The Tree of Life is a beautiful book written by Nick Blackburn and illustrated by Julianne Vermilion. While the writer writes beautiful poem about life, the illustrator wonderfully presents the visual of the poem in incredible illustrations. I could not believe that the illustrator is hardly 20 years old. She added great beauty to the book.
The Tree of Life is a short book, I completed reading it in just one sitting. The author talks about subjects like life, soul, universe, etc. He depicts the fact that we all are part of this huge universe who keep coming back in one form or another to fulfil the purpose of our lives. The eternal spark, its journey and destination are written well in the poem. The poem also teaches us that we can learn our lessons even from children and young ones and that age is just a number. Though this poem is small, it makes great sense in a larger perspective.
The book also includes the story of the author and how his student inspired him to come up with this meaningful visual poem. Every page has illustrations that have deep meaning. I must say, this is the most colourful book I read in the recent times.
The book is very different and refreshing. I received the advance reviewer copy of the book from LibraryThing for an honest review. I enjoyed reading it.
Singing Back To The Sirens by Margaret DeRitter is a beautiful book with poems that talk about the life of a woman. Each poem is an amazing representation of her desire, love, loss and grief.
The book has two parts with wonderful poems. Poems talk about different forms of love, the kind between mother and child, two best friends, and a lot more. The exploration of sexuality at an early age, falling for a friend and accepting herself are written beautifully by the author.
I liked how the author presented the frustrations of a lesbian woman when she falls for a straight woman. And that really made my heart clench. The struggles she faces from the moment she identifies her sexuality to finding her love, losing it and going through the grief are very well written in the form of poems and it is kind of incredible.
Each poem is a song sung back to the many wonderful women in her life. After all, they shaped the way she sees desire, love, pain, strength and many more emotions, thus helping her define life and evolve.
Margaret DeRitter is a promising author. She crafted the poems very well. I look forward to reading more of her works. I received this book from Librarything for an honest review.
Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander is one of the wonderful books I read in the recent times. I can only imagine how beautiful this new color Charleston Green is after reading this book.
Tipsy Collins is a beautiful soul, an artist and strong and independent at heart. Tipsy arrives at her new home with her three kids to live at a new house after going through a rough divorce. She manages her work at her best friend’s art gallery, paints and also takes care of her kids all by herself.
Tipsy gets to put her supernatural skill to use to help two new ghost friends that she found at the new house. Jane and Henry who have been stuck at that home for a long time find answers to the questions that have been hanging between them since their deaths.
The climax twist was unexpected. The pace is excellent. The story is witty, lovely, romantic and awesome. I must admit this is the funniest ghost story, didn’t terrify me at all and made me think I might need a ghost friend for myself.
I don’t want to mention Tipsy’s ex-husband Ayers whom I thoroughly hated while reading the story. I also liked how the author used the divorce law in North Carolina and certain other states to explain the troubles faced by many women who tolerate emotional and physical abuse. I’m sure this story definitely gives hope to many a women to stay strong and do what their heart encourages them to do. Just stand up for yourselves! Author has smartly put the marital issues from a century ago and the present day in one story and takes the reader on a wonderful fictional ride.
I received the copy of Charleston Green from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you BooksGoSocial for sharing the copy with me. The book is going to be published on 14th of April, 2020. I know you all are stuck at homes quarantining. Don’t miss a fun ride to Charleston through this book. You can buy the book here.
Time Trap by Jeanie R. Davis is the continuation of the author’s other book, Time Twist. Time Twist is a wonderful book about time traveling. I totally loved it and you can read my review of Time Twist here.
Arianna Miller falls deeply in love with Christopher Flemming, the man from another time. After the near death time traveling experience, Arianna totally hates Christopher going back in time to return the valuable art pieces that his father stole from various art galleries across the world.
Christopher promises to Arianna that he will go back in time just one last time to fix something that his father did. But is it as simple as it is said? The story takes a turn when Christopher declares his love for a woman in another time and decides to stay back in that time.
Arianna who is a very strong and independent woman herself, contemplates the idea of going back in time risking her life. She could be stepping right into a deadly trap. You must read the book to know what really happened by the end and if Arianna and Christopher really got back together.
Setting of the story is very important for any book and I must appreciate the author Jeanie R. Davis for being able to set up the story in two different times. I bet that is really challenging. The pace is excellent and I promise you won’t be able to put it down until you finish.
The book is out now and you can buy it here. I recommend this book to all the fiction lovers in this lock down time no matter which part of the world you are in.