In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum.Continue reading
Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.
A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.
Whose heart hasn’t cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes!
The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Over the past year I’ve actively been trying to read more poetry, so I was glad to receive this poetry collection. It’s a beautifully written and honest collection that is definitely worth checking out.Continue reading
Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository
Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.
After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute and quick read with the added bonus of a cooking competition, even if the protagonist bothered me.Continue reading
Ever since I can remember, the internet has played a huge role in my life, facilitating creativity and allowing me to make new friends. Before I became a blogger and bookstagrammer, I made fanvideos on YouTube. I quit about four years ago, but do still watch a lot of YouTubers like Dan & Phil, Dodie and of course various Booktubers. Since there are some really great Booktubers out there, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to some of my favourite accounts!Continue reading