Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me

Release Date: June 10, 2014
Author: Julie Ann Peters
Publisher: Little, Brown
Age Group: YA
Genre: Queer Lit.
Book Subjects:
Overall: 2.5/5

Book Summary:
When her charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, suddenly dies from heart failure, a despairing Alix is shocked to learn that Swanee had been secretly dating another girl, Liana, whom Alix is compelled to meet.

My Review:

Six or seven years ago I was scouting out books to peak my interest and long and behold I come across Keeping You a Secrete, and I loved every word and setting of it being that I wasn’t completely ‘out’ at the time. In my eyes Julie Ann Peters was a god at the time! Maybe I shouldn’t have had my hopes up this go ‘round. Some of the chapters felt a little rushed and few of the sentences read awkwardly to.  I wish she would of put more physical description as well, not that I found what she written confusing I just would have like to visualize what the author was picturing.

Now moving onto the characters…

Although seemingly unrealistic, I liked how Alix and Liana relationship developed into love, but there’s a lot of contradiction with directed feelings. For instance, Alix was pissed off that Swanee lied and she had every right to feel that way, yet she lied to get close to Liana. Now viewers, if you truly pick apart Alix character you’ll find that she just as apathetic as her dead girlfriend. First she abandons her longtime friend Bethany because Swanee convinces her that she was better off. Then there’s Joss (Swanelle little sister) whose feelings gets but on the back burner by her parents and Alix when she needs them most! I wanted a little more back story to Alix girlfriend because there seemed like there was more to tell, but it wasn’t said. Liana came off unauthentic because she seemed too good to be true. Maybe next time Ms. Peters.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Grail

    Amanda Hemingway     
This is the cup the devil made
to hold the lifeblood of a god,
the cup from which the phantoms sprang
that followed where his story trod.
They wrought it in the Underworld -
an older world, a younger day -
before the God of Gods was born
and angels stole the cup away.
They filled it with eternal life,
undying death, unsleeping dreams;
its draught unsealed the shadow-gate
between the World that Is, and Seems.
This is the cup to loose the soul,
the blood that sets the legends free,
and we who dare to drink must taste,
each in ourselves, eternity.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Wind Child

Release Date: April 23, 1999
Author: Shirley R. Murphy
Illustrator: Leo & Diane Dillion
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Children's Lit.
Genre: Magical Realism
Book Subjects:
Wind elements
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
The story opens up with a [wind] elemental traveling from the east in search of a wife, and to his luck he finds one who is human and not afraid of his wild nature. Afterwards, they get married and he builds her a house and has a child named Resshie, but unfortunately the mother dies and the grieving father leaves his new born in the care of an old village woman.  Resshie then grows up to be wild and curious about her surroundings, including who her father could be.

Now a woman she begins to embark her adventures as (fashion/interior) designer. But there is one problem, there’s no man to keep her company.
Ah hah, she [Resshie] comes up with an idea. If she cannot find her match she will just have to make her one. Her first attempt is making Summer out of rose vines, heather, wild oats, corn silk, and flowers. But within a couple of days he began to wither.

This time she another vessel, Ormond, out of sheep wool, feather gulls, horse hair.
He was more durable and able to help Resshie around her house, but he to whiter. Moving on with her life she meets a young prince who has heard of her work, who challenges her to make a tapestry reflecting the sky, and she succeed and captured the heart of the prince who realized she wasn’t fully human, and then took her back to her kingdom.

My Review:
If it weren't for the illustrators I don't think I would ever have been introduced to a fine piece of work such as this. The underlining of this story goes far deeper than a young woman finding her prince, it is also about going through internal struggles in finding yourself amongst your surroundings. Doesn’t matter how successful you are in your line of work—you know Resshie being a seamstress and all, it won’t make you happy. The second moral of the story is learning to embrace the fact that you are different and being conformable in your own skin.     


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sudeuced by moonlight

File:LaurelKHamilton SeducedByMoonlight.jpgRelease Date: February 3, 2004
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Ballantine
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age group: MA
Book Subjects:
Sexual Advantages

Book Summary:
When her aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, becomes obsessed with securing an heir to the throne of Fairie, Meredith spends unfruitful evenings with the Queen's immortal guards and finds her magical powers evolving in unexpected ways.

My Review:
Well, I give Laurell credit for knowing how to keep the readers on their toes, that's for sure. It's like reading a modern day Game of Thrones but with faeries. But I do have this one niche that I can't seem to shake when I reading the Merry Gentry series, it's like a love/hate relationship. I feel like Merry has been nothing more than a commodity for sexual breeding since the first volume, and she can't do anything of the little free will that she does have because it'll cost her life and the love she shares with her guards. She has to do everything to sustain the little time of alliance she has with the goblins, she has to put up with people trying to kill her, and making a baby to claim the throne. It's...a hot mess! At the same time I commend Merry because she's doing everything she has to do in order to survive. So that is my main dissatisfaction with the story, other than that the differentiating politics, culture, and gender roles between the humans and fairies is quite intriguing. Can't wait to see what happens next.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sybil: The Backpack Fairy

Nina loves having her backpack fairy Sybil around! Nina is the only person who can see or hear Sybil and the two have formed a special bond. But when Sybil unexpectedly disappears, a new fairy named Amanite shows up to take her place. Amanite brings Nina to a magical underwater world, where Nina is magically transformed into a tiny mermaid! But then thigns go horribly wrong when sea monsters decide that Nina look mighty delicious! Where’s Sybil when Nina really needs her?

Nina is a girl in middle school with a little brother and a single mom who barely has enough time to spend with her. Put down at school by nasty cliques, Nina’s life is not much fun. All this changes when a magical fairy named Sybil turns up in Nina’s backpack! Sybil and Nina have a blast giving Nina’s tormentors a taste of their own medicine. There’s only one problem: demons from the magical world that Sybil comes from have followed her to our dimension, and they’re out to cause some damage of their own!

 Having a fairy friend can be fun, but it’s not easy. When Nina first met the fairy Sybil and her companion Pandigole, she had no idea the fate of the world would end up resting in her hands. After her defeat in SYBIL THE BACKPACK FAIRY #2, the black fairy Amanite has teamed up with the King of Evil, Aithor, planning to destroy the “trees of life” that are found throughout the world of the Fairies. If these trees are destroyed, not only will the fairy world fall, but the world of humans, as well. In response, the King and Queen of the fairies charge Sybil and Nina with the task of stopping Aithor and Amanite, as Nina gets closer to discovering the truth behind a mysterious prophecy that seems to foretell her future.

When Nina is assigned a history report, she and Sybil decide that the only proper way to research is to travel through time and see history for themselves! Though they have a great time meeting Ramses II, Leonardo da Vinci, and Napoleon, the evil fairy Amanite is observing from the sidelines. While Amanite schemes to turn their adventure against them, Nina and Sybil have to figure out a way to stop her . . . or risk being lost in time forever.


Poem of The Month

Friday, February 28, 2014


Release Date: January 5, 2010
Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Publisher: Amistad; HarperCollins
Age Group: Mature Audience
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Subjects:
American South
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary: 
Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but then again, the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their black, enslaved mistresses. It's their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at Tawawa House. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their own lives and on their respective plantations. They don't bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory--but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change.

My Review: 
I came across this book a couple of years ago but never got a chance to read it because I had a list of other books in line, so now I've decided to review it for black history month--even though I finished it on the third of March; late review. 
It is the summer of 1852 in Ohio at the Tawawa House, where southern slave owners and their black "concubines" gather in open secrete. The story tells of a women named Eliza (who goes by Lizzie) and her master and father of her two children Nate Jr. and Rabbit-May. At only twenty-three years old life as she once knew is staring to transition along with her friends Sweet, Rennie, Mawu and Phillip. There's a lot going on in Wench.  First off, Lizzie has this teenage puppy-love/slave/master mentality for Drayle that begins to decrease as the book progresses. What I picked on Drayle part was, he was educating and prepping Lizzie to keep her happy and shut her up at the same time.  The only time she sought real solace was when she was around her friends. Through it all the four women encounter horrific turn of events by the hands of their masters, and through each little time they grow from the encounter even if they don't want to. I scuffed at the negative commentary regarding this book because, although I didn't care for Lizzie I understood her motives and why she was afraid to act on running-away. This fear was even more heighten when she realized that Drayle was using their kids as bait to keep her from running away. Although I thought the ending was awkward with how the rest of the novel is set-up, I was glad to see that Lizzie grew up. 
Favorite Quotations:
"Long as he a slave, he ain't gone never be a man."

"This just the life you got. Until you do something about it, 
you got to deal with what the Lord bring you."