Monday, June 20, 2022

Review: The Stories of Our Lives: A Short Story Collection by Brandy Isadora

 Genre: Short Story Collection


“Life is an extreme sport. The Stories of Our Lives is a series of mind-bending short stories that tell the experiences of characters who find themselves living in the margins of society. These stories show just how far someone will go to survive, find love, and feel alive.

Adam, an introvert in his mid-thirties, just wants to get a good night’s sleep without being woken up by his noisy neighbors. He finds the perfect place to live, but the only problem is that it’s a community for residents fifty-five and older. Adam has a plan to make this his new home, but he gets much more than he bargains for.

One night, as twenty-year-old Tesla is getting ready to pick up her mom from the airport, the power grid goes dark. Suddenly, there is no communication: no cell phones, no news reports, and no social media. No one has any idea what is really going on, and civil society is quickly disintegrating as people become fearful. Now, every choice that Tesla makes could mean life or death.

After his daughter is killed in a car accident, Preach, a biker, hires Alex for representation. Sometimes during the darkest and scariest times, friendships come from the least likely of places. These two men couldn’t be more different, but through this tragedy they become the best of friends and along the way Preach teaches Alex to embrace what life brings and to enjoy the ride.

Check out Brandy Isadora’s insightful compilation of fiction and discover eighteen mesmerizing short stories slicing up lives altered by unexpected events and revealing a rollercoaster of emotions! If you like unique voices, thought-provoking scenarios, and heart-stopping inner conflicts, then you’ll love Brandy Isadora’s enthralling anthology.”


“Brandy Isadora has always been an artist at heart. An award-winning author and photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally, Brandy believes that everyone has a story to tell.”


I tend to read novels, with all that implies. The stories are obviously longer. They’re usually more complicated. However, sometimes I need a change of pace, and look for a short story collection to provide that. This collection was just what I was looking for. Interesting characters with stories that kept me guessing. Some characters I could relate to as “a lot like me” and others that gave me a chance to consider different situations and viewpoints. The genres of the story vary with some sci-fi like aspects in some stories and a wide range of people and topics. The thing all the stories have in common is they are entertaining reads.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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