Poetry

My Body by Alex Hill

He said my body was his.

He said I was his.

I was his to hurt.

His to harass.

At least to him.

He thought he was entitled

But what he didn’t understand was

I didn’t have to be his.

I didn’t have to stay at home.

I didn’t have to get him a beer when he gets back from work.

I didn’t have to pick up his stuff.

I was not an object or prize.

I was a person.

He couldn’t harass me.

He couldn’t hurt me.

I was not his.

My body is mine.

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Book Reviews

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads 

Okay, so I was sent this book in a giveaway that I won on Twitter back in April. I had heard quite a bit about this book and I was interested in reading this book because the premise sounded so interesting. And OMG was it good.

I had heard some mixed reviews so I wasn’t sure. But there were so many plot twists that had me SHOOK. And the ending. I couldn’t stop talking to my mom about this book (which is how I know a book is good).

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Mostly because it was a little slow at the beginning and there was some insta love. But overall, I completely recommend this book. It’s a great witchy book, and would be absolutely perfect for October!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay, so I was very wary of starting this book. I didn’t love the Grisha trilogy and everyone loves this book. I didn’t think that Leigh Bardugo was for me, writing wise. But I still wanted to read it just to be sure. And like okay.

This book was amazing. The writing, story, romance, and everything is so much better than in the Grisha trilogy. I liked this book a whole lot more.

I did feel that the pacing was a little slow, but other than that it was amazing. The characters are amazing and I love the morally grey characters and their backgrounds.

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book, the only thing I didn’t like was the pacing. I do recommend this to anyone, you don’t need to read the Grisha Trilogy to understand what is going on.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book you have probably seen everywhere. It’s been hyped since it came out. It hit the New York Times Bestseller list at #1. It was optioned for a film before it was even out. And a lot of the time, books are not worth the hype. It’s sad, but it’s true. This book really is.

The characters, the world, the magic system is so well thought out. It’s incredible. Fantasy novels are based a lot on the world and the magic system. Having one that makes sense and is easy to follow is amazing.

The thing is though, even though I absolutely loved the book, I had a few small minor issues. Basically, I did feel like there was some insta love, which a lot of the times can be obnoxious. The pacing was a little off for me personally. I felt like it was very slow, but it picked up at other times. Some chapters were only a few pages, while others were like 10 pages.

The ending had such a cliffhanger. You don’t know what happened and the book felt like just the beginning of a very long drawn out story, which I’m so excited for. It’s like the beginning to the Harry Potter series. There’s also a hate to love trope which I absolutely love, but I know some people don’t.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! The small issues I had with it couldn’t make it move down. I recommend this to anyone, old and young alike. It might awaken the same magic you felt when you read the Harry Potter series for the first time.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

“A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book was sent to me in a giveaway and I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I wasn’t sure what to read and it was short and partially told in verse. So I picked it up.

And Omg this book. Like the synopsis says, it is about a real person. And it does tell her story. It has so many feminist vibes and I just loved this book so much. I took pictures of some pages because the quotes were just things I wanted to remember.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved it, I was getting into a reading slump while I was reading it. But this does have a trigger warning for rape. If that doesn’t bother you, I would recommend it to literally anyone! It was so good and so important.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Poetry

Me Too By Alex Hill

Me too

 

He said I was pretty,

Said I was special.

He took advantage of me.

I added my name to the list, me too.

She was just walking down the street,

When he called out obscenities.

She put her name on the list, me too.

He was powerful, everyone knew him

If someone accused him, no one would believe.

She silently added her name to the list, me too.

She woke up feeling funny, naked, and bare.

The last thing she remembered was taking a drink.

She cried out, adding her name to the list, me too.

She fought hard, but it wasn’t enough.

He was stronger, bigger, powerful.

His eyes were burning with fire,

While hers were overflowing with tears.

She added her name to the list, me too.

She took him to court, she wouldn’t back down.

He was burning with rage, she was scared.

Her knees were shaking, buckling

But she couldn’t turn away now.

She might have added her name to the list,

But she wouldn’t do it silently.

Book Reviews

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

“Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for – a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges – a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters.

Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I love Ellen Hopkins and her books. They are alays dark and poetic. Most of them are told in verse which makes them extremely easy to get through. This is an adult book and honestly, I enjoyed it just as much as her other books that I have read. It pulled me in and really got me. Even though it is long, I still absolutely loved it.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I do recommend it to older audiences since it is adult,  but I think if you have read any of her other work, you will enjoy this one.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I absolutely loved this short story collection. They felt like real fairytales. I was really into the stories as I read them one by one, over a month. They were lyrical. The illustrations in the physical version are stunning. The entire book itself is stunning, stories and all.

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I liked some stories more than others, but overall I really loved this short story collection.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

 

 

writing

My Place by Alex Hill

My Place

I once was your slave,

but you no longer own me.

For so long, the world has bowed

to you. No longer will it.

You said I belonged in the kitchen,

But I belong doing a job.

My pay is less than yours,

But you will not change it.

I have earned the right to vote,

Don’t doubt my power.

You are not the victim,

Stop whining like you are.

Women are not daisies

You can crush, but steel.

We are knives, able to cut

And able to withstand.

I am not delicate,

I am durable

Just like any woman,

I do not need a man.

I will fight for my place,

Conquer my throne

All with high heels on.