The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur Review

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Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom


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I’ve anxiously waited so long for Rupi Kaur to write a second novel, I ran out the day it was released and bought myself a copy.

The Sun and Her Flowers is different from Milk and Honey in themes but the writing remains beautiful. Milk and Honey was about survival,abuse, love and femininity. Where The Sun and her flowers is about grief,self-abandonment, family history,love and empowerment. That being said I loved the first book so much more, Milk and Honey was mind blowing. I found myself struggling, even though my copy is tabbed with favorites.

I love what Rupi stands for, and how she pours so much emotions into her writing. You can feel her passion rolling off the words. This book is such powerful read. The illustration were simple and gorgeous.


Some Favorites

We are all born so beautiful,
the greatest tragedy is being convinced we’re not.

you ask
if we can still be friends
i explain how a honeybee
does not dream kissing
the mouth of a flower
and then settle for its leaves

this place makes me
the kind of exhausted that has
nothing to do with sleep
and everything to do with
the people around me


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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Review

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Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA,Horror,Mystery
Pages: 304 Kindle edition
Rating: 3.75 Stars

Synopsis

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


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As a fan of Stephanie Perkins contemporary book’s I was excited to see how she would do with a completely different genre such as horror. I have to say, I enjoyed this book, I wasn’t blown away by it but I really liked it. As a huge horror fan I loved that there was blood and gore with a high body count. There was just something missing for me. I felt like the mystery of the killers identity shouldn’t have been reveled so early in the story. It would have been better to find out at the final scene who it was. Also the motive for the kills was really underwhelming.

Makani, our main character, was an African American native Hawaiian, was the new girl in a small town, sent to live with her grandmother by her divorcing parents. Makani is an interesting character and had a lot of depth, especially when we learn about her back story.

Perkins writing like her other books, has an easy flow and pulls you into the story. The romance is heavily rooted into the story. It is a fast read I finished it in two sittings, could have finished it in one but I had to work. I liked Makani and Ollie’s relationship, however this was supposed to be a horror novel and some of the romance I could have done without.Call me morbid but my favorite parts of the story was the death scenes. They were gruesome and well thought out, no two deaths were written the same.

It was an entertaining, creepy read and very different from Stephanie Perkins other books. I would recommend reading if your looking for a fast fun spooky read.


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Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale Review

18339901Title: Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale
Author:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Writer), Francesco Francavilla (Illustrations)
Genre: Graphic Novel (Comic),Horror
Pages: 160 pages
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first story line “Escape from Riverdale” from the new ongoing TEEN+ comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie.


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I’ve not read any new ARCHIE stuff in years,I remember going to my grandparents house and reading my Dad’s old copies of Archie as a young child, but I haven’t read any beyond that. I found this volume in a shop last winter and have been saving it for the Fall.

I enjoyed the story, no it wasn’t something to be blown away by but I enjoyed it. Seeing the characters face the zombies as they tried to escape the town. It was a lot of fun. Francesco Francavilla’s artwork was amazing ; the pages are filled with shades of orange and purple giving it the perfect Halloween vibe.

Volume Two will be available March 20 2018 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


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Caraval by Stephanie Garber Review

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Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult,Fantasy
Pages: 407
Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.


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I have to start by mentioning the absolutely stunning cover. The dust jacket is simply beautiful.This book has been really hyped since before it was even released. I have had it on my shelf since January and Ive been in such a reading slump that it’s taken me this long to pick it up.

This book was just absolutely ENCHANTING! From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment while reading Caraval. Garber’s writing sucks you into the story.There were just so many twists, turns, and puzzles that every page leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat. I LOVED the magical world that was created.

I fell in love with the characters too. The bond between the Scarlet and Tella was so strong and clear, it was as if their love for each other could overcome anything.I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Julian from the first scene.I thought he was well written and the perfect contrast to Scarlett. As the story progressed, Scarlett began to really grow and develop. There were times when I was frustrated with her decisions

Stephanie Garber is an incredibly talented author and this is a book that pretty much any age will love!! It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel because it’s THAT good! This was definitely a quick read, I finished it in two days, as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I loooooved this book and I can’t wait for a sequel.


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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ARC Review

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: EGalley, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Synopsis:

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.


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I received an ARC copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley.Release date: September 5, 2017

Girls Made of Snow and Glass first caught my eye when the cover was revealed, and then I found out it was a Snow White retelling and I needed to have it. I have a soft spot for retellings and this one didn’t disappoint. It had all the feels of Snow White but written in a fresh new way. I seen reviews compare this book to Disney’s Frozen and I did see small similarities, I love that movie so all good things from this book.

This book is told from dual point of views, Lynet the Snow White character and Mina The Evil Queen Character. Mina’s POV start when she was a child living in the south and I found myself wanting more of her chapter’s. I loved reading her chapters. Lynet’s POV starts in the present and stays in that time line.

The romance in this book is  marketed as F/F Romance. The romance between Lynet and Nadia is such a slow burn, nothing happened between them until the end. But there romance is so sweet, so if your looking for a swoon worthy lesbian story then this isn’t that story. Lynet and Mina’s relationship was my absolute favorite part of the story.

This book does have feministic undertones, that girls can be powerful they don’t have to be fragile to be a princess/queen. That girls are much more than there beauty.It tells young girls to be themselves even when other push you to be something else, to stand up for yourself and be whatever they want to be. I love how Mina and lyne both work towards what they want. How Snow White falls for a girl instead of Prince Charming.

I also loved the wintery scenery and atmosphere. The world building truly made you feel as if you were surrounded by winter winds and snow. This is where some of the Frozen feels come into play.

Overall this was a beautiful retelling of Snow White. The story has a wonderful dark fantasy fairytale feel to it and the characters are amazing. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for books by Bashardoust in the future.


Let’s chat in the comments, Are you excited to read this book? If You have read it what did you like or dislike about it?

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How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather Review

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Title:How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: YA,Paranormal
Pages: 368
Rating:4.5

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Synopsis

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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HOW TO HANG A WITCH was a lot of fun! A cool fact about the book is that the author is actually a descendant from Cotton Mather from the Salem Witch Trials (just like the main character). I have loved witches since i was a little girl so to say I was intrigued by this book is an understatement. I’m really glad to say that even with some of the negative reviews I’ve read that this book didn’t disappoint. I loved it.

The coolest part of the book was how atmospheric it was. I was a huge fan of the Salem setting. The story also had a creepy autumn vibe to it which I loved.

Sam //  Is the protagonist of this story, she has a pretty rough life and not your typical teenage girl stuff. She is bullied by a group called the descendants, who are ancestors to the witches who were hanged during the trials. I liked her character she is snarky and brave, yet she is a little to quick to believe in rumours. Elijah // I liked his character a lot, he quickly became my favourite.

The only thing was that I figured out who the villain was about halfway through the story so readings the ending wasn’t as much of a surprise. But I still very much enjoyed it. This would be the perfect read for around Halloween!

I can’t wait for the next book, Haunting the Deep! It’s related to the Titanic .It releases October 3, 2017!

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Mini Reviews

3217221Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
by Joe Hill

This graphic novel has been on my TBR list for a while now, so I’m glad I finally picked it up. This graphic novel series is a horror /fantasy.It is a solid debut for the series. The artwork is phenomenal.The story was not at all what I expected, though honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t wait to pick up the next volume.

4 Stars

26502508After the Woods
by Kim Savage

This book first caught my eye with its gorgeous cover .I have been really excited to read this book, two girls go into the wood’s, but I was sadly disappointed. I felt that the plot moved slowly and the romance was unnecessary to the progress of the story. I also guessed the ending about alway through. It is a short book and I finished it in one sitting. It’s not a bad story I found myself enjoying it. The main character Julia is a little boring and it would have been a better story told in the pot of Liv, her best friend. She was so much more compelling.

3 Stars

 

Let me know if you’ve read either of these and what your thoughts were 🙂

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Final Girls by Riley Sager Review

32796253Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Adult,Thriller,Horror
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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I was drawn to this book when I first saw it being mentioned on social media, and I Eagerly awaited for the publication date to arrive. I loved this entertaining and gripping psychological thriller. This book certainly lives up to the hype. Written almost like a slasher film, this novel was tense and addicting. The story has an original plot that really draws the reader into the story.

This story takes place 10 years after the horrific Pine Cottage massacre which left Quincy to be the only survivor of her five friends. This incident leaves her with repressed memories. The story is told in present time along with flashbacks to Pine Cottage 10 years earlier.

What I do really love, though, is when horror tropes. Final Girls – named by the horror industry as the only girl left alive after a massacre. Just like the survivors of movies such as Sydney from scream or Laurie from Halloween. The perfect slasher thriller, with the right mix of blood and suspense. Horror movies are my favourite and this novel played right into it. I loved the creepy campy feeling to this novel. Just when you think you have the mystery all figured out it takes a turn in another direction. That ending though!!

I would recommend this to any fan of the mystery/thriller genre.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Review

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Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Genre: Nonfiction, memoire
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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Why did I wait so long to read this?! Iv’e been told by so many people to read this book, I saw it on sale at Chapters a few week’s back and decided to finally buy it. A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! The chapters are short and direct, and I flew through the book. I wanted to savour the story but also needed to know how it would end. Beautiful, heartbreaking story of a girl growing up in poverty.

What I loved most about the story was how Jeannette captured the vivid emotions of a child growing up cold and with nothing to eat. As a child Jeannette found awe and wonder in her life, always on the move, new adventures. Then in her teens she started to see that their hunger and poverty were completely the fault of her parents. She still loved her parents but became more ashamed of there way of life as she got older. The embarrassment of not having food at lunch and her dirty clothes.

Although the parents are incredibly flawed and downright negligent, you also believed they loved each other. It is impossible to read this book and not want to strangle these parents. The father always running away so he avoids paying bills and running from bad debts always doing the skedaddle made me laugh out loud many times. In my opinion, as bad as Jeanette’s father was, her mother was worse. She hated domesticity, and couldn’t be bothered to raise her children properly. She is lazy and self centred.

I think everyone should pick up this book. It really is amazing!!

I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Review

28245707Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Diversity
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads synopsis:
“Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. “Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom.” —Teen Vogue Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family. ”

My Review

Queens of Geek is such a fun book. It’s so cute and geeky and diverse.I’ve been in a reading slump for almost 2 month’s and I finished this book in one sitting. It was just what I needed.

I absolutely adored this book and I loved all the character’s except Reese. Queens of Geek follows three Australian friends as they travel together to a pop culture convention over the weekend.Readers get to read through the first person POV’s of Charlie, a Youtuber, actress, and bisexual Chinese girl dealing with a recent breakup, and Taylor, a creative cosplayer who is on the autism spectrum and has anxiety. Jamie a latino guy who loves comics.

I related a bit more to Taylor than I did to Charlie.Even though her anxiety presented itself in different ways to mine, I could empathise a lot with the emotions she felt.It shows her struggles and how she tries to cope with her anxiety.She is so brave, she does some things I would never be able to do.

The romances are also super sweet. I loves Taylor and Jamie together. Jamie was a great character and I liked the way the friends to more relationship developed.
Charlie and Alyssa are so cute and there date was perfect.

ALSO IT HAD SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES!

Quotes

“There’s no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be… Are you happy the way you are? Are you comfortable? Do you feel like yourself? … Then that’s all that matters. Fuck everything else.”

“Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blow fly that gets into the house in the middle of summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”