Mini Reviews : In Other Lands, Undead Girl Gang & Blood Water Paint

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Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to write three mini reviews, two of these books I’ve read during the exam session, therefore I’ll apologize in advance for possibly being vague about things. Let’s say I might not remember a lot of things from those books – that’s what learning 9 textbooks afterwards does to you, sadly. Have you noticed how I never miss an opportunity to complain about college? I hope you all did.

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1. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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★★★☆☆

I had quite high expectations getting into this book, I was promised lots of witchy cool stuff, diversity and friendship and I feel like I was a bit robbed. The book was diverse, though, I liked that, but the plot – it was very difficult to take it seriously. And I didn’t connect to any of the characters, Mila made some awful decisions from time to time, she and Riley barely seemed to be BFFs, Riley annoyed me all the time. I don’t know, for me, this book was a mess. It’s quite a shame because I’ve heard great things about the author, I’ll probably try her contemporary novels, though. I’ve seen lots of people loving this book, so maybe it is a case of ‘it’s-not-you-it’s-me’.

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Poetry Reviews

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I’m going to do a collective review for the latest poetry collections I’ve read. I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with copies for Wild Embers and Sea of Stangers.

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I’ll start by talking about Wild Embers. I gave it five out of five stars, I absolutely loved the writing and the subject of this collection. Nikita Gill is one of my favourite modern poets, this is the second book I read from her and I have to say that her writihng improved very much. Her poems also had more substance and the fact that she included a section where she speaks of fairy-tales and how they are toxic to our society, how we should recreate them to create more feminist narratives is amazing!!

I don’t know about you, but I mostly loved fairy-tales because of how magical they seemed, how everyone got what they wished for in the end. I never stopped and thought as a child about how problematic they are, how girls seem to be there only to get a man, be submissive, give up on their families and their hobbies and everything else just to marry off to someone who might never see them as equals. (We’re not going to include Mulan in here because she’s a badass queen and not Anastasia either).

 

Also, there’s another section on goddesses and wow!!! So much mythology appreciation, so much Artemis & Athena worshipping and Zeus bashing because Hera really should have dropped his cheating, abusive ass. Nikita Gill was very creative while doing this collection. It feels like a love letter to every woman, teaching us how to lose ties with people that only seem to harm us, showing us role-models, showing us what are some harmful concepts that keep us from growing up.

I was pretty blown away by Wild Embers and I totally recommend you to read it!!! Please do it because I don’t think you’d regret the choice (especially if you’re a feminist).

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Sea of Strangers – I gave it three out of five stars. I still recommend it to everyone who haven’t read anything by Lang Leav yet because her poems are really beautiful. It’s just that I’ve read Memories and Lullabies and this is the third poetry collection I read by her and sadly, I feel like they are very similar. It’s nice because you know what to expect. But I also love when writers/poets take on different subjects/styles and often try new things.

I’ve had some poems that I really liked, her writing is soft and emotional and the book was very fast-paced. But it still felt like something was missing. You know when there’s this book and it’s okay, it’s not the greatest thing, but not bad either? Yeah, that’s what I feel about this book.

There were some poems that stood up and that I adored, but mostly it just felt way too familiar. And it’s kind of sad because I feel like Leav has lots of potential and a very beautiful way with words. I really wish she would experiment more.

 

 

Author Interview – cheyenne raine

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Hello, everyone! This is a first on my blog, this is my first interview with an author, I hope you like this and get to know more about cheyenne raine. I’ve reviewed her poetry collections a while ago on my blog, you can check my review here.

 

Let’s get into the questions, shall we?

 

Q1: Tell me a few fun facts about yourself.

A1 :

– i think dragons are the most amazing creatures.

– i can’t sleep with a pillow! so it’s just the bed and blankets for me!

– i love to use cheesy pick up lines to make my friends laugh.

 

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Q2: Do you have any literary sources of inspiration? And if so, what are those?

A2: i loooooove lord of the rings. it’s poetic, it has friendship, love, adventure, loss, strength and so many beautiful parts to it. the books leave me in awe! Tolkien is amazing. that has been one of my biggest inspirations in writing. to flow and move like his series of books.

 

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Q3: I’ve noticed you never use capital letters and I was wondering if you could explain why. 

A3: i don’t capitalize my letters because i like to remind myself that i am very small and this world is very big. many events have further encouraged me to leave my words lowercase, and, i think it is a lovely journey! i like leaving my work in small moments.

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Q4: How is the writing process for you? Is it something very organised or do you just go with the flow?

A4: i am hesitant to say that writing comes easy. but, it does. my mind is always spinning with words and thoughts! i’m a curious person and it shows in my work, when the details or ideas come up. i can sense my awe and curiosity at every piece of my writing.

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Q5: Do you have any advice for other writers?

A5: just write. don’t worry about the other voices that surround you. write for yourself. be authentic. and, when you are ready, share your work, you never know who’s life you might touch when you give a little piece of yourself to the world.

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Q6: Do you have any future projects in your mind? What would you liked to write after charcoal thunderstorms?

A6: right now i am working on creating a few crafty projects for my shop on my website, and i’ll hopefully have another book ready by feburary or march of next year. maybe summertime. i like the thought of a summer sun rising in a golden themed book!

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Q7: What is the idea behind charcoal thunderstorms?

A7: there are so many ideas, but, mostly, it is inspired by the first poem: king of the wild things. knowing that someone could be grown up, but still have the curiosity of a child and the wilderness of a youthful heart. it is so good to be pure in intentions and light in laughter!

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Q8: Do you get inspired from your every-day life? 

A8: yes! always! my life is overflowing with inspiration. from the people i meet to the experiences i have.

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Q9: What are some of your favourite books? 

A9: the Hannibal lecter series, the lord of the rings series, bewilderments of the eyes by theresa sopko!

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Q10: And lastly, what would you like your readers to know? 

 

A10: that i am immensely grateful for the attention they put to my work. it is such a thrill to know my work is being read and is being purchased to live on someone’s shelf. my gratitude is beyond words!

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Check out cheyenne raine’s website for more information on her books or follow her on Twitter for beautiful poems and fun tweets.

Hope you enjoyed my first interview and I hope you got to know raine a little better and will check her out!

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ARC Review : Charcoal Thunderstorms

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★★★★★

I want to start off by thanking Cheyenne Raine for giving me this copy of her book. This hadn’t influenced in any way my review or my rating. 

 

“you will tell them
that you were
the property of no one.
you were the chaos
in the storm and you
were the deep roar in the
jungles. a rebel of a soul.
you will tell them,
won’t you? that you were
the queen in a dusty throne,
the soldier in rusted chainmail.
you belonged to yourself.”

– queen in a
throne of chaos

 

This collection of poetry has a very youthful feeling to it, it will make you nostalgic, remind you of all those childhood happiness. The writing was very beautiful and I adored it, I think it was a huge part as to why I gave this book five stars. It makes me really happy that I’ve gotten to read Cheyenne’s book before it blew up (because I’m confident it will), it feels like discovering a young, very promising talent.

This book is split into five sections and the sixth one is made up of stories and tales, that I’ve also enjoyed very much. The tales are mythology-inspired and there’s this one that stood up entirely to me – Valley Magic, the writing was very magical and it was focused on elves, which is always awesome! (Elves never get enough attention)

I really adored how the sections were very different, making it very easy for anyone to enjoy at least one section. The first one called royalty + war, had this very regal, but also bad-ass feeling to it. Monster + magic reminded me very much of childhood tales (also Alice references!!!). Wilderness + city might have been my favourite out of all of them, I have a weak spot for sad poetry, poetry that inspire me nostalgic thoughts. I felt like this section was amazing. Words + sounds and young + living had some very beautiful bookish aspects in them, but also made me think of love and happiness. I think they concluded very well this beautiful and meaningful collection of poetry.

All in all, charcoal thunderstorms was very magical and I’m looking forward to seeing more poetry books from this author because she has lots of potential.

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I’ve also read maroon daydreams by the same author earlier this month and I gave it four out of five stars. What I really loved about this collection were the photographies that accompanied the poetry, it was very well thought and I thought it was such a cool idea! I usually see drawings, but rarely photographs. The writing was as beautiful as with charcoal thunderstorms, but I feel like I’ve noticed an improvement when it comes to the writing style from this one to charcoal thunderstorms.

Definitely check out Raine’s poetry because her books are very beautiful and you won’t regret reading them.

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Do you like reading poetry? What are some of your favourites? And have you read charcoal thunderstorms?