(Disclaimer: I was kindly sent this eBook from the author. This in no way affects my review)
Title/Author: Hym And Hur by Phillip Frey
Series: Short Story/Standalone
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at once is now what gets them into trouble.
The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be a rambunctious, difficult character. Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion. Hym and Hur soon discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire consequences for all of us.
During their attempt to break the contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other. A good deed that will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble.
I really wish that I enjoyed this book more than I actually did. I really loved the sound of the synopsis but it didn’t end up living up to my expectations.
I found the story very… different. I don’t think I have ever read a story with a plot like this. But, I found myself very lost in it. From the beginning, I didn’t quite understand it. I knew that both Hym and Hur made a deal/contract with Death, But I never quite understood what it was.
I also was VERY disappointed with the character description/development. Most short stories, unless it is for a series, have a little bit of a character description at the beginning. But, I don’t think I caught any eye, hair, or even skin colours which made me feel very disconnected from the characters. And I felt like since the short story took place over the course of a few days, we should have been able to see the characters mature towards the situation.
Something I really liked about this book was the play-on-words within the character names. I started to feel a bit stupid when I was trying to figure out the character’s gender. haha. But if you couldn’t tell Hym (as in him) is a guy, and Hur (as in her) is a lady!
Overall, I’ve decided to give this short story 2/5 stars. It was an enjoyable short story but I didn’t quite enjoy it enough to give it a great rating. If you are a fan of a fun, trickster stories, I would highly suggest you read it!
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