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3 Mini-Reviews

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy with a lot of personal things of late hence the lack of posts. I’ve also been backlogged with book reviews for months now, so I’ve decided to do mini-reviews to catch up! I hope you don’t mind!

Today I’m going to do short reviews for the following books:

  • Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Her Treasures by Fida Islaih
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
MINI REVIEW #1 – PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF BY RICK RIORDAN

Title: Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher:  Disney Hyperion 

Publication Date: June 28th 2005

Format: Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 400

Summary: “Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. 

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: ableism, use of ableist language, manipulation, animal abuse

Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)

As I said, short and sweet! Percy Jackson was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I love mythology so this was right up my street. I read this some time ago in 2018 so it’s not fresh in my mind, but I do remember that this was quite a page-turner. My only criticism is that it contained a LOT of ableist comments and metaphors. Riordan has said that he wrote Percy Jackson for his son who also has ADHD (the character Percy has dyslexia and ADHD), but I found there to be a lot of ableist things in the novel. Also, I won’t say who but there is a disabled character who turns out not to be permanently disabled because of “fantasy” and I really REALLY didn’t like that at all. Disabled people deserve better representation.

Anyway, I’m hoping to finish the Percy Jackson series this year so check back for more PJ reviews!

MINI REVIEW #2 – HER TREASURES BY FIDA ISLAIH

Title: Her Treasures

Author: Fida Islaih

Publisher:  Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: October 1st 2015

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 64

Summary: “Islaih shares her travel to Malaysia. She continues to share more of her thoughts on Palestine. More poems include her love for her sisters, faith and words.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: terrorism, war, refugee trauma

Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)

I’ve read Islaih’s poetry collection ‘Blossoming Heart’ which I absolutely adored, but this collection didn’t seem to impact me as much. I find with Islaih’s poetry, it’s either a hit or a miss. I guess that could apply to most books. I feel like it is simply my own personal reading likes and dislikes. However, I think Islaih is a wonderful self-published poet and this collection in particular really demonstrates the poet’s heart. I’ve got lots of her other collections sitting on my shelf, so I’m looking forward to delving into more of her work.

MINI REVIEW #3 – DEAR MARTIN BY NIC STONE

Title: Dear Martin

Author: Nic Stone

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 17th 2017

Format: Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Page Count: 210

Summary: “Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: racism, police brutality, death, blackface, injury detail

Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)

Dear Martin was undoubtedly an intense read. I read it some time ago but I can remember the feelings it created in me. So much anger towards the white characters in the novel. Not only does this novel expose America’s racism toward young black boys, it also exposes how oblivious young white teenagers are and how much they reinforce white supremacy. Stone characterised the discussions about racism in the classroom really well. The fact that young black people have to educate white people who are twice their age is incredibly unjust. I think this novel truly did what it had to do.

Thank you for reading this massive review post! My mental health has stopped me from reviewing books so this is just an easier way for me to catch up without stressing out too much.

Have you read any of the above books? What did you think? Let me know below!

Until next time, be brave & bookish!

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Review: This is Not a Spectacle by Isabelle Kenyon

Title: This is not a Spectacle (Extended Edition)

Author: Isabelle Kenyon

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: 4th September 2017

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 66

Summary: ” The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another’s grief or misfortune from afar.
Split into six sections, the poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers’ impressions of me.
It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared at and be put on display.” (Source: Goodreads)

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Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher:  Hardie Grant Egmont  

Publication Date: March 8th 2018

Format: Paperback

Genre: Verse

Page Count: 361

Summary: “A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” (Source: Goodreads)

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My Top Reads of 2018 (3/3)

This is a transfer from Patreon, but hopefully y’all enjoy it!

Here’s the final part of my top reads of 2018! I’ve loved so many books this year. I can only hope that 2019 is full of even more wonderful books! 

Read Part 1 of My Top Reads of 2018 

Read Part 2 of My Top Reads of 2018 

  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed – an indie poetry collection about feminism, self-love, and challenging the world’s bigotry. 

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Recommendations of Books by Black Authors – 1/∞

Hi everyone! I’m currently in the middle of a thousand deadlines, but I wanted to take a moment to promote some black author magic during Black History Month. I don’t like the fact that Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, February, so I want this post to be a springboard for y’all reading more books by black authors! (Books marked with a * are books that I haven’t read yet but want to read/heard good things about!)

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ARC Review – Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby Eileen

Title: Goddess of the Hunt

Author: Shelby Eileen

Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: February 20th 2019

Format: E-book

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 100 (approx)

Summary: “A poetry collection about the mythic life of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the hunt. Told through the perspective of Artemis herself with the contributions of a few other Greek Goddesses. This collection reimagines and follows Artemis navigating her lifelong vow of chastity and, rather than suffering through it, owning it as a facet of her aromanticism and asexuality. Immerse yourself in a cultivated tempest of poems illustrating Artemis as a warrior, whose shoulders have known an excessive weight of responsibility, and who always fights to remain her authentic self among people who would change her.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: blood, sexual harassment, body objectification, misogyny, internalised arophobia, naked body imagery, sexual imagery, deliberate use of acephobia, representation of alcohol misuse, issue of lack of consent, drunken behaviour

Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)

I received an ARC of this poetry collection in exchange for a review, thanks to the author.

Hey you! Here’s another ARC review for you. I am a massive fan of Shelby Eileen’s work, so this was an honour to read their work again. If you haven’t read their other work, you dang well should! They have 3 other poetry collections – Soft in the Middle, Sunfish, and Sunshine, Sadness and Other Floridian Effects.

Let’s get into this review then!

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Asexual Spectrum Representation in Books – 1/∞

It’s that time of year where everyone is bombarded with Valentine’s Day nonsense in shops, social media, even in our everyday lives. This can be really tough for those who are on the asexual spectrum. As someone who is ace-flux, it can be overwhelming.

Anyway, here’s a list of books with asexual spectrum representation that may interest you! Those marked with * = I haven’t read yet but are on my TBR!

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