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:




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.







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!






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.






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.






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.






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.




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


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 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;
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
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
then perhaps,
would have stayed.


have you read any books by this author? let’s chat in the comments!

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