Fierce Fairytales: Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill Review

Fierce Fairytales Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul by Nikita GillFierce Fairytales: Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Publisher: Hachette Books

Release Date: September 11, 2018

Pages: 176

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Summary: Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.

Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.

My Rating:★★★★☆

My Thoughts:Fierce Fairytales is a collection of poems and short stories that transform classic tales into inspiring messages with deeply complex themes! If your new to poetry or looking for your next poetry read, Gill’s collection is one worth checking out!

I love starting out each new year with a poetry book as my first read! I’d been wanting to read Gill’s collection when it released last year, but hadn’t gotten to it, so I felt it would be a great read to start off 2019!

The first 10 pages begin with an introductory to the universe and explore the importance of self, which I found was a great start to the collection.

Then the collection progresses into poems and short stories inspired by fairytales!

I love how Gill transforms fairy tales and classic fairy-tale elements and makes them her own. You can see the originality with each poem and short-story (I also loved the illustrations that were alongside some poems & stories).

Some of my favorite poems were those that incorporated real-life elements and contemporary issues from mental health, loneliness, war, etc., which were then weaved in with fairy-tale imagery.

For example, Hunger: The Darkest Fairytale explored eating disorders while with Badroulbadour, I found it to be symbolism for the affect of war.

Through those stories and poems, I found Gill evoked so much emotion with her writing!

I love how inspiring the poems and stories are, all while exhibiting important messages of finding one’s inner strength & happiness, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of one taking charge of their own destiny.

I found those messages to be seen throughout the poem, Take Back Your Fairytale and the short stories Waking Beauty and Rapunzel, Rapunzel!

What also brings a unique twist to this collection is how Gill weaves in current and important messages of escaping abuse, overcoming hardships, and finding one’s own destiny through the origin stories of classic fairy tale villains like Captain Hook, Ursula, the Evil Queen, Cinderella’s step-mother/sisters, and many more!

However, there’s definitely moments within the collection where I clearly see the messages she’s weaving into her writing, but the writing-style itself is very direct and makes the messages appear very abrupt.

There’s definitely build-up of emotion to the message or theme of each poem/story, but its delivered in a way where its just plainly stated and with that, the feel/emotion of the poem doesn’t have as much impact.

The writing itself is also in a sense “plain” because its very easy to read and the execution of it makes the messages abrupt and forgettable as you move onto the next story or poem.

From the collection as a whole, I’d have to say the poems were my favorites compared to the stories!

I had some favorites of this collection for sure: Thermodynamics, Boy Lost which explored youth and promises, Badroulbadour, Shoemaker’s Son, Rapunzel Rapunzel & Moon Dragon to name a few <3!

The ones I mentioned above are some that I found showed the strength in her writing and imagery!

Overall though, I think there were some that were just hit or miss for me, but it was definitely a nice collection to read!

My other issue also involves the pacing, mainly seen through the short stories. While I really enjoyed reading them, I felt some just dragged a bit too long for me personally.

But I’ve been interested in reading more of Gill’s work and will definitely be checking out her additional collections in the future!

Fierce Fairytales brings a modern spin and weaves inspiring messages into the classic tales we’ve become familiar with! Gill transforms her poems and stories with a unique, original spin all while evoking emotion and beautiful imagery! If you’re looking for a magical and inspiring poetry collection, Fierce Fairytales: Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul is one to check out!

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón Review

The Carrying by Ada LimónThe Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Release Date: August 14, 2018

Pages: 120

Summary: From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying–her most powerful collection yet.

Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility–“What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?”–and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal.” And still Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. “Fine then, / I’ll take it,” she writes. “I’ll take it all.”

In Bright Dead Things, Limón showed us a heart “giant with power, heavy with blood”–“the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, no, it knows, / it’s going to come in first.” In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display–even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: The Carrying is a collection of poetry that explores nature, life & death, identity, grief, womanhood, love, youth, anxiety, loneliness and all the impactful moments that weave themselves into the everyday! Through lyrical and thought-provoking writing, Limón’s collection deeply allows the reader to examine the moments of the everyday that can leave a mark on our past, present, & future!

Next on the list of books from my Latinx Book Bingo TBR was The Carrying, which was the book I picked for the poetry category!

I finished Limón’s collection in practically one sitting and it easily became one of my favorite poetry collections of all time! Definitely takes the top spot! ❤❤

Limón’s The Carrying is broken up into 3 parts as it mainly explores the passage of youth and reflection during adulthood.

The writing creates such a real and vivid imagery that it paints so much emotion from anxiety, anger, grief and acceptance of a lost one, joy in the everyday, even the moments of loneliness that we undergo in life.

Limón crafts her poems in such a way where the descriptions really take root and forge their own space within your mind. Spaces where you think about the quiet moments in life, reflection, and so much more!

The poems also create such a lifelike and thought-provoking view of nature, in terms of the comparison to the cycle of life and death and even how we are the ones that move with nature.

Nature is one of the main topics explored in this collection and the way Limón paints the realistic + authentic, with the dream-like qualities really allowed the imagery portrayed in many of the poems to carry with me throughout the collection.

This can be seen through the descriptive imagery of the trees, flowers, gardens, oceans, water, and the forests! I found it showed how we can be connected to something much bigger than ourselves.

With each line I found they carried so much weight, depth, and complexity. From the deeply rooted emotion that’s expanded on, the passage of time especially, and overall reflection, are just some of the many faceted elements to this collection that were explored as it progressed.

While I genuinely loved ever poem in this collection with all my heart, one that really stood out to me was: On A Pink Moon, which explored the letting out of anger and reflected on growth through the planting of seeds.

This collection also explores such current issues such as politics, immigration, etc. which were described in such a brutally honest way. Also exploring anxiety and pain in many forms (chronic, loss, etc.) but how our ability to shift our focus and find solace when we find personal connections in the everyday, along with moments of observation and the ephemeral, allows us to view things from a new perspective.

The Carrying, like its title suggests, also explored what we carry with us through life from our memories, gains and losses, love, identity, and so much more that essentially make us who we are. But also what we can reflect on.

While reading this entire collection, I kept a notebook beside me to keep track of all the beautiful and memorable lines that I really loved!

As I was reading it also meant so much that I read from a new Latinx author and it made the reading experience all the more special! 😭💕

I wish I could put all my thoughts about this wonderful collection into words, but the best I can say is, read this collection and experience it for yourself!

The Carrying is a poetry collection that has really left an impact! Through Limón’s vivid and descriptive writing she explores the moments in life that shape us, our identity, and how they can allow us to change our view of the world. Limon’s marvelous collection is one that reflects on the intense and emotional moments in life, while reminding you, there is always something to connect to, that delivers strength!

January 2018 Wrap-Up

Can’t believe the first month of 2018 is already over! Today I’ll be sharing my first Monthly Wrap-Up of 2018~ 

# Of Books Read: 9

Anchors &amp; Vacancies by Kat Savage1.Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage

Owned | Read/Finished on January 1 | Rating: ★★★★☆ |Anchors & Vacancies Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Now pretty much a yearly tradition for me, I try to start off the new year by reading a poetry book, for 2018 I decided to read Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage!

This book contains 45 poems centering around the journey of a love lost and how that loss can impact a person when its difficult to let go.

This quote really stuck with me throughout the entire book:

“There’s a certain kind of ache in the chambers of my heart…”

While I really understood the complex emotions + journey Savage portrayed in the collection, on a personal level (aside from a few) many didn’t really connect with me (hence the 4 stars). However, I loved her writing-style and plan to read more of her poetry in the future.

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes2. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Library | Started December 23 + Finished on January 4 | Rating: ★★★★☆ |The Arsonist Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Told through 3 unique POV’s, The Arsonist brilliantly weaves coming-of-age, historical fiction, & Mystery/Thriller all in one! This novel follows Molly Mavity + Ibrahim, aka, “Pepper” Al-Yussef who’s paths cross when a mysterious letter brings them together to solve the mystery of Ava Dreyman, who was a resistance fighter during the time of the Berlin Wall. The friendship between Pepper + Molly was so beautifully written and you really see how lonely they feel, but the bond of their friendship reminds them that they aren’t alone & I loved that! There’s so much complexity + mystery that really makes this book surprising. I suppose my only issue was that compared to Oakes debut The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly (Which I loved), the writing for The Arsonist felt rather flat and certain aspects from side-character development to setting description, etc. fell a bit short. Aside from that, The Arsonist is a compelling story that weaves in so many differing genres/themes that I highly recommend it if your looking for a unique read!

Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire3.Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #3)

ARC | Started January 7 + Finished on January 8 | Rating: ★★★★☆ ½ |Beneath The Sugar Sky Full ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: Beneath The Sugar Sky was easily my favorite book of the Wayward Children series so far! The descriptive and whimsical writing really showed McGuire’s growth as an author with this series. When Rini finds herself Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children characters, both new & returning, join Rini on her quest to the peculiar world of Confection, to bring back an old friend. Kade & Christopher are easily my favorite characters of the entire series & not only did this book remind me of that, but their banter + friendship easily made this book one of my favorites! Filled with adventure, a dynamic + diverse cast of characters, magic & mystery, Beneath The Sugar Sky is a fantastic continuation to the Wayward Children Series!

A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen4.A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen

ARC | Started January 5 + Finished on January 13 | Rating: ★★★☆☆ ½ |A Taxonomy Of Love ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: The unique format & expansive timeline, made A Taxonomy Of Love a pretty unique YA Contemporary. We follow Spencer from 13-19 as he navigates life + his friendship with his new neighbor Hope Birdsong. Allen really developed the main character Spencer, while bringing so much progression & growth to his character that you can really see by the end of the novel. Throughout the story, Spencer + Hope begin to drift apart when Hope suffers an important loss in her family. Your left wondering if they’ll ever reconnect, while also seeing where their own paths are leading them. I felt however, with the constant jumps in the timeline, characters + story points had uneven development, going from extremely fast + rushed pacing to uneventful & slow moments. That made it difficult to really connect with any of the other characters, aside from a few main ones (hence the 3.5). However, Allen did a fantastic job at weaving in so many themes + developing the atmosphere of her contemporary story over such an expansive timeline!

Love Hate And Other Filters Samira Ahmed5.Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

ARC | Started January 15 + Finished on January 19 | Rating: ★★★★☆ |Love, Hate & Other Filters ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: Love, Hate & Other Filters tackles such a relevant + timely issue while also balancing heart-warming moments and chilling/honest ones too! I loved Maya so much, from her passion to follow her dreams of becoming a film director to the strength and courage she builds over the course of the novel. There was one important moment I found that pretty much put the entirety of the novel into focus and that was the importance of Maya’s camera. I found it represented not only a shield for Maya, but also thinking broadly how people tend to view each other lenses (or filters!). Throughout the novel we follow Maya Aziz and her journey to not only understand who she wants to become, but seeing her inspirational journey to follow her dreams and tackle whatever life throws her way!

Fence Issue 1 by C.S. Pacat + Johannah The Mad6.Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad + Joana Lafuente

Owned| Read/Finished On January 20 | Rating: ★★★★☆ ½Fence Issue #1 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: 16-year old Nicholas Cox has the heart, but not exactly skill, for fencing. He’s worked from the basics and is eager to win the local tournament (Connecticut Regionals). The win from this competition could earn him a spot into a top school and allow him to receive a scholarship & continue with fencing if he is serious about pursuing it. His competition is none other than  Seiji Katayama, fencing prodigy. This first issue introduces so much from Nicholas’s past to his passion for fencing & the mysterious fencing prodigy. There is so much great development, action and dialogue that will keep you hooked! Its a brilliant start to a new comic series! (Honestly, there’s tons more I discuss in my full reviews that I can’t fully explain in this wrap-up, but I HIGHLY recommend checking out Fence 💙✨🤺)

Fence Issue 2 by C.S. Pacat + Johannah The Mad7.Fence #2 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad + Joana Lafuente

Owned| Read/Finished On January 20 | Rating: ★★★★☆ ½ Fence Issue #2 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Fence #2 is very much build-up to Nicholas & Seiji’s dynamic when they begin at King’s Row and introduction to new characters on the fencing team. We definitely see the stakes set for not only the team, but Nicholas too (considering we learn there are a limited # of spots for the main team + upcoming championships). Both Issue #1 & #2 introduce characters of color + trans rep. & it does hint at gay rep.! The tension really builds in this issue and similar to Issue #1, will keep you hooked!

Fence Issue 3 by C.S. Pacat + Johannah The Mad8.Fence #3 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad + Joana Lafuente

Owned| Read/Finished On January 20 | Rating: ★★★★☆ ½Fence Issue #2 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Fence #3 is easily my favorite issue in the series so far! There is much more character development/background + is a very plot-driven continuation! This issue very much follows Nicholas & not only his daily campus life on King’s Row, but his determination to prove himself before his first match against a classmate. The characters from Issue #2 are getting better developed as is the gay rep. The perfect pacing, development for plotting, characters, and slight twists + turns make Issue #3, such a brilliant addition to the Fence series!

Love Sugar Magic-A Dash Of Trouble by Anna Meriano9.Love Sugar Magic: A Dash Of Trouble by Anna Meriano (W/ Cover art by Mirelle Ortega)

Library | Started January 25 + Finished January 27 | Rating:★★★★★  | Love Sugar Magic: A Dash Of Trouble Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Easily one of the best middle-grade novels I have ever read! Themes of family and friendship, alongside a delightful writing that delivers a sweet and magical tale, Love Sugar Magic was a truly unforgettable read! The story follows Leo Logroño and she comes from a family of bakers, they run the Amor y Azúcar Panadería. She’s always felt left out of the family business + feels her mother + sisters are hiding something, so a day before the Día de los Muertos festival, she sneaks her way into the bakery to see what really goes on (she soon discovers she comes from a family of brujas, who use their powers within the bakery + their treats). Now that her oldest sister Isabel knows, Leo begins to use the powers within her & experiments with the special family recipe book. However as Leo begins to lie about using her abilities to the rest of her family, she soon gets into trouble & must make very important decisions. The magic system is one of my favorite aspects about this novel, it really builds and you see how unique it is for each member of Leo’s family. The plot is perfectly developed, the writing is beautiful, the characters are spectacular, & so much more!! Such a fantastic novel, I highly recommend it!

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You may have noticed, I never posted one for December. Well, that was mainly because of vacation, but also because as the months passed nearing the end of 2017 when making my monthly wrap-ups, I noticed that I began to lose my enjoyment for making/posting them because I felt like I had to (being a pretty common post in the book-community). While I do enjoy them I felt it was time to change up the review format a bit to add more to make a bit more personal (adding the format of the book + when I started/finished). And I think doing that really brought back my enjoyment for them~

So similar to this one, I may be trying out this new format for the upcoming monthly wrap-ups, but again I’m really liking how this one turned out! 😄✨📚📚💻~ But, feel free to let me know what you think of the new format in the comments!

Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage Review

Anchors &amp; Vacancies by Kat SavageAnchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Pages: 50

Summary: Anchors & Vacancies is a 45 piece series originally titled “Left Atrium Anchors & Right Ventricle Vacancies” written in late 2014 and early 2015. It’s all the things we all hold onto, all the things we let anchor onto us, and all the things that leave us vacant.

My Rating:★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Anchors & Vacancies is a poetry collection which tackles the depth of heartbreak! The writing delivers such raw emotion as we follow a journey of heartbreak, loss + longing, and acceptance!

Ever year now, since about 2016 I’ve made it a tradition to have my first read of the year be a poetry book! They’re not only short and quick reads, but in general just always feel like the perfect reads to start off a new year!

Anchors & Vacancies had a fascinating summary and shortly after, made its way to my TBR about early last year. I bought myself a copy around March, but sadly never got around to it. Keeping that in mind, I knew this would be one of my first reads of 2018!

Savage portrays such deep emotion and the impact of loss through her words and it shows with each poem.

“There’s a certain kind of ache in the chambers of my heart…”

Told through 45 poems, we follow a journey through the trials of a love lost and how it impacts when one finds it difficult to let go.

While I could really understand and follow the complex web of emotion through each of the poems, aside from a few, many sadly just didn’t really connect or click with me on a personal level which made it difficult for me to find myself really immersed in some of the poems.

However regardless of that, I will definitely continue to read more of her work, because I really did enjoy her writing-style & found it to flow so well. She delivered such a complex stream of emotion with each poem!

Anchors & Vacancies is a raw and impactful collection of poetry that illustrates a love that has been lost and the journey one takes to heal!

Highly recommend this if your looking for a new poetry book to read! 📚✨❤

I Am More Than A Daydream by Jennae Cecelia Review

I Am More Than A Daydream by Jennae CeceliaI Am More Than A Daydream by Jennae Cecelia

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Release Date: April 15, 2017

Pages: 74

Summary: How often do you daydream? For most, it is many times a day. We stare out the window instead of the task in front of us. We fantasize about where we would much rather be, the significant other we long for, our ideal job, the body we hope to see in the mirror, a healthier mindset, pure happiness in our lives and the lives of others, peace in this chaotic world. However, how many of us daydreamers believe these pleasant thoughts will truly turn into our reality? Daydreams are more than just short bursts of happiness that only our minds can see. I know I am more than a daydream; and you are, too.

My Rating:★★★★★

My Thoughts: I Am More Than A Daydream is inspirational, filled with messages of positivity, self-growth, and finding the confidence within yourself to follow your dreams!

Earlier this year I read Cecelia’s Uncaged Wallflower and adored it and I loved her latest collection just as much! ❤

Her poems always leave me feeling hopeful and inspired!

Discussing body image, following your dreams, and finding your inner strength, this latest collection reminds the reader that while we all are set on differing paths and may face obstacles along the way, that doesn’t mean we can’t overcome them to make our dreams come true!

If you haven’t read Cecelia’s collections, please do!
All throughout her poems she weaves in messages to inspire daily growth and positivity!!

Above all, I Am More Than A Daydream is a wonderful collection of poetry that reminds us that our daydreams can become reality!

Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia Review

uncaged-wallflower-by-jennae-cecelia-reviewUncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Release Date: October 6, 2016

Pages: 70

Summary: Uncaged Wallflower is for those who feel trapped in the thoughts their minds produce, unable to express them with the rest of the world out of fear of critique or disagreement. For the people who need an extra dose of positivity in their day. This is not a poetry book for you to read and relate to in a sorrow filled way. It is for you to read and say yes, I can be better, and I will.

My Rating:★★★★★

My Thoughts: “Change for the better… Expand and learn something new. Don’t get wrapped up in your same old cocoon.”

Uncaged Wallflower was beyond inspiring! I know I’ve read quite a few books of poetry, but this one absolutely takes the No. 1 spot!

I loved this book so much! ❤️💖

Cecelia’s poems have a central theme of personal growth and I definitely saw that with each and every poem.

There were definitely a few poems that had me tearing up. Some revolve around the ideas of fearing change, the unknown, and not taking risks and I definitely remembered myself in many situations like that, however with many of the poems, they then went on to inspire the changes and growth in life and I adored that message!

There are so many positive messages in this short book of poetry which are very inspiring and relatable.

Out of all the messages I found in this wonderful book, one that will absolutely stay with me is that while things may not always come out perfect, above all our personal growth/happiness is what we should always strive for.

There was a poem titled “Resolutions” and after reading it, I not only found myself hopeful, but overall found it inspiring for the start of 2017! Definitely a perfect read to start off the new year!

Overall Cecelia delivers a collection of poetry with a number of positive messages to inspire change when you find yourself scared or unsure of whats to come!

Highly recommend, it will leave you inspired!✨✨

October 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 7

175645191.Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)

Walk On Earth A Stranger Full Review

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Pages: 436

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: An immersive mash-up of Fantasy & Historical Fiction! I loved the atmosphere Carson weaved into this story and the characters are all well developed! However, due to slow pacing and not getting enough from the plot, I was a little disappointed. But once I reached the end, I definitely found myself interested to see what happens in the sequel!

the-female-of-the-sepcies2.The Female Of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female Of The Species Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Pages: 344

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts:  McGinnis discusses rape/rape culture through multiple POV’s among other topics that weave together to craft an important read with phenomenal writing and complex+well-developed characters.

forest-of-memory-by-mary-robinette-kowal3.Forest Of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

Forest Of Memory Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Pages: 88

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: A mysterious and immersive short story! There were so many unique concepts from an antiquities dealer, AI tech part of daily life, and a futuristic setting of the Pacific Northwest! Its a quick read and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. My only issue was the slow pacing and there were some aspects discussed that I wish were given more of a central role! Highly recommend if your looking for a short but different Sci-Fi story!

4.The Universe Of Us by Lang Leavthe-universe-of-us-lang-leav

The Universe Of Us Full Review

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Pages: 240

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A delightful collection of poems about love and loss with a central theme/backdrop of space and the universe. However I did take away 1/2 a star b/c not all of them revolve around this theme, which is what I was expecting. Regardless, its a quick but very moving collection.

when-the-moon-was-ours-anna-marie-mclemore5.When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When The Moon Was Ours Full Review

Publisher: Thomas Dunne

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Pages: 240

My Rating:★★★★★

Overall Thoughts: A beautifully written magical realism novel with so much diversity and important themes, remarkable characters, and a writing style that is truly magical! I highly recommend this book. With character development at its core, McLemore delivers a story of the importance of family and self-identity!

our-chemical-hearts-krystal-sutherland6.Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts Full Review

Publisher: G.P. Putnams Sons Books For Young Readers

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Pages: 313

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A YA Contemporary with equal parts humor and heartbreak! What I loved about this novel was definitely the characters! They were wonderfully written. If you’re a fan of Rainbow Rowell or John Green, definitely check out Our Chemical Hearts! Its an engaging and honest tale of first love! Highly recommend

descender-volume-1-tin-stars7.Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire + Dustin Nguyen

Full Review To Come

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: September 24, 2015

Pages: 160

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A fascinating Sci-Fi comic which features AI Tech + Robots!! I don’t usually read much sci-fi, but this comic had been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to give it a shot & wow I loved it! The watercolor art-style is absolutely stunning and the story is very unique! More to come in my full review!

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The Universe Of Us by Lang Leav Review

the-universe-of-us-lang-leavThe Universe Of Us by Lang Leav

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Pages: 240

Summary: Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: Another delightful book of poetry from Lang Leav!

Having read Love & Misadventure from her earlier this year, I was eager to read her latest book & I was not disappointed!

While themes remain the same from her previous work, she effortlessly weaves together such gorgeous celestial imagery.

I’ve always adored quotes involving stars + the universe and reading these poems reminded me how they can be used to paint such a moving picture of love and loss with each and every word.

I tabbed many of the poems b/c they were just written so beautifully! I can definitely see myself re-reading these poems again & again in the future!

My only issue was that some poems don’t have a celestial/space theme which is what I expecting for all of them.

Regardless, they were all written beautifully, really capture such emotions and tell a story with each and every line.

Lovely and captivating imagery of the stars and universe help to tell tales of love and loss in Leav’s latest novel.
Highly recommend! Its a rather quick and overall enjoyable read. ❤

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace Review

The Princess Saves Herself In This One CoverThe Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 23,2016

Pages: 156

Summary: “ah, life-
the thing
that happens
to us
while we’re off
somewhere else
blowing on
dandelions
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales.”

a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts:

 ✨👑 “The princess rose from the ashes…& crowned herself…” ✨👑

The title alone had me intrigued and I am not much of a poetry reader, but I knew this would not disappoint!
I am so glad I picked this up! After finishing this in practically one sitting, I know I will be picking it up again in the future, b/c while short each and every poem has such a deep and emotional story weaved into it.

Told in 4 parts The Princess,The Damsel, The Queen & You, took me on quite an emotional journey.

I did not expect these poems to be so dark! (abuse is mentioned/discussed)
But as I continued to read, I knew exactly where this novel was headed.

I found the overall message to be, regardless what travesties transpire, you can always do something about it and not let it get in your way!
You are the hero of your own story!

By the end that was the powerful message I took away from these remarkably crafted poems!

There are many themes explored such as abuse, grief/acceptance, love, independence, feminism etc. that evoke such deep and raw emotions!

Through out each and every poem the words flowed perfectly and charted quite emotional journeys throughout!

The overall messages I took away from this are ones I will never forget!

If you are looking for deep, dark, but hopeful and inspiring poetry I highly recommend this one!
It will leave you speechless!!

 

 

January 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 8

180033001.Love&Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love&Misadventure Full Review

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Pages: 176

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This book of poetry was wonderful! Each poem was written beautifully & was definitely a memorable read to start off the year!

frozentides_cover2.Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #4)

Frozen Tides Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: December 15, 2015

Pages: 400

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Morgan continues to develop her world & characters in this amazing series! Can’t wait for book 5!

97801475098883.Once Upon A Kiss by Robin Palmer

Once Upon A Kiss Full Review

Publisher: Speak

Released: January 5, 2016

Pages: 304 

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts:  The aspect of time travel/alternate universes made this a fun read! The plot is quick/easy to follow and overall just a fun adventure! Update (late Jan. 2016)-Since writing my review, I’ve changed my rating! It really was a fun read, but I lowered it after really thinking/realizing that this was a fun book for sure, but seems more like a 4-star read!

97800624353474.Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard  (Red Queen #0.1-#0.2)

Cruel Crown Full Review

Publisher: HarperTeen

Released: January 5, 2016

Pages: 208

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A great addition to the Red Queen Series! Out of both of the novellas featured in this novel, my favorite is by far Queen Song. Steel Scars was good, but I felt it was lacking. However, from Steel Scars I really loved the friendship Farley & Shade developed! This definitely has me excited for Glass Sword.

252231155.Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

Just Visiting Full Review

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Pages: 348

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This was a great coming of age story! The theme of friendship is the heart of this story and seen clearly through the journey both Victoria & Reagan take as they prep for college.

9780545654845_094246. See How They Run by Ally Carter (Embassy Row #2) 

See How They Run Full Review

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: December 22, 2015

Pages: 336

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A wonderful sequel! Ally continues to keep readers guessing till the very end! The plot further develops in this book and the ending has me excited for book 3!(**Additional note to review**) However, I do wish in further books, the characters would be more developed! They are interesting to read about, but I feel that the characters are only known on the surface level and should be further developed as the series continues!

97804514775387. Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Of The Sands #1)

Publisher: Penguin/Viking Books For Young Readers

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Pages: 320

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A great start to an amazing trilogy! The world and characters are very developed! More to be discussed in my full review coming soon!

9780374302160_a198d8. Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Paper Wishes Full Review

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 192

Rating:  Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A thoughtful and lyrical novel which explores many themes of family, loss, and friendship!

What books did you read this month?

Let me know in the comments below! 🙂