Review | Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

break your glass slippers : Amanda Lovelace : 9781524851897

“Fairy godmother says you are limitless. 
you can have the lipstick. 
you can have the sword.”
5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: self-love, self-worth, self-respect, fairy godmother’s advice and broken glass slippers.

It’s official: I found a favorite poetry book.

I am no expert in poetry – obviously – but I think poetry can be very subjective and people can have different interpretations of what they read. And this book for me was like looking at myself in a mirror. It’s amazing how much I identified myself to so many of the poems in this book. I swear I had to stop a few times and think ‘this is crazy, it looks like this was written about me’. 

I had a hard time figuring out what main quote/poem I would choose to put above – like I always do on my reviews – because I had so many perfect options to choose from. I didn’t want to choose only one quote, so below are two of some of my favorite.

“Fairy godmother says i don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, but: 
their lack of love for you does not make you any less loveable.”

“Fairy godmother says keep standing up for yourself. 
don’t let them get used to the idea that their opinions should rule you.  
you, my dear, rule yourself. 
you wear the crown. 
you sit on the throne. 
you—not them. 
make sure they never forget that.”

I’ve read her previous poetry series ‘Women Are Some Kind of Magic’ and I thought overall it was an okay collection, but this one won my heart. I also loved the subtle illustrations that were added to some pages!

In my opinion, this is one of those books you should keep forever. I’m going to treasure my copy because I know I’m going back and reread it a lot. Beautiful words, beautiful work.

xoxo, Neide

Review | The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

“George Orwell was wrong, she thinks. In the future, it won’t be the state that keeps tabs on everyone by extensive use of surveillance; it will be the people. They’ll do the state’s work for it by constantly uploading their locations, interests, food preferences, restaurant choices, political ideas, and hobbies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites. We are our own secret police.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: prepaid phones, princess tents, plushies, heroin, guns, breast cancer, new girlfriends, secret notes and very clear instructions.

This was pretty good, I’m impressed!
So if you don’t know what this book is about, it’s about an unbreakable chain of child kidnappings. So when a child is kidnapped, his/her parents are contacted through a prepaid phone and they are given a series of instructions from ‘The Chain’ that they need to accomplish if they want their child to live. After doing the ‘easy’ part, the last step comes: they need to kidnap someone else’s child. This means that the ones who kidnapped the first child are other parents that have their own kid kidnapped by another family. It’s a chain, a never ending cycle where parents are involved in kidnapping another kid to keep theirs alive.
I have to say that the concept was really good and interesting, and probably the main reason why I picked this book up – okay, okay, and the cover too. What shocked me was the fact that this story is actually based on true events. According to the author in the acknowledgements section of the book, the story was inspired by a kidnap chain that happened in Mexico where other family members could give their spot to rescue the family member kidnapped. Not only that, but the concept of threatening chain messages was also applied in this book.
One of the things I really liked about the book was that the story started immediately. You are given no context or backstory, the book starts with the kidnapping of the main character’s daughter. And from there – like I was expecting – it was difficult to put the book down.
All the characters were good and some of them had very interesting backgrounds. The main character Rachel is such a strong female lead! Even though she is suffering with breast cancer, she puts the pain and the appointments aside to do everything she is told to rescue her daughter. I also liked to see how Rachel and her ex husband were so close to each other and were actual friends – maybe I haven’t read enough, but I think this is a rare thing to happen!
Another thing I also appreciate is that the story has an actual conclusion. I thought this would be a book where the ending would be very ambiguous, but it was not the case. So if you don’t like stories without conclusions, you don’t have to worry about this book!
Overall, this was pretty interesting. The story is creative and well told. A very solid four star rating from me!

xoxo, Neide

Review | Depersonalise by MSJ

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I was never
tall enough to reach
the top shelves,
that’s where you
all the good things
seemed to be.
4/5 stars!

Damn I loved that quote I put above.
This is a beautiful collection of poems. There were some poems here that really hit home and I remember feeling some of the things the author is describing when I was younger. The poems regarding how sometimes we feel alone and not good enough for someone are the ones I related to the most. I swear I felt it on my skin when I read them.
I thought the idea of having different artists to make the illustrations was genius and the result was absolutely beautiful. The illustrations gave life to each poem and were a great addition to the collection. I appreciated this very much!
Now, to be completely honest, even though I liked it a lot, I wish the collection wasn’t so short. I would love to see a 100 page work just because it would help me understand the author better.
I think eventually the author will write bigger collections – because she is obviously talented – but for a debut collection of poems, it was pretty good. This one’s for all of those who appreciate and collect beautiful words and beautiful art.

***A big thank you to the author MSJ for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review***

xoxo, Neide

Review | Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

“To deny humanity the lesson of consequences would be a mistake.
And I do not make mistakes.”
5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: black robes, explosives, old maps, unsavories, floods, decapitated bodies, system failures, diamonds, tonists, blind spots, revivals and of course, the Thunderhead.

OMG this was so good! This is definitely one of the best series I’ve ever read.

Maybe it’s just my opinion but I feel like in most cases sequels don’t have the same quality as the first books. I get that there is a lot of pressure for authors to maintain the quality for the rest of the series and keep the readers interested, especially if the first book was a hit. And unfortunately sometimes sequels are not as good as the first book, but I have to say that this was not a case like that. This book was just as good as the first one!

In this book, we still follow Rowan and Citra and now they face all the consequences of how the first book ended. Rowan becomes Scythe Lucifer, condemning scythes that take pleasure in gleaning and/or abuse their power as scythes. While this happens, Citra defends a different way of gleaning in which she gives people some time to say goodbye to their loved ones. Because of this she became the talk of the scythedom and a lot of scythes don’t agree with her way of gleaning, so now she and Scythe Curie are no longer safe. Not only that happens, but a new storyline is presented with a new character named Grayson. The Thunderhead is very present in this book and we get a better insight of what is like to be the amazing Thunderhead. Of course a lot of things happen after, and the story develops beautifully and with a great pace. There are also a lot of plot twists and crazy stuff happening so I was never bored.

One thing I found very interesting was how in this book we didn’t get the scythes’ journal entries between chapters like we did in the first book, but now we got “thoughts” and the perspective from the Thunderhead about humans, life and scythes. That was a really interesting shift!

Now… I didn’t know if I should talk about this because it’s really not relevant, but I just want to because it actually made me laugh out loud. I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed when I read that there was a junior scythe named Scythe Beyoncé. I could only imagine Tiffany Pollard (a.k.a. New York) saying ‘Scythe Beyoncé? Scythe Beyoncé? SCYTHE BEYONCÉ? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F****** MIND?!’

I don’t know why I laughed so hard at that because I know it’s not even funny. It just caught me by surprise I guess ahah!

And that ending… oh my God, I don’t have words for that ending. It broke my heart but it was a great transition for the next book, which I’m currently reading. It’s a big cliffhanger – but a very good one. I’m just grateful I started the series after all of the books were released because I don’t know what I would do if I needed to wait for the release of the last book!

I don’t even know what else to say other than this series is amazing. If you didn’t pick it up already, I’m telling you: you’re missing out on some good stuff! I’m really enjoying this series, I recommend this to everyone.

xoxo, Neide

Review | The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

“Principles are nice things. If you can afford them. I like to think I am a principled man, but then, most men do. The fact is, we all have a price, we all have buttons that can press to make us do things that are not entirely honorable. Principles do not pay the mortgage or clear our debts. A principled man is generally a man who has everything he wants or absolutely nothing to lose.” 4.75/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: old friends, school teachers, body parts, roommates, stick figures, secret signs, dry leafs, abortions, carousels, murders, car accidents, bycicles, stolen rings, angel wings and a lot of chalk.

I really enjoyed this book! I was thinking about whether I should rate this as a four or a five star book, but I finally decided that I’m rounding up my review up to five stars just because the story was so interesting and it was very difficult to put the book down. With that said, I felt like there were some loose ends in the story that made me consider giving it 4 stars – but I’ll talk about that later.

This story is about a group of friends in 1989 that used drawings made of chalk to leave each other messages. So for example, if one of them wanted to meet in the park, he would draw a specific drawing that meant ‘meet me in the park’ with chalk in places the others would see, and then they would bike to the park and meet him there. It was like a secret that only they would understand and know what it meant. They all used different colours of chalk to know who left the message, but no one drew in white. At one point, some terrible things started to happen and mysterious white chalk stick figure drawings started to appear during these events. No one knew who made those drawings. The story is told in two different timelines, one in the present and another one in 1986. In the present the entire group – now adults – receives a mysterious letter with a chalk stick figure and all the things that were buried in the past come to life again. And that’s all I’m going to say because I truly believe that if you decide to go into this book, you shouldn’t know much about it.

I honestly can’t believe this is a debut novel! It is so well written, the pace is great and there is a very gradual building of the unfolding of the mystery. This book kept me interested the entire time. I was never bored and I was always looking forward to knowing more about what was going on! There were a lot of secrets to unfold and in each chapter you discover something new.

I really liked the group of friends and how different they all were from each other. I never read IT by Stephen King, but I saw the movie and it reminded me a lot of that group. It is also a group of boys and a single girl that are always biking around and spending time together. I liked how mysterious some of the characters were and that also contributed to my interest.

The only down point for me – if I can call it that – was how there were some loose ends that I wish the author would address. I’m not going into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the book for those who didn’t read it yet, but there were a couple of moments that didn’t get an explanation. I personally didn’t get the drawing of the dog and the ones at the church. The second one I think I can imagine what happened, but the first one got me confused… If you already read the book, you know exactly what I mean, and if you understood how that happened, please let me know!

Overall I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and it was really difficult to put it down. It took me a longer time to finish it because I had a very busy week, but if I could, I would have started and finished the book on the same day. Like I said before, I would definitely recommend you to not know much about the book before going into it! 

I recommend this if you like creepy stories or if you are a Stephen King fan.

xoxo, Neide