Book Review: ‘Alchemy’ by Jade Kennedy

August 16, 2015     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘Alchemy’ by Jade KennedyAlchemy by Jade Kennedy
Published by epubli on July 7, 2015
Genres: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 64
Format: eBook
Source: Review Copy
Goodreads
4 Stars

'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’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about poetry, and am much more inclined to pick up a novel versus a book like Alchemy by Jade Kennedy.

But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading each individual poem and piece of flash fiction held within Alchemy‘s pages, and Kennedy’s dive into the world of magical realism was both collected and graceful.

Even though I was drawn more towards the flash fiction sections of the collection, particularly ‘Poppies in the Snow’ and ‘Blackbird’ (because old habits die hard), the poems were equally enticing to read. And what I really liked is that I could sit down and read the entire collection in a day.

Alchemy is something I would definitely recommend to anyone who is a poetry fan, because I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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