Review by Lilly: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur!!

Hi guys!! This summer I have been volunteering all day once a week at a local hospital!! I am obviously no doctor, so I do have some free time while volunteering!! During this time I always read so I can post on this blog (can’t read e-books during this time due to electronic policies.) This week I read “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur. I have had this book for a couple of months and have read it several times!! So here is my review on it:

Summary-

Milk and Honey is a collection of emotional freeverse poems that are divided up into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. They are mostly relatable and pretty dark poems.

My opinion-

I really love this book of poems!! They are for very mature minds (mature subjects mentioned)!! I feel that they are well written, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love some emotional poems?! I keep Milk and Honey on my nightstand as a book that I can pick up and flip through at any given time. You don’t have to read all of the poems at once, infact, you can pick and choose which you read and when you read them. But, if you are anything like me, you will read the first poem and won’t stop!! This will be one of those collections of poetry that I will have forever on my nightstand or book shelf. Rupi Kaur is inspiring and motivating in the times where she brings light into the book. I  wish she would write another collection, I would so read it! On her website, she features her book as well as photography and videos!! To sum it up: I love milk and honey!!

Would I reccomend it?

I do not think any males would like it, but most every female I know would like it! So, YES I do reccomend!!

FAVORITE QUOTES:

-” if you are not enough for yourself  you will never be enough for someone else” -Rupi Kaur

– ” you were a dragon long before he came around and said you could fly .. you will remain a dragon long after he’s left” -Rupi Kaur

– “fall in love with you solitude” -Rupi Kaur

– ” i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like .. when i am sad .. i don’t cry i pour .. when i am happy .. i don’t smile i glow .. when i am angry .. i don’t yell i burn .. the good thing about feeling in extremes is .. when i love i give them wings .. but perhaps that isn’t .. such a good thing cause .. they always tend to leave .. and you should see me .. when my heart is broken .. i don’t grieve .. i shatter” -Rupi Kaur

– ” I know i should crumble for better reasons .. but have you seen that boy he brings the sun to its knees every night” – Rupi Kaur

Happy Reading!!

-Lil

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Davenport House, by Marie Silk

Kester here with another wonderful review!

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I request for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.
Rating: 9/10 stars- but it’s a new favorite!
     My pitch for “Davenport House” is a combination of a soap opera and a thrill-seeking crime mystery, like if Agatha Christie were to write her own version of “Downton Abbey” set in America. Mary Davenport soon is thrust into the middle of a mystery, one that would take her through the darkest and most surprising secrets of her family members and her servants. With the mysterious death of her father, Mary tries to figure out who has murdered him and finds out that no one in the entire house can be trusted.
     Really! This book was so good. I was so captivated by the suspense and the mystery of the book! It was short and sweet. Not too long but not too short. Everything pieced out together at the end. It’s a new favorite for me!
     Wow, what a roller coaster! So many shocking revelations! I was like “What?” and “No way!” You would not suspect a thing! I love shockers! I love mysteries! You would suspect some things, but the revelations still shock you! You just wouldn’t expect it! As the story unfolds, it just gets better and better. It did have a slow start for me, but once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop!
     I love how the author just made some characters so hateable and others so lovable! I really disliked Mrs. Davenport so much, which was nice! She acted like one of those mean mothers from the time period. She was authentic! Many of the characters were well-written. Even the ambiguous characters were good. For example, Clara I had mixed emotions. I was rooting for her but hating her attitude. I loved many of the characters!
     Now, there is one thing that made this review go to a 9, and that is the author’s style of writing. Now when you read this book and try to skim a little, the author tends to change the scene so abruptly. There’s no asterisk or space connotating a change; it’s just a sentence or not even one whenever it switches to another scene! It’s the one thing that bugged me so much. I didn’t like that. I would be like “Wait, who’s talking?” many times before I had to go back and find out who’s actually speaking. It was confusing. The transitions are the only thing that I would say the author needs correction on.
    Nevertheless, it was a fantastic book! An amazing one! I loved it! It was just the right amount of suspense, thrill, action, and length a book like this needs.
     Recommendation: Yes! Definitely!
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Even if the Sky Falls, by Mia Garcia

DISCLAIMER: I won a free physical copy of this book from EpicReads. This does not affect my review in any way.
I also requested for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.

2 Stars
“Even if the Sky Falls” is the 24-hour spanning romance of Julia and Miles, two strangers who just met during the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras. Although they don’t know each other’s name, they do learn more about each other while touring around New Orleans. When a hurricane strikes and everyone is mostly gone, Julia finds herself in the midst of chaos as she tries to find safety in the storms of weather and love.

It kind of pains me to write this review. I expected a lot from this book. I thought I would enjoy this book a lot, but sadly I didn’t. Romances to me are hit-or-miss because I usually enjoy them (such as “My Senior Life of Awesome” or “Me Before You”) or dislike them, and this book I disliked.

Honestly, I enjoyed the flashbacks more than the main plotline. I was so intrigued by Adam and his PTSD, and if that were a novel, I would enjoy it more than this. The flashbacks were more suspenseful to me. I was like “What’s going to happen?”

The premise of a 24-hour romance (which I didn’t realize until mid-way into the book) didn’t capture me at all. I found myself thinking the story is a little too condensed, and I think if the romance was spread over the course of maybe days, I would have enjoyed the book better. Minor details also confused me a little, too. Also, when Julie left at the beginning, it felt too sudden. It felt like “Water for Elephants” all over again. It didn’t feel realistic that somebody would leave just like that.

Another thing was the hurricane: it didn’t have as much effect on the plot line. It did, however, add to the moral and theme, but in terms of the romance, not really. It wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. It felt minor.

I had such high hopes for this book. I did enjoy some parts, though, and it did hook me, but it didn’t satisfy my expectations.

Recommendations: This book was not for me.

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Hi guys!! Long time, no post!! It’s been a pretty busy summer!! I’m back, however, and have lots of good books lined up!! My most recent beach read was “Fifteenth Summer” by Michelle Dalton.

Summary-

Chelsea is traveling with her family to her grandmothers lake house for the first time since her grandmothers passing. Chelsea was NOT looking forward to the summer. The last thing she was expecting was Josh: the cute boy from the bookstore. Chelsea and Josh hit it off immediatly.. but there is one problem: Chelsea must go back home at the end of summer.

My opinion on the book-

I thought the book was OK!! It wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t bad. At times it got a bit boring. I thought it was pretty predictable, and there was not exactly anything exciting happening!! But, I obviously finished it, so it was not too bad!! Overall, I wouldn’t read it again. I probably wouldn’t reccommend to a friend!! There are definitly better love stpries out there!!

Overall rating-

I’d give it a 4/10

Thanks for reading!! I have some books sent to me by authors that will have reviews soon!! Give me suggestions of YOUR favorite books in the comments!! Who knows, I just my read them!! Until next time.. Happy reading!!

-Lilly

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Pray For Nice

Kester here with a heartfelt message.

Our hearts here at LILbooKlovers go to the victims of the Nice Terror Attack, where at least 80 were killed and more than 200 were injured. I am offering up my thoughts and prayers for the those affected, that the dead may have eternal life, that their families may have comfort, that the injured may heal, and that these acts of violence and hatred may stop. 

As a Catholic, I would never ever condone these acts of violence. Hatred is seeping throughout the world, creating terrorism and fear. I am greatly saddened by these attacks not only in Nice, but in Orlando and Istanbul and Brussels and Paris and in other places. In Tennessee, we have had our own domestic violence attack in a city callef Chattanooga, where either four or five men were killed by a gunman. Terrorism can strike anywhere. 

Instead of hating each other based off of charateristics we don’t agree with, we should LOVE each other! I can’t emphasize how much that word means. LOVE doesn’t mean you have to like a person; LOVE means that you respect that person as a fellow human being and want the best (eternal salvation) for that person. I don’t agree with many communities (like LGBT, Pro-Choice/Abortion) and religions (Protestant, Muslim, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, Hindu, Buddhist, etc.), but it doesn’t mean that I will hate that person. We should LOVE all human beings regardless and help them lead lives towards Christ. As Catholics say, “Hate the sin; love the person” (or something like that). 

Please remember to LOVE everybody! We are living in a world torn apart by hatred and pride and sin. Instead we should repent and continue to seek God, regardless of our differences.

Sleight, by Tom Twitchel

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I requested for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.
10/10 stars!
“Sleight” is the more action-packed, thrilling, suspenseful sequel of “Knack”. Following the events of the first book, “Sleight” sees the story of Benjamin Brown, who is caught in the middle of a war between the Naturals and the Shades, a group of people with aberrations that are going to take over the Natural population. After his girlfriend suddenly appears with a new look resembling his captor after a month, he is grouped with a group of Naturals determined to take down the Shades leader, but he soon finds out that no one, not even those who are closest to him, can be trusted.
Oh my goodness! Wow! This is so much better than the first book! Like way better! It has so much action, adventure, thrill, suspense, and drama that kept me hooked until the end. There’s so many twists and turns and surprises that the one phrase I could use to describe this book is “No way!” It could even used as a standalone! This has got to be one of my favorite books!
Now, I’m not just going to use “No way!” as the review. That just wouldn’t suffice, so I’m going to write this. The plot, oh the plot! It was amazing! I was like “How could he?” or “What?” It truly was unpredictable. I even tried to predict some things, but I was still surprised. The book is full of them! I don’t want to give some of them away because I will probably spoil the book. The ending also ended with a shocker! I loved it!
There was just so much action and suspense and thrill that kept me wanting to read more! It felt like an action movie at times, with undercover operations, battle scenes, betrayals and new friendships, new and old enemies, and more. It was fun and engaging!
There’s really nothing I can think of that I find unfavorable. I really can’t! The author has really inproved and outdone himself in this book!
Recommendation: Yes!!! You don’t have to read the first to understand it!

Mr. Boots Sifting Time, by Alex Abaz

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I request for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.
Hi guys! Kester here. I’m currently traveling from the Philippines to the U.S., and as I am writing this review, I am in Tokyo! This was a quick (really really quick) read, so that’s why I’m pretty much done with this after I got a copy a few hours earlier.
10/10 stars
“Mr. Boots Sifting Time” is a collection of contemporary poetry that is meant to ispire, motivate, and teach you. Although really short (20 pages), it is sweet. Some of them will make you think, and others you will love.
Now, why am I giving this a 10? The hard thing about rating poetry is that it’s so subjective that a poem may seem really nice to one person and stupid to another. To me, these poems did not feel stupid. They truly fulfill the authors purpose!
Some of my favorite poems are the ones related to spirituality. The poem “Heavenly Father” reminds me of a few Catholic prayers I’ve prayed before, like a mixture of Prayer for Peace, St. Benedict’s Prayer, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Prayer for Generosity, and more. I feel like I should use this during my morning prayers! Whenever I read something that focuses on faith quite a bit, I feel joyful!
Another thing I liked is that they made me think. I reflected over fun, optimism, and treating others carefully. I thought of how the character of a person is more important than the characteristics of a person and how each moment should be savored. There will be at least one poem that will inspire you to change for the better!
The final things I would like to add is that the symbolism is quite nice! I loved how the “Pen” poem shows what each color means to her. 
There were a few issues, minor perhaps, I had with some of the poems. One would be that a few are more confusing than others. Because I have some difficulty in dissecting poetry, this isn’t big.
Two things I would like to point out really quickly: 1) Who is Mr. Boots? 2) I would like a little heads-up whenever a non-poem is included inside a poetry anthology. I don’t know why but somehow it just bugs me a bit. Not that bad, but a bit.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this short book! It was short and sweet! It’s like the middle porridge or the middle bed: just right.
Recommendation: Yes! You’ll like it!
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Author Interview with Tom Twitchel

Hi guys! It’s Kester here, and I just interview Tom Twitchel, author of the Benjamin Brown series. I am currently reading the second book “Sleight” which I can see much improvement from the author! I’m very engaged in the book! Here’s a special interview enjoy!

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1. What is your book “Knack” about?

A boy in his early teens suffers a horrific event and runs away from home. In the process he discovers latent supernatural gifts that help him set up a life ‘off the grid’. He is soon confronted with several dilemmas, including a difficult choice: continue to hide or risk everything to save the people he has come to call family.

2. What inspired you to write your book? 

Years ago several kids that worked for me (in our family restaurant) were immersed in the Harry Potter movies. Their enthusiasm, and Rowling’s great source material gave me the idea for this story which is set in the contemporary world with no wizards but plenty of magic.

3. How long did it take you to draft, revise, and edit your books? How about the publication process?img_5714-1

It took me over a year to write ‘KNACK’. It was originally over 700 pages. After working over it with Beta readers and a great editor I came up with the finished book. It was tough to lose so many subplots and characters but the story was definitely improved. Publishing took about ten months. Cover art, interior design (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) all took much longer than I had anticipated.

4. What is your writing process like? What do you do when you have writer’s block?

Before I start writing I have the entire story (and the ending) worked out. I then work up a detailed backstory for each major character so that when I write them, their voices are recognizable and unique to them and their motivations make sense to the reader. Internal logic to a story is really important to me, and keeping characters true is crucial to accomplishing this. When I hit a lull, or block, I read!

5. How would you describe your style of writing?

Naturalistic and character driven. One of my favorite TV shows was Firefly, produced by Joss Whedon. That kind of writing, pace, dialogue and character-focused story telling inspires me.

6. Why do you like writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed? 

I guess all of the questions above kind of answer this a bit, but I love to write mostly because I love to read. I’ve been a voracious reader since I could pick up a book. The early stuff that I read was turn of the century fiction that was very structured and heavy on atmosphere.

7. Have you written or attempted to write any other works?

I’ve completed three novels: KNACK, SLEIGHT (the sequel to Knack) and Clandestine. I’m currently writing a thriller called ‘Sticks and Stones’ which deals with the devastating consequences of bullying in a small town, and ‘TRICKERY’ the third novel about Benjamin Brown.

8. Who are your favorite authors? Who has affected your writing style?

Wow, that would be a really long list! But the authors that inspired me at different points in my life are Heinlein, Harper Lee (yes, To Kill A Mockingbird which everyone should read at some point), Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Ken Follett (Pillars of The Earth is one of the best books I’ve ever read!), Lee Child, Rowling and Preston & Child.

9. What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?

I love almost all fiction and my reading tastes range far and wide (no vampires or romance though!). Twice a year I purposefully pick and read a mainstream novel that is outside my wheelhouse. This past year it was ‘The Girl On The Train’. My favorite books represent another lengthy list, but in addition to the two mentioned above…the original John Carter of Mars books, The Hobbit (not as big a fan of LoTR which I know won’t earn me any love), The Cabinet of Curiosities, The Dark Tower, All My Sins Remembered, More Than Human and several other obscure out-of-print novels by sci-fi greats.

10. Who is your favorite character? Is there a character based on you?

In my books? My favorite character would probably be Mr. Goodturn. He started out as a plot device and became a person with an unimaginably rich history. His nobility, and pragmatism, have been developed over his long life.

No characters are based upon me, but I like to think that Benny’s morality and best moments have a little of my ‘best self’ in them.

11. If you were a natural, what would be your knack? What would you do with it?

Thanks for not grouping me with the Shades, haha! If I belonged to the Melior/Natural community I would love to have Goodturn’s ‘slowing’ ability. I would use it to slow down my personal time so that I would be less clumsy and break fewer dishes!

12. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or a full-time job for you? 

I love to work in the garden, read, watch film (love movies!) and occasionally create original art. The rest of the time I’m a business consultant and a commercial real estate agent. I have had a long career in the restaurant industry and it’s that experience that fuels the dialogue in my stories because I’ve worked with so many great people. So, that being said, writing is, at present, a part-time job.

13. How did you feel when you found out that your book would be published?

Kind of tired. Just kidding, although when it finally gets published it represents a lot of work by a lot of people. Maybe the best example of ‘thrill’ or exhilaration was when I received my first professional review and it was super positive. When the review showed up in my email I was nervous about reading it, and by the time I finished I was overcome. When a reviewer who makes their living critiquing authors says positive things about your work it’s a pretty amazing feeling.

14. Do you have any tips to recommend to aspiring writers?

I recommend starting with the end in mind. Don’t start writing a story without knowing how it will end. Many independent authors make this mistake, and the result is an uneven narrative that typically loses steam in the last third of the book. Two other strong recommendations: when you finish the first draft have at least three or four people read and critique your work (not passionate fans, but people who will be honest) and when you’ve incorporated their recommendations definitely, absolutely, positively work with an editor. Many, many…many…independent authors publish without the help of an editor (even those who have sold thousands of books!) and it is the number one reason why they might not break through. I was recently reading a very popular indie author whose books are so huge (700-900 pages) that she doesn’t publish paperbacks (the indie publishing economics would result in a book that size being priced at over $30!). Even though she’s super talented and writes fun imaginative fiction, there are hundreds of one star and two star reviews that complain very loudly about the lack of editing. Why skip the editor help?There are several types of editing: Line editing corrects punctuation and minor formatting errors and costs 1 to 2 cents per word. Copy editing, the most important, includes line work but also plot and pacing improvement and can cost up to 7 cents a word. If a 700 page book contains 200,000 words, that adds up to…yup…$14,000. So beware!

15. What other books are in the series? How’s the third book coming along?

Wow, I went off on a speech on that last question. The third book in Benjamin’s adventures is tentatively titled ‘TRICKERY’. I’m toying with others…’Resonance’’Magick’, but we’ll see. I’ve completed the first four chapters. Benjamin has discovered a devastating secret from his past, and with a friend, heads south to find out what really happened to his mother and what other details have been hidden from him by Goodturn.

Thanks once again to Tom for once again requesting for a book request! I do hope that your series will come along greatly!
If you want to buy any of Tom’s books, here’s the links:

Knack: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Sleight: Amazon

Clandestine: Amazon

 

Knack, by Tom Twitchel

Hello! Kester here with another wonderful book!

9/10 Stars
DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I requested for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.
“Knack” by Tom Twitchel shows the high school life of Benjamin Brown, a runaway child from an abusive family. As his story unfolds, he uncovers his knacks, special supernatural abilities. He soon learns that many of the people who have come into his life are also naturals, people who possess these knacks, and some of them are out to get him and others are trying to help. As he uncovers evil plots within both his friends and his enemies, he must figure out a way to stop them before it’s too late.
I have to say, first of all, thank you Tom for being the first author who requested a review from me. I am so thankful for having an author like you asking me to read and review your book. I love helping publicize books that should be publicized even more. Thank you so much!

Firstly, the characterization is very wonderful. You could just applaud at it. It was really nice! You just can’t judge a book by its cover, you know! Each character was so round and dynamic. Some changed in ways I wouldn’t expect. Some people moved from protagonist to antagonist or vice versa! Each person was a die, having many sides- both good and bad. The characterization was really strong in the story. Some of my favorites weren’t my favorites from the beginning. The author knows how to craft each character well.
Secondly, plot twists and shocking revelations!  As secrets were uncovered throughout the book, your view on different characters will change. I can say that my view on Mr. Goodturn for sure was flipped from good to bad and back many times. There were times I went “No way!” because of a shocking revelation (duh duh duh!). What I liked was that there were elements of suspicion, falsehood, and foreshadowing that would make these plot twists and revelations both shocking and believable.
Thirdly, I love how the book doesn’t address some parts so that the reader wants to read the next book (“Sleight”). Although I might touch on the sequel later after a few more other requests, I’m like “I want to know what happened to so-and-so” or “What about this?”. I’m curious on how the sequel will turn out. Certainly, I will check it out!”
Now there were a few issues I had with this book. The first few being details and timing. I had to re-read a few parts because I couldn’t get a detail. I did get a little confused, but it wasn’t too bad. Honesty, I did have to skim a little for time purposes, so that’s why I did get a little confused, but there were parts where I really had to think on what just happened. I still couldn’t figure out a few details. On the timing, there were parts when was like “Wait what?” where it felt a little too sudden. The beginning had a few of these problems, but that was it, I think.
Another thing was that it did get a little dull in a few places. I could skip over a few paragraphs at a time because some things were a little bit unnecessary. There could be a little bit more action in my opinion because I love me some suspense and action and thrill. There was a great number of action and fighting scenes. I loved the parts when some characters got mad, like really mad, at each other. It was as if I was watching a soap opera at tims.
The final issue I had is the use of quotation marks. It bugged me whenever a double quotation marks (” “) would appear inside dialogue (i.e. “I just read “Knack” by Tom Twitchel.”). I’m just going to point out that whenever you are quoting something inside a quote, you use a single quotation marks (‘ ‘) inside (i.e. “I just read ‘Knack’ by Tom Twitchel.”). I’m a bit of a Grammar Nazi, so I caught this. I only saw this a few times, which was good. After doing a lot of ACT English Prep, you become a big-time Grammar Nazi (you know what I mean, Mrs. Cox- my former English teacher!).
Overall, this was a wonderful book. It could have had a little more pizzazz, but this doesn’t mean it was not good. There were parts I was very hooked and others where I got a little bored, but that was okay. I still enjoyed it!
Recommendation: Yes. This series has  potential to become a great one.

 

If you want to buy “Knack”, which I highly recommend, buy it here!

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