Saturday, 19 March 2016

The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection

The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: 8th Circle press
Release Date: 15th March 2016

Blurb (Taken from Amazon):

Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire…Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.” So begins “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,” a moving coda to the award-winning Original Sinners series. This collection also includes “The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber,” a companion story written exclusively for this book. And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview. “I worship at the altar of Tiffany Reisz! Whip smart, sexy as hell — The Original Sinners series knocked me to my knees.” — New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James.

Let's talk about the cover: The novels that make up The Original Sinners all have beautiful covers, as do all the short stories that accompany the series.  However, none of them feature a person, which made this cover a surprise to me.  There is no hint as to who the man on the front of the book is, which leaves it open to reader assumption.  When I first saw it I assumed the man was intended to be Soren; the beautiful blonde male we have all come to love throughout the series.  Yet, when I learned that the two stories in the book were both from the narrative view point of Father Ballad, I changed my opinion and guessed that it was meant to be him instead.  Personally, I hope it is meant to be Father Ballad, as I didn't have a picture of him in my head.  Where as for me, the man on the cover is not Soren.  

Bearing in mind that all of the other covers in the series have been symbolic and created an air of mystery that linked to each of their titles, I am personally a little disappointed that this book cover gave such an intentional image to the readers rather than letting them come to their own conclusions about the man behind the confessions.  

Review:  As with all things Original Sinners, I absolutely loved this book!  The Confessions offers an insight into a character that has seemed so minor when mentioned in the main novels, yet proves to be integral to the way the story has unfolded.  Father Stuart Ballard is mentioned in the Original Sinners by Soren, and is spoken very highly of.  We know that Soren confides in Father Ballad on many occasions, and we learn in Poinsettia (One of the short stories available on Tiffany Reisz's blog) that Soren trusted him with the truth about himself right from the beginning.  

In father Ballad's own words in one of the stories... 
"This is the strangest confession I've ever heard in my life,'
The Confession of Marcus Stearns shows us just how much Soren actually listened to his confessor, and just how much Father Ballad truly had an influence on not only Soren's, but on Nora's life too.  What we didn't know as readers is that Nora also visited Father Ballad to give her confession to a Priest that wasn't her Soren.  We learn in The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber that Nora made a promise to her dying mother that she would confess her sins to a Priest that wasn't Father Stearns.  In going to see Father Ballad, we learn a few little secrets about Nora that we didn't to see in the novels.  
The third part of The Confessions was The Confession of Tiffany Reisz and I won't lie when I say that I loved reading that part!  I love getting an insight into a writer's mind, and that is exactly what Tiffany Reisz offers her readers with her 'Confession.'  The in depth, exclusive interview answers a hoard of questions that readers have wanted the answers to when reading The Original Sinners.  Tiffany gives her readers some details on her characters and why they are the way they are; she explains some of their traits and clears up some terminology that we all become familiar with when reading our way through the Underground!

Overall, The Confessions was a gripping read for me and I genuinely read it cover to cover without putting it down.  (I have also managed that with one or two of the novels and the short stories, for which those of you who know me won't find at all surprising)  Tiffany hints at the possibility of more stories to come from The Original Sinners and I will wait for that day as the world of the Underground is one I find myself reading over and over again.

Rating: 5 Stars
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All opinions are my own and not encouraged by the authors, editors, publishers or any other company involved in the production of the book mentioned in the above post.

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