Review: Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

Posted March 25, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott GregsonWildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind by Tyler Knott Gregson
Published by TarcherPerigee on March 28, 2017
Genres: nonfiction, poetry
Pages: 144
Format: hardcover
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson

With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are.

Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler's unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I don’t usually post on Saturdays but I wanted to tell you about this new volume of poetry by Tyler Knott Gregson. I loved his last book, All the Words are Yours that was full of beautiful and simple Haiku. This book is full poems, all written on a typewriter.

I love Gregson’s simple presentation and style in his book. Each poem is typewritten on different papers and each one somehow fits the feel of the poem. Instead of being written on the page, each poem is a picture on the page. It makes every page feel special; like a work of art.

This book is especially important because $1 from EVERY pre-ordered book will be going directly to To Write Love On Her Arms, a wonderful charity that presents hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery. TWLOHA is an amazing organization! I strongly suggest you check it out.

Plus, the first 1,500 people who pre-order the book and send in their proof of purchase, will receive a free signed print! If the print is anything like the art in his books, it will be beautiful I’m sure.

If you read any of his books, I would love to hear what you think.

five-stars

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Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic James

Posted March 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic JamesGilded Cage by Vic James
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Published by Del Rey Books on February 14th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I posted on twitter that I wasn’t sure if I liked this book but that I wouldn’t forget it anytime soon. That has been true so far. I just can’t get this book out of my mind.

The Gilded cage is deeply disturbing. I loved that it didn’t pull any punches. Usually dystopian worlds look pretty on the surface and it takes a while to get into the issues. Gilded Cage is horrifying right from the start. The ruling class are Equals, capable of performing fantastic feats of magic. They live a life of luxury and ease. Everyone else is known as a commoner and are forced to serve Slave Days. Slave Days are exactly what they sound like. Commoners give up 10 years of their lives as slaves. This is one aspect that really bothers me about the book. Commoners can choose when to serve their Slave Days. It’s an awful fate but forcing people to choose when it happens makes it seem worse.

The Gilded Cage also goes into the darker and more insidious aspects of a dystopian world that other books tend to shy away from. Especially in YA. Usually young adult fiction isn’t as dark as this was. I think that this book could be upsetting to read on a lot of levels. Horrible things happen off screen or before the events of the book but they are still dealt with or touched on. This is young adult because it has a young adult main character not because the content is watered down at all.

This book is going to stay with me for a long time. It really affected me. I can’t wait for book two. Still, I’m not sure I liked it. I’m not sure this is a book you like. It is a book you remember forever.

four-half-stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

I completely adored Dumplin’, also by Julie Murphy. That was the first book where I’ve seen a fat character, happy and proud of herself and her body. Representation is so important. Everyone should have the opportunity to see themselves in a book. With Dumplin’, Julie Murphy earned herself a fan for life. I will read anything she writes. Ramona Blue looks excellent in it’s own right, as well. I lived in Louisiana when Katrina and Rita hit and there are still people displaced today, 10 years later. Julie Murphy writes touching, realistic and important stories. I’m sure this one is no different!

Posted March 22, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: American Street

Review: American Street

American Street by Ibi Zoboi Published by Balzer + Bray on February 14th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My favorite part of this book was the voice of the narrator, Fabiola. She’s a teenage immigrant from Haiti whose mother gets detained when they attempt to come into the country. Her mother sends her ahead to Detroit where her aunt and cousins are waiting for them. The story is of her journey to get her mother released and her first few months as […]

Posted March 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Arc Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

Literally by Lucy Keating Published by HarperTeen on April 11th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 256 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins. Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.” I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This was such a sweet book with a really original premise behind it. Annabelle is a seemingly normal teenager living her life trying to make it through her creative writing class. When […]

Posted March 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Not so Waiting on Wednesday

I had posted that I was excited about The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. I have been busy. See my recent life update for why and I haven’t been as active on twitter as I have in the past. I had missed a lot of discussion about this book. I appreciate a friend for pointing out all the people who have read this book and found it contains negative racial stereotypes. This is not something I want to promote. Please check out the following threads and posts regarding this book. Not a Half-Breed: My reaction to The Black Witch by Laurie-Ann Forest  reminder that THE BLACK WITCH by laurie forest (harlequin may *17) is racist. spread the word. detailed review: https://t.co/iVnzCqCnSp — another 1 👄s the 💨 (@bookavid) March 15, 2017 Okay I'm going to start a new thread. I'm reading THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest and I've found a lot of bad shit. — Shauna 🖤✨🌙 (@b00kstorebabe) March 12, 2017 If you're an author writing outside your lane do your research properly and get sensitivity readers so harmful rep can be avoided — Tatiana Lee (@_tatilee) March 13, 2017  

Posted March 15, 2017 by Emily in Discussion, WoW / 0 Comments
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Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin, Kelly McMenamin Published by Sterling on March 14th 2017 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 256 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever! Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.   Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace! Pixies Did It Website: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/ Pixies Did It Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixiesDidIt?ref=ts Pixies Did It Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixiesDidIt Book Videos: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/videos/ Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ5SmZkK33Q I made these tonight and I'm ridiculously proud of them. pic.twitter.com/vqr2CChMnG — Emily (@Emren) March 14, 2017 I posted this on twitter last night. Organization is HUGE in my life. If I wasn’t organized I wouldn’t be able to work 3 jobs, run a small business, volunteer, run a blog and jump start a family. I often fall off the wagon but I always end up coming back to a need to know everything that’s going […]

Posted March 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Top 10 / 1 Comment
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Review: The Ship Beyond Time

Review: The Ship Beyond Time

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig Series: The Girl from Everywhere #2 Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy. Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is […]

Posted March 9, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Unfortunately, publishers are learning how to get me. Label something “Firefly meets Dune” and I will be breaking down doors to read it. That first sentence and I’m hooked. A prince in hiding, a misfit crew, an intergalactic war and a touchy captain all sound like Firefly to me. The rest of the book description sounds great as well. It also reminds me of Starflight, which I read last year and loved. I love all the science fiction that is coming out for young adults this year and Shadow Run looks like a great start!  

Posted March 8, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 4 Comments
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Life Update

This was supposed to be an exciting recap on the V.E. Schwab event that I went to on Thursday night. I went and I had a wonderful time. V.E. Schwab is gorgeous and well spoken and she has such wonderful justifications for ever decision she makes in her books. I would love to hear eloquent descriptions of world building and language development from all of my favorite authors. She signed ALL of my books too. Unfortunately, I only took a single picture. I had this intention of taking a bunch of pictures and doing another fun recap. I also was going to do a better write up about what she talked about and it was going to be done on Friday when everything she said was still fresh in my mind. That didn’t happen. Mr. Functionally Illiterate and I have been working towards becoming Foster Parents for a long time. On Tuesday, we finally got our license. Then at 5pm, we received our first call for a placement. We had a child in our house by 7:30 that night. That’s why there was no #BHPChat wrap up last Wednesday. I was a little preoccupied and I’ve stayed that way. I love it. I wouldn’t change it but I need to get used to the new normal.  Luckily I have lots of blog posts pre-scheduled. I’m still here just on […]

Posted March 6, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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