Review: Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

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Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.

I went into this not knowing what to expect from the author, especially after feeling a bit disconnected with the writing in Your Soul is a River. But Nikita Gill had me pleasantly surprised with this follow-up book.

I recently came to the realization, after some much-needed trial and error with multiple poetry collections, than I enjoy my poems focused more on self-love over romantic love. And Wild Embers brought just that to the table. I would go so far as to say that this is the ultimate self-care poetry collection. The practice of learning to love yourself is a continuous theme over the course of these poems, rather than just making an appearance here and there. So are the themes of girl power, kindness and confidence, the grandiosity of space (her fascination with the intergalactic was so contagious, I now have my eyes set on reading What We See in the Stars), rewriting classic Disney fairytales to fit a more feminist point of view, and the powerful women in mythology. Speaking of the last two, I really enjoyed Gill’s modern take on the question: What if the real story was something completely different? It added something refreshing that I hadn’t seen before in previous poetry collections.

“They may have taken us down individually, but they cannot destroy an army made of us all.”

And to share a few of my favorite caught gems from Wild Embers:

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Wild Embers 7-- bookspoilsThe last poem was a majestic note to end on.

And speaking on the theme, I listened to the acoustic version of Love Yourself while reading, which really amped up my experience:

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: November 16th, 2017

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Review: The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero 15-- bookspoilsIn the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.
But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero.The One Hundred Nights of Hero 1-- bookspoils

I genuinely feel like this graphic novel was made just for me. It contains nearly everything I’ve grown to love in books, such as tales of families, Gods, humans and human-ness, love and betrayal, kings, dancing, moons, sisters, empowering women that support one another, a loving f/f ship, dissing disgusting men (I lived for this!!), and so much more.

Also, so many of the tales Hero told to keep Manfred’s dick in his pants were some of my favorites: from the League of Secret Storytellers to the story of falling in love with the moon to a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. These strange and fanciful tales full of bold, clever and crafty women completely enamoured my heart. It also reminded me a lot of Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn with that I always wanted more and more of the tales told by the narrator.

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So without further ado, here are some of my favorite moments:

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero 4-- bookspoilsI was so pleasantly surprised by the subtle humor thrown in here!

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero 5-- bookspoilsThe art in here with its dark lines and colors really managed to enhance the gloomy atmosphere in certain tales.

And on to my favorite story from this graphic novel: the story of the moon and a mortal man falling in love.The One Hundred Nights of Hero 6-- bookspoils

 

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero 8-- bookspoilsThe reason why I cherished this story so much was mainly because of Sokka and Yue from Avatar. I watched their love story years and years ago, but to this day it remains one of the most tragic ones out there for me.

Honestly, my heart breaks a tiny bit every time I recall their adoration and tenderness for one another.

But moving on to the actual story and the love between Cherry and Hero:
The One Hundred Nights of Hero 10-- bookspoilsI was immensely proud of Cherry in this moment. To see her stand up for her love and beliefs was beyond gratifying. Also, A+ for her clapback.

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero 13-- bookspoilsTheir ending, however, left me a bit bewildered. I can’t quite gather if it’s a tragic one or not… I mean, they’re still together, but also not really?? To be completely honest, I don’t even know what’s exactly went on, but… the art is beautiful:

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All in all, I’m beyond grateful to have finally read this epic graphic novel by the immsenly talented Isabel Greenberg. And I’m hopefully onto The Encyclopedia of Early Earth next!

4.5/5 stars

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Review: Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I’ve been waiting for over a year for this graphic novel to come out, so to say that I had high expectations would barely begin to cover it. But I’m glad to say that this volume did not disappoint.

Wires & Nerve follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure – with a little help from Cinder and  the Rampion crew (which had me over the moon excited).

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.

Iko was one of my favorite members of the group, so I loved that her wit and humor was translated so well into this graphic novel format. She’s as brave and loyal as ever fighting for her true friend and queen. And my love for this crew is exhilarating.

Speaking of love, here are some of favorite moments:

wires-and-nerve-volume-1-11-bookspoilsLove her side commentary more than ever!!

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wires-and-nerve-volume-1-2-bookspoilsIko’s not kidding around!! To quote the blurb, she’s a badass with a heart of (mechanized) gold. wires-and-nerve-volume-1-3-bookspoilsI was glad to see that good ‘ol humor of hers along with her love for Kai hadn’t changed.wires-and-nerve-volume-1-4-bookspoilsI loved Thorne with every bit of my heart in TLC. But I found that his trademark snark and direct remarks seemed kind of forced in here.

But thankfully his love for Cress is still alive and well!!wires-and-nerve-volume-1-6-bookspoilsAnd so is her love for the net dramas!wires-and-nerve-volume-1-7-bookspoilsAs well as Iko’s:wires-and-nerve-volume-1-9-bookspoilsThough said love didn’t always bring them into the best situations.

wires-and-nerve-volume-1-5-bookspoilsMy queen, Selene Blackburn of Luna, educating the world!

Side note: the art style took a bit to get used to because it wasn’t even close to how I’d imagined the characters, especially the way Wolf was depicted. But over time it became less noticeable once I got into the swing of the story.
wires-and-nerve-volume-1-10-bookspoilsAH!! Wolf’s still the sweetest!!

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All in all: I would say that even though it took me a bit to get through this volume, my love for the Rampion crew slowly but surely resurfaced. Iko & Cinder & Winter & Cress & Thorne & Kai & Wolf & Jacin all have a special place in my heart. And I simply cannot wait for volume two to come out!!

4/5 stars

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