Splinters are Children of Wood by Leia Penina Wilson – Book Review

Splinters are Children of Wood by Leia Penina Wilson is intense and raw poetry. This book is the winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry. Each poem describes what it means to be a girl and the poet coming from the Midwest herself, I can totally understand what kind of conditions she must have seen around her that influenced her to write these beautiful poems. It won’t be exaggerating to say the world has a unique way of shaping the girls. 

Samoan myths are mentioned in these poems in a unique way, thus, carrying an ode to the poet’s roots. Also, the poems are punctuated in the most beautiful and intricate way I’ve ever read. They are almost like paintings. I read each poem more than once just to enjoy the depth of them. 

There are three different chapters in the book. There are some beautiful lines, like:”I cut my own throat close my own wound wear my own night descended blood.”
“What dream what maiden what full name””how do the promise of heaven and the brokenness of earth correspond — re: it will rain tonight.”

Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet from the Midwest. I am so much impacted by her poems. Ms. Wilson has definitely increased my love for poetry through this book. The darkness in these poems touched my soul in the most beautiful way.

I thank Edelweiss Plus for introducing me to literature from countries all over the world. I’m so much in love with the diversity I find in various books and yet, they touch my soul in spite of the different language, culture and traditions.

Thank you University of Notre Dame Press for sending the hard copy of advanced uncorrected page proof to my from across the other end of the world. It means so much.

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The Girl Who Cheated Death by Alan Baker – Book Review

The Girl Who Cheated Death by Alan Baker is a thriller which is very intriguing. The story is about a happy teenager, Alexandra who suddenly loses her family in an accident while she the lone survivor. 

Alex starts questioning her own sanity when she sees a strange figure who goes around capturing souls from dying people. Nobody believes her story but finally she finds her friend Carl and Dr. Khan on her side. The frequent encounters from the Angel of Death Azrael scare her to death. Alex travels back in time when she accidentally changes an event in future. Eventually, she figures the reason behind the visits of Azrael. 

Alex decides to bring her family back by changing an event in future. The story is a little complicated. The theory of Newcomb’s paradox is applied in the story. 

I enjoyed the story. I received the book’s free copy in return for a review from #NetGalley. Thanks to #BooksGoSocial for sharing this book with me. The story, the female lead, the paranormal side and the suspense are a huge plus to this story. 

Bedazzled Dreamer by Deborah King – Book Review

Bedazzled Dreamer by Deborah King is the second book in the series of Inspiration in Cologne. I loved Daring Dreamer, book one and waited for the second book desperately. You can read my review of Daring Dreamer here

Shelby (Seashell) is a broken women who comes to Cologne for a new start along with her friend Janna. Janna and Shelby are in the pursuit of her dream of starting a boutique of their own. Shelby who is still struggling to find confidence in herself, her judgement and trust in other people, meets Shane who is a widower and father of three-year-old Nate. 

Shelby finds herself falling in love with Shane and Nate. The story is about how she works through her insecurities to find peace and forgiveness. 
I fell in love with Deborah King’s writing style after reading Daring Dreamer. It’s very easy to read her stories and I find it hard to put down the book in between. Now, after the second book, I would say I’m addicted. Can’t wait to read book three.A must read for contemporary romance lovers. Perfect for any age group.

I received the free review copy of this book for the reviewing purpose. 

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders – Book Review

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders is a contemporary romantic fiction. Theresa and Alessandro are a beautiful couple who come together in a marriage full of conditions. Though the chemistry between them is amazing, Alessandro feels suffocated in the marriage. Theresa who is madly in love with Alessandro tries her best to make the good wife.

When Alessandro understands that Theresa has no idea about her father’s evil intentions, Alessandro decides to give the marriage another shot but Theresa is heart broken by then. The story is beautiful and I cried a lot reading this cute story. The author definitely is on my top 10 list of favorite authors. 

The pace of the story is very smooth and as a reader, I fell in love with both the lead characters. The detailing, scenes and story line are very well executed by the author. So much love to her. A must read for romantic book lovers.

Tempt Me by Diane Demetre – Book Review

Tempt Me by Diane Demetre is a romantic story of Michele. 

Michele is a forty-two year old woman who is recently divorced. She decides to explore her singledom passionately. She meets Mark who is a said under cover cop. He unveils a sexual side of Michele which she never knew existed in herself. After a week, Mark goes back to his wife. 

Michele meets another special man Nick who woes her. Though Michele thinks that he is not her type in the beginning, Nick proves her wrong. 
The story is all about where these both intriguing men stand in Michele’s life by the end of the story. 

These two men play a very important role in Michele’s life. There are many erotic scenes in the book. The three girlfriends of Michele are wonderful and supporting. The story as a whole is entertaining but I didn’t see the end coming. A quick read but not my kind of book..