Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genres: YA, Poetry, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction
Published: March 6, 2018
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: RACISM, MISOGYNY, BODY SHAME, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PARENTAL ABUSE, CHEATING, PANIC ATTACKS, RECREATIONAL DRUG USE, ALCOHOL USE, INFERTILITY, BULLYING

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I finished this book in one sitting, one day. I can’t even put my finger on why or how lol. Maybe because it was a story told in poems and the pages weren’t filled with words it seemed really easy to read and not stop. It wasn’t super captivating like OMG I CANT PUT THIS DOWN. It just somehow happened that I finished the whole thing. It was an amazing story of a young girl finding her voice with a very over bearing and GOD worshiping mother. I got teary eyed at the end and it was a feel good story, especially since in the beginning I was skeptical with how this was going to play out. This was my first poetry book laid out like this and it was really good!

Review: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

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Title: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Author: Vicky Zimmerman
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Food & Drink
Published: May 30, 2019
Pages: ~326
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

No woman dreams of being unceremoniously dumped and moving back in with her mother on the eve of her 40th birthday. Food technician Kate Parker’s first response? Denial, long days under her duvet and bucket loads of cheesy pasta. A reluctant Kate finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House For Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 96-year-old Cecily Finn – spiky and sharp as a pin, but the spark has gone out of her. She has resigned herself to the imminent End.

Having no patience with Kate’s self-pity, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference – it’s a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at ‘the easily dismayed’. It promises the answers to essential life questions. So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls – one at the end of her life, and one stuck in the middle – who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man’s heart is . . . irrelevant!

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so cute. Took me awhile to finish it (six days) however it was none the less delightful. It’s a great book of unlikely friendships and the trials and tribulations of life, going out of your comfort zones and making yourself your priority. A lot easier said than done but the friendship between Cicely and Kate was so cute and progressed naturally. The end was predictable but had a pleasant surprise. A great read in between heavier reads, though the book is quite lengthy.

Review: The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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Title: The Wife Stalker
Author: Liv Constantine
Genres: Fiction, Psych Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~320
My Rating: 4.5/5
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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Woah. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. There’s honestly nothing else I can say. The beginning of the story is kinda slow and you’re waiting to start hating Piper and is she poisoning the kids, is she planning to push them off a cliff—everything’s set up to hate her but the punchline never comes. And then I was getting annoying with them telling the kids Joanna was in heaven when she wasn’t and then OMMMMGGGGG. Just it really caught me off guard and I loved it!

Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~352
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL & DRUG USE, SELF HARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER, VIOLENCE

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave? 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a good read, it was really predictable which made it less than lackluster. But the unfolding of the characters and the little girl/her own things she was dealing with. Was very interesting. The neighbors were suspicious, I was suspicious, but knew the plot less than half way in.