Review: Poetical Veering

Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting collection of poetry. I liked aspects of it, but as a whole it fell a bit flat to me.

First off, the collection is divided into 4 chapters based on type of poem (Haikus, Tankas, Lune, and Senryu). It would have been more effective if they were broken into chapters thematically rather than by style. It have helped the collection be more cohesive. 

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As for the poems themselves, they weren’t my cup of tea. I understand the vibe the author was going for, but it just didn’t resonate with me. A lot of the poems felt disjointed like I didn’t quite get what they were trying to convey. However, I did like the ones I did understand. 

For example, this is one of the haikus I liked:

The unity of us

Our humanity

Seeks and identifies that 

We need each other

Lastly, since the collection is organized by style, the poems got repetitive. The haiku chapter was the longest and it got a bit boring reading haiku after haiku. It would have been better if there was more variety in terms of style. 

Overall, this was an intriguing collection, but it just didn’t click with me. 

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Review: My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2)

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Rating: ★★★½

I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.

I was so excited to read this book, but it ended up being not quite what I was expecting. I love Jane Eyre (it’s one of my favorite classics) and I expected a fun retelling. I kind of got that, but at the same time kind of didn’t.

Also I just want to throw it out there that I have never read My Lady Jane, so I can’t say how it compares to that book. 

I enjoyed the Jane Eyre aspects of the book a lot. I loved seeing the new takes on classic Jane Eyre scenes and characters. Those were a lot of fun.

I also loved the commentary and the little pop culture references, especially the Mary Poppins nanny one in the beginning. 

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However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ghost hunting storyline. It was a bit much and overtook most of the story. It could have been cut down.

The beginning was also a bit slow. It took a while for the story to really get going.

As for the characters, I liked having both Jane and Charlotte’s perspectives. But I really didn’t care much for Alexander. I was never that excited to read his parts. 

Overall, I wanted less ghostbusters and more epic gothic romance. 

Law school update: Cold calls, free food, and endless CivPro reading

Hey everyone! Today I am finishing up week 4 of law school and I’m doing ok. I’m surviving. Lol. This week has felt so long but TGIF! I don’t have any doctrinal classes today so that’s good.

This week I got cold called (finally) in two of my classes. In Criminal Law I got cold called on Monday but I got lucky that it was for question 3 since we had the option of doing either 3 or 6. I did 6 so I was let off the hook. I was so scared he was going to come back to me for that question (he didn’t!). Then on Wednesday I got cold called in Torts but I knew that was coming because she does panel style cold call where she makes her way through the rows so that you know when you’ll be up. Yesterday I was worried that I would get called on in CivPro, to complete the holy trinity of cold calling, but I didn’t.

Wednesday was the student organization fair and there was free food. Law school loves to give its students free food. There was pizza and ice cream. It was a nice way to relax before Criminal Law. It was a good thing too because Crim Law was a hot mess that evening.

In terms of reading, I’ve managed to read half of My Plain Jane this week but my main reading has been for CivPro. CivPro is a monster of a class when it comes to reading. Like 40-50 pages (which is like 4-5 cases) each class and it’s so dry and dense. CivPro is not riveting material. Personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction..how exciting. Luckily my professor for that class is pretty cool. One time he even made a Burger King poem full of puns (we had a Burger King related case that day).

So yeah that has been my law school week in a nutshell basically.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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Review: I Am More Than a Daydream

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free through a complimentary Pressed Poet box. Pressed Poet is a poetry subscription box. 

I liked this collection of poetry as a whole, but I didn’t like it as much as her other collection, Uncaged Wallflower. I related to that collection a whole lot more than this one. Uncaged Wallflower really spoke to me on a personal level. There weren’t as many poems in this collection that made me feel that way. 

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This book felt a lot like a Rupi Kaur or an Amanda Lovelace book. Many of the poems were in the same realm as theirs, so this collection didn’t feel as fresh and new as Uncaged Wallflower did. But if you like that kind of poetry (like I do), then you’ll probably like this book. 

The overall themes of this book were great. They were super positive and feminist and I really liked that. The little illustrations were a nice touch too.  

All in all, if you’re looking for a less known poetry collection similar to Amanda Lovelace or Rupi Kaur, then pick this book up! 

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Review: Uncaged Wallflower

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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free through a complimentary Pressed Poet box. Pressed Poet is a poetry subscription box.

This collection of poems was so on point. I related to so many of the poems especially since many of them spoke to how my life currently is. I’m at this transition point in my life and a lot of these poems have definitely helped me with my outlook on life. They inspired me to be more bold and to step out of my comfort zone.

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Some of my favorite poems were, “No More Tomorrow,” “The Best,” “Change,” “Comfort Zone,” and “Change is Inevitable.”

I loved the way the poems were written. They are written in that Instagram poet style that some people love and some people hate (I happen to love it). They kind of reminded me of the poems I write (which aren’t nearly as good as Jennae’s) so they felt very familiar.

Overall, this is an inspiring collection of contemporary poems.

Review: The Proposal

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Books) in exchange for an honest review. 

Please note that I have not read The Wedding Date, so all the characters in this book were brand new to me. I also cannot speak to how this book compares with that book. 

It took me forever to read this book because I just started law school, but this was such a fun romance! 

First off, I loved the diversity! The main character is black. One of her friends is a plus sized Korean American. The other is a black lesbian. The love interest is Latino. It was just so refreshing to see and read about, especially since the book takes place in Los Angeles which is so diverse. 

The premise of being proposed to at a baseball game (if only it wasn’t a Dodgers game- Go Giants!) and saying no was so creative and fun. I could picture this being turned into a great rom-com movie. 

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I also loved the overall vibe of the book. It felt very LA. Like when I was reading it, I could totally tell that it was LA and I felt like I was there with the characters. 

The romance was really good as well. Nik and Carlos made a great couple. I loved their interactions, especially the ones with Carlos’s family. His family is the best. 

The ending for me fell a little flat which is why I gave this 4 stars. It ended quickly and I wished that it would have been fleshed out more. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable diverse romance! 

Guest post: Review of A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

Today I am so excited to share a review from guest blogger, Tanmay Jain, for the book, A Dance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin.

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About the Author

George Raymond Richard Martin, also known as GRRM, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer, known mainly for his work on A Song of Ice and Fire.

Blurb

*Spoilers for A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows*

As the last book focused on the happenings of the characters in south Westeros, ( and Arya), this book is a parallel in the time­line focusing on the other characters, in the north and Essos. Jon Snow , after Stannis’s attack on the wildlings is understanding how hard it can be to the Lord Commander. Dany struggles to keep her empire as foes surround her from all sides and even from inside of her own city, Meereen. Fleeing from Westeros, Tyrion Lannister arrives at Essos to find unlikely allies in unlikely places. Theon continues to struggle to survive as Ramsay Bolton’s Reek.

Review

This book took an interesting turn in the series as it focused the storyline outside Westeros. Focusing more on the bigger matters, this one featured Dany, Jon and Tyrion, the three main characters. All three of them went through very interesting character arcs in this one, a transformation that can’t be felt until you compare the characters from the start and the end.

In A Feast for Crows, Jaime’s arc was fixed on one line that Tyrion had told him earlier – she;s been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleback and Moon Boy, for all I know – this line that goes through Jaime’s mind a lot of times defines his inner self. What he really wants is Cersei and now he’s having doubts. The same trick was used in A Dance with Dragons. With Tyrion it was – Wherever Whores go – he was trying to find his meaning in the world. He was no longer a part of his House, a fled exile, with a price on his head. He needed a purpose. With Theon it was – My name is Reek. I must remember my name – After weeks of torture under

Ramsay, Theon had learned to forget his old, his real identity and was trying to bend to Ramsay’s will hoping for mercy. He too needed to know WHO HE WAS.

This book is quite more fast­paced than the others in the series and the story is a non­stop roller­coaster ride. New allies, new plots, new characters, everything that we knew cannot be trusted anymore as the author constantly pricks the reader with really sharp twists.

The best part of this book, according to me was the connection it enabled between the characters and the readers. As I mentioned earlier, using key lines , the author really takes us to see what’s under the skin of these characters and what drives them. The character arc of Dany was focused a lot on how much she loved her people, and how much she suffered to see them suffering. With her growing up and with such a delicate situation surrounding her, it was a really interesting take on how she handles so many problems and really gets in the Queen mode.

Same with Jon Snow. He is struggling as the men of the Night Watch refuse to let the wildlings peacefully integrate in their institution. He is trying to explain to everybody that the real danger is out there, his frustation of seeing that people are fixating on such trifles and the pressure of being the lord commander is quite sympathizable.

The writing style is not complex. A little slow, and detailed but simple overall. The length, I consider is an added bonus because a story like this, if rushed, would be utterly destroyed.

Ratings ­

Writing – 9/10

Cover – 8/10

Title – 9/10

Story – 10/10

Total – 9/10


Guest Blogger Bio and Links

Tanmay Jain is a blogger, book reviewer, writer and bibliophile from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been reading books since he was a child and hasn’t stopped since. He started his first blog in 2016 and since that, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing a successful blog, he landed on his current and most successful blog, Scion of Society. Tanmay dabbles mostly in fiction writing but sometimes wanders off to poetry, book reviewing and writing tips. He is an editor for his school magazine, X-rays. He’s a teenage writer, aspiring author, and a budding blogger.

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