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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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Review – Warcross by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date:  12th September 2018

Format: Hardback

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Page Count: 353

Summary: “For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships – only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: grief, gun usage, injury detail, intimate scenes, manipulation

Rating:  ★★★★★  (5 stars) 

Spoilers in this review? No

I’ve never been so hooked on a book from the beginning than I have with Warcross. Warcross could have been 1,000 pages long and I still would have been hooked.

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My Top Reads of 2018 (2/3)

Here’s the second part of my top reads of 2018! In no particular order…

  • Zig Zag Girl by Brenna Twohy –  one of my favourite poetry collections ever, it discusses grief in so many ways and the journey to overcome grief.

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