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In the Dark Corner, I Stood Alone

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Heavily inspired by folktales and fairy tales, this short story collection explores the lives of women who find themselves in unfortunate and strange situations. In these five stories, youll meet mothers, daughters, friends, lovers, librarians, queens, witches, and other supernatural beings from the tales of old. ...more
Kindle Edition, 55 pages
Published July 6th 2018 (first published 2018)
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Martin Mares
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, specifically, two weeks ago, I had dived into this collection of short stories during one of my autumn meantime cranberry teas. So, allow me to express my thoughts on this book and share my review.

A book written by Petra Pavlikova and illustrated by Anastasia Telegina is an inventive, competent and very interesting take on modern fairytales with a good pinch of mythological creatures. It takes much of its themes and tones from classic Slavic and, to some extent, Scandinavian
Lada Bartova
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so i got this book in my mail the other day and read it in one sitting.
it's a small collection of short stories about some pretty amazing women - it's great to have characters you identify with.
the illustrations are beautiful and magical, they fit the stories really well and remind me of books i read as a kid, books about fairies, flowers and adventures.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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"At that moment I understood: this was what I wanted. To live as I pleased, not as I was supposed to.

I was pretty excited to read this collection after reading the synopsis and all the praise for this book on Goodreads, Im always on the lookout for indie gems and absolutely love short stories. While this book was certainly a quick read, I dont feel like I particularly liked any of the stories included, and thats pretty rare as Im usually able
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Dark Corner, I Stood Alone was written by Petra Pavlikova and illustrated by Anastasia Telegina. The first thing that you need to realize about this fictional book is that it is not just one story; it is actually four separate stories. Although these stories are not any that I am familiar with, they remind me of a cross between mythological stories and folklore. Each story was carefully told and if you read it close enough you learned an important lesson.
The first story is titled Val The
Katie Noakes
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Dark Corner I Stood is an outstanding contribution to the world of fiction. Petra Pavlikova provides a book full of short stories that are heavily inspired by folktales and fairy tales. The author provides five short story novels which explore the lives of women and their roles within society. All five stories are packed full of emotion, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration that really dives into the world of women and stressful situations that they face. Pavlikovas emotional storytelling ...more
Rachel Smith
Sep 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's kind of a shame when the author doesn't understand a concept they have in their stories, and that's the biggest problem I have with this collection. Baba Yaga says that not all people are heroes and villains and that things are more ambiguous, yet the characters of every story in this collection are unambiguous and lack all nuance. All the men are bad guys and the female heroines are their hapless victims until they run away. It's a remarkably adolescent voice, and I wonder if the author is ...more
Ruth Woodman York
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free Kindle copy of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads. It was enjoyable. It consisted of individual separate tales that I would consider a melding of fairytales, mythology and folklore. It was a nice, short, quick read. The writing is nice. I wouldn't mind reading longer, individual stories from the author. The illustrator created some beautiful pictures to go with the various tales.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collective of short stories that inflicts emotions of whoever reads this book. Each story talks about a moment in a womans life and going through the stages of growing pains. Its sad to witness the troubles faced, the people who hurt her, and overall strength to keep going. In In the Dark Corner, I Stood Alone, author Petra Pavlikova shares stories about what certain unfortunate experiences some women have been through and does an amazing job at articulating how each character handles ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stood alone in a dark corner. My imagination ran wild.
In the Dark Corner, I stood Alone is a collection of short stories by author Petra Pavlikova, published on June 12th, 2018. These short stories pull together themes of women and fairytales. Telling stories about strong women in stressful situations, difficult because they are real, and how these women pull through, with a healthy dose of the fantastical. The collection itself is a short and easy read as the stories range in length from
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Dark Corner, I Stood Alone is a small collection of vignettes about powerful women. The author, Petra Pavlikova, is into mythology and folklore and it shows in this collection of her stories. Valerie is the heroine of the first story. She is a young girl, lost in her fantasy world. Her world is upended when her mother dies and she is exposed to a stepmother and very bad stepbrother. Valerie is in utter despair until she discovers powers she did not know she had.

The second story focuses
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I love short reads which leave me craving for more. In The Dark Corner, I Stood Alone is a
meditative read that can be completed in one sitting. With little effort, the author was able to have
me attached to the stories and marvel at her style of writing. In the first story, we are introduced to
Valerie, a character who loves spending time in their garden.
From the beginning, I knew I would love Val, as she was sometimes called. As the story goes on,
something terrible happens. Vals mother dies,
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Dark Corner, I Stood Alone, is a collection of short stories by Petra Pavlikova and illustrated by Anastasia Telegina. The theme of all of the stories is the enduring strength and persistence of women. There are five stories each different and some more realistic, others filled with magic. All show a woman fighting to be free from the constraints of society, the suffocating social stigma that women are meant to live by in their world. Fantasy and reality merge to show how women can still ...more
Amy Elizabeth
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short childrens book is amazing! I loved it the entire time. I had not realized it was comprised of short stories until I started reading it. Each book is based around a child and a lesson they learned in the story. Not necessarily a moral but ultimately helped the child to cope with whatever situation they were going through at the time. There are 5 short stories in this book. Each story centers around a young girl facing a problem or turning point in their lives. Each storyline consists ...more
matejcik neasi
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of five short stories about women, the nature and the mythical. Also about male entitlement, I suppose.
The book is colourful, both in figurative and literal sense, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

My favourite story is The Sweet Smell of Lavender, followed closely by Pansies & Violets. For me, these two felt the deepest. Agnes Deserves Better and Huldra didn't really resonate with me - they're both very short, so not enough space to pull in someone who doesn't identify
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this novel through a free giveaway hosted on GoodReads.

In The Dark Corner I Stood Alone is a great little collection of bite-sized stories that mixes hints of magic from folklore into examples of the trials and triumph girls and women face every day. It contains stories of bravery and boldness, independence and influence, and lots of women who, while they are not always strong in the classic sense, some even bordering on cowardly by some peoples standards, they all have
Lael Braday
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These stories of young womena step-daughter with an evil step-brother, a disillusioned intellectual, a literary feminist teen, a misplaced mother, and even a queentrying to retain their spiritual essence in a patriarchal world are gorgeously written and illustrated. They read as fairytales, with villains and heroines, a defined delineation of good vs. evil, fantastic realms, a bit of magic, and even actual fairies. Fans of the Brothers Grimm, and especially readers of Angela Slatter, will ...more
Johanna Aldridge
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Nancy Oyula
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five short stories that are captivating and easy to understand. I don't know why the author had the female characters overlooked by the males. With each story, we see how patriarchy is constant. I loved the girls and no matter how low the males held them, they were my heroes. The author had me appreciate nature, and especially flowers and gardens, as the characters always had a bond with them. A short read that can be completed in one sitting. I would enjoy reading this with my little cousins.
Ivana Musilova
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soft-spoken tales about delicate inner worlds. They capture the moment of enchantment between you and something that has a deeper meaning and which can't be bought. They are about fragility, bravery, pity, unforgiveness, and the hardest decisions.
Jihad E.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good. I loved all the novels and the illustrations complement them so beatifully. I really enjoyed all the stories and connected with all the characters. Myths, tales and the stories we sere told when we were young seem to have been a big inspiration and I couldn't be happier !
Kenya Benjamin
Childlike wonder

This short book was more than enough to fill my heart with childlike wonder and I loved every minute of it, I just wish there was more.
The stories all felt so different yet so familiar and they just made me feel so light and airy.
Sam Glasbrenner (SassyOwlReads)
I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!
Toni Wittus
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy read about fairytales. I felt like a kid again reading this book. Loved it.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ready for more!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept my interest throughout
Rafael Hernandez
In The Dark Corner, I Stood Alone is a collection of stories by Petra Pavlikova. In the book, each short story is told from the point of view of or following the life of a strong female protagonist. The stories cover a series of feminist themes including the fight against the patriarchy, overcoming conventional gender roles,and ideas of the feminine mystique. Moreover. Pavlikova also explores a series of environmental issues and argues in favor of the adoration of nature. Each of the female ...more
The art was gorgeous. This very short book features 6 stories about young women and women in tough situations. I did not agree with everything the characters did like Val and her step brother. Though he was a really terrible person.

The stories were so short and felt one dimensional, I wanted more fleshing out of the characters and motives. But I understood that the style was similar to that of fairytales and folk tales.

I liked the idea of bringing gender equality and strength into these
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give this book another read-through before I was able to judge it again. I think that the author was trying for something really ground-breaking and wonderfully feminist (in a good way, not the third wave kind). My issue with this book is that everything was rushed. I never looked if it was for children or not; the writing makes me think so, but some of the subject matter (especially in the first story) makes me think that it wasn't.

I guess I'm still puzzled by this one. Maybe someone
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really take anything away from these short stories nor did they make me think at all so this was a two star read for me. The illustrations were a nice touch, but were kind of just meh in the kindle version. Had I purchased this book I probably would have been upset that it was so short and kind of mediocre compared to other short stories I've read.

I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway so thank you to Petra Pavlikova and the publisher for my copy of In the Dark Corner, I Stood Alone.
Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
The very first story of this small collection of women an fairy tales, sucked me in. Unfortunately, the other stories weren't as good. They lack a little something as many short stories do.
But the illustrations! They are so beutiful! They went perfectly with the stories and were so beautiful!
I look forwad to seeing mroe from both the author (who has great potinetal) and the illustator!

I received a free copy for review; all opinions are my own!
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Petra Pavlikova is a writer and translator born in Brno, Czech Republic.
Shes currently working on a novel and on turning her ghost story Dark Saviour into a graphic novel.
She has always been fascinated by mythology and folklore. She lives in Prague with her two cats but dreams of living deep in a forest.

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“She smiled, and as she hugged me, the scent of lavender intensified. It was intoxicating; it wrapped its long, soft arms around my head, and whispered tales in my ear. Tales of elegant women living in houses with large gardens where peacocks could wander. Tales of women who lived exactly as they wanted. Tales of women who did as they pleased. Tales of women who loved how and whom they wanted. Tales that could become reality.
Yes, the lavender smelled of freedom. At that moment I understood: this was what I wanted. To live as I pleased, not as I was supposed to.”
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