A short review on Love & Misadventure by poet Lang Leav

Like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (which I didn’t really enjoy) these poetry collections by Lang Leav are the most talked about. I was on a poetry kick and I’ve had 2 of her collections sitting on my bookshelves for who knows how long…

As I first started reading I knew that I already didn’t like the writing style. I found myself lost and re-reading the majority of the poems to try and figure out what was being said. I just didn’t get it and maybe it is a personal thing because as I was reading I was thinking that I would relate or enjoy them more is I was a person in love or had just been through a heartbreak, which I have been through neither.

Overall, I gave this poetry collection 2 stars for the reason I couldn’t relate and did not enjoy the writing style but again it’s a personal thought because I would truly recommend this but to the right person.

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Exclusive cover reveal & excerpt + GIVEAWAY!

Hello, lovelies!

I know it’s been a while but hopefully my last post will clear why I’ve been so MIA. Anyways, I couldn’t be happier to make my first blog post in quite some time for none other than an exclusive cover reveal for one of my favorite authors Elise Kova! Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tour are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA! Which releases July 11th, 2017 and is going to be the second novel in The Loom Saga.

If you haven’t read the first book in the Loom Saga, The Alchemists of Loom (which I highly recommend that you do) here is a description. (:

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Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer-turned-thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
 
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins. 
 
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
 
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
Sounds incredible, right? Who wouldn’t love a Steampunk/Fantasy novel with magic, romance, & DRAGONS.
Now on to the cover reveal!!!
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Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 488

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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

 

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

 

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Is it weird to be attracted to art? Because Cvareh is looking mighty fine.
Exclusive Excerpt of THE DRAGONS NOVA!

“They’re coming from the front!” Nora screamed over the crescendo of the engine gaining speed. On cue, the train lurched as an endwig was splattered to a bloody mess on the point of the engine’s pilot.

“Bloody cogs,” Florence cursed. The Vicar Alchemist had sent her to protect the mission as the Revolver, but one of her wasn’t going to be enough. “I’m going to the engine.”

“What are we going to do?” The usually self-sure Nora had the face of a cornered hare.

“You’re going to fight.” Florence passed her a weapon.

“I’ve never shot a gun before.”

“Now is a great time to learn.”

“I’m an Alchemist!”

Seriously, Florence was a breath away from shooting the woman herself. “You’re dead if you don’t adapt! There’s three more bombs exactly like the ones you just used, right there. Just fend them off until the train gets up to speed. But don’t use any other disks.”

Florence had no more time to waste as the train lurched again. They just had to survive until the train reached full speed. For all the endwig were, they certainly couldn’t keep up with a locomotive.

She hoped.

The wind whipped her hair around her face as she stuck her head from the train car. Florence reached out for the ladder to the right of the door, scaling up before another endwig could emerge. She swung up just in time as an explosion nearly blew her foot clean off.

“By the five guilds, you two only had three bombs!” she screamed over the wind, not knowing if they could hear. “Ration them a bit!”

Standing, Florence looked in horror at the tracks ahead. Dozens of endwig lined the path, running eagerly to meet the train. She loaded six canisters at once.

Jumping to the tender, Florence lost her footing atop the moving train car. A nail snapped clean off as she sought a grip that would prevent her from being thrown to certain death. If she fell now, she would never get back on the vessel. She’d be torn limb from limb.

Gritting her teeth, Florence rose to her knees, shooting two endwig in the process. She wedged herself between two grooves on the top of the tender. Blood pooled around her shins as she dug them into the metal for a grip where there was none, but she was stable enough to take aim, and that meant she could open fire.

Five shots down, and Florence reloaded her gun. Endwig came relentlessly like a never-ending nightmare. But the train didn’t gain any more speed. She repeated the process, waiting for the vessel to be like her bullets, whizzing through the night at deadly speeds.

“Anders, now would be a great time to open her up!” she screamed.

There was no reply.

“Anders, Rotus, we need speed, get us out of here faster!”

Five long claws curled around the door of the engine in answer. Florence watched in horror as the white silhouette of an endwig, dotted in the black blood of a Chimera, pulled itself from the engine room. Florence swallowed hard.

They were without Rivet and Raven, stumbling through the darkness, enemies at all sides. She raised her gun slowly, looking fearlessly at the face of death itself. Her revolver was steady over the rocking of the train.

“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now.”

Gunshots echoed through the forest.

About Elise:

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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May the Fourth be with you (:

Dad

Hi everybody! I’m really sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I have been dealing with some family stuff. This post is going to be very hard for me to post because it is still so fresh and personal but I want to share, on January 31st 2017 my Dad unexpectedly past away. It has been very difficult because I don’t physically have a Dad anymore and what girl expects to have their Father pass away at the age of 19? I’m struggling and it is going to be something that I am going to struggle with every day for the rest of my life but again reading has become my savior, my solace. It feels like it has been 10 years and at the same time feels like it only just happened. Right now I am still feeling too many things at once that I can hardly think and grief is a weird thing, it comes in waves. I feel sadness, anger, stress, confusion, shock, anxiety, guilt, irritation, and even depression. I am really thankful though that I am sleeping normally and that I have an appetite still but it is painful to do even the littlest of things like looking at a place that I know my Dad went to or looking at candy that he liked to eat in the store or even walking into Walmart and seeing Kleenex because he always used it..it is painful and it hits you at any time and it feels like a pinch in the heart. I am trying really hard to stay positive and keep my faith in God because I know there is a reason this happened even though my life has forever changed I still have hope that he is no longer in pain and I will one day see him again happy and not in pain anymore maybe even messing around with our dog Jake. The last moment I ever shared with my Dad was an hour before it happened..I woke up so excited that day for the mail to come because my copy of Caraval was coming and when it came I ran to the mail, ripped it open and went into my parents bedroom to show my Dad and I said “Look! Isn’t it beautiful?” and I was smiling (and he wasn’t into reading) but he just nodded his head and rolled his eyes and then that was it.

I want to again say that I am so incredibly thankful for books, and the bookish world for being so welcoming, accepting and positive because I honestly don’t think I would be here right now if it wasn’t for you guys and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read and also I have read a few books since and will be doing reviews on them very soon.

My Review for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor *aka one of the most beautiful, strangest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading*

I want to say first off that I feel everyone who hasn’t read this book yet should go into it completely blind. I’m only about 6 years too late but here is my review I hop you enjoy!

Review *aka just fangirling*:

HOLY. WOW. How did it take me this many years to pick up this book? The writing is absolutely beautiful. The romance was very passionate. I felt like I lived in the world. I adored the characters. I was completely and utterly fascinated with this novel and I cannot wait to continue on this journey and get more lost in this world. Phenomenal. Thank you Laini Taylor for writing this story! Everyone should read this book.

My review for The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

If you don’t know what TSTQ it is a mild re-telling of Persephone and Hades but here is a brief description:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

With that here is my review. I want to add that I don’t want to spoil anything on this book because I feel it is best to go into it blind so my review is pretty much just gushing but despite that I hope you enjoy. (:

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“I love you, jaani. My soul could never forget you. It would retrace every step until it found you.”

GLORIOUS.

The Star Touched Queen was everything I wanted and more. Roshani took it to a whole new level, I felt like I was actually in the world and everything was so vivid in my mind because it was so beautifully written. I loved every character so much (the good and the bad) and just wow I really can’t explain how much I adored this novel. I also just wanted to add that the equality between Maya and Amar was so pleasing to read about (:

What a strange, dark, beautiful book.

 

My review for Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

4 stars

What an incredible read. Milk and Honey started off really dark and made me feel a lot of different emotions but I left it feeling very beautiful and that it was okay to be me despite my imperfections. Great read about trauma, love, loss & femininity.

Here are a quite a few poems from Milk and Honey that really stuck with me.

1.”how is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped from my lips as i answered

cause people have not been kind to me”

 

2. “she was a rose in the hands of those who had no intention of keeping her”

 

3. “every time you tell you tell your daughter you yell at her out of  love you teach her to confuse anger with kindness which seems like a good idea till she grows up to trust men who hurt her cause they look so much like you – to fathers with daughters”

 

4. “the idea that we are so capable of love but still choose to be toxic”

 

5. “learning to shrink for a family who likes their daughters invisible was the second the art of being empty is simple believe them when they say you are nothing repeat it to yourself like a wish i am nothing i am nothing i am nothing so often the only reason you know you’re still alive is from the heaving of your chest” – the art of being empty

 

6. “what am i to you he asks i put my hands in his lap and whisper you are every hope i’ve ever had in human form”

 

7. “i need someone who knows struggle as well as i do someone willing to hold my feet in their lap on days it is too difficult to stand the type of person who gives exactly what i need before i even know i need it the type of lover who hears me even when i do not speak is the type of understanding i demand” – the type of lover i need

 

8. “he only whispers i love you as he slips his hands down the waistband of your pants this is where you must understand the difference between want and need you may want that boy but you certainty don’t need him”

 

9. “i didn’t leave because i stopped loving you i left because the longer i stayed the less i loved myself”

 

10. “i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like when i am sad i don’t cry i pour when i am happy i don’t smile i glow when i am angry i don’t yell i burn the good thing about feeling in extremes is when i love i give them wings but perhaps that isn’t such a good thing cause they always tend to leave and you should see me when my heart is broken i don’t grieve i shatter”

 

11. “you were not wrong for leaving you were wrong for coming back and thinking you could have me when it was convenient and leave when it was not”

 

12. “neither of us is happy but neither of us wants to leave so we keep breaking one another and calling it love”

 

13. “asking them why they did it. why they forced you to love them when they forced you to love them when they had no intention loving you back and they’ll say something along the lines of i just had to try. i had to give it a chance. it was you after all. but that isn’t romantic. it isn’t sweet. the idea that the moment they sense fear. they are already halfway out the nerve to let you go with grace. as if they human heart means that little to them.

 

14. “they way they leaves tells you everything”

 

15.”if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”

 

16. “perhaps the saddest of all are those who live waiting for someone they’re not sure exists

– 7 billion people” 

 

17. “it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations”

 

18. ” there is a difference between someone telling you they love you and them actually loving you”

 

19. “sometimes the apology never comes when it is wanted and when it comes it is neither wanted nor needed.” – you are too late

 

20. “the next time he points out the hair on your legs is growing back remind that boy your body is not his home he is a guest warn him never outstep his welcome again”

 

21. “to be soft is to be powerful”

 

22. “you have to stop searching for why at some point you have to leave it alone”

My review for What’s a soulmate by Lindsey Ouimet

2 stars

Great world, Bad romance.

Here is a brief synopsis of What’s a soulmate

Libby Carmichael has just met her Soulmate. It’s just too bad he’s behind bars.

When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it’s pretty easy to figure out when you’ve found your Soulmate. What Libby can’t figure out is why fate,destiny, or the powers that be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and always has a plan for what’s coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she’s thrown for a loop.

Namely because he’s in a dingy grey jumpsuit.

And handcuffs.

And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Surely a boy who’s been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn’t who she’s meant to be with. There’s no way she belongs with someone like that…right?

2.5 stars

To cut to the chase, I felt that although Ouimet have a very cool and unique description, when I started reading I felt that it was just about the same as every other YA forbidden romance I’ve read. Maybe it’s because I’m not a 15 year old anymore but I felt like the heroine was immature and I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters enough to even care about them or what was even going on in the story which, of course was a real bummer.

I also didn’t really enjoy that there was no diversity in this novel at all. There were no POC, LGBT and I wasn’t a big fan of the insta-love but maybe that was my fault because after all the book is about soulmates.

I thought the color blindness was a bit problematic. Basically, until you see your soulmate you see in black in white. Once you set eyes upon your soulmate everything is bursting with color. I did like however that your soulmate did not need to be a lover..it could have been a friend, setting eyes upon your newborn, you can also have more than one soulmate and you may also not be the soulmate for your soulmate.

I didn’t feel like Libby was a good friend to Beth and I felt that if they’re had been a better friendship between the two of them.

I did really like the parents story although I didn’t feel they were invested enough in the story.

I didn’t really care for Andrew but there were times when I did and I was starting to like the romance and then it would just fall flat.

It had a real fairy tale vibe at the end which was okay, but I personally wasn’t a fan.

Would I recommend? I would say depending on the person and I feel this book is intended for younger readers.

Final thoughts: Over all I felt that the writing and story had a lot of potential but it was just okay. I didn’t really feel that the hero being a prison inmate was that big of a deal and It was just another YA romance that we have all read before witch two white heterosexual love interests with a pretty book cover. 

*Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review*