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Pulled: A Flawed Short Story

by Becca J. Campbell

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PULLED is a short story in Becca J. Campbell’s “Flawed” series. The first novel in the series, EMPATH, is already out. PULLED is told from the perspective of eight-year-old Juniper. She's a runaway plagued by unplanned and unwanted teleportation incidents; one moment she is one place, and the next moment another. This is her "flaw." It means she is constantly being accused of running away from her foster homes, and of course nobody believes her outrageous explanations. All she knows about this flaw is that she is somehow "pulled" to the location of other people with flaws, though they don't seem to know how it happened either.

It is impossible not to immediately sympathize with Juniper's situation. Empathy builds as we learn that Juniper is tough, but not hard. Campbell does a fine job of keeping Juniper vulnerable; she is hungry, thirsty, tired and unhappy, just like a real kid. The story really picks up when she meets a young woman with flaws of her own. This woman feels an immediate need to help Juniper. Their dynamic together is great and I found myself rooting for these two to stay together. And it appears this is about to happen.

And then the story ends. What? This if the flaw (pun intended) in this short story. It doesn't really tie anything up, it just ends. I'm sure this is intentional, because it is a great cliff hanger for the series. In fact, it reads like a novel prologue. But as a short story it really fails to stand on its own. So I find myself torn, I really like this as a tease for the series, but find it annoying as a stand-alone story. I want to know what happens with these two! I'm going to assume that Campbell brings the reader more of this duo somewhere in the novels, in which case the reader is advised to read this story as a great prologue. But if the reader approaches this as a stand-alone story, then prepare to be annoyed. ( )
  AugustvonOrth | Apr 20, 2017 |
As an author who has written a book containing 100 Flash Fictions, where the vast majority of which are only 5 sentences long and the longest is about 390 words, I can understand and appreciate what it takes to write a short story like this.

In her short story Ms. Campbell has not only given her readers a beginning, a middle and an ending; she has made sure has given them a short story with decently developed characters, emotions and vivid imagery. With a story package like this, how can I not give it 5 STARS?

I received a free download of this short story from the author for being on her mailing list. ( )
  MyPenNameOnly | Jun 11, 2016 |
22 pages is NOT enough!

Darn you Becca!

“Pulled” is a short story in Becca Campbell’s Flawed series and the only complaint I have is that it’s TOO SHORT!

I want more! And I’m sure you will too!

She give us just enough of these new characters to whet our appetite and then she yanks the rug out of from under her reader.

Hopefully, we will see the characters again soon in one of the other novels planned for her Flawed series!

You can find this short novella for Kindle and Nook and I’m told it will shortly be available on iTunes as well.

The story is not a continuation of Becca’s first book in the Flawed series, “Empath”. It is a stand-alone side story in that same universe. We meet Juniper, a “runaway” foster child and Becca gives us just enough background to make us want more.

She also introduces us to several other characters who are “gifted” – like many of the characters we met in “Empath”.

It may be labeled YA and it may be a story about an 8 year old girl but Becca caught me with the very first sentence – which would be why I was so shocked at the sudden ending. I’m sure that was part of her evil plan…lol

All told, a most intriguing story and well worth the sticker price of $.99

Don’t miss it! And watch for Becca’s next story in the Flawed series: “Outsider”

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  JCMorrows | Aug 25, 2015 |
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