[Poetry Review] Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia

41mwivoomsl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Title: Bright Minds Empty Souls
Author: Jennae Cecelia
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I purchased this collection through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: A poetry collection about falling in and out of love with yourself and others. For the hopeless romantics and those who need a friend to comfort their late night thoughts.

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[ARC Review] Gray Places by Julia Byrd

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Author: Julia Byrd
Genre: Fiction, romance, gothic

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release date:
April 5th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary (from Goodreads)1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home. After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself – the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth Manor and uncover the truth about Thomas Norcliffe.

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[Book Review] Human Acts by Han Kang

41h05bsiz7l-_sx339_bo1204203200_Title: Human Acts
Author: Han Kang
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In May 1980, a violent student uprising takes place in Gwangju, South Korea, and in the midst of it all, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of his murder, as well as the story of the uprising, is told through different viewpoints in a series of interconnected chapters. Through the voices of Dong-ho’s best friend, an editor facing censorship, a prisoner, a factory worker, and Dong-Ho’s own grieving mother, we learn about the reverberations of violence, the crushing reality of oppression, and the unrelenting hope that resides in humanity.

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[Book Review] The Enemy Within by Scott Burn

41bblzvruhlTitle: The Enemy Within
Author: Scott Burn
Genre: Fiction, YA, science fiction

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: 17-year old Max suffers from agonizing apocalyptic visions and is about to commit suicide when he is saved and admitted to a psychiatric institution. It’s obvious there’s something exceptional about him, and it soon turns out that the hallucinations aren’t only in his head. At the same time, three others who share the same abilities as Max are now searching for him – but so is a covert military group. Not knowing who to trust makes it hard for Max to choose sides, but one thing soon becomes clear: it’s not just his fate alone that lies in his hands.

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[TBR] Plan to read in March 2017

I put together a TBR-list for this month because this was the prompt for day 1 of the #MarchDelirium challenge on Instagram. I haven’t actually put together any structured TBRs for each month before, I’ve just picked my reads as I went, but seeing it this way I realize I quite like the look of my list. So, this year I actually think I’m going to try to do this more often!

My March TBR:

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[Book Review] Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

51xddkweu9l-_sx325_bo1204203200_Title: Homegoing
Author: Yaa Gyasi
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 18th century Ghana, during the slave trade of the Gold Coast, half-sisters Effia and Esi are born into two different villages. One is married off to a British slaver, the other is sold into slavery and shipped off to America. Spanning seven generations and 300 years of history, one thread of descendants follows centuries of warfare in Ghana, through the struggles of the Fante and Asante nations. The other thread of descendants branches off into America, from the plantations of the South, through the coal mines of Pratt City, and right up to the present day.

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[Wrap-up] Books read in February 2017

Once again another month is over (another month I’m happy to see go) and once again it’s time to wrap up my monthly reads! I read a total of seven books and two poetry collections this month.

My February reads:

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