December Wrap-Up 2016

Hello there! The last month of 2016 was filled of so many ups and downs but I am grateful that we have started a new year with new expectations and goals. I am very satisfied with how I ended my year in reading. I read a total of 5 books and 1 I DNFed (did not finish). Let’s get onto the books and what I’ve been up to this month!

What I Read:

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Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter ★★★★★
Genre: YA Paranormal
Midnight Hour is the 4th book to the Shadow Falls: After Dark spin off series. I wrote a full non spoiler review for that book and you can check it out here! This is one of my favorite series and I still cannot believe that it is over.

 

 

 


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Replica by Lauren Oliver ★★★★★
Genre: YA SciFi
This is the first book the Replica series. A book all about clones and two girls that are linked in all of this somehow. One of my favorite reads of 2016. I definitely would recommend this. If you want to read a in-depth non spoiler review, then click here!

 

 


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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
This is the book I DNFed. This is what I wrote on Goodreads: DNFing at 80 pages. I really thought I was going to love this book but I found the story too slow paced for me and a little all over the place with the elements involved. Nothing was really making sense and things got a little repetitive already.

 

 


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The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★.5
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult
A Russian Folklore that will have you wanting to read every single word and will make you feel like you are there in the village with the family. I have a full spoiler free review here. Definitely a book worth reading.

 

 


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we carry the sky by McKayla Robbin ★★★★★
Genre: Poetry
A poetry collection about femininity, identity, violence and healing. One of all time favorite poetry collections. I have a spoiler free review that includes some of the poems here.

 

 

 


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Black Butterfly by Robert M. Drake ★★★★★
Genre: Poetry
A poetry collection about the transformation and rebirth of life and death. r.m. drake wrote this for all the people who have lost someone either living dead. I have a full non spoiler review that includes some of the poems here.

 

 

 


Poetry:
I know I didn’t post much poetry this month and that was because since the holidays were around I didn’t want to post dark things during happy times. I decided to back off a bit on it but nevertheless I did post and in case you missed it:
not what you say i am
a question and a question and a question
People I Once Knew – Part 14
untitled; a teaser from the book i’m writing
it’s not that easy.


I’ve also been working on my poetry book and I posted a couple of Waiting on Wednesdays, Top Ten Tuesday, Standalone Sunday, and Series Saturday. If you want to check out my memes then please click here. I hope you’re all having a lovely new year. Have you read any of these books or plan on too? Let’s chat in the comments!


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We Carry The Sky Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: we carry the sky
Author: McKayla Robbin
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback (owned)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

“all women carry
the sky
inside of them
didn’t your mother
ever
tell you that”

In her first collection of poetry, McKayla Robbin grows language “like wildflowers / from the wounds / that for years / would not close up.” Simultaneously vulnerable and fierce, her short-form poems engage themes of femininity, identity, violence, and healing.


I don’t mean to brag but like seriously, pick this up right now because this has become one of my favorite poetry books. If you love The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace or Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, then you will love this one.

There were many times that I teared up while reading this. This poetry collection features short poems about being a woman in society, finding ourselves, identity, rape culture, violence, and the healing in all of it. It’s about self love and female friendships. McKayla Robbin also mentions how it’s okay to just feel, to be still in your feelings. She even mentions in her poems racism in America.

I love how raw and genuine the voice of these poems come off as. Although these poems do not rhyme, there’s still rhythm and a story being told. And the short poems just pack a punch and leave you in awe. These poems are full of power that will uplift you and have you feeling great in the end.

Some of my favorite poems:

deep inside your belly
dwells
a powerful darkness
soft enough
to make
all life grow

– dark magic


my body opens
into ghost
who turn around me like the night
and come from places
i don’t like to remember the names of


at the ocean i shout out
your name
hoping, perhaps,
for some semblance of you
but i know
i already know
not a single sound ever
comes back
to the mouth it leaves from


what do you think??? if you are interested in picking this up, you can buy it here: Amazon


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