Poetic Ponderings

BABBLES, RAMBLES, & NONSENSE (#14)

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So I’m not generally a big poetry fanatic but every once in a while I stumble across a poem or hear someone perform a piece of spoken word and it strikes something in me. So today I don’t have a book review prepared for you but as it is National Poetry Month I thought I’d share a few poems that I love instead. Maybe you’ll like them or maybe you’re not big on poetry either. Either way I felt like sharing these. Maybe it’s my trip to the ocean that’s putting me in a poetic mood?
For this post I made sure to include a few poems about books since books are what we all love.

When Death Comes | Allowables | King Henry VIGood Books | Macbeth | Notes on the Art of Poetry | Old Books | The Gold Bell in Charn | The Arrow and The Song | Hades and Persephone | The Author to Her Book

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Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves (2017)

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YA Fiction | Historical | Magical Realism
4.5 stars
Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.  Continue reading

Blog Tour | True North

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I’m so happy to have been invited to participate in this blog tour for L.E. Sterling’s new book, TRUE NORTH. It’s the second in the True Born series and I was really excited to have the opportunity to read it! It’s been so hard to keep this post under wraps but I’m glad I’m allowed to share it with you all now.

If you haven’t read True Born (book #1) then I’ll post some info on that first.
Keep scrolling for my review on True North (book #2), more about the author, an international Giveaway, and other exciting tour stops!  Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

The Handmaid's Tale

Fiction | Dystopia
3 Stars
Blurb:

“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…”
-Goodreads 
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Who Am I? Tag

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Jess from @jbelkbooks opened this tag up to everyone and it looked like fun so I decided, why not? This tag includes a series of tests that dig into who you are and how you operate (e.g. Myer-Briggs, Left/Right Brain, learning preference, blood type, Hogwarts House, and others). I invite anyone who wants to participate to go ahead! 🙂
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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (2016)

Stalking Jack the Ripper

YA Fiction | Historical | Crime & Mystery
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”
-Goodreads 
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Perfect Book Blitz!

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I’m happy to announce that PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern is available now and that I get to share the news with you all!

If you haven’t heard about Ahern’s latest YA series, Flawed, then be sure to check out all the details below. Not only have I included the information on the new release but also on the first book to get you started!

This book blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 sets of finished copies of FLAWED & PERFECT courtesy of Fierce Reads and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter (link at the bottom of this post).  Continue reading