Milk and Honey Review

All seriousness aside, I was thinking of doing this review in poem form considering that this is just a book of poems and lines. However, after much thought, I realize that I did want this review to be taken seriously. With that aside, let us begin with our review.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems and prose about being a woman and learning how to deal with loving others as well as yourself. I will note that this book does not start off light and fluffy. I feel as thought I wrote the synopsis as so. It starts off in a dark place and then it slowly grows to be empowering.

With that said, I did give this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the poems and the prose that were empowering and informative. Those were the poems that made me think about our society, and what it means to be a woman in today’s modern society. However, there were also a lot of poems and prose where I just felt empty and wondered if there was more. I felt that I was missing something. I hated the fact that when I finished this book, I did feel that I did miss something. I felt that I was not understanding the whole hype that surrounded this book. I could understand a few poems, but not the whole book. I will also give a little pro towards the artwork that is a part of this book. I felt they matched the pieces and helped tell more than what was on the page.

I am not sure who to recommend this book to. I just feel as though this book would make a great college/ university staple piece for a writing class or a book literature class. I feel as though this book requires and demands discussion.  It is not a piece that you can just sit read and think for a bit. I do wonder that if I did approach this book differently, and had a discussion with someone about this book if I would give it a better rating, and see it in a different light.  With that thought, I still feel as though I am not giving this book enough justice.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of in the comments down below. I really would love to have a discussion with someone about this book. Do not be afraid to leave your comments down below.

Until next time.

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books Day 3

I will admit that day three actually went better than day one and two. I actually read a book. Not one of the books that I was planning on reading, but it is still a book, and it was 197 pages long.

The book that I read was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I did read the prequel book, Smile, so I knew what to expect and a little bit more about these characters. In reading other people’s reviews about this book, I did realize that it does make a difference in the understanding of the story and the characters.

This particular comic looked on a road trip that Raina took with her mom, sister, and brother to Colorado. Along the road trip, you get to see some past experiences that Raina had about growing up with her sister and her brother.

I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.
Mostly it was because I was able to relate to this book so much, with the sibling rivalry, and the love that you have for your siblings. There are moments where the book is touching and sad, but I did see the humor that existed throughout the book.

In looking at the artwork. It was the same as Smile. I did enjoy the color pallet that was chosen, and I also liked how the characters were drawn. Even though they were cartoonish, I still felt as though they were realistically drawn, as proportions wise. There were no super model bodies within the pages of this book.

I do recommend this book. I believe that everyone would love and enjoy this book. However, I will add the stipulation that you do need read Smile before you read this book. The way that this book is written and formatted as though you have read the previous book. I do recommend the previous book, Smiles.

That is it. That so far is what I have accomplished for day three.

I will see you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

How to Hang a Witch Review

I am really excited to be sharing this book with everyone. I know that it might be a little late to be giving this book as a suggested Halloween read. Frankly, this book is good enough to read at any time of the year (please do not wait for next Halloween). I will admit that there are some spoilers in this review. Sadly the parts that I really love about this book are the spoilers. I will try to keep it spoiler free, but please understand that there will be some spoilers.

how-to-hang-a-witchHow to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather is about Samantha Mather who moves from New Yark to Salem after her father mysteriously goes into a comma, and her dealing with the mystery and witchcraft of Salem.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even if there were partial ratings involve, this would be a solid five out of five stars.

One of the things the I truly enjoyed about this book was the mystery aspect. Not just the mystery, but how it tied both the past and the present together. In addition to the history, I also enjoyed how Adriana Mather is actually related to Cotton Mather, the man who started the witch trials in Salem. You do see how she respects the other families as well as the town in her writing, but I did enjoy knowing that little personal connection when reading this book. I felt as though it added a nice touch. The other two points that I enjoyed are actually spoilers. One of the things that I actually love was ending of the novel and the twist that happened. For some strange reason, I did not think that the events would turn out the way they did. I even spoiled myself by reading the last few pages of the novel, and even then I did not expect that plot twist. In addition, I also liked how almost everything was wrapped up and explained. Not everything was explained directly, which was nice because it gave you a chance to think about the book more. The book does stay with you for a bit, the more you think about it, the more everything starts to make sense.

Sadly, I do have a few problems with the book. However, these problems did not deter my enjoyment of the book. The first problem that I had was the slow beginning. I felt that it actually took too many chapters for us to get anywhere in developing the main problem and an idea on how to solve it. In addition to that, I also felt that the character’s choice and view of the world was annoying, however, the further we got along in the novel and we started to see that she was correct, the more the communities’ view became annoying and barbaric. Another problem that I had with the book was that the ending was not a bit longer. Let us be real here. I love the ending. However, I just wished that we got to see more of the aftermath of the incident at the end of the book. What did these teens say to the police? How did they explain the problems that they experience? I would also like to see how the relationship changed between Samantha and the other descendants. In addition, I would also like to know what happened to Elijah. It was hinted that he was able to pass on, but then he left a gift for Samantha. I am kind of curious to see if he did pass.

In the end, I would recommend this book to everyone. In fact, I have been. This book is definitely a good mystery thriller that does give off some creepy vibes once in a while. I am thoroughly happy and satisfied with this book. So far, what I am hearing is that everyone who has read it is also happy and satisfied.

I do hope that you enjoyed this review. If you have read the book, let me know in the comments below what you thought of the book. Did you enjoy it as much as I did? What was your favorite part? Was there any unanswered questions that you wished were answered after you finished reading this book?

Until next time. Happy reading!

Thirteen Review

I am happy that I am finally getting another review done. It is taking me a while to do so, but at least I am getting there. The book that I am reviewing is Thirteen by Tom Hoyle. This was the first book that I got from Bookly Box. I have been meaning to review this book since the beginning of September.

IMG_2560Thirteen is about a 12-year-old boy, Adam, struggle to survive after a cult found him. The cult believes that kill him will fulfill a prophecy of bringing the world to a new order.

I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though I had some problems with the book, there was a lot that I enjoyed.

The parts that I enjoyed was its pacing, how it was well written, and how there was lots of suspense and emotions. I really enjoyed the pacing, it helped with the suspense. There were very few slow movements in the book, and those moments were explained later on in the book. Not only did the pacing helped with the suspense, it also helps create an emotional bonding, or loathing, with some of the character, even those that did not stay that long within the story. In the end, I would just have to say that it was well written for its conciseness and suspense. However, I did have a couple of issues with the book.

All the issues that I have with the book are content issues. I feel as though these issues do contain some spoiler, if you do not want to read them, that is okay. These issues did affect the rating of the book. The biggest issue that I had was the believableness of some of the scenes. One scene, in particular, was when Adam was at the station with his neighbors while being interviewed with the cop. The cop turned to the neighbors and ask for them to leave and not even a second after they closed the door the cop got us and arrested Adam. When he walked through with Adam he claimed that Adam was going to be sent to prison for his confession. The main issue that I had with the scene was the lack of response with everyone, especially the neighbors. The only person who responded with shocked was Adam. I also don’t know if I watch too many cop programs, but I find it interesting that Adam was allowed to be with a cop by himself. No parental supervision, no CPS or lawyers. I cannot see this scene being legal. I am also not sure if it is a UK thing because this book does take place in London. The last two problems are spoilers since they take place at the end of the book. One of those problems was when Adam and his friend Meghan, were at court talking about the experience that they went through. The judge was just passive  and told both kids that they were very brave and smart. No apologies, nothing. Everyone was just happy. Again, I am not sure if it is a US thing, but I feel as though with the media being involved, there should have been a public apology and some compensation to both Meghan and Adam for all the trauma that they have been through. It was the biggest disappointment ever. The other problem that I had with the end was how it set up the second book. We know that the cult did not die down, and they are still planning on killing Adam for vengeance, but what I don’t understand was who was setting it all up. I am pretty sure that a key character, the leader, died, but the way it was written, made it sound like that person was still alive. The last issue that I had was being able to recommend the book.

The main issue that I have with recommending this book is the torture and the many wicked ways to kill people. I feel as though those would be a trigger for those who cannot handle such content. For those who can, I would recommend the book. It is very fast pace, and it is not a book that you will regret reading. Even though I was disappointed with the book, I was satisfied with the story as a whole.

That my friends is my review for Thirteen. I do hope that you enjoyed the book. If you have any questions or thoughts about the book, leave them down below. I will see you next time. Happy reading!

Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee Review

Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee by Mark A. Cooper is about a 10-year-old boy who saves the world from the most horrific monster the Nuckelavee after he is forced to moved to Scotland to live with his father.

img_2815I ended up giving this book three out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I could give out partial rating I would have given the book 2.5 to 2.75 stars out of five. So let us begin with the cons.

Please keep in mind that these are my thoughts of the book. I did do some research and found out that this book is self-published through Amazon. I have read several self-published books before, and I enjoy supporting and seeing new authors. However, a lot of the problems that I found with this book could have been taken care of with some editing and care. Some of these issues were the spelling and grammar errors, as well as the spacing issues that existed throughout the book. I get that everyone is human, and I am not upset with one or two mistakes, but these errors were distracting, especially the spacing problems. Other problems that I had was the plot holes that existed. One, in particular, happened in the beginning of the book when Archie was talking to some other mythical creatures. You think he is outside, and all of a sudden there is a problem of how to get Archie out of the cave. You do not realize that he is in the cave until these creatures talk about how to get Archie out of the cave. I ended up reading this section multiple times thinking that I missed something, but each time I realize that nope, there was just a few missing details. That is just one of the few plot holes that exist within this book. I also got to experience the opposite in this book. There were several times in which I sat there and thought, Now why is this in the book? What significance will this be later on?  and so on. All of these events don’t even add anything to the story or the plot as a whole. For example, there was the dance scene at the end where you got to see Archie being bullied and made fun of when he was told that the winter dance was a costume dance. That whole entire scene added nothing to the plot or character development. The other bullying scene where Archie was accidently hurting his bully before he was given the costume was important, it showed his new found super power. With this, I had problems with some of the random useless characters that existed in the story. I get that they need to exist, there needs to be a town/ village. However, these characters are not just mentioned, they have roles within the story, in which I am trying to figure out what they are for. Archie’s dad is kind of in this boat. The father had more of a role in the beginning, but I felt as though he was there to create extra plot towards the end of the book. Almost all of Archie bullies could be places as useless extras, and the priest was a bit interesting. I just felt as though our writer felt that he needed to give everyone a part in play. The final problem that I had with this book was the repeat pages. There is one conversation that Archie has three times. It made sense for Archie to have the conversation twice, once with the mythical creatures and once with his dad, but to have the conversation again with the mythical creatures was a bit too much. It did not help that the conversations were almost identical like Cooper decided to copy and past a page and a half of writing.

However, there are a few good qualities about the book. The first being the binding is awesome. I felt as though I would not be destroying the binding as easily as some of the other paperback books. I also have had some experience with some poor binding, with both hardback and paperback books. The way that the binding was done for this book was a bit unique, and I enjoyed the fact that you can open the book without destroying the spine. You can see it a bit in the picture. The other thing that I enjoyed was the huge font. My eyes are getting a little tired from all the reading, and it is nice to take a break with a large font book. The last thing that I enjoyed was the concept of the book. The concept as a whole is wonderful. You have this boy who is going through the loss of a mother and learning how to live in a new area and to be with a father that he has never met, saving the world from a horrific mythical creature. I enjoyed the idea of a boy seeing the importance of saving the environment. These concepts and ideas have potential and I can see it being a successful serries, I just wished it had a little bit more care and was edited it a bit more.

As for recommending the book… I can’t. Maybe if those errors were corrected, I could, but they exist. I don’t know if they have been fixed in the ebook format, but I am not willing to spend $5-$10 on a book that I have already read, just to see if those errors have been corrected and fixed. However, even though Amazon does allow editing, those edits are mainly focused on spelling, grammar, and spacing, not storylines. Since I am not willing to buy the ebook version of the book, I cannot ask everyone to do the same. To tell you the truth, I was not as invested in this story, but I did find the story cute with tons of potential, and I am hoping to see a bit more of this author’s work.

That is it, my friends. I do hope that you enjoyed this review.  Until next time. Happy reading!

A Magical Review

A week ago I read Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, and I just recently finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a few days ago. Fantastic Beast  will be a short review, while the Cursed Child will be a lot longer with a lot of spoilers. So let us get started.

IMG_2455[1]Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling). I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. This is a textbook that Harry, Ron, and Hermione used when they went to Hogwarts to study magical creatures. This book was written for Comic Relief to help raise funds to get rid of poverty. The comedy does come in the form of the side notes and conversations that the three had throughout the book.

This book does read like a textbook. The comedy only comes in the form of the side conversations and notes that the three made throughout the book. There is a 10-page section where it is just the textbook with no side notes or conversations. It was the thing that I wished for that there was more of those side notes and conversations throughout the book. I enjoyed reliving some of those moments in the series, as well as getting to see more of this world. I will admit almost off of the side notes and conversations were funny.

As for recommending the book. I would say read it. The side conversations are fun, but I imagine this book will be a lot of fun to have in your hands as you are watching the movie, checking off all the “beasts” that we get to see in the movie. It is a bit gimmicky, but the book is going to a good cause. As for owning the book. The book is no longer in print, so owning a copy would be expensive. I ended up checking this book out at the library.

Now, onto the play!

Before I begin with the play I want to make a disclaimer that I am not a fan of reading plays by myself. I know that it sounds stupid, I have had some bad experiences with reading plays and when it comes to a play, I am very cautious about it. On one hand, I do want to read it, but I feel as though you should always read plays with a group of people. I feel as though plays require that uniqueness as well as these different presences to help bring the story to life. I also want to warn you that there will be spoilers!
IMG_2444[1]Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about father-son relationships and how the past can affect these relationships as well as the father and the son. I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I was honest, I would give this book 3.5 to 3.75 stars out of five.

Let’s first talk about the story line. I did enjoy the story as a whole. Being able to revisit the fourth book with the Triwizard tournament, and being in the present was amazing. It allowed us to see old and new characters. I did not mind the time turner aspect. It made sense that it would now be a black market item and that dark witches and wizards would go through trying to recreate or get their hands on a new one. I know that the time turners is one of the controversies with this play, but I will say that if you spend the time thinking about it, it fits. I will reference The Chamber of Secrets and Harry’s accidental blip in Knockturn Alley, where Harry was in that store that sold artifacts of a dark and questionable pasts. The owner of the store was reference by Draco as being someone who would try to recreate something similar to that. I will also admit that the play did read like fanfiction. I am not sure if this is a pro or a con. On one hand, I did enjoy the quick pace of the story as well as the intensity of some of the scenes. At the same time, I also wished things would be fleshed out and were given more details. The one thing I really did not like about the story line was how we covered three years of Scorpius and Albus being at Hogwarts in one scene. I will admit that there were moments where I wished that the play was in storybook format. I felt that there were scenes that needed to be fleshed out with the characters perspectives. I felt that those perspectives would have been better, and helped us relate and love our characters a bit more.

I will also talk about another controversy of the play, which is the characters. I will admit, that millions of people I fell in love with Scorpius and his little geeky self. He is adorable. However, I am not a fan of the name. Way before we ended up with the height of Voldemort’s rule, I kept reading his name as Scorpion. I could not figure out why Draco would pick the name Scorpius for his child. As for the other character, I do feel as though there are a bit of change, without context. I do understand that we did skip 20 years into the future, but there were some things that did bother me. One of them was Ron. There is a difference between movie and book Ron, and I felt that they just took movie Ron and put him into the series. Movie Ron became more of the comedic relief, and that was this Ron. I did enjoy the humor that Ron gave, and felt that those moments do need to exist, however, I felt as though we lost a bit of book Ron. I felt as though Ron could have been in better use and help flesh out some of the plots as well as help develop some arcs and growth. There are some other character issues. One of them is the Harry freak out on McGonagall. I understood that Harry was freaking out over his missing son and the events that were happening, but I also felt as though that was a bit out of character. I am having a hard time believing that he would ever threaten McGonagall or the school, let alone say some of those harsh things. I could see Draco saying those things, but not Harry. The other character change is Draco. I did enjoy seeing him being a bit nicer to Harry and the gang, and even telling Harry the truth about how he felt. However, he kept switching sides between old Draco and new Draco. I felt as though Draco’s development should have been fleshed out more as well as developed more. For both Harry and Draco, the fatherly role is a great story arc, and is was the focus for most of the story, it just should have taken more time and we should have seen more a development for both of them. Even a development for their relationship for each other should have been fleshed out more.

I am on the fence for recommending this play. I did enjoy it, for its nostalgic purposes. Even though that I did enjoy the story as a whole, I did have some problems with the play that seems to be a constant problem. In short, like millions out there, I do feel as though this should have been in story format. Having the play is great, since I will not be able to travel to London to see it, I am glad that I do get to be a part of it. Nevertheless, I do wish that we could have had both the play as well as the book.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my magical reviews in the world of Harry Potter. Enjoy your week and I will see you next time. Happy reading!

Uprooted Review

Alright, I just finished this book and thought I would get this review done before I forget or get to distracted. So let us begin.

Uprooted, by Naomi Naomi Novik, is about a young village girl who gets taken away to learn magic and instead learns the truth about the corruption of her beloved forest and home in time to save it. (Sorry about the horrible summary, I just did not want to spoil the book.)

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads, and I believe that it has quickly become one of my favorite books of 2016 so far. In fact, I cannot come up with one bad thing about the book except that I have finished it and wish there is more to this world.

I can tell you that this book is beautifully written. I love the mixture of her writing and the folklore of Eastern Europe (I believe the folklore is Polish). It was fun seeing the mixture of the two and how they existed in both worlds, making the story more grounded in ours. Even the names of some of our characters have their origins from this region. In addition, the book felt like an old fairy but with some modern twists, almost like reading one of your old favorite books. To continue on, the theme of roots was huge throughout the story and enjoyed seeing its multiple meanings, from roots to where you live to roots to the problem, throughout our main character’s experience. Furthermore, this book kept me on the edge of my seat, from creating a desire for two of our characters to be together to wanting to help them through their trials. Finally, all the characters are realistic and relatable, even the ones you hate. Yes, there are a few jerks in the book, but in the end, like I have said before, they are all realistic and as much as you hate them and their choices, you can see and understand their choices. Most of all I do love our main character Agnieszka. She is not your typical pin-up and perfect heroine. She is messy, with messy hair and clothes, kind, compassionate, loyal, and thinks outside the box. In addition, when the traditional method of learning magic has failed her, she finds her own way and expands on that. She is not afraid to get dirty, or to go through old forgotten tombs and books to learn, and is not afraid to follow her own instincts to help her understand and make decisions.

As for recommending this book, I do recommend this book to everyone over the age of 14. The book does have some dark and mature moments that I do not find fitting for children. As I have mentioned before, the content of the story does get dark. There are some graphic description of wounds and battles and if you get easily triggered, I would not recommend this book. There are moments where it is dark enough that you could claim it to be an original Grimm’s Brother fairytale. Though there are some light humored moments that balance everything throughout the book. In all, I really do wish to give this book to everyone and hope that everyone would agree on how great this book really is.