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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Halloween Book Recommendation !!

It’s October, and Halloween is just a few weeks away,To celebrate, I thought I would share my picks for spooky autumn reads. Since there are only so many times you can re-watch Nightmare on Elm Street.

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I’m sure everyone has heard about this book by now especially with the movie now being in theater. I first read this book when in was in high school, about 10 years ago. This time around I am listening to it on audio book. It is about a small town called Derry, where there are strange murders are going on where no one is to sure what is happening. As we the reader though know they are being committed by someone dressed as a clown. There is a group of children and the story is told in different POV’s between all the character’s from when they were kid’s and now as adults. This is a very long book to read over a thousand pages, the audio book is 44 hours. I think this is a perfect book to read in October.

29608503How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

This witchy book is the perfect book to read this time of year. I read it only a few months ago and really enjoyed it. How to Hang a Witch is set in Salem the town famous for the witch trials. Our protagonist Samantha has moved in with her stepmother to her Father’s childhood house.  She becomes enemies with a group of girls called the descendants, actual decedents of witches from the trials. If that inst enough Sam also encounters a ghost of a boy who is angry that Sam is in the house. You can see my review here.

 

15797848There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This novel was described as Scream in YA form. Highly anticipated thriller by Stephanie Perkins. Makani, an African american/native Hawaiian girl is sent to move in with her grandmother by her divorcing parents. Here she befriends a trans boy named Darby and his friend Alex. There are a close knit group of friends, when Makani starts to date Ollie they are suspicious of him as there are strange murders happening around town. I enjoyed this novel and recommend picking it up if your looking for a fun fast read.  This is my most recent review and you can see it here. 

 

 

 

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.


Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments 🙂 

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Fall Essentials + Obsessions!

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This post of going to sound so basic but I love the fall so much. It’s the season I look forward to all year. The leaves are starting to turn color,and its glorious .I wish there was a place where it was autumn year round.

I like to read paranormal/horror/thriller books in the fall. Coming in the next week I will be making a post of “spooky” recommendations. It’s such a good essential to have to get into a darker Halloween mood. One of my favorite series to re-read in the fall is the Harry Potter series it just has so many fall vibes. It’s just perfect to read in the fall time. I don’t like to make To be read piles because my moods change, I have read one book and one comic trade in October so far and I hope to get to a few more. I have a huge pile of thrillers I would like to get to, and I’m listening to It on audio book.

Make a Fall playlist, my favorite kind of music to listen to in the fall time is more indie, acoustic. I put a bunch of my favorite songs into a big list. Just a nice chill playlist to listen to while reading or cleaning up.

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How can I talk about fall without talking about candles! My favorite fall scents from Bath and Body works; Leaves, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, your whole place smells great and its just awesome. My new favorite is marshmallow fireside,I didn’t think I would like it but omg its amazing !!

Fall is by far the best time to wear boots. Go for long walks in the afternoon with the crisp fall air and crunching leaves under my feet. Super comfy cozy sweaters, and it wouldn’t be Fall without flannel.

And of course you need fall drinks weather you like tea or coffee, if not then grab a hot chocolate. Personally I love pumpkin spice lattes. I’m a very basic person 🙂

9baf90353963d26daaa1c54235b10b38I love spending time outside this time of year. So of course apple picking is a must but this year I don’t think I’ll be able to go. So this year I will have to say pumpkin carving will be a big activity to do 🙂 I want to get 2-3 pumpkins closer to the end of October (Tomavo sells local produce.)

It wouldn’t be fall without Halloween/horror movies. My favorite is John Carpenters Halloween and Earnest scared stupid I used to watch it every year as a kid and want to pass the tradition on to my son and baby girl once she’s old enough.

What are some of your favorite fall essentials?


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Life update and Autumn Would you Rather .

tumblr_ovayonj19R1uow63xo1_500.jpgHappy Canadian Thanksgiving !!!There has been a lot of changes in my life this year, some hard and some good. Quitting school was the right decision it has eased my anxiety so much and I am torn weather to re-enrolling in the future. Finding out I was pregnant was scary but with my Family’s support it has been a good experience, with only 10 weeks left until baby Emilia is here ❤ I am thankful for my family, my cats and my friend. I have my windows open, it’s raining and the autumn breeze is drifting inside, so I decided to do this Autumn would you rather I found on Tumblr.

Autumn Would you Rather:

1. Go apple picking V.S. Going on a hay ride

2. Scary V.S. Sweet

3 Sweaters V.S. Boots

4. Socks V.S. Mittens

5. Bonfires V.S. Football

6. Trick or Treating V.S. Watch Scary movies *this one is hard*

7. Apple Pie V.S. Pumpkin Pie

8. Halloween V.S. Thanksgiving

9. Bake Pie V.S. Bake Cookies

10. Rain V.S. Fog

11. Black Cats V.S. Owls

12. Ghosts V.S. Wizards

13. Harry Potter V.S. Halloweentown

14. Go Hiking V.S. Sleep in

15. Cinnamon V.S. Nutmeg

16. Reading V.S. Writing

17. Hot Chocolate V.S. Tea

18. Live in a Cabin In a Forest V.S. Have it be fall 24/7

19. Candy Apples V.S. Caramel Apples

20. Blankets V.S. Pillows

21. Roasted marshmallows V.S. Roasted Chestnuts

22. Coffee V.S. Apple Cider

23. Red Leaves V.S. Orange Leaves

24. Braids V.S. Bows

25. Scented Candles V.S. The Smell of Fresh Baked Goods

26. Carve Pumpkins V.S. Make Pumpkin Pie

27. Pumpkin Spice Lattes V.S. Chai Tea Lattes

28. Coats V.S. Oversized Sweaters

29. Beanies V.S. Berets

30. Candy Corn V.S. Peanut Butter Cups

31. S’mores V.S. Apple Crisp

32. Jump In a Pile of Leaves V.S. Swing on a Tire Swing

33. Corn Maze V.S. Haunted House

34. Bob For Apples V.S. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

35. Whipped Cream on Hot Chocolate V.S. Marshmallows on Hot Chocolate

36. The smell of pumpkin guts V.S. rotting leaves?

37. Sweet V.S. salty pumpkin seeds?

38. Store bought V.S. pumpkin patch pumpkins?

39. Wool V.S. knit sweaters?

40. Halloween party V.S. exploring haunted places?

41. Candy corn V.S. mellowcreme pumpkins?

42. Apple cider donuts V.S. pumpkin donuts?

43. The Nightmare Before Christmas V.S. Hocus pocus ?

44. Scary costume V.S. something silly?

45. Still, silent nights V.S. rainy, windblown ones?

46. Monster movies V.S. their classic novels?

47. Witches V.S. ghosts?

48. Raking leaves V.S.climbing trees?

49. Ouija boards V.S. ghost stories around a campfire?

50. Frankenweenie V.S. The Corpse Bride?

Well that’s it for today 🙂 I’m hoping to have a few more Autumn/Halloween post in the next few weeks, Le me know if you would like a fall reads recommendation post 🙂


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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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October TBR and Plans 🎃🍁🍂

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Happy October Witches !! It’s finally that time of year and I couldn’t be happier. Today finally felt like fall which was amazing, it’s been so hot here and my poor pregnant body couldn’t handle the heat any longer. I apologize once again that I haven’t been nearly as active as I used to be. One: Is because my Mac-book screen is broken *cries all the tears*I hate writing reviews on my phone so I’m hoping it wont cost to much to repair my screen. Two : I’m now 29 week’s pregnant !! Where has the time gone,September just flew by. I officially have 12 shifts left at work,which is crazy to me how little time I have left. November I will be trying to catch up on reading before the baby comes in December.

October is going to be a busy month with finishing up work, it’s also Noah’s 11th birthday on the 18th were currently planning his party 🙂 It’s my fiance 30th Birthday on the 28 !! Plus all the horror/Halloween movies I want to watch as part of a challenge. I’m also so excited about all the fall TV premieres!! What shows are you excited to have back on TV?

Currently Reading:

It by Stephen King
I read this when I was just out of high school,almost 11 years ago. I am listening to this on audio book and I’m really enjoying it. I’m about 15% into it,its almost 44 hours so I’ll be listening to this all month. The physical book is on sale at Chapters right now and its pay week 🙂 I will be picking up a copy to follow along with the audio.

Heart shaped box by Joe Hill
I actually started reading this one at the end of September. I’m 40% finished, I feel like I could be done this book by now. But I’m not sure its a slow moving book,i do like it but I’m not as thrilled about it as I was hoping. I do plan on finishing it.

31 Days of Halloween Challenge :

I’m not sure where this challenge started but I’ve seen it on Instagram. Its where you watch a Halloween/Horror movie each day during the month of October. I will upload a post on Halloween of all the movies I watched as part of a wrap up.

Let me know what you will be reading in October. I personally don’t like making TBR because I often change my mind. I would love to know what all of you are planning to read or watch.

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Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: The becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkins

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Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy,Paranormal
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format:Hardcover, 384 pages

Synopsis

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right

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I will be reading this the moment it comes out. Loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and can’t wait to read more about Noah. Omgggggg!! Gorgeous cover!

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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“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: All the crooked saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.


You had me at “Maggie Stiefvater.” ❤ THAT COVER !!! Its gorgeous. The Raven Boys is one of my all time favourite series, so I have high expectations for this book.