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