This book wrapped me in its arms, tore my heart to shreds, and attempted to tape it back together. It was a wonderful piece by Kwame. This, like Crossover, was written in prose (poetic verse). One thing in particular that I loved about it were the names: Blade, Storm, Sunny, Joy, Chapel. Almost all of them resembles a key attribute about the character.
The story is about Blade Morrison, born and raised in the spotlight. However, the spotlight isn’t always great, and the paparazzi is horrible. His family, his dad, is constantly on the front cover of everything. He tries to find solace from all the crazy in his girlfriend, but her parents aren’t too fond of her dating a rock star who comes from a drug addict, alcoholic, deadbeat, rock star father. Blade wants out, and he wants out fast, especially after he hears life-altering news about himself that Storm, his sister, throws in his face. It pushes him over the edge. Way over the edge. Traveling out of the country to Ghana over the edge. There he meets a girl named Joy and a five-year old names Sia. Both of them begin to change his life, although, after meeting them, it’s everything but an easy climb to happiness from there on out.
The story really was great and incredibly inspiring. As soon as I’m done passing the book around friends and family, I can guarantee I’m going to annotate my copy. The only thing that bothered me about the book was when Blade reacted to what Storm told him about himself. I thought he overreacted. I get he was emotional, and his family was pushing him to a breaking point, but I thought it was too sudden. Also, Joy’s wisdom seemed uncanny.
Despite those two things, the story was amazing! I highly recommend it.
*** Also! There’s a great track list in the book. LISTEN. TO. IT.
Dust to Flesh by R. L. Stoll is a self-published book done through CreateSpace. It is designed well, with a nice soft matte cover. The formatting on the inside is a bit off center, but otherwise, the rest of it is fabulous. I loved the story line. I felt there were a few times when the character was being to oblivious to facts. Some things, as a reader, I picked up on, and it annoyed me slightly when the character didn’t, especially since she herself is incredibly smart. There was of course the cliche love that made me roll my eyes (not sure how love can be un-cliche though, when it’s so common in every book), but it was written nicely.
The story itself is about a girl name Noelle who gets caught in a battle between gargoyles and grotesques–in a way angels and demons. Why? She’s a Plain Jane from Plainwell, Michigan. Well, it’s because of her bloodline going all the way back to Cologne, Germany. The problem with her being in the middle of this battle between gargoyles and grotesques, aside from her life being in danger, is it also puts her best friend and her boyfriend in danger. While both vow never to leave her, neither of them are fully aware of the circumstances either. Eventually, the situation gets too risky and she has to make a decision that could risk the continuation of both her relationships with her best friend and her boyfriend.
The book was was great with a wonderful progression of events. I highly recommend this book. I’m most definitely going to have to buy the second book. It’s an easy read, and will pull you in almost right away.
He Said She Said was another easy book by Kwame Alexander. The character development was well done and probably what kept me reading.
Omar Smalls is a football player at a small town high school. He’s the best on the team and is on his way to Miami to play in college. Not only is he known for his amazing skill in football, but also for his inane ability to pick up women. But wait, Claudia Clarke comes along and he can’t quite get her to go to bed with him. Whatever will he do when he made a bet of one-fifty with his friends? He’s got a lot of money riding on the line here and Claudia isn’t like all the other girls. She’s not easy.
Claudia Clarke has a few things that haunt her past, and she doesn’t want a repeat of a few of those mistakes. When Omar comes into her life persistently chasing her, she pushes him away and tries to drop him at every chance she can get. Omar doesn’t leave to easyily.
In time they bond over fighting for freedom. Love even seems to be blossoming in the air. Until an old ex of Omar’s jump into the picture. In the end they both have to figure out how to apologize and forgive. Although, that’s easier said than done.
I enjoyed reading this book, although I would probably not reread it. I definitely recommend it though! It’s a great inspiring teen read. Kwame’s writing style is unique and I enjoyed reading it in his two books.
This book was written entirely in prose. It was fun and easy to read. The end of it even pulled on my heartstrings a little bit.
Crossover is about Josh Bell, also known as Filthy McNasty, who plays basketball. He and his twin brother Jordan, JB, Bell play together. Basketball has always been what connected the brothers and their dad together. Next thing JB has a girlfriend and things get a bit tense between the brothers. It’s weird for Josh to begin doing things without Jordan. It gets so bad the boys even stop talking to each other for a short time. After a series of events that tests the entire family, Josh is challenged with whether he should keep playing Basketball or if he should stop and help the family.
Since the whole thing was written is prose I was able to read through it quickly. An entire story told through poetry in that way was entertaining and kept me turning the page. Now, I’m not a sports person, but even so this pulled me in and had me captivated. I loved it and would probably read it again.
Not gonna lie, I could have stopped reading this book after the first half. The whole thing was good and told a wonderful story, but being immersed in Asian culture as I am, I loved the first half better than the second half.
This first half is about The Red Queen of South Korea. In truth, she never became “Queen.” She married the prince who was a madman and he died before he ascended the throne. Therefore, she remained princess. Her second son did ascend to the throne, so she did eventually become Queen Mother. The first half is The Red Queen telling her story in the royal palace as the wife of a mad prince.
The second half is about Babs Halliwell. The ghost of The Red Queen come to Babs so that Babs can keep The Red Queen’s story alive so that she is not forgotten. This second half of the book was nice to read, but it seemed like a whole other story unrelated to the first half. I actually enjoyed the end of the second half better than the beginning of it, because (1) that is when I actually saw the character develop, and (2) it tied the whole thing together in a nice bow.
I did enjoy the book, and I do I recommend it to all you lovely people, but I will probably not reread it.
Thumbs up to you Margaret Drabble for writing fabulously. I certainly took notes from your style so I can improve mine.
This books was amazing. Lysa wrote in such a way that connects the reader to the writer and the words on the page. She’s funny and yet knows how to hit the heart in a serious way. She talks about how to feel loved and accepted despite the amount of rejection a person has faced. I really didn’t think I would get much out of this, but I needed it more than I knew. It’s full of scripture and structured prayer to help put the reader on her feet and to give her a starting place to launch herself.
It could easily be read by girls and women of any age. I highly recommend it. It was a book for a Bible study at church last year, and honestly? I’m glad I didn’t read it until now. It would not have impacted me in any way then. Now? I had my pen on me at all times making notes and underlining things in the book.