The Last Time I’ll Write About You, Dawn Lanuza – Book Review

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*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

The Last Time I’ll Write About You is a collection of poems that one may write to their ex after a break up if they’re not over the relationship yet, but are trying to move on in life.

The words are just so sad –  the comparison between before and after leaving the reader with a good look of what the writer may have been feeling or trying to emote with the book. I really found it easy to connect with the story the poetess was trying to convey and it didn’t take me long to get sucked into the book.

Though overall, the it wasn’t amazing or extraordinary and didn’t impact me as much as I would have wanted it to, it was still a nice read.

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I had a good time reading this and would definitely recommend it to anybody who likes poetry.

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8638162Dawn Lanuza writes contemporary romance, young adult fiction and poetry. She’s a music elf by day and a meet cute writer by night. ‘The Boyfriend Backtrack’ is her first book. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.

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xo, Zach, Kendall Ryan – Blog Tour

 

 

The first time we met was at a party.

 
Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

 
I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

 
The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

 
The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

 
I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

 
You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

 
I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

 
xo, Zach

 

*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

First things, first. I absolutely adore this story. So very much. It’s swoony and romantic and hot and sexy as hell, all at once. It was such a pleasure to read this and I enjoyed every second of this book!
The story follows Zach & Poppy, two people who fall in love in unexpected circumstances and how they overcome their problems to stay together.

Poppy is a great lead. I adore her. She hasn’t had the easiest life and there’s stuff that she’s still dealing with in terms of money, but she’s doing her best. I like how she busts her ass off to do what she needs to do and she doesn’t whine about it. When other college students are getting drunk and partying, she’s working. But, she doesn’t complain or behave like her life is shitty or she could do so much better. She makes do with what she has and does what she has to do without complaints. I really admire that about her. Of course, the fact that she’s a poetess and absolutely loves reading are other brownie points which make me love her even more. She’s smart as hell and she’s focused, determined and driven. She’s really compassionate and sweet. She’s definitely not a pushover and she stands up for herself and doesn’t take shit from others. I think I admire that the most about her.

 
Then, there’s Zach, who’s absolutely swoony. Yes, he’s a little crude and makes no apologies about who he is, but he’s also a closeted romantic who slips love poems to Poppy every chance he gets. His poetry is really enchanting and I was left really mesmerized by how he poured his feelings in such beautiful words. He’s really passionate about his work, too. He’s been working on a novel, which I love, and he works as an advisor at a university, which is how he and Poppy start interacting regularly. He’s thoughtful and generous and is always finding new ways to show Poppy how much he adores and respects her. But, most of all, I LOVE how he’s big on consent. When his and Poppy’s sexual relationship developed, he never did a single thing without asking. He never assumed, he never went with the flow. If he wanted it, he asked for it and he respected Poppy when she said no. He didn’t try to pressure her or force her into anything she wasn’t ready for. It sent such a huge message for positive sex and consent that I just had to close the book and revel in that feeling before I could continue.

 
The secondary characters in the book are just as funny, but I think my favourite is Zach’s mom. She lacks a filter and will absolutely say everything on her mind. She doesn’t even mind discussing her son’s sex life with her supposed girlfriend in front if her son. Yeah, she’s the over sharing type. But, she is who she is and she doesn’t try to hide it or tame herself down. I love that about her. She doesn’t think she needs to hide who she is for people to like her. She loud, boisterous, foul mouthed and proud of it. I LOVE THAT.

 
Overall, this was such a great read with all these amazing characters and a beautiful plot and I loved every minute of this story. It is definitely something that I’d recommend to romance fans because it’s so good!

 

 

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

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the witch doesn’t burn in this one, amanda lovelace – Book Review

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34518216The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

 

 

 

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DROPKICKromance, Cyrus Parker – Book Review

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A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.

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A Journey to Yonder, Nidhi Kaur – Blog Tour

Book Details:

Book Title: A Journey to Yonder by Nidhi Kaur

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 130 pages

Genre: Memoir / Poetry

Publisher: Independent (Createspace)

Release date: September 2017

Tour dates: Jan 3 to 19, 2017

Content Rating: R (for explicit sex scenes written poetically and in good taste)

Book Description:

A Journey to Yonder is the tale of one woman’s refusal to allow the challenges of her past to define her present. She grows up with a special needs sibling and loses her childhood home, and we then follow her through an abusive relationship and into the most unforgiving of human trials.

With experiences that leave you feeling so alone, how do you hold on to hope? How do you go on?

Nidhi Kaur’s compelling use of both poetry and prose intimately welcomes readers into this moving story of spiritual rediscovery. Poems are sprinkled throughout the story, guiding readers through intimate and stunning moments of truth. Kaur reminds us that if we offer our trust completely to God, we are never alone.

The author of the spiritual collection of poetry My Wedding with Truth, Nidhi Kaur once again delivers an emotionally enlightened journey through the human heart. Miracles can be seen everywhere in this world, and Kaur helps us remember to keep our eyes open in this riveting story of redemption.

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Review

A Journey to Yonder is the journey of a woman from her childhood to her marriage and then highlights the abuse she suffers from her husband and how she overcomes it all because of her faith in god.

 

The writing is lyrical and it was one of my favourite things about the book. It is so captivating and compelling that you can’t help but just get sucked in to what she’s saying. It made me connect with the MC on a great level and I was rooting for her so badly.

 

Growing up in India, I was able to understand her better because I’ve seen some stuff like that happen around me too. Not the abuse, thankfully – but the whole arranged marriage concept and the husband’s family dictating what the girl does and doesn’t is very prevelant even now. I hate it, but it’s true. And I loved how that was highlighted in the story. It’s so good to see you and your culture represented in a book like that and it was definitely what I loved most about the book.

 

The story is empowering and I loved seeing how the MC dealt with the shitty hand that was dealt to her and did her best to make it out of the situation. She loves so dearly and fiercely. I love that about her. She’s been through so much, but she perseveres still and I admire that. She’s strong and brave.

 

And, I love that it’s set in India. I mean, of course I do. India is my home. And I love that there are more authors who are writing about this beautiful country. I love it even more because it’s #OwnVoices as far as the culture is concerned. I can’t be sure about the rest.

 

All in all, this was a great read and I really enjoyed it.

 

Rating – 4 Stars

 

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Nidhi Kaur is the author of My Wedding with Truth, a collection of inspirational poetry. After discovering the healing power of the written word, Kaur began exploring the power of the divine through her poems.

A Journey to Yonder combines prose and poetry to explore Kaur’s challenging trails of life and her search for miracles in every moment of time.

Kaur lives in Fremont, California, where she works as a software engineer.

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The Universe Of Us, Lang Leav – Book Review

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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.

 

 

 

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This is my first reading in poetry. I mean, sure, we had poetry for lit class in school, but post that I never really read any poetry. Until, one of my friends recommended Lang Leav to me. He was full of praises and begged me to read any of her works because she’s just so good. And, because I trust his judgement a whole lot, I decided to give it a go.

Boy, am I glad that I did! I absolutely loved it! The absolute gorgeousness with which Lang captures emotions and plays with words is amazing. Every poem is a story of its own and it baffles me that she can convey in a few lines what many can’t convey through entire books. She’s really gifted.

I absolutely adored all the poems. They were so beautiful. Happy, sad, heartwarming and heartbreaking all packaged in this one beautiful book for the world to read and experience love. *sighs*

It’s really, really beautiful. I mean, I’m running out of words now. Beautiful, gorgeous, ethereal, transcending and whatever other adjective you want to use. This was beautiful. I’m glad I decided to pick this up. I know I’m going to read all of her work ASAP and I know that I’m going to be just as blown away by them as I am with this!

If you haven’t read her poetry. You’re missing out. Lots. Please pick up one of her collections ASAP! You’ll be thanking me.

 

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7012565The enchanting work of contemporary author and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its child-like facade.

Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing art, poetry and books. She is currently represented by New York literary agent Al Zuckerman from Writers House.

Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions locally and overseas, she has since built up a loyal following of international fans. Her handcrafted book, Charlie’s Widow, was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her fashion label Akina has achieved critical and commercial success, stocked in key boutiques around Australia and later in cutting edge Harajuku, Japan.

She has completed shows in several cities including Santa Monica for the renowned Copro gallery; who have worked with artists such as Mark Ryden and Audrey Kawasaki. She was hand-picked to exhibit in the landmark ‘Playboy Redux’ curated by The Warhol Museum and Playboy Enterprises; alongside contemporary greats such as Gary Baseman and Tara McPherson.

In 2013, Lang launched her latest book Love & Misadventure, published in the US by Andrews McMeel. The Amazon #1 Bestseller is now available from major bookstores worldwide including Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Fully Booked, Waterstones, Periplus and Chapters/Indigo.

Top Ten Tuesday (#1) – I’m Thankful For

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So, I finally decided to do one of the Top Ten Tuesday prompts! It’s an amazing feature, hosted every week by The Broke & The Bookish. I’m really very excited about it! Let’s see how this goes!

This week, the prompt is things we’re thankful for. Not necessarily books, but just things we’re thankful for! So, here we go!

THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Bookish Merchandise

I’m so very grateful for all the bookish merchandise available all around the world! From bookmarks to totes to tees and even wallpapers and screensavers and whatnot! I’m thankful for all of it!

2 Blogging

I’m also pretty thankful for blogging. It gives me a place to talk about all the books I read & love and read & hate and everything in between. It has been such a gift.

3 Bloggers

I’m pretty thankful for all the book bloggers out there because this community is so amazing. They’re all such great people and I love all of them! ❤

4 Wattpad

I’m extremely, extremely grateful for Wattpad! I can’t even describe how much I love that place! So many amazing people with so many amazing stories! ❤

5 Twitter

Twitter is the best platform to connect with fellow readers and authors. So, yeah, pretty grateful for that!

BOOKS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Harry Potter

It goes without even saying that I’m really, really thankful for the Harry Potter books! These books have helped me through a lot of stuff and it’s such a great story and the characters are amazing and GOD I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH!

2 Penny Reid Books

I’m so very grateful for all the books by Penny Reid! Gosh, she is such an amazing writer and all her books have tasteful stories with amazing female leads. I wouldn’t even be reading romance if it wasn’t for her, so yes! I love her!

3 The Fault In Our Stars

This book totally broke all my feels and then some. I don’t remember any other book that I cried over so much, except maybe Order of the Phoenix. Gah, such a beautiful piece of literature! ❤

4 The Universe of Us

Lang Leav is such a gifted poet. I’ve only read this one book by her and it has been such a profound experience! I cannot wait to read more of her books!

5 Percy Jackson

I’m really clueless when it comes to mythology other than my own heritage. But, I absolutely love finding more about other cultures. PJO opened the doors for Greek Mythology and I’m so very thankful for that!

 

So, that’s my list! What are you thankful for? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment! 🙂

Wild Swans, Jessica Spotswood – Book Review

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But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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Okay, first of all, can I just say that this is such COVER LOVE! ❤

I really, really love the cover of this book! It is so amazing! It’s just really, really beautiful!

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And, the story is even more beautiful! ❤

This story follows the journey of Ivy as she tries to understand her family better and tries to find herself and just move on in life. The depth of her emotions and the situations she’s thrown in are just so, so real. They’re heartbreaking and sad and happy and good and bad and frustrating and what not. It’s everything that one goes through in life when they’re seventeen and confused and don’t know what to do or who to choose or what to say.

Ivy, by her very nature, is a people pleaser which puts her in a lot of tough spots throughout the story, but that’s life! It’s shitty at times and you don’t get what you want and you have to put on a brave face and take what’s handed to you and that is explained brilliantly in this story!

I love Ivy’s character. She’s not perfect, she’s so flawed. She gets jealous and feels petty and annoyed and frustrated. She’s not the goody – two shoes who has the perfect life and everything handed to her on a platter. She earned what she has and she’s put a lot of effort and heart and soul into being what she is today, but it’s never enough for her perfectionist grandfather. He keeps pushing and pushing and she succumbs, not just because she’s a people pleaser, but also because she believes that he wants the best for her and he does know best. But, during the course of the story, as circumstances unfold, she starts to understand that he isn’t as perfect as she feels him to be and he is flawed and he makes mistakes as well. She stands up to him when she feels he’s wrong and that is a huge deal because she hasn’t done that, ever.

And, then, of course, there’s her mother. The bitch. (Please, excuse my language, but that’s what she is.) She walked out on Ivy when she was only two and has come home fifteen years later, only because she doesn’t have a place to stay. What’s worse is that she has two more daughters and she’s told them that Ivy is their aunt and not elder sister. Even though she’s down to the ground, Erica (that’s her name) is still so self centered and obnoxious and just such an asshole to Ivy. She refuses to acknowledge her existence and doesn’t care about her feelings at all. But, the way Ivy handles it beautiful.

And there’s Alex, who is her best friend/could – be – love – interest – but – not – so – much because Ivy doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship. Alex and her mother, Luisa have been like family to Ivy and her Granddad after Erica walked out and she loves them. Ivy is afraid that if they start dating but it doesn’t work out, she won’t only lose her boyfriend, but also her best friend and her family. So, understandably she doesn’t want to tread those waters but Alex does and that creates problems between them and then when Ivy starts dating Connor, oh my! That is something that is done beautifully. I love how her struggle is depicted in the story and how she tries to overcome those feelings is amazing! I love all her interactions with Alex and how she puts forth her point and how she stands her ground in what she believes.

And, of course, there’s Connor! Dreamy, swoony, amazing Connor who I need in my life! ❤

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He’s such an understanding, smart and amazing guy. He’s always there for Ivy when he needs her and her biggest pillar of support apart from her friends Claire and Abby (who just love her so very much! I adore them! Claire and Abby! ❤ You go girls! You’re amazing and beautiful and I LOVE YOU GUYS!) But, we’re deviating from the topic. Connor. *sighs* I love him. He’s just so passionate about what he wants and he goes after it and he loves poetry! Are you girls swooning yet? I know I am! I just adore him! He’s the best. The best. Seriously. So amazing.

I love how issues are subtly tackled in here. There’s abandonment and LGBTQ+ themes thrown in in a good measure in a subtle yet empowering manner and I love that! I am so happy that all these issues are addressed and the way Jessica does it is amazing. I love it!

As you can see, there’s little I hate about this book. One of them being that Ivy comes off as a little whiny in parts, but those are easily overlooked because her character is strong and real and gritty and all of us whine at times and we don’t even realise it.

All in all, Wild Swans is an amazing, amazing story about self discovery and standing up for yourself and just doing what you believe in. You should read this!

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The Girl Behind the Red Door

This is an absolutely amazing piece of poetry that’s a must read!

The Girl with Golden Words

There’s a little girl behind that red door
Who peeks out into the driveway and looks for more
She takes the courage to open it further
To see how the world looks beyond the nest built by her mother

She stands there stunned by the enormity.
This world is new and just so full of beauty!
She slowly steps into this world
A silence is around her, and the surroundings mulled.
And just when she is about to know more,
She’s abruptly pulled back towards the door.

Her past clings on to her like a shadow
Like a filthy ghost in a beautiful meadow.
She tries to fight it off with all might
In want of admiring the beautiful sight.
She thinks of the beauty of the other world
And that’s all she needs to give a big whirl.

Off goes the past and she steps into the future

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