Broken Flowers Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: Broken Flowers
Author: Robert M. Drake
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Synopsis from Amazon (Goodreads doesn’t have one):

“And you will go on / searching for the best of you / and you will never find it, / but that is the point.” This stunning collection of poems asks readers to keep on seeking – the journey is the destination.

In this fifth installment from Robert M. Drake, the poet meditates on the subtle beauty of brokenness.


Another beautiful poetry collection by R.M. Drake. This is my second collection that I have read by him. The first being Black Butterfly, I have a non-spoiler review for that one here. I really despise rating poetry because well as a writer of poetry, I know it’s written from the soul and sometimes even dark places. However I felt underwhelmed with a few of the poems while reading this collection. It felt a little repetitive.

R.M. Drake writes about a lot of loss and brokenness. Loss and brokenness within yourself, others, relationships. About wanting the people who hurt you, back. There were times he is talking to lover in one poem and in another poem he is talking to his brother. He also talks about healing and how it’s okay to feel hurt no matter how much time has passed.

The last few poems mention police brutality, social media, and what is going on in the world today. Which I feel are so important.

The connection is there though, between his poems and humans. You can feel the connection. I still resonated with many of these poems.

His writing in this one is completely different from Black Butterfly. Broken Flowers is full of spaces and even a bit like story telling where as Black Butterfly is not.

I always keep these poetry reviews short because I feel like they’re biased. It all depends on the reader and their life experience to connect with the poetry being read. What Person A might understand from a poem, Person B can see something completely different.

Some of my favorite poems:

Be gentle and kind.

Be fragile and soft.

I know the world tells you otherwise,

but deep down inside

you are not what they want you to be.

You are all the things that change. . .

all leaves that fall,

all rain that meets the ground,

and all the petals that the flower

can no longer hold.

So if you are meant to shatter,

then go ahead, break beautifully,

for the more you fall,

the more you rise and the more you do both,

the easier it will be to

find yourself again.


What She Said to Me One Night:

I have too much universe in me.

I deserve more than the sky

and a few stars.


Dear Mother,

If I die,

do not let me become a hashtag.

I know there is more to people than sharing

terrible news and talking about how cops have

murdered innocent African-Americans.

I know there is a light in every one of us

and I know we all want change but do not know how

to touch change.


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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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Black Butterfly Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: Black Butterfly
Author: Robert M. Drake
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Format: Paperback (gift from LairofBooks)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Black Butterfly is a symbol of transformation and rebirth after death. Drake wrote this book for those who have lost someone in death and in life.

This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers. He promised he would write him a few words after he failed to complete the task while his brother was alive. This book is everything… this book is for all who are breathing and for all who are no longer here. This book is for you.


This is so deep. I can’t even begin to explain in words the emotions and feelings this book has put me through. I remember having to go to the bathroom to cry because I felt like r.m. drake was just talking about me through his poems.

Black Butterfly is a collection of poems that are about memories and experiences after losing someone in death or in life. Because sometimes people are no longer apart of your life and you still grieve them all the same.

Black Butterfly is also filled with beautiful illustrations. His poems are both long and short. r.m. drake definitely has a way with words. This book will make you think, it will make you grateful for the memories, it will make you cry, it will make you wonder about the life you have with the people around you, it will make you reflect on yourself.

I recommend this poetry collection to anyone who’s lost someone in death or life. If you’re going through a break-up, you lost a friend, or something just simply happened, then pick this up. And if you lost yourself, then read this..you might just be able to breathe a little more easily after it.

Some of my favorite poems:

She did not find
the grim
in falling apart,
for every time
she found herself
to be broken,
she knew
that she was brutally
remaking herself
and collapsing
to be reborn
like a rioting star;
haunting
the dark sky.


People are all the same
but you and I,
we’re not like them.
So to say that we’ll both stay
isn’t you and it isn’t me
either.
We’re tragically drawn
to one another
and eventually we’ll fall apart.
So let’s enjoy
whatever it is that we have,
because when we’re done,
I wouldn’t know what else
to give you
other than just another story.
And that alone might be
the most beautiful thing
we’ll ever live to tell.


I couldn’t find the
words to save you,
to make you still.

And I buried myself
in the regret
until I became it.

If only I had
known,
then perhaps,
you
would have stayed.


 

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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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Autumn Book Haul

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I like to do seasonal book hauls since I stopped buying so many books….that was a joke for this season because I HAVE WAY TOO MANY BOOKS!!!!!! Many of these books are included in other hauls (special events, birthday, and unboxing) which I will have links to at the bottom! Let’s get started!

Physical Copies:

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  • Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova is a YA Fantasy/Paranormal:
    Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.
    The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
  • Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern is a YA Dystopian: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
    But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
  • Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Majorie M. Liu is a Steampunk Graphic Novel:
    Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivors of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind…and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken… 

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  • The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu is a YA Fantasy: 
    When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
    As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson is a Mortal Instruments book (might as well make it a genre): 
    Short stories of Magnus Bane in one book

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  • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab is Fantasy:
    I’m purposely going to avoid a synopsis on this one because I have yet to read the first book which is A Darker Shade of Magic.
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia is a YA Contemporary: 
    Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
  • Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver is a Middle Grade Paranormal/Fantasy:
    Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. 
    Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

Poetry:

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  • Memories by Lang Leav:
    Best-selling poet Lang Leav presents a gorgeous hardcover gift book featuring the best of Lullabies and Love & Misadventure plus thirty-five new poems for fans to discover, along with original color illustrations by the author.
  • Born to Love, Cursed to Feel by Samantha King:
    Born to Love, Cursed to Feel is about love—the good, the bad, and the confusing. It touches on morals and how when emotions are involved it’s not as black and white. The poetry is frequently written in a narrative manner that evocatively pulls you in and makes you feel. This book is about falling in love, bad decisions, and ultimately growth. The essence of it all is to show that no matter how far one falls all the mistakes don’t have to be what defines them.
  • Envelope Poems by Emily Dickinson:
    These manuscripts on envelopes (recycled by the poet with marked New England thrift) were written with the full powers of her late, most radical period. Intensely alive, these envelope poems are charged with a special poignancy—addressed to no one and everyone at once.

E-Books:

  • The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May is a YA Fantasy/Steampunk:
    One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read. (read full synopsis at the link above)
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen is Fantasy:
    An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is a YA LGBTQ Contemporary: 
    In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
    When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.  Why does happiness have to be so hard?

  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a YA Historical Fiction:
    The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
    At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
  • Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt is a New Adult Romance:
    From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
    These Royals will ruin you..
    Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
    Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right. Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

For my other hauls, click each banner and it will lead you to the page =)

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