October Review Archive

October Review Archive

A complete Archive of all reviews from the month of October (2019):

Total Number of Reviews : 12

          Books : 7

          Novellas : 0 

          Series Reviews : 2

          Series Reading Time Reviews: 2

           Poetry : 1


Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell

Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell

The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Article Five Series by Kristen Simmons


The Missing Reading Times

Redwall Reading Times


to drink coffee with a ghost by Amanda Lovelace

Alright just a few more posts to go! We got this! I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween!

Until Next Time!


the sun and her flowers Review

the sun and her flowers Review


My first review, and on poetry not a YA novel. I’m really excited for this to be my first official review. Let’s jump in!

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these reviews are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this in mind. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… I capitalize author names like the way they are in books.

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Synopsis From The Book

(On the inner pages of the work, done to not ruin formatting)

the sun and her flowers is a

collection of poetry about



honoring one’s roots


and empowering oneself

it is split into five chapters

wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming

– about the book

Short Synopsis By Me

See above.

Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Excitement. I have been waiting to get my hands on this for forever. I loved milk and honey but do not own it. I still need to buy it and for me to buy this first is, in truth, not surprising. I love poetry, especially her poetry. There is something so tangible, but untouchable about poetry in general. It reminds me of the deepest parts of myself and gives me strength I can never truly put to words. The anticipation to read this collection was the kind of mouth watering need that you have when you crave your favorite food. I could taste it, but I still wanted it and my soul did too.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Yes. There isn’t much I can say other than “yes.” This was everything I thought it  would be and more. Tears. Tired soul, but also a new found passion. I feel that there are many things I could say about this, but poetry affects all differently. I hope others will read her work. Always.

What I Liked:

  • So many of the poems that I have picked specific ones if you aren’t into reading full books of poetry.
  • Art –> Like always
  • The continued themes
  • The female and self empowerment.

What I Would Have Liked Or Changed:


Why You Should Read:

Poetry, in my opinion, opens the soul to a new array of emotions and thoughts that typically literature or novels does not. There is a certain rawness to it that can stick with  a person and really get into them. I think you should read this book, because perhaps you can learn something. You can learn something about others, about yourself, about the world, about so many things. What I’ve learned is perhaps not what you will learn and vice versa.

Self care is always important when reading poetry, as poetry, by nature, can be visceral. There are many triggers within these pages that many may feel off put by, and may need time to work through.

Time Taken To Read

50 minutes

Rating: 5/5

While I did like milk and honey better, there were quite a few noteworthy and heart wrenching moments within this.

Notable Poems/Quotes:

Time pg 55

Untitled Poem pg 59

“It takes monsters to steal souls / and fighters to redeem them” – Home, pg 71

Growth is a Process pg 87

The Art of Growing pg 94-96

Self-love pg 105

Untitled Poem pg  114

Accent pg 139

Untitled Poem pg 179

Untitled Poem pg 202

Legacy pg 213

Human pg 225

A Simple Math pg 229

Timeless pg 234


Reviews Information

Reviews Information


As I start up my reviews, I would like to note a few things for others to understand.

I have mentioned before that I read a lot. I also read quickly. I am able to read what most people would not be able to even fathom in a single day or night. This is to say my reading speeds may not seem normal to you, but I am reading. Slowing myself down actually makes me less inclined to read a book.

This is why I love reading plays and poetry, because they typically flow quickly.

This is also why if your YA book of 300 type set pages at a specific font for books takes me more than a few hours to read, chances are it hasn’t grabbed me. This does not happen often, if at all,  but it has.

Secondly, I read cover to cover. This means I like to read a book from start to finish and there are rare exceptions to this: text books, rereads, books that I love but are massive and taking time for me to read (exs: Lord of the Rings, The Night Angel Trilogy).

I am someone who likes to remain completely immersed in books, for good or for bad. Take that as you will. Here are some recent reading times for you in order to understand.

I read Brent Weeks’ The Night Angel Trilogy in 5 days, where I read the first book in two days and then last book in two days, but the middle book in one. These were not continuous reading hours, due to work more than because of the story. If I had the time to read them in one sitting, I would have.

The Endgame series by James Frey (3 books, plus  3 companions): 2 days, and I probably was reading other books in the same time and at the beach.

On Average:

1 to 2 hours for a book of poetry, depending on the poetry

1 to 4 hours for a play, depending on the play and it’s complexity.

1 to 4 hours for YA novels. Depends on the length, the complexity, and how much I like the characters.

I haven’t really read a lot of non-YA in a while so I  don’t have an average time for them. I know that I read The Night Angel Series in a week, but the last “adult” novel I read before that was Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches Trilogy (The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos) and I remember it taking me a week once I got through the beginning of The Witching Hour. (The beginning of the Witching Hour is rough.) I will try to keep an eye out for times, with this next set of novels.


My reviews will not be overly elaborate. I don’t feel that I can write beautiful and eloquent essays about every single book that I read. Instead I’ll write it with a sort of format.

  • Customary warning and all tags for the books
  • Name, Author (Obviously) and a picture
  • Short Synopsis from the book and Short Synopsis by me
  • Initial thoughts before reading
  • Initial thoughts after reading.
  • What I liked.
  • What I would have liked or changed
  • Why you should read.
  • Time Taken to read
  • Rating scale on a ?/5 rating
  • Notable Quotes:

I will be making a more eloquent version of this as a set page for reviews in the future. Thanks!

I think that will be it for now, and if formatting changes. I’ll let you all know. Thanks! Happy reading!