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Book Review: Daisy Chains

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

I love supporting Indie Authors. I can’t say that enough. Often I get so caught up into the traditionally published full length works with sequels galore and miss out on ones put together through the blood sweat and tears of an Indie Author who works to push their book out on their own.

This past November, as part of my efforts to succeed at my third NaNoWriMo I found myself participating in the NaNoWriMo: The Committed Discord Server. It was there that I had the opportunity to meet several up in coming Indie Authors including author, YouTuber, Gamer and Arialist: Kayle Knue who’s first book, The Reckoning, will release on April 14, 2021 and Blue Coutell.

Both writers were instrumental in encouraging me to meet my writing goals and affirm the decision that I wanted to self publish, but that’s not why I’m writing today.

Today I’m here to tell you about Daisy Chains by Blue Coutell.

Released on September 29, 2020, Daisy Chains is available on Amazon as a print to order book, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. If you read on Kindle Unlimited, I encourage you to scroll all the way until the very last page to ensure the author gets full credit for your read!

From the book’s listing:

Daisies grow without any permission at all. Astrid is a daisy, but Ivy is a rose. In the beauty of budding sexual identity lies a hungry dark. Ivy uncovers Astrid’s dark, not realizing she’s taking steps to reclaim her own. Love, flowers, and literature. What could go wrong? Daisy Chains is a selection of short stories depicting a love story in reverse. Trigger warnings: suicide, abuse, bigotry Blue Coutell

It’s important to heed the warnings as this dark love story reminds us of the tragedies that can occur when the love of a family is not as unconditional as it should be. Because of the content, it’s difficult to review this particular novelette, but you can infer from the author’s own words that this story is a tragic story told completely backwards.

We meet Ivy on one of the worse days of her life, and learn how her heart has been broken. But more importantly, we learn about how Ivy found love. From Ivy’s love of daisy chains to Astrid’s love of Salinger. My favorite episode is the seventh and if you know me, you’ll know why.

In the heart of a book store, Astrid seeks out one of her favorite’s by Salinger and asks Ivy to smell the pages. I’m one of those weird people who does that and realizes that different types of paper have different smells.

Episode Eight: Go On, Smell the pages

It was this moment, after my heart had already been broken that I truly fell in love with Ivy and Astrid as characters. There was something real not just in their pain, but also in their joy that I found myself connected to that I just can’t seem to put into adequate words.

And yes, when my copy of Daisy Chains arrived, I did stop to smell the pages. I always do.

Daisy Chains is as beautiful as it is heart breaking, but don’t just take my word for it. Below are a few reviews by other readers.

I can tell you that I agree 100% with these reviews and then some. They’re simply able to put how I felt reading this novelette into something succinct. I will warn you, that you may need tissues. I know that I did.

Until next time.

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