- Book Title: Craving Stains
- Book Series: Standalone
- Author: Alina Popescu
- Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (April 10, 2015)
- Book Length: 50 pages
- Genre: Horror, Romance, Sci-fi
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: January 18, 2016
For me, the worst part about reading is finishing a book when I am not yet finished with hanging out with the characters! It’s why I prefer novels over novellas. But, there are stories that just do not have enough content to fill a novel and, often, the author realises that. When they do, I’ll gladly read a short story. However, sometimes an author gets it wrong and they write a short story that deserves a novel… those are the stories I hate to read, simply because they leave me unsatisfied.
Not that I’m unsatisfied, to be exact, but Craving Stains, by the talented Alina Popescu, belongs in that latter category. Part of the ‘Stranded’ anthology from Wayward Ink Publishers, I probably shouldn’t say that, but… there you have it.
White walls, white furniture, white floors, white clothes… the only colour in Wynn’s life comes from the big picture windows and the few people his mother allows into his apartment. Mind, the only things he knows about the world outside his windows is what he can see through them and the things he finds on TV, the internet, and in books. He can describe having the wind in your hair or the sun on your face… he can’t describe how those things feel. After all, how can you describe the feeling of something if you have never experienced it?
Although he has outgrown his childhood illnesses, Wynn’s mother is still not willing to let him go outside, not even for a quick walk around the block. No, she’d rather subject him to even more tests and medication. Without a way to go outside or to evade the doctors, Wynn finds solace in his dreams. But, some dreams have a more than realistic quality to them.
As Craving Stains is a short story, I decided I would merely read the story from a reviewer’s perspective: read to review, not to enjoy. Alas, the road to happiness is paved with good intentions. Within two pages, I was falling for Wynn. To the point where I wanted nothing more than crawl into the pages, into his building, into his apartment, and take him out of the life his mother had so carefully crafted.
Every emotion (anguish, anger, despair, love, hope) dripped off the pages. Every shout sounded out, every blow felt like a punch to the gut; the story is well written and decently edited.
And then it was finished… but it shouldn’t be… seriously. I need to know more. I need to know Wynn is happy… and safe… and loved… and if he ever stopped craving stains. Alina, if you read this, please. Please? Please!
So, well written and properly edited, gripping and vivid, (and about 200 pages too short… just for that I should deduct a star…) I can only give this short story 5 out of 5 stars.
Wynn Brenwood has been trapped by his mother since birth, shut away in a sterile, hospital-like apartment.
Is it her desire to keep him safe that sees him locked up in his pristine cage? Or are her motives less innocent and well-intentioned?
Wynn longs to break free to experience the world he sees beyond his window.
Desperate to escape, he meets Doyle, a handsome, leather-clad, and enigmatic stranger.
But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict; Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.
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