"Words drip like diamonds from your lips..."Time storms travel across North America. Prague's lonely statues come to life, hunting new members to watch over the city. Little girls hunt for needles & nettles in sidewalk cracks. And in one small apartment in New York City, the Fey gather to mourn one of their own. The world is a stranger place than you know. Fans of scie"Words drip like diamonds from your lips..."Time storms travel across North America. Prague's lonely statues come to life, hunting new members to watch over the city. Little girls hunt for needles & nettles in sidewalk cracks. And in one small apartment in New York City, the Fey gather to mourn one of their own. The world is a stranger place than you know. Fans of science fiction, urban fantasy and Grimm's fairy tales will enjoy these short stories and poems from Hannah Kollef, author of "Path of Needles" and "To Wake the Shadows." "Juniper" also includes an exclusive, never-before seen prequel to "Path of Needles."...
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I received a copy of this book from Hannah for an honest review.I had no idea what to expect going into Juniper. Short story collections tend to turn me off if for no other reason than the stories themselves offer very little chance for us to connect with the characters in them. It's a testament to Kollef's skill then that she packs even some of the book's shorter pieces with enough characterization and development that we're not left entirely wanting. And I say "entirely" because that's perhaps this book of short stories' only shortcoming - the stories themselves are over too quickly. From a narrative perspective they all work, all the loose ends are in order, but I wanted to see more of the world Kollef had crafted, to see more through the characters' eyes as they grappled with stalker gargoyles, mystery pregnancies and the like. I'm sure a selfish bent is partly to blame, but it also speaks volumes about Kollef's ability to craft a living breathing setting that you can't help but wish would last a little longer. I look at Juniper almost as a sample platter; an ably crafted display of what Kollef can whip up, and even though it's over too soon, it's one that leaves you with high hopes of what's to come.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.To be honest, I wasn't completely sure what to expect. I'm on the fence about short stories - it is really hard to give enough information that the story makes sense, but not so much that it is simply pages of exposition and description. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about that here at all. Each of the individual stories (and they are, for the most part, not related to one another, excepting only the two within the Paths series) dropped you into the middle of that particular world, with just enough background to have everything make sense yet remain interesting.I enjoyed the contrast of the prose short stories against the poems, even the poems against the poems - some are long, practically prose in their nature, others are little more than haiku length. I felt the end of the collection was more poem-heavy, and thought that was a little frustrating, but other than that I found them to be enjoyable.Though now that my appetite for the Paths series has been rekindled, I am excited for the next full book!
It is rare that I will select to read a book of short stories, let alone one with poetry in it. Generally speaking I am such a quick reader that I find that it is more pleasurable to me to read a lengthy novel where I can become involved in the plot and the character development. I am glad that I made an exception for Juniper -- particularly since there is a connection with the author's Path of Needles series (please publish the second book soon!). Unlike many self-published books that I read, this one is well crafted with a natural flow and rhythm. I enjoyed each carefully selected word and phrase, and I have to admit that although I am not a person who will regularly read a book of poetry, the placement of each of the poems in Juniper was such that it was not overwhelming to me. I recommend this book to everyone - even those like me that are not generally poetry readers.
I received this book from Hannah in exchange for an honest review,First off, I loved the way every short story started with a poem.My favourite story was the one called 'Time Slip' and would actually like to read a book based on that, it left me wanting to read more about Ramona and John and what led them to their troubles. I felt every story was original and well written and they all left you wanting more and I loved the little snippets of short stories that featured in the book based on the 'Paths' series, and I can't wait to read more in the second book to 'The Path of Needles'Thank you again to Hannah for sending me 'Juniper' I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading Paths 2 :)
A wide range of enjoyable short stories, I wasn't sure what to expect from the author while reading but I was pleasantly surprised. I finished the book in one sitting, it was easy to read. The main thing I usually find with a collection of stories is having so much information thrown at you all at once however this was not the case. Since this was a really early copy given to me by the author, I still think a but of polishing would be helpful. Overall I really enjoy Kollef's writing and can't wait to read more.
This book is composed of three parts:(1) Interesting and well-written stories about relationships with a science fiction/fantasy overlay.(2) Poems(3) Stories that relate to some other stories about the Fey that the author is writing.The first group is very good. I'd recommend them to most folk. The second two don't interest me that much, although there were nothing wrong with them. The third set might require some knowledge of that universe she is creating.
See my original review on my blogI received a copy of Juniper for an honest review.This is going to be a quick and short review because that’s how the book was and I don’t want to give too much away.So Juniper is a short story with a bunch of short stories in it. Hannah Kollef wrote the amazing story of Path of Needles and I loved it so I was super excited when she messaged me asking if I wanted to read Juniper. On the downside Juniper was not really my thing. Lots of poetry and a lot of short stories I didn’t really understand the point to. That was kind of disappointing for me but I know a lot of people are into that so if you like poetry and short stories and fiction this would be the book for you.On the upside Juniper is a short it had short stories from the Path of Needles book like the before the book which was super awesome. All in all, while it’s not my thing and I wouldn’t reread it the story was definitely not unbearable due to its shortness. Still phenomenal writing and I just enjoyed getting some insight on some of the characters from Path of Needles.Thank you Hannah Kollef for sending me a copy of your book Juniper!