7 Mini Reviews

Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing okay. I have finished seven books, yes you heard me right, SEVEN BOOKS. Anyways, I was given them all from net galley and I wanted to get these 8 books done and reviewed so then I can leave the app. And I have had the time this weekend to finally relax and get some homework done which is something that I am happy about. I have been reading a couple other books on the side from which I got at Barnes and Nobles so I should finish those in the next month or so with life being all hectic.

Anyways, in these reviews I will be writing short snippets of my opinions on the books and what I thought about it. I hope you all enjoy reading the little short book reviews.


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1.The Life and Death Parade 

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GoodReads Description, One year ago, Kitty’s boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he’s dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade–a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic… and Kitty’s late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he’s letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.

From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.”

Review:

  • This was a really good book that had a lot of potential to be a great book yet it fell flat to me as what the book was said to be about ended up not being the case making it a major let down.
  • Others have said that it is still a good book but this is just my own thoughts and opinions.
  • The writing was beautiful but the pace felt off to me.
  • The characters had average backgrounds in terms of how much info we got to know about them.

I give this book 2.5/5 stars

2.Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari 

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GoodReads Description, “Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.”

Review:

  • This book had potential but didn’t succeed.
  • The book was sent out as a ARC yet it wasn’t formatted correctly at all.
    • The grammar was awful.
    • The paragraphs weren’t even attempted in trying to be formatted correctly.
    • Sentences were stopped in the middle.
    • There was wrong wording.
    • There was random moments when the main character would have a “Ha, Ha” moment that was 100% not needed.
  • The character and the plot would’ve been perfect if it was more suspenseful or if it was all in the past but it wasn’t.

I give this book 1/5 stars 

3.Fresh Ink: An Anthology 

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GoodReads Description, In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Careful–you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written–whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.”

Review:

  • All I can say is that in my thoughts this book was executed almost 100% beautifully and that when it comes out in August you should all go buy it and read it.

It was a solid 4.5/5 stars

4.The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

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GoodReads Description, “The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.”

Review:

  • This is the sequel to the first book and it was just as great or even better then the first.
  • It goes into the loving of yourself, feminism, and many other topics that go deep into many things and truly move your heart.

I give this 5/5 stars

5.Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir by Jake Shears

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GoodReads Description, In the bestselling tradition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, and Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, the lead singer of the multiplatinum-selling band Scissor Sisters explores his evolution as a young artist: coming of age in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona, his entry into New York City’s electrifying, ever-changing music scene, and the Scissor Sisters’ rise as they reached international fame in the early 2000s.

Before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy in Arizona living a double life and unable to hide it any longer, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and teachers showed little sympathy.

It wasn’t until years later, during a trip to visit a childhood friend in New York City, that Jake met a talented musician nicknamed Babydaddy—the stage name of Scott Hoffman. Jake had found a kindred spirit, someone thirsting for stardom and freedom. Their instant bond led them to form Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York City, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ community, reach platinum status, and also win multiple accolades with hits like “Take Your Mama” and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” as well as their cult-favorite cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”

Candid and courageous, Shears’s writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following his development from a misfit boy who grew to a dazzling rock star, this entertaining and evocative memoir will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream.”

Review:

  • I truly didn’t connect with this, or like the writing style.
  • Others may like it but I gave it a 1/5 stars.

6. Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

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GoodReads Description, “Written by and for trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Written on the Body offers support, guidance and hope for those who struggle to find safety at home, in the body, and other unwelcoming places.

This collection of letters written to body parts weaves together narratives of gender, identity, and abuse. It is the coming together of those who have been fragmented and often met with disbelief. The book holds the concerns and truths that many trans people share while offering space for dialogue and reclamation.

Written with intelligence and intimacy, this book is for those who have found power in re-shaping their bodies, families and lives.”

Review:

  • All I can say is that this has a real world eye opener and that I feel like more of this topic has to be spoken about.
  • There is trigger warnings for Sexual Assault.
  • There is many different authors who wrote from their own experiences which means it is in their different writing styles.

I give this book 5/5 stars

7. Helium by Rudy Francisco

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GoodReads Description, “Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy’s poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy’s work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.”

Review:

  • These poems are raw, truthful, eye-opening, and honest in all aspects as it felt with such topics such as racism, and other social issues.

I give this book 5/5 stars


In accordance with FTC guidelines/regulations for bloggers and endorsements, please note that all the books reviewed on this blog were either purchased by me or provided to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and nothing else. I gain nothing in return for the review other than the book itself.
My reviews reflect my honest opinion and remain uninfluenced despite the netgalley through which I obtained the book(s) .

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