There will be two book reviews per month, at the least. All reviews will be in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest.
Love, & You – Gretchen Gomez
A featured blog post about love, loss, and grieving that you can read here. Has been a #1 Best Seller in poetry/Caribbean and Latin American, poetry/women, and poetry/love and erotica.
DROPKICKromance – Cyrus Parker
From the first poem, Cyrus Parker, has me hooked into his story – with lines like “unsuspecting”, “how do i make it stop?”, and “brace yourself” how could you not? I found myself relating to some of the pieces, and laughing, as if I was playfully being called out. Parker writes with ease that his reader will be in awe with – how can so few words mean so much – that I am truly impressed with. His emotions are seen – felt – in each piece and you can witness for yourself what he was going through. Parker’s vulnerability is so honest and pure that I applaud him and his bravery to be as open as he is with his readers – with the world. DROPKICKromance is a book I will put on my shelf and read time and time again for the pages will never feel old and worn for me. This is such an incredible debut collection, and I can wait for another book from him!
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One – Amanda Lovelace
Honestly, when I started reading it I was a bit disappointed. But then I realized I was comparing it to TPSHITO. Once I stopped the comparison I was able to pick up from the beginning again and read it as it’s own book. (If you’re looking for another princess, this is not it).
Fire. Fire. Fire. Lots of fire. I highly enjoy metaphorically burning stuff down. A+ on that.
Some parts were dull, some parts roared like wildfires. Over all, it was about 40-60 for me. I wish some poems had more body to them, and less repetitive wording, but hey, it’s not my books, it’s Amanda’s!
Down with the patriarchy? This book is for you. This book focuses on the “enough men” the “most men”. Some of it didn’t sit so well with me, especially when throwing intersectional feminism in there — are we not supposed to protect everyone?
As for queer* ladies – I wasn’t fully able to shake the “only men abuse” vibe. While men can – and some do – abuse women, they also can abuse men. And women can abuse women, and men. And so on and so forth through out all the genders (seeing there’s way more than two or three). I won’t talk about other marginalized people, because I cannot speak on something I have not lived.
I however did enjoy the sense of empowerment throughout the book. Which I believe was Lovelace’s point. Female/women empowerment. To own our fire – our powers – and use them to become the force of nature that we are are. For that, I gave bonus star points which made this book, for me, go from 3-stars to 4-stars.
The Witches Of BlackBrook – Tish Thawer
There wasn’t too much of this book that I did not like. The beginning was a tad slow, after 30 or so pages I put it down, but when I picked it up a month later I was sucked into the story and could not put it down. It took me under 24 hours to read from page 30 to the end – it was that good for me.
Now, if you’re not versed in magic and herbal healing and casting spells and enchantments, that’s ok. The author does an amazing job at not only correctly intertwining spells and herbs and such but explains exactly why the sisters are doing these things.
As a Wiccan (okay, more so Pagan) I have yet to come across a story that didn’t seem like “hocus pocus” type of Hollywood witchcraft. It was more than refreshing – and some of her spells that she created gave me goosebumps and ideas for my own book…
I enjoyed the flash backs and other sides of the story as well.
I am interested to read the next one in this series and see where this story line will go.
Magic Hour – Kristin Hannah
** spoiler alert ** I did not want this book to end. I was looking for a new adult fiction author to explore and when I came across this book, the description, I was intrigued from the very start. It’s law enforcement meets psychology meets wild child (literally!) with twists of love and loss in a cute little, cliche-but-in-a-good-way small town. There is a lot going on through out the entire book, so if you’re looking for an easy read this may not be the book you want. The way the author wrote, in third person, but shadowing each of the 4 main characters was the perfect way, in my opinion, to narrate this story. Storytelling is an art form that for some reason has been lost in modern realistic fiction, but Hannah is able to bring storytelling back to life in Magic Hour. Some of the parts of this novel had me laughing, and towards the I was in actual tears. As a reader, being able to feel emotions that the characters felt is so important to me and it was refreshing to finally read a novel that allowed me to do just that. I definitely will be reading another one of her novels soon.