BOOK REVIEW | Prism

Prism

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Summary from Barnes and Noble:

Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Roland Allnach has been described as a “star on the rise” (ForeWord Clarion), “a master storyteller with a powerful pen” (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is “smart, elegant, and addicting” (San Francisco Review).

Review:

Let me start this by saying that I received this book from review through the publisher All Things That Matter Press in coordination with the blog tour that this is a part of through TLC Book Tours.

Now let me say that I am extremely picky with short stories.  I was raised on Edgar Allen Poe and several other very fabulous and very amazing short story authors.  So when it comes to short stories, especially collections of them I tend to have high expectations.  Roland Allnanch met my expectations and took my on a ride with this collection of short stories.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about Prism was the fact that it was a mash-up of several different genres.  It made it so that just when you were getting accustomed to one writing style he threw another one at you and made you spin around in the other direction.  I think that is honestly one of the reason I enjoyed this book so much.  I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes with the switching of genres.  That being said I definitely enjoyed some stories more than others but that’s to be expected for almost everyone now isn’t it?

The only thing that I found slightly disappointing for this collection is that a little bit over half way through my attention started wandering and I found that I had hit a section of stories that didn’t grab my interest anymore.  I promptly put down the book and pick another up and then came back to it later and that seemed to have helped.  However I wish I would have been able to just keep reading as most of his stories were brilliant and attention grabbing in some way.  For me the fact that I had to stop reading for a while because I hit a wall is just a minor problem and as long as I was able to pick the book back up and finish it happily that’s what matters!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of short stories or likes any of the multiple genres that are in this book!

Check out the rest of the tour here!

About the Author:

Roland Allnach

Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 byOddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite. Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.

When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.

What’s On My Shelf? | October TBR

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted a What’s On My Shelf for you guys!  So here in the month of October I have decided to make the effort to make it a regular (and by regular I mean monthly) thing!  As always I will post a link to Barnes and Noble on the book title and a link to Amazon on the author’s name.  If you have read any of these books feel free to let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought of them.

1. Carrie by Stephen King

2. Splintered by A.G. Howard

3. Abarat by Clive Barker

4. After by Anna Todd **I received this book from Gallery Books as an ARC for review**

I will also be reading PRISM as a part of a blog tour!  The review for that book will be up on October 29th so keep an eye out for that!  Feel free to let me know what you guys will be reading this month, I’m quite curious!

BOOK REVIEW | Adventure Time Crafts

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Rating: 5/5 stars

**I received this book as a part of the Blogging for Books program.**

As a crafter and an Etsy shop owner this book was magnificent!  The organization of the book made it easy to follow and allowed for each of the crafts to be located quickly and without any hassle.

The crafts represented a large enough variety that it included multiple types of crafts and was helpful to people whether they sewed, created trinkets with Polymer clay or crocheted.  I really enjoyed the fact that there was a variety of different craft types and that each craft was unique.
That being said the one thing that I LOVED about this craft book was that the instructions for each craft were concise and easy to follow.  When I look up patterns for crafts one of the main things that helps me determine which pattern to use is how easy it is to understand the instructions.  This book gave instructions that are easy to follow for those new to each particular type of craft as well as simple for those who are just looking for a quick pattern instructions.  I liked the fact that this book was inclusive to all skill levels and made sure that the crafts involved didn’t cater specifically to experts or beginners.  I also thought it was a good idea to put the actual pattern in the back of the book along with how large they need to be copied in order to fit the instructions.
Overall I was extremely pleased with this craft book and will definitely be using it very frequently to create wonderful items for myself and my friends!

Book Life Tag

I’m here to bring you another wonderful book blog tag!  This tag is the Book Life tag and it was created by Jayne over at Booking Awesome. I was tagged to do this by Alma from Diary of a Booklover.  So let’s get started!

1. Who would you like to be your parents?

I would have to say Molly and Arthur Weasley!  These two are so incredibly brilliant and teach there children so well.  They embrace everyone into their family while also being obsessively protective over people who they consider family.  Also badass Molly in the last book is just magical.  Literally and figuratively.

2. What book character would you like to have as a sister?

Dylan from the First Comes Love trilogy.  The fact that Dylan is so adventurous and outgoing would be awesome.  I love the fact that when she sees something that she wants to do she just does it.  I also think she brings out the best in everyone around her and that would be a great quality for a sister to have.

3. What about a brother?

Maybe Fred or George Weasley?  I kind of just want to be adopted into the Weasley clan.

4. What animal would you like to have as a pet? This animal can exist in real life or can be a mystical creature like a dragon and does not have to be the pet in a book.

Horse. Or a unicorn.  Anything that resembles a horse is something I would definitely be game for.  I’m a horse obsessed girl what can I say?

5. What book location would you like to live in?

I would love to live in Ysabeau’s “castle” from the Discovery of Witches trilogy.  Seriously the library in that place sounds massive and amazing!

6. What school form a novel would you like to be enrolled in?

I grew up on Harry Potter and want to be an honorary Weasley child.  Is it really a surprise to anyone when I say Hogwarts?  I’m still waiting on my letter.

7. Pick a fictional job.

This is a hard one.  I think maybe a tattoo artists for the Dauntless?  Maybe?  I’m not really sure on this one.

8. Best friend?

Hermonie Granger or possibly Diana Bishop.  Both women are smart, independent and exceptionally strong.  I would definitely say that these are two of my favorite female characters in books.

9. What book character would be your worst enemy?

Any of the council members from the Discovery of Witches trilogy.  They represent ignorance and the idea that if something isn’t really that broken it shouldn’t be fixed.  They are the old fashion counter part is a book about embracing new things.

10. What book character would you pick as you boyfriend/girlfriend?

Matthew de Clermont.  That man is just terribly attractive and very protective not only over the woman he loves but all of the women in his life.  Even though he can go a bit overboard at times he is only doing it because he doesn’t want to lose them.  Which is a sweet and admirable characteristic for him to have.

I tag all of you guys to do this post!  If you decide to do it leave a link in the comments below so I can see what your book family would look like!

Top 5 Wednesday | Terrible Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group that was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey!  I highly encourage checking out the group and looking at some of the upcoming topics.  Even if you don’t put out videos on YouTube you can do blog posts and such about the topics!  What are some of your least favorite covers?  I’ve definitely seen some pretty interesting ones throughout the day today.

BOOK REVIEW | The Happiness of Pursuit

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**I received this book for review through the Blogging for Books program**

5/5 stars

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“A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest.”

This book is a brilliant work of art.  I was so happy that I was given the opportunity to read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint me! The Happiness of Pursuit is a book that inspires people to go on a quest.  To pursue the things in their life that bring them happiness and fulfill a part of who they are.  I honestly believe that this book is helpful to people who are and aren’t on quests in their life.  For those who are this book provides inspiration and the drive to continue.  For those who aren’t this book provides the push and determination they may need to get started.

The writing in the book was brilliantly written.  It provided examples from the author’s experiences as well as those from case studies.  I was incredibly pleased with this book and will definitely be finding more by Chris Guillebeau!
If you haven’t read this book, pick it up!  Go on an adventure!  Find your quest and your happiness! And then tell everyone you know to pick up this book and read it as well!