Title: Alchemy by Jade Kennedy
Genre: Poetry & Flash Fiction
Publisher: Self Published – Epubli
Length: 64 pages
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating – 5/5
‘Alchemy’ is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism. The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece ‘A Collection’ tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; ‘Eden’ is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light.
I want to preface this review by notating that I received this book from the author for an honest review!
You may have noticed that I haven’t yet reviewed any poetry or flash fiction on my blog this year! Last year I believe I reviewed one poetry collection so that is definitely something that I will have to rectify starting with this book, Alchemy by Jade Kennedy. This book actually contains a mixture of poetry and flash fiction! Since this is a very different read for me I was super excited to read and review this book.
Because I am fairly new to the genre, I had no idea what to expect and I ended up absolutely loving every minute of the reading experience with these poems and flash fiction pieces. When I read the first piece of flash fiction, A Collection, I found it super interesting and it immediately made me want to read more.
This book was a very short read in terms of length but I didn’t take a short amount of time to read it because very often I found myself putting my E-reader down and reflecting on what I had just read. I loved that I had to do this with this book. I loved the format of the poems and the mixture of the poems and the flash fiction pieces throughout. The language and the writing in general was just so beautiful and poignant. It was stunning with imagery that was so potent and evocative. I felt very connected with each piece in this collection and just with the collection as a whole; it really made me think and reflect on all of the themes being presented in a particular piece. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because I enjoyed all of it but I do feel as though Eden might be my favorite. It was breathtaking and I wish I had more to read!
I highly recommend checking this collection out, especially poetry fans, as it is a very good read. It’s light in length but heavy in payoff, it definitely made an impression on me!
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