But the story does change its focus, as Tiff's grandmother gives her the challenge of reading a crystal ball and telling fortunes at the carnival. Tiff doesn't feel she has any real talent, and feels bad to be faking the visitors of...more
She's about to find out how different she is.
This is quite possibly the lamest novella I have ever read.
It's laughable, it's eyeroll inducing, it's... memorable.
I found the MC to be so annoying and full of herself.
Allow me to write down some quotes that show how classy she is:
"I stretch my arms over my head and arch my back, just to give the boys something to look at."
In this short story we meet Tiff, a girl who was shipped off to live with her grandmother after she hit puberty at the age of 16. She likes the attention she's started to get from guys and enjoys flirting back, but we also learn that she's a family girl. Without much complaint, she accept taking over as fortune teller for the night at a festivel. She meets three groups of people and makes a fool of herself on...more
Tiffany works at a carnival. Her grandmother is a fortune teller and she's leaving Tiffany on her to discover what she's capable of. Of course, fortune telling may not be the only thing in Tiffany's future. Well this one was rather a let down. Of course, I wasn't expecting much from something so short, but this one was just... weird. I don't mean the concept was weird. No the writing was completely weird. It felt stilled and forced. Just off. It made th...more
This is a short story, but it seems like it was pulled out of a larger work, like it was either a sequel (or a "1.5 in a series" type of deal) or the first chapters of a new ser...more
Because the story is so short the characters really aren't developed well where you get to connect with any of them. They are developed enough to understand the story all right. The plot and flow of the story were...more
Could this have been drawn out into a longer story? Maybe, but I don’t think it would work as a full blown novel. Do I think this character will show up in another boo...more
Since I haven't read Ms Smith's other books, there were a few references that didn't make sense but overall I had no trouble following the story. I didn't really get a feel for Tiffany and Tiffany's grandmother and Tiff's love interest Trevor were even less developed. I think this would have worked better as a prologue or opening chapter to a bo...more
It is annoyingly disappointing, as are quite a few of this authors short stories. They are written purely and simply to promote the longer novels, which is fine, but I have to wonder why they are given so little attention. She comes up with quite interesting concepts and then just gives up half way through. Sort of like making a pie and forgetting to bake it.
This warrants more like 2.5 stars instead of three.
I do think if the author wants to entice readership to try...more
This was a short, very fast read. The voice of the main character was easy to read which was a relief since the entire short story was in her first person POV. The twist in the story surprised me but that was partially because I wasn't really thinking about how the title related to the story. I don't understand the capitalizing of the word cat. The ending was rather abrupt and left unanswered questions. I am interested in seeing more of this world.
Maybe it's the paranormal aspect, but I really liked this story.
Because of that, I will continue to read them.
JINGLE DANCER, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, (Morrow / Harper-Collins, 2000)(ages 4-up) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, runner-up for the Western Writers Association Storyteller Award, a...more