Review: The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

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Title: The Kingdom of Oceana
Author: Mitchell Charles
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release date: November 27th, 2015

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SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

The Kingdom of Oceana is an adventure teeming with Hawaiian culture about two brothers’ rivalry and the fight between good and evil. It stands as a light, entertaining read reminiscent of Percy Jackson, though some aspects left me wanting for more depth.

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Review: Making Tracks by Ian Harding

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Title: Making Tracks
Author: Ian Harding
Genre: Poetry
Release date: August 16th, 2016

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Ian Harding’s second collection of poems is a celebration of learning through observation. Life’s journey leaves an indelible print carved from the beauty of love and nature with many laughs, questions and twists with each stride. There are poems that offer readers simple observations where others delve deeply searching truths.

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ARC Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Author: Michael Faudet
Genre: Poetry
Release date: October 25th, 2016

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Michael Faudet’s whimsical and often erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.

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Review: Spring Delusions by Zahra Ammar

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Title: Spring Delusions: Chaotic Poems of Despair and Blooming Hope
Author: Zahra Ammar
Genre: Poetry
Release date: September 19th, 2016

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Words are our only tools to express the physicality of the chaos in our minds. It is tedious and painstaking process to create something, anything. Emotions are not words, hence, to put them as such, requires quite a bit of searching, meandering and stumbling. I believe my affair with these alphabets will never be satiated. Yet, I have tried to sing some broken tunes, sketched some bleakness and shared fragments of my inner hope.

I have often had a love hate relationship with poetry. Its enigmatic power has often left me confused but also enlightened me. Although rhymes are fun and easy to tap your foot to, it is the rhythm or sometimes, the lack of it that can truly sear through the heart. For me, simplicity is key. It is graceful. It is alluring.

Each poem is handwritten, followed by typewrite for easy bookmarking and commenting and is accompanied by an illustration, meticulously and thoughtfully crafted. I refuse to acknowledge that illustrations are for children’s books only. There is no age limit to vision. Seeing is as much a part of feeling as reading and imagining is. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have in making them.

The poems I write do not follow any rule in particular. Although well-versed in writing verses, I opt to experiment with a variety of things, from alliteration to repetitions, and rhyme to meters, and mirroring to collating. Some poems have written themselves. Some, I have agonized over for days and nights. Writing and rewriting, getting it just right and then starting all over again. It is an organized pandemonium of the human self.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy reads

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic for the week is a Halloween related freebie, so I’m going with creepy reads. This includes short stories, novels, non-fiction and poems that are either scary or disturbing for many different reasons. Let’s check them out!

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ARC Review: The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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Title: The Universe of Us
Author: Lang Leav
Genre: Poetry, Romance
Release date: October 4th, 2016

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Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

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Genre Exploration: Tips to start reading poetry

Another day, another installment of my Genre Exploration series, where I discuss genres I don’t normally pick up, define them, talk about their classics and new releases, recommend books and authors, and much more.

If you want to read poetry but don’t know where to start, this is for you! It is also helpful for anyone who wants to read more poetry or maybe look at it from a different perspective. A few weeks back I discussed in this post what poetry was and some common misconceptions people have about it, so today I wanted to share with you some tips to help you start exploring poetry in the less intimidating way possible. These have worked for me and I hope they work for you too. Let’s check them out!

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Genre Exploration: What is poetry? + Common misconceptions

Have you ever got tired of reading the same sort of thing over and over and wanted to try something new? If you answered yes, this is perfect for you! I’ve decided to start a Genre Exploration series in which I’ll venture myself into new genres and discuss what defines them, which are their classics, discuss the new releases, recommend books and authors, and much more.

In this first installment I’ve decided to talk about poetry. I know it’s a scary genre for many, including myself, so I want to discover more about it and hopefully inspire some of you to reach out for it too.

Poetry has so much to offer, but it inspires fear because it takes many different forms. It can rhyme or not, be short or long, be serious or playful… It’s such a broad genre that sometimes people don’t understand it and push it away. So today let’s see what poetry is and what are some of the common misconceptions about it.

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