Happy Holidays! It has been such an interesting December for me, I hope you are having a fine month as well. IT IS  2019! (!!!!!!!!!!) I mean !? The year spiraled out fast. Nevertheless, it’s going to be awesome. For one, I had listed and posted 7 Books from different genre and demographics releasing in 2019, mostly written by #OwnVoices authors. There are many titles to read! 2019 is holding a whole lot of great things for us!

In another line, it finally happened, kind of sucky, that I am in a reading slump. Coincidentally, I have these books in the queue, which was, I am pretty sure, the Universe saying it “yes, I have scheduled it just for you.” And I truly am grateful.

Here they are;

Child of the Moon

Title: Child of the Moon

Author: Jessica Seeman

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Synopsis:

In between being your mother and father,
I forgot to be your daughter
And became the child of the moon

“In her debut collection, Semaan offers an upfront &moving glimpse into the true nature of healing: an imperfect, nonlinear journey”–Amanda Lovlace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one

An illustrated poetry collection about finding light in the darkness. Set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War and the author’s turbulent family life, Child of the Moon is a powerful reflection on her journey through fear, shame and despair, and the unconditional love that helped her begin to heal from childhood trauma.

Thoughts:

“To become the woman I am
I had to see that my head is full of voices that are not mine
Voices of systems of whiteness, colonialism, patriarchy
And every day I must purge, so for a moment I can see her
Reaching up to tell me she’s got a plan, a dream, a vision”

A very straightforward narrative of experiences of pain, loss, oppression, trauma, woven into something beautiful, healing, acceptance, forgiveness, and love!

Child of the Moon is touching, has reached out to me from the author’s perspective of cathartic freedom. Expressing what’s it was, and what will be. With the feeling expressed in the beginnings was overwhelming for me. And what I liked about it is that when you progress reading farther in, there is these feeling that you’d catch. Feelings of empowerment as a person of cultural minority, as a woman, and my personal emotional pieces of baggage too.

I love the voices that say that it is okay to feel emotions, it is okay not to be okay too, it’s is okay to fail, it is okay to be happy, it is okay to be where you are, and as a person who values mental health, these are mantras of positivity. I love the empowering tone it gives off the readers. Not only with mental health but with the systematic oppression happening around, men dictating what is what, which is which, that my way it the only way, Semaan’s isn’t afraid anymore, it’s all written raw and straightforward, damning it all to hell.

Lastly, the illustrations throughout the book were splendid! They are addicting to stare at, the colors and the pen strokes, I adore them. (I am not an art critique but I really love them!) Plus the incorporating of the art with the workpieces of poetry complemented most of them.

Rating:

four

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Chameleon AuraTitle: Chameleon Aura

Author: Billy Chapata

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Release Date: January 22nd, 2019

Description:

Zimbabwean poet Billy Chapata provides a thought-provoking take on the universal experiences of love, pain, and what comes next through messages of empowerment. This collection of poetry and prose will justify heartache and inspire the fortitude to survive and prosper.

Chameleon Aura presents a harmonious blend of experience and advice through a chaptered series of prose and poetry that focuses on shared experiences in love and loss. Emboldened words and phrases capture the essence of the author’s message and distinguish his unique style. Chapata’s touching narrative celebrates humanity for their biological resilience and undeniable worth. This collection leaves readers warm with hope for growth, rebirth, and, most prominently, self-acceptance.

Thoughts:

Looks like I am coming in with an unpopular opinion with this one, I had seen that most loved the collection. And I tried, hence me finishing it…

Then and there, were pieces that liked, but I feel that most of the work give off the repetitive facade; of the meaning, they are conveying. That is good for that is the theme of the book. But certainly, there are words out there that still can be used.

To the good bits, I liked.

  • The intensity of respect and appreciation for women, I had read other works with regard to validating women and generally mansplaining. I liked how it was taken in here. And the majority of the pieces does cater the writer’s well being than validating others.
  • The “I hear, you.” “You do you.” energy that the collection throws to the reader. It brings a positive aura to the receiver.
  • The amount of healing, written on the pages will bring joy into one’s heart. To feel represented by it and or by the feeling of being to empathize with.

Among the pieces, I liked this one most.

pied piper,

i no longer have the desire to explain myself.
my vibrations may be too intense or too gentle for some,
but will move to my own tune.

Rating:

three

Actual Rating: 2.5

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Love Looks Pretty on YouTitle: Love Looks Pretty on You

Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Synopsis:

The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.

Thoughts:

Love Looks Pretty on You came to me as a surprise, this is better than her earlier works. I tried her poetry books it’s a tricky relationship but with her novel, phew,  that blew my socks off.

What I noticed as a whole is that it felt a bit detached, it lacks the emotion mostly present in her poetry books. Some love pieces that felt monotonous in voice.

However, it brought me to a strong impression of the uplifting and eye-opening encouragement I got from Love Looks Pretty on You. The author shone a light on views as a partner, friend, daughter, and generally as a woman.

“Someone who has your heart is not entitled to your body.
No one lays a finger on you without your permission.”

Another is the side of taking care of one’s self. It brings awareness to one. I liked pieces particularly: Anxiety, More Than You, Youth, These Years. 

“Don’t stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved.”

Rating:

three

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About the Author

Lang LeavLang Leav is an international bestselling author and social media sensation. She is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her books continue to top bestseller charts in bookstores worldwide and Lullabies, was the 2014 winner of the Goodreads Choice award for poetry.

Lang has been featured in various publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Straits Times, the Guardian and the New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand with her partner and fellow author Michael Faudet.

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You Are HereTitle: You are Here

Author: Dawn Lanuza

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Release Date: February 12th, 2019

Synopsis:

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.

Thoughts:

You Are Here is my second Dawn Lanuza poetry book, I have read How It Starts as my very first read. At some point in the book, I thought that some felt really familiar. True enough those works were already featured in from How It Starts.

You Are Here is a collection that deals with love; in partner, self, opening up, accepting and getting used to being a grown-up, as we Millenials call it adulting.

I find the introduction, not for my liking but as I go through the middle and last pages I find the pieces calling me in, projecting a stronger voice of fierce,  fearlessness and accepting. It tackled more on the specificity of the impact of society on one’s mental health, physical pain, peer pressure or the standards set out for us to believe, to comply with.

Here are some of the pieces that resonated with me: the tale of a girl, vessel, a message, the art of eating alone, the ideal, seasons, roller coaster and

good news / bad news

You’ve finally stopped falling asleep to your own tears
You close your eyes and nothing appears
When you dream, that’s when you wake
You open your eyes and find your pillows stained

Rating:

three

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About the Author

 

Dawn Lanuza writes contemporary romance, young adult fiction, and poetry. She has two first loves – music and writing – and is lucky enough to surround herself with them.

She currently lives with her family and a very loved cream toy poodle.

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Disclosure: Copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the author, the author’s work, the publisher, nor any other group of people, nor receive any monetary compensation for doing this review. Booklinks contain affiliate links in which the blogger receives a tiny commission on all successful purchases. All quotes may not be exactly as it is in the final release of the book.

 

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