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!

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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!

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!

Booktubeathon Day 2

Alright, I did not get as much reading as I planned to get done today, but what I got done I am proud of. Today, I mainly focused on listening to More Than This by Patrick Ness. I ended up reading 20 chapters from this book. I would have read more if it were not for the fact that the audible account from my iPod to my iPhone don’t link up at the same location. The iPhone is always behind a few chapters.

I also finished another book after my post. I finished the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles. Thus completing two challenges in one day. Those two challenges are to read a book older than me and to read a book after sunset. I will leave a review of that book down below.

I do want to talk about my plans for tomorrow. I am going to change my schedule a little bit. Originally I had planned on reading More Than This and finishing the book tomorrow. However, I am really enjoying it as an audio and I want to continue my audible experience. So I have decided to bring The Hidden Oracle up a day. I do not know what I was thinking, I highly doubt that I can start and finish a book in three hours, especially with a character that I have very little empathy with. I am also planning on reading the third Spiderwick book tomorrow.

After this post I am planning on starting and finishing the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Those are my plans. Now onto the review.

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Feild Guide by tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

Summary: This book is about three siblings experiencing their first encounter with the Fae and mystical folk in their new home while finding a mysterious book.

Rating: I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was, to be honest, I would have given the book 3.5 stars out of five.

Pros: I do have a couple of things that I liked about this book. The first is that this is a good introduction to a series. It does give you a chance to get to know the characters and a bit about their surroundings. In addition, I can see why kids loved this series. The characters are relatable and the reading is pretty easy. The other reason why I like this book was its shortness. I know that this stems from reading this book for the Booktubeathon and trying to complete one of the challenges. However, I did enjoy that the book was concise and to the point.

Cons: There are a couple of problems that I had with the book. One of them was the lack of plot and growth. Yes the siblings getting together can be counted as both, but each character did not grow. I still felt as though I was asking the book “What else?” “What is the bigger plot?” I also did not like the lack of background. As relatable as the characters are, I would still like to know what makes them tick.

Recommendation: I am not sure if I would recommend this book. I can see why it is a popular book with upper elementary age children, but it did not entice me. I do want to continue on with the series to see how the books progress.

I do hope that you enjoyed this post. I might see you tomorrow. We will see with my crazy schedule. Other than that, have fun and happy reading!

Everland Review

Alright, it is time for another review. This one is a bit hard since I cannot find the details that I am looking for to help get my point across. In addition, I will also put a note of spoilers. There is no way for me to not give them out since it is one of my cons for the book. I will change the format of my review so that you will not have the ability to read the cons (where the spoilers will be) but still have the chance to read most of the review.

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Rating/ Book

The book I have read is Everland by Wendy Spinale. I originally gave this book  5 our of 5 stars on Goodreads, with the intention of giving it 4.5 stars here on my blog. However, with the amount of research and time that I devoted to this review I will admit that I lowered this book to 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Summary

This book is a steampunk version of Peter Pan. The book takes place in London during WWII after a catastrophic bomb went down on a bioweapons lab. With the explosion, came the widespread disease of killing mainly women. After a while only the “pirates” and boys fun around in the city they now call Everland. You follow Gwen and Hook as they both share their version of events that leads to Gwen saving her family and leaving Everland.

Pros

There are several pros that made me love and recommend this book. The first was the detail of the word above and below Everland (London). Each was rich and unique. I also loved looking at the livelihood of the daily life of each person depending on where they lived. I also enjoyed the background stories for each of the characters. I will admit that I am a sucker for origin stories, but these stories helped you see your characters in a whole new light. Gave you a chance to feel for them and to help you understand the choices that they have made. In addition, I loved how Spinale addressed her different themes and tackled them. Some of these themes were not easy such as growing up, family, and war. They were not only separate but were entangled with each other giving each theme a layer of complexity. Finally, I enjoyed seeing the classic story within this fractured fairy tale. Even though this story can stand on its own, I enjoyed seeing those classic elements that made Peter Pan, Peter Pan. I even enjoyed how Spinale created her own spins and twists on those classic Peter Pan moments and details.

Cons

I had some interesting cons with this book. One was a timeline issue. On one hand, I felt that the book was taking place during WWII and on the other hand it was taking place during WWI. Normally, I could ignore such details, but I just could not stop thinking about it. I also did some research into this timeline issue and discovered that blimps, or zeppelins, were used for bombing during WWII. Why is beyond me since they always seem so slow. The more I researched the more confused I got. The events in the book kept matching to events to both wars and the effects they had on London. To continue on with the timeline train, I also felt as though the story’s timeline of events was too short. It just seemed a little impossible for all the events to occur within less than a week. I was also not a fan of the ending. I felt as though it was written on purpose to make it into a series. There was a moment of time in which I was thinking, “Boy, this is supposed to be a trilogy? How?” That thought process was sadly made around 40 pages before the ending.In addition to the forced second book ending, I was not happy with the choices of our main characters. (Here is where the spoilers will happen.) Instead of leaving Jack and Hook behind in Everland, I felt as though Peter and Gwen should have kept them in custody on the blimp. Just saying, keep you enemies close. They could be useful for you, instead, you make sure they will forever be your enemies.

Recommendation

I do recommend this story to everyone, and I have recommned this story to a lot of my friends who are into Steampunk. I did find the story fun and charming. I enjoyed seeing the connections with its original counterpart, but also enjoying seeing how Spinale twisted some of those concepts as well. I know many of you will enjoy seeing that as well. I also enjoyed the story as a whole and felt it was unique in its own way. However, that timeline is a big isuue, and I know that some people will have problems with it. If you do ignore it, and try not to compare it with actual history (which I sadly did) I belive that it will not be a problem. In the end, check it out and try the book for yourself. I would like to know what you think about Everland by Wendy Spinale.

That is it for today. I talk to you soon. Happy Reading!