REVIEW: Girl Empowernment: Poetry

Girl Empowernment: Poetry
by Hunyah Irfan

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BOOK  SUMMARY: 

Girl Empowernment Poetry By Hunyah Irfan Girl empowernment poetry is about empowering girls to be strong women 

BOOK REVIEW: 


1 STAR


*A free PDF copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review*

This poetry book is a short read, something you can definitely finish in one sitting.

The poet wrote it in a way where the ideas were direct on how empowerment is vital to young girls and how it would shape them into strong women in the future.

Right off the bat, there were a few spelling errors that were overlooked in the editing process. The poems were also a little too short for my liking. However, there’s a hint of a satirical tone to it if I had to be honest. Some poems mocked the idea of women doing traditional women things, which was how I understood it. Nonetheless, the execution could’ve been improved and more impactful, if this was the way the poet intended for the poem to be interpreted. It was also written in a way that seemed chronological which I found to be interesting.

Personally, I did not enjoy reading this book. It definitely requires you to read it 2 or 3 times, just to figure out if there’s more to it than it meets the eye. One thing I definitely remembered from my literature classes were not to take things at face value, so if I read too deeply into this than it was intended for, my bad!

REVIEW: The Colossus Rises

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises (#1)
by Peter Lerangis

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BOOK SUMMARY:

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

BOOK REVIEW:
3 STARS

I read this book a while ago, back in 2013. I didn’t like it at that time, too confusing, too unclear. Everything happened so quickly and I didn’t get time to process it. 5 years later, I decided to give it another chance.

For those who likes the PJO series, the plot will seem familiar – young boy and his friends with a task to save the world, cliché of course, but nonetheless, a favourite. However, I won’t be comparing to PJO much because it is an entirely different series.

Four 12 year-olds, captured by the Karai Institute and given the task to find seven magic Loculi that were scattered around the world. With a special G7W gene that will kill them at the age of 13, these 4 Select have to receive treatment from the Karai in order to prolong their deaths. Only by retrieving the Loculi, they can be saved.

The story was written very descriptively. It was easy for the readers to imagine every event of the story, from how the characters felt to the surroundings of the places. However, it can be quite distracting from the story.
It was an entertaining read. The characters were introduced early on and there wasn’t much to them, if I were to be honest. There was no time for the relationship to develop between the characters. Within a few moments of Jack and the other 3 Select meeting one another, they have gotten super close and chummy. I guess the writer should’ve developed their relationships a little. I mean, when you’re facing a life and death situation, you should kinda get to know your allies and gain their trust a little.

The start of the book was interesting. There were a few plot holes about the story though, but of course, it wouldn’t affect the story much anyway. Towards the end, the story got a little messy. So many things were happening, so many descriptions, yet everything seemed so blurry.
I wasn’t particularly fond of the book, nor the characters. Like I mentioned, the characters were flat. It was all in Jack McKinley’s point of view but then again, it really seemed bland. Nothing much was revealed about them, but of course, maybe the author left it for the next book, Lost in Babylon.

REVIEW: The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
by Denis Thériault

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing each other haikus. The simplicity and elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her. But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident. Just as Gaston is walking up to the post-box to mail his next haiku to Ségolène, he is hit by a car and dies on the side of the road. And so Bilodo makes an extraordinary decision—he will impersonate Gaston and continue to write to Ségolène under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for? Denis Thériault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart

BOOK REVIEW: 

3 STARS
What stood out for this book was the interesting plot. The idea that our trusted postman could be someone who finds thrill and excitement in reading our mail was the last thing I’d think of, and Thériault turned the whole idea into a book. What enticed me about the book was the haikus and the thought of communicating through haikus fascinated me, something I did not think was possible.

Bilodo was just like us – seeing a romantic love story and falling in love with one of the characters, infatuated with a love life that he wish he had. And when he saw his chance to be the next actor of this love story, he jumped at it.

The plot was interesting and somewhat different. It introduces different Japanese literary art like ‘tanka’, ‘renku’ and ‘enso’ but it happened all in a blur and I could not understand any of it. The only reason why I bothered continuing the book was to look for good haikus. Unfortunately, there were only few that stood out.

It was rather creepy of Bilodo to have such a hobby and it certainly made me wonder if any of the postmen did the same. He invaded the privacy of others, just for his mere enjoyment. Poor Ségolène, if only she knew. Their poor love story would never had happened.

The ending was unexpected, but nonetheless, I loved it. It felt as if the entire story had come to a full circle. It also leaves me wondering, had ‘Grandpré’ really been Grandpré?

TL:DR

I believe I expected too much from this book regarding the haikus. It was a good book in terms of the plot and how unique it was. However, some parts in the book was confusing, especially when the literary arts in Japan were mentioned.


A segment of this review has been first published on my Goodreads.

Online Brain (garbage) Dump

A blog. Because everyone needs somewhere to store their ideas and opinions. 

Hello there (if by chance, there would be anyone who’d be reading this). This an online brain dump page where I’ll store all my ideas, thoughts and basically anything that I’d like to do. 
As an only child who has issues expressing certain thoughts and opinions, sharing interests and basically finding it difficult to unleash my creativity, a blog would probably be a safe space to do so. 
As of now, I don’t have any solid idea about what I’d be posting here. Potentially book reviews, gushing about certain movies and characters, writing stories – just things that I enjoy that could probably find a home here. 
Currently, I post book reviews on Goodreads. However, I’d prefer a home for my reviews, which would probably be here on my blog! I’ll be posting some of my old book reviews here to get a foundation started for this new blog, it will be interesting, I suppose. 
Till the next post. 
– J