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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Revenge by Emiliya Ahmadova is a short story addressing sensitive issues. Katrina had everything to live for; at fourteen years of age she had her whole life ahead of her. She attended the American Bishop High School in New York, and at first she had loved it there, she had friends, passions, everything a girl of that age could want. But then came the day when everything changed. The day she was completely humiliated beyond recovery. She knew it was an embarrassment from which there was no return. She swore she could never face school again, hearing their laughter and snide remarks ringing loudly in her head. In fact, it seemed that by some strange will she could leave her body and listen closely as they poked fun at her. Just when she thought it couldn't get any worse, someone she had once considered a friend did something unforgivable. As her spirit soars once more it changes, looking now for vengeance.
Revenge is a well-rounded short story with what I would say to be a heavy Japanese/Korean horror influence. You see some similarities to the onryō in the depiction of Katrina's spirit as it turns towards revenge. This was a good story about the ramifications of bullying, showing the effects on a person being subjected to it, but also trying to show that sometimes, for the bully, things aren't as simple as they may appear. It is a well-thought out and certainly an engaging read. I would be interested to read more work by Emiliya Ahmadova in the future; she shows great promise as a writer. All in all, Revenge is a good story that encourages the reader to think. The author shows great talent with tension and scene building and makes the story, despite its serious topic, fun and engaging to read.