|Book Review: Blue Bird / Magda Ayuk |


Book: Blue Bird

Author: Magda Ayuk

Published 17 April 2018

Pages: 242

Rating: ★★★★

Blue Bird is Canadian storyteller Magda Ayuk’s debut collection of poetry and prose. Blue Bird is the necessary and enduring journey of self-love. Ayuk explores this journey through the intersectional pulses of freedom, race and gender. Blue Bird is the gentle reminder that we are all light beings, and deserve the peace we seek. Blue Bird is warmed by Ayuk’s Cameroonian roots, which drip magic on every page.

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I got my copy of Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk from publisher Black Chateau,  this is my first time reviewing a poetry book.

I enjoyed a lot of the poems, and I highlighted whole poems and some lines.  This is the type of Poetry I like.  I didn’t love it,  I didn’t feel connected to a lot of them.  With some of them I didn’t feel anything afterwards.  With poetry it’s like that sometimes if I didn’t feel a connection with it. The poems weren’t very long, most of them were pretty short.

A few I enjoyed are:

Self | page 15

One flesh | page 142

Strength in Numbers | page 144

Nature | page 187

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Book Review: Little & Lion *Spoilers included*|


Book: Little & Lion

Author: Brandy Colbert

Published: 08 August 2017

Pages: 327

Rating: ★★★★★

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

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It wasn’t cool of DeeDee to tell Alicia that Suzzette was hooking up with her roommate.  I’m glad she apologized and she saw what she did was wrong.

I totally get where Suzzette is coming when she’s confused about her sexuality and she’s scared of it too.  That’s about the same with me, I’ve been trying to figure out my sexuality for quite a while and it can be scary at times.

I can’t believe Grace just said ‘No fair, black people aren’t supposed to be able to swim.’ and ‘I just mean… you know Black People don’t like, swim.’  I can’t believe she said that,  well I can because people say things like this every day.  It’s so disrespectful and wrong to say thing like that.

How would we like it if people said like that to us all the time we wouldn’t like it and feel hurt.  I’m glad Emil stood up and stated why people used to think that and still do.  Pretty much teach her about the past even though it’s common knowledge and you learn it in school.  I’m glad Emil did that because Suzzette wasn’t able to because she was so angry.  Suzzette and Emil being the only black people shouldn’t have been the only ones to stand up and say something.  DeeDee should at least have said something, I mean she’s Suzzettes best friend.

Page 116: ‘What made it really awkward was that nobody said anything besides me and Emil.’ – Suzzette

I really enjoyed with book: I thought it was amazing, it made me cry within the last fifty pages a couple of times, this was obliviously a five star read.

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| Book Review: By Your Side / Kasie West |

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This is my second Kasie West book that I’ve read,  I really enjoyed By Your Side It didn’t disappoint.  I just wish we got more after Autumn and Dax got together.

Dax and Autumn got locked into in the library together over a cold winter snowy weekend.  They didn’t have much food or drink besides what was in the staff room.  The heat got turned off so they didn’t have anything to keep them warm besides whatever Dax had on him.  They talked and got to know each other a little bit over the weekend.

I thought it was a fun, cute, and fast read.  I read this book in a day I read most of it before work then I finished it when I got home from work.  I liked how this book represents anxiety disorder and saw how someone else handles it. I related to Autumn in the aspect of her having anxiety.  This book seemed really realistic with it’s plot.

I think this would be a dream for a lot of book worms; to be locked in a library or bookstore over a weekend.  That sounds like it would be awesome to be locked in either a library or bookstore over the weekend.  Imagine being around all those books and getting to read books that you other rise wouldn’t get for yourself.

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|Book Review: Shadowed Instincts by Wendi L. Wilson|

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Melanie Johnson finds out a family secret after her dad comes to town.  Melanie’s mom and dad drag her off to Kentucky to spend time with her family and to get to know more about this family secret and her family as well.  Jeremy finds out some family secrets of his own and a long with some family betrayal.  Jeremy comes along with Melanie to Kentucky for the summer.  Melanie spends her birthday with Jeremy out on a boat for the day and for the night there’s a party her family and friends throw for her.  Jeremy has saved Mel from a few things now, but it’s now Mel’s turn to protect him and save him.

I absolutely loved this book I read this in one sitting, it took about thee to four hours to read this.  Shadowed Instincts was a fast paced action pact book.  It was absolutely amazing, I would highly recommend this book after reading the first book Shadowed Strength.

|Book Review: Shadowed Strength/Wendi L. Wilson|

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Melanie Johnson is sixteen years old.  one Night Melanie and her best friend Tara go to a party of a girl in their classes from school.  The guy Tara is interested asked her to go and wanted Melanie to go too.  Melanie only went since Tara asked her to go if Tara wouldn’t have asked she wouldn’t have gone.  Melanie and Tara are talking and hanging out at this party and in walks Jeremy one of there friends but Melanie likes him a lot.  The disappointment sets in when he walks in with Stephanie Woods or as people call her Sissy.   Sissy has always been awful to Melanie and says the most horrible things.  It so happens she end up saying horrible things at this party to Melanie.  Melanie can’t handle and feels embarrassed so she ends up leaving after Jeremy excuses himself because he’s so angry.  Melanie leaves and ends up walking home and she takes the faster way home which she has to go down this dark ally. When she’s in the ally she thinks she see’s something so she stops it turns out to be a cat but then someone comes out from behind the bushes.  This person talks and attacks her; her attacker wears a mask.  Melanie thinks her attacker sounds familiar but she’s not sure how.  Her hero who saves her happens to be a large black dog with sad eyes.

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I absolutely loved Shadowed Strength by Wendi L. Wilson I ended up ordering the second and third books while in the middle of this.  I ended up reading all three books under a week. I would absolutely recommend reading this.  There are some triggering parts when she is attacked, but it shows how easy it is to get attacked.  Also shows you don’t walk home from a party or anywhere by yourself while its dark out.  You shouldn’t go the faster way just because it’s faster, go the safer route even if it takes twice as long.  This was a fast read, I just devoured it.  This definitely gets five stars from me.


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|Book Review: The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston *spoilers*|


The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston is told in two times now and then.  This is when a thirteen year old broke into the main character’s home who is Chris and the thirteen year old got shot.  The time period that the story lasts is about a week or so.  Chris has a younger brother and they live with their mom. Christ is sixteen years old and Devon is ten years old.  Chris and Devon’s dad was shot on the job as a police officer three years ago.  Their mom was working late and Christ was home with Devon, Chris stood up after his dad was killed and helps with Devon watches him and there for him. It was about one in the morning and Chris hears something but also thinks it’s nothing.  He remembers his mom telling him she keeps a gun locked in her night stand he goes to grab it and unlocks the draw. He decides against it but doesn’t lock it back up. Devon ends up grabbing the gun even though Christ told him to stay put.  He does down and he ends up shooting the thirteen year old kid named Caleb.  Chris covers for him and the only people who know the truth are dead.  You find out about the truth at the end of the book.  It totally took me by surprise to find out that Christ didn’t shoot Caleb but Devon did.

The now is when Caleb’s older brother, Derek is looking for answers and takes Christ captive and wants the whole truth about what happened.  If Chris lies he threatens he’s going to cut a finger off.  He doesn’t catch Chris in the lie till the end of the book.  Derek wants to know if the cops are covering up details so Chris doesn’t get into trouble. Derek makes him get the truth if there was a cover up or threatens to kill Devon.  Chris gets the truth and goes to where Devon and Derek were.  Chris shows up and eventually figures out Chris was covering for Devon asks Chris to shoot him but he couldn’t so Devon shoots him. Chris and Devon both agree that Chris killed him and still covers up for him and not to talk about it.

This was such a fast paced book, I really enjoyed this book I would definitely recommend it. I didn’t see some of the things coming that happened, you know Chris is hiding something or lying but the truth was shocking.

4/5 ☆☆☆☆

|Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses|

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This was my first Sarah J. Maas book that I bought and that I have read.  I recently picked up Throne of Glass in the American paperback edition but besides these two I don’t own any more yet.  I plan on buying the rest of Sarah’s books in the next month or so.

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I really enjoyed this A Court of Thorns and roses,  I wish I would have read it sooner then I did. I can’t wait to get A Court of Mist and Fury here soon and preorder A Court of Wings and Ruin which the title was released earlier this week. I loved every moment of it, I was excited, nervous, happy, and scared while reading.  I love Tamlin and Feyre, I’ve heard that when people read A Court of Mist and Fury everyone loved Rhysand.  Which I wonder if the same thing will happen to me when I finally get around to reading it.  Acotar left me on the edge of my seat a lot while reading.  I absolutely love it hen a book does that for me.  I actually prefer it, it makes me unable to put the book down.  I was surprised when Freyra died but they saved her by bringing her back has as a fairy, I didn’t see that coming at all.

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|Book Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden|


Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

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Title: The Casquette Girls

Author: Alys Arden

Publisher:Skyscape (October 31st 2013)

Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, vampires

goodreads rating:4.15

my rating: 5 stars


I gave The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden a five star rating, I absolutely loved this book it was so amazing. I can’t wait until the sequel The Romeo Catchers is out on 23 May 2017.

I kept getting so excited and nervous while read, I got both excited and nervous to read what was going to happen next. I really liked the part with Adele and Issac with the wind and the fire.  it was really cool, I could picture the whole thing in my mind. One thing I’m wondering about is in the book.  When Issac and Nicco were talking about and if Issac tells Adele about it in the sequel. Also I would like to know more about Nicco and Adele’s connection and wondering if Alys Arden is going to go into that more in the sequel. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  I had guessed that Adele was a decedent of one the girls in the coven in 1728.  That’s probably why certain things seemed familiar to her when she never personally seen these things, seen these people, or gone through these experiences.  I was totally shocked when finding out that Adele’s mother was also a vampire, that probably surprised me the most.


|Book Talk: Illuminae|


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


I really enjoyed Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and jay Kristoff.  I gave this a five star rating on Goodreads.  I absolutely loved this book.  I liked how this book was told in files it was very unique.  I’ve never read a book like this or formatted like this either.  I didn’t start this for so long because I didn’t think I was going to like it and hadn’t read anything like it as I already stated. I first bought it because it looked cool at the book store.  Now that I’ve read it now I’m glad I did and it might be one of my favorite books of the year as so far.  There was a few days when I was reading where I would only read a page or two because I wanted to savor this book and was nervous to continue.  I can’t wait for Gemina to come out in a few weeks on 18 October 2016.

While reading I felt a lot of different things: happy, excited, and scared.  When I found out that I was reading about these events after they already happened had surprised me.  Even though it shouldn’t have surpriised because it was told through files.  When I found out that Ezra made it to the Hypatia and was still alive I was surprised, happy, and excited.  To find out that Ezra’s mother was the one to cause all those problems must have been hard for him. That’s it’s her fault that so many people died.  Even though she wasn’t in his life it must have been hard, no matter how messed up she is she is still is his mom.

I can’t wait to follow the next adventures in the sequel.


Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

|Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare|

There are spoilers ahead so read with caution.


A lot of people told me that City of Glass is amazing and some of their favorites out of Cassandra Clare’s books.  I absolutely loved City of Glass by Cassandra Clare I gave it a five star rating on Goodreads.  I have read the first three books from The Mortal Instruments and City of Glass is my favorite so far.

Before I read City of Ashes but after I read City of Bones I found out about Sebastian and that he helps Clary and is her brother but that’s it. When I was in the middle of chapter two and the character that shows up is Sebastian Verlac I wondered if he was actually Valentine’s son and Clay’s brother.  So my curious mind got the best of me and I looked it up and found out the truth about who he really is.  I was surprised to find out that his is really Jonathon Christopher and not Sebastian.  I kind of already knew that Jace and Clary weren’t truly brother and sister because of tumblr.

I wouldn’t change anything about this book.  I was surprised to find out that Jocelyn and Luke were going to move in together at the end of the book.  It was horribly sad about Max, he was so young and vulnerable.  I would have reacted how Izzy did about Max’s death if I were in the same situation but I would have have gone after Sebastian too like Jace did.  A couple of my favorite moments that happened are all in the middle and last half of the book.  The first one is when Clary and Jace goes to Jace’s childhood to find the book Clary needs to find the spell thats in the book of the white to wake Jocelyn.   Clary starts to throw the books off the bookshelf and the bookshelf opens up to a secret basement.  Then they go down into the basement and they see the angel.  The angel shows them both things of there parents when they were younger and what valentine was doing to Jocelyn.  The angel shows Clary a ruin to break the pentagram and Jace gives the angel his sword so it can kill itself. The next favorite moment is when Jace leaves and tracks Sebastian and listens in on Sebastian and Valentine and finds out Jace isn’t Valentines son.  Also learns Se bastions name is Jonathon Christopher as well.  I don’t care for the fighting scene I like how Izzy came after Jace to help and protect him and tells him that Clary and him aren’t siblings. Then the last favorite moment I am going to mention is when Clary finds out Valentines plan and portals to the lake again.  I am glad Valentine gets Clary out of the lake before she could have died.  I didn’t like how he bound Clarys hands and ankles together so she couldn’t move and I didn’t like how he was so willing to sacrifice her to get his wish from the angel.  I’m glad the angel didn’t grant Valentine his wish and let Clary have the wish instead. I loved how Clary’s wish has to save Jace over everything and the angel took off the ruins so she could speak and move again.  I also liked how Jocelyn told Clary a lot about Valentine and her when they were younger and when Jocelyn was in Valentines care after he took her.

It makes me wonder what it would be like to be in the presents of an angel.  Both Jace and Clary were in the presents of the two angels I wonder how that will be for the both of them in future.

I can’t wait to get the rest of the books Cassandra Clare has written and read them too.