Thanks to my beautiful friend (and editor) Ashley Carlson I was able to read a copy of this book for free. I've decided to review each short story individually because each story deserves it's own place on my page. They could all have easily been a short story by themselves but as an anthology they represent something more which I love.
Blurb: (It Begins Here)
Beginnings. Life is full of them, whether in a steampunk universe, the balmy mountains of India in the 1900s, a stark hospital room in which love is the only survivor, or a laughter-filled playground where dark secrets linger. In this anthology, seven female up-and-coming authors have joined together to detail their visions of what a meaningful beginning contains—romance, death, supernatural abilities, courage, but most of all ... change.
This story confused me a lot when I started reading it. I'm not sure if it was because I tried to read and consume the story quickly or whether I'm just ridiculous at figuring things out but by the end I was like "Oh I get it now".
I loved how the story started. Definitely a hook to make anyone want to continue reading. You don't get a feel for the character until the second paragraph that we are told Ness is only a child and she was playing on a climbing frame and she hits her head. After this we are taken on a journey through Ness's life, experiencing ups and downs from her perfectionist mother.
As a beginning to Lilly's novel Smoke and Monsters I am incredibly excited to finally get my hands on a copy. Ness's ability is definitely something that I think can be developed as she gets older. Kinda has a Ghost Whisperer vibe to it which makes me scared and intrigued at the same time.
Lilly is definitely a very talented writer.