Review | Magic, Liver, and Adventure

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Kindle Price: $5.99

Synopsis:

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.”

My Review:

My mom hates liver, but I don’t think it tastes too bad. I know some people who like licorice, but I can’t stand licorice. There are all sorts of things that aren’t for me, but are for other people, and I believe this is one of them.

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#GirlRogues: Braggadocio by Zizzi Bonah (Review)

#GirlRogues: Braggadocio

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Kindle Price: $4.99

Official Rating: */5

Synopsis:

“”They’re dangerous to love, more dangerous to loath – which girl are you?” Zizzi Bonah’s collection of Phem Phant Noir short stories and verses are for those with minds as broad as braggadocio, and nerves hard enough to rival a diamond from the first water. There’s the writer who murders words that press upon her page, and serves up a word-corpse poem… There’s the optician who extracts salt crystals from her clients’ tears, and dashes them on her fish and chips… Not forgetting, the lady who blinks a truth-moment into a picture, she is a living camera… HEALTH WARNING: This book is rather like surviving your renegade’s cooking, and should therefore be taken in small bites. For that reason, it comes with no letter of recommendation!

My Review:

Well. I’m sure you noticed that there’s no rating, but instead a star. The reason being is that as I read the book, I realized that this isn’t the type of thing I enjoy. (This was my first time trying out something like this) Therefore, I felt that it would be dishonest and unfair for me to give it a rating, since I’m severely biased. I don’t want my rating to be because of the genre of the book and not the content of the book. I had read the synopsis and the book did, of course, fit all my requirements/criteria for reviewing a book, but I just didn’t know what to expect.

It isn’t written in the “traditional” form of a book (like chapters and consistent characters and such things), so I was caught off guard. It took me maybe two short stories to get the hang of things and then I was okay.

I liked the writing, honestly. Bonah has a talent/gift/skill for details and I really enjoyed the tone of voice. It was somewhat a dainty kind of tone (the kind of voice one would imagine a ‘high-society’ lady would use when she’s at a tea) and the details that Bonah provided made the words come to life. Whenever a book has phrases that I really like, I highlight them in red via the Kindle app and it’s pretty safe to say, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio is pretty well highlighted.

There are a few short stories I liked the best. I liked “A Treasure” the most and “Queen Glitch,” but the others didn’t catch my fancy as much.

I would speak about a plot, but each short story has their own mini-mini plot so it’d be kind of difficult, but there is obvious structure in each story. Some stories take a bit of re-reading so that you can catch the full meaning of certain events, but Bonah did take time to create them.

 

Would I Recommend #GirlRogues: Braggadocio? I don’t know if it’s fair for me to say yes or no. I am biased, I will admit it. I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as other books because I don’t think this is a genre I like, but I did want to try out new things and I was interested. If this is the kind of thing you enjoy or you want to try out a new form of writing, I would recommend it. But I don’t know if I would pay $4.99 for it.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.