Sunday, August 18, 2013

Short Story Review: Stealing Polina by Danielle Villano

H is a businessman who will go to any lengths to get what he wants—no matter the consequence. When Polina, a new company intern, captures his attention, H will do whatever it takes to claim her as his own. Will the dazzling big city become the perfect backdrop for seduction, or will Polina fight against her boss’s dark desires?

Revisit the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, with a contemporary spin, in Stealing Polina.

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 About the Author

 Danielle Villano is a New Jersey native. She's a graduate of SUNY Purchase, where she studied creative writing and literature . Her writing has found its way to Storychord, FortyOunceBachelors, Scissors and Spackle, Marco Polo, Milk Sugar, and TOSKA Magazine. She has a story in HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women's History Month by Pagan Writers Press. Her novella, Stealing Polina, was released as an ebook by Pagan Writers Press, as part of the For the Love of the Gods anthology.

Danielle is the recipient of the 2012 Ginny Wray Senior Prize in Fiction from SUNY Purchase. She is currently working on a novel centered around a film-obsessed teens in 1990s Los Angeles.

When not writing, Danielle loves photography, theater, spending time with her friends and family, and attending themed parties.

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My Thoughts:

Stealing Polina is fun short read that brings the story of Hades in the twenty-first century. In this story, H is the leader of an underworld of a different sort--the underworld of organized crime. Polina is the innocent young intern who catches his eye and softens his heart. H sets out to seduce her, but his motherly secretary as well as his own bad boy reputation stand in his way.

Stealing Polina is a beautifully written short with characters that spring to life from the pages. The authors does an amazing job pulling in all the elements of the Greek myths and giving them a modern spin.


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