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Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn't believe in Native American magic--until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacita
Paperback, 283 pages
Published March 2014 by Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC
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*I recieved this book free to read and review. Thanks to Brinda Berry.*

Shimmer: ✮✮✮
This story revolved around the love between a human boy and a mermaid who longs for more than what she has. I loved Cora's feisty spirit and Draven's persistence in wanting to help her. I loved the relationship between them, but I was not too fond of how the book ended. Don't get me wrong, it's not a horrible ending, but I would have preferred if it had ended a different way than how it had ended. Overall, it was
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Review can be found here.

It's so hard for me to review short stories. I'm a reader who loves deep story-lines and complex characters, but novellas/anthologies don't always have either of those two things. And it makes it hard for me to like them. But overall, I really enjoyed Lore!

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars!

A cute, flirty tale of a mermaid and a boy on summer vacation. I liked the two characters a lot, and even though it was a short story, I could still connect with them. Draven is sassy,
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I don't usually read anthologies, but this one is pretty good. :)

Shimmer - This is quite a different take on The Little Mermaid. I wish I could say that I was wowed by the story, but sadly no. It's kind of sad and it left me hanging. I thought it was just normal because of the length of the book, however, once I finished all the other stories, this one just pops into my um-open-ended-ending-sucks list.

Between - THIS IS MY VERY FIRST GIRL X GIRL RELATIONSHIP BOOK. At first it was weird for me,
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
First: Thank you Karen Y. Bynum, for this ecopy you gave me, for an honest review in return!

About Shimmer: I can't remember when I read a story about mermaids. This one was sucking me in the water, I wanted to know why Coral was who she was and what was going on in her mind. I wanted Draven to be happy, because of his broken heart! And I don't say this much either, but I liked the open ending; I can dream about them all over again, with every day another ending ;) haha!

About Between: Another LGT
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked this anthology. All of the stories were delightfully original, but I enjoyed some better than others.

Shimmer: Sweet summer mer-love at its finest.

Between: I really wanted to like this story (especially since the author is originally from North Carolina), but I found it annoying from beginning to end. It was over the top with designer name dropping and mean girls. Plus, she (view spoiler) like it was nothing! Then, to top it all off,
Future Slayer Girl
Lore was quite an interesting read for me, as well as a nice change from a few reading choices I had just made before diving into this. It is more an anthology of fairy tale retellings. I have to say from the opening story to the closing story they were very beautiful and magical retellings. You can go very wrong when you mess with a world created by another genius. It can become a horrible train wreck. But I found that each story in its own way almost improved on the original. The character wer ...more
Cassy Le
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
*I got this book for free in exchange of an honest review*

Honestly, I could only read through the first and the two last stories. The other three were just horribly written and the storyline is flat and plain ; the characters not well developed... I considered stopping the book after the fourth story, as it really bored me, but then I started the fifth one and I loved it, as well as the last story. The idea is fantastic and the characters are interesting :)
All in all, I loved the idea of 6 "mode
Tnt Reviews
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lore is an anthology of short stories. It's an easy and quick read. I enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to read one short story and then be able to put it down between stories. I didn't have the urgent need to finish the book in one sitting which can get me in trouble at times, especially at dinner time.

I enjoyed each story. The only one I had a little trouble understanding was "Between". I just really didn't get that one. I loved
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of short stories, well really myths and tales. Like all books of short stories there were stories I couldn't put down, stories that made me cry, stories that made me think and 1 I couldn't get into, and some that were several of those things. All were well written and i enjoyed the book very much. The publisher gave me the book and I would like to thank them
Laura Roberts
Originally reviewed at Black Heart Magazine:

This collection of myth and magic had me hooked from page one. Which makes sense, as it begins with “Shimmer,” the tale of a girl who can change into a mermaid – and whose family works a fishing boat. Though Coral is misunderstood and hides her changeable nature from everyone, including Draven Manning – a boy her age who rescues her from drowning one night – it’s clear that she’s got a lot more weighing on her m
Becky Stephens
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, fantasy
The cover is initially what drew my attention to this anthology. It is beautifully crafted and hints at the magic inside. With well-written stories and a good editor, this is a nice piece of fiction that will temporarily transport you to worlds filled with magic.

Shimmer: ★★★★
Though not normally a fan of teenage love stories, I was surprised I liked this one. I especially like unexpected take on the physical appearance of mermaids. My heart ached for Coral, who is torn between helping the Mer peo
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
“A beautiful Mourning” is a story in the Lore anthology.

The Ancient Maya civilization is often viewed in modern society as bloodthirsty and cruel. But hidden beneath their common practices of human sacrifice and bloodletting, secret gems of love and altruism can be found.

A Beautiful Mourning is just that—the tale of two middleworld (earth) deities who give up everything for love. The flower goddess, Ishel, (also known as Xochiquetzal) and the sun god, Kinich, take center stage in this prequel to
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR/UF
Recommended to John by: Bewitching Book Tours
***Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a review.***

LORE is an anthology of six short stories based on various myths and mythologies ranging from Native American to Aztec to Hebrew. It’s a bit of an odd mix but they’re all pretty interesting. And unlike Disney, it ain’t always a Happily Ever After ending.

Shimmer by Brinda Berry- a young mermaid struggles to assimilate into the modern world. But does she even want to… especially after meeting a handsome young man? Don’t look for Littl
April Wood
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review @

Shimmer by Brinda Berry

A beautifully told YA love story between a boy named Draven and a mer named Coral. Summer love with a fantasy twist! One of my favorites in the anthology, and a great story to kick off Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold. (5 Stars)

Between, by Karen Y. Bynum

Between was another really good YA/Fantasy story in this anthology. Two teenage lesbian lovers, a butterfly charm that releases a genie, ‘mean girls’, and a whole l
I was in the mood for anthology, so Lore, An Anthology: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold was a great read for me. I like some stories more than the others, but overall it was a nice read and I came out knowing much more about myths and legends.

The first story, Shimmer, is a mermaid story with a twist in the end. It has romantic atmosphere, but the pacing is a bit too slow for my taste. I found the second story, Between, very interesting. It’s a classic high school elite clique story, but the appe
Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy

This was a good anthology and I enjoyed all six of the stories, some to a greater extent than others, but all were fun to read. I'm going to be writing mini reviews for each of the books, just giving a little insight into what I enjoyed and what I felt needed a little more work.

Shimmer 3.5/5 - I enjoyed this story, it wasn't my favourite from the anthology, but it was fun and you can't go wrong with a good mermaid story! It was short and sweet a
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold is a young adult myth/legend and paranormal anthology. It is a collection of 6 short stories. On its' face it looks like it would be right up my alley. I mean, I love myths and mythology! That is so my thing. And if I had picked up this book before I started blogging, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Because before I started blogging, I didn't have very high expectations of
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about nothing more than INSTALOVE. Most of the tales in this anthology suffer from it - considering how short they are - though this one more than the others. It's unclear if the boy and the mermaid ended up together at the end. Which pisses me off because if you're going to use instalove in your story you might as well go ahead and give your readers the happily ever after they're expecting.
It e
Dawn Lennox
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of six folklore re-telling that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

An interesting tale about a youngMermaid and human, I enjoyed the background given to both of the characters, and to how the story concluded.

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

After a summer at a Fat Camp, Lucy returns to a new start at her old school. A necklace given to her from Natasha holds the key to h
Naznin Azeez
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review of A Beautiful Mourning, one of the six stories of Lore.

This is the story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness. The protagonists in this Mayan mythology are Ishel, the goddess of flowers and Kinich, the sun god. Their love is sweet. But Ishel is betrothed to Nacon, the god of War. This story revolves around how Ishel and Kinich fight to be together because Ishel’s father has given his word to Nacon that he will gi
Christina  Torretta
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great anthology! It's such a great way to meet and hopefully fall in love with new authors.

For the most part this anthology lives up to its name. These are all myths and legends that are being told in an updated and more modern way. Immediately I was able to recognize some of the themes, like figuring out that a girl was a mermaid for instance, so these are not really meant to keep you guessing. They are meant for leisurely, enjoyable reading with a twist. What is really interesting is al
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bobbi by: Author
Shimmer - This short story was fun and heartbreaking all at the same time. I love fun mermaid stories.
Between - This short story was fun, maddening, and heartbreaking. The author did a really good job making me feel what the characters were feeling. I do think I would have made better choices with my wishes if it was me though.
Sunset Moon - I have a fascination with dream catchers and the stories behind them, so this book was quite interesting to read with the storyline behind it. Another fun re
Kirsty Vizard
Lore is the first anthology I have read. It is aimed at a young adult audience and contains a very good mix of stories from romance, mystery and thriller, which are connected by the mythical elements in their plots. These traditional tales are not of the Greek or Roman variety, the first societies I connect with the word 'myth', but are stories with Native American, Jewish, Irish and Ancient Mayan background.
I have mixed feelings about Lore, having enjoyed four out of the six stories; Shimmer, S
D.L. Richardson
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall this was a good collection of short stories. Some I liked more than others, but that's typical of an anthology representing different writing styles.

The stories were more like Grimm fairy tales which I have to admit I wasn't expecting so it threw me at the start, and there were times when I wandered what myth was being retold, but then again I'm not a myth expert so I told myself to read the stories and enjoy them for what for they were, and once I got my head into a shifted gear then I
Amber Kendall
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the stories!!

Wow, great books. I love reading about lore and the stories didn't disappoint. I would love to know if the authors have more books like these and if there are any book 2's. Yes they were that good! It's a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales, folklore and just plan fantasy stories. These are great, just disappointed that the stores are over.
william  johnston
Lore renewed

A visit to ancient tales with a new , modern twist to them almost science fiction based on old beliefs.
Ethan Gregory
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full review to come! Still processing all that awesomeness!!
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun, sweet, heart-wrenching and heart-warming short stories with romance and paranormal mixed in.
Jenny Santiago
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love mermaid books can't wait to read
Full disclosure: I received a copy of LORE in exchange for my honest review as part of a promotional blog tour. The following review contains nothing but my honest opinion.

3.5 stars.

LORE is a collection of six stories that are all myths or legends retold. I found all six of the stories entertaining, but realized that, no matter how many times I've tried, short stories and anthologies in general are just not for me. They make me long for more and I often feel the stories are unfinished or not fl
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