Spending National Coffee day writing the first drafts of my next W.I.P. …
Under pine tree bedtime bristles,
did you ever think
to look above
at the sky
for a sign
—a hunter’s arrow—
Where collective stardust
fuses our dreams
before motley divine,
and tomorrow’s seasons
hail a sacrificial lover
toward the divide,
I bend and scrape my
way past evergreen war knives.
So many years have gone by,
without my spirit nestled near your side.
So many days have met their plight
because I couldn’t dare to breathe
when I no longer felt alive.
Out of the mist,
and shooting against goodbye blue,
I pray now to glory, I can make it through and through,
carrying my last brittle words,
bundled for you.
How I wish I could harness back my body,
that human corpse you once adored,
to relive what it’s like
to feel the inner locomotion of a heartbeat,
the rush of a storm embedded in my veins,
instead of lonesome river rock rapids,
pounding vibrations interfering with my ray.
The closer I get, the closer I am to relinquishing my luster,
you could be anywhere here.
So I’m forcing myself to embrace the unknown,
the call of the wild shall steer
me to your bow.
But as soon as I cross your path,
will you know who touched your sleeve,
or will I just become another
theory of light?
A prophetic ember
reborn to cede?
Three hundred and sixty degrees around
ghosts and pesky floodplains,
I watch your essence
place a troublesome stone across ripplings of bluish crimson.
Our love’s longevity undulates below.
I just turned eighteen today!!! YAY!😉
you whisper me a word
with dreamless eyes; arid
cornflower stalks ascend.
voices become scarce
among countryside rugged
roads—rich in soot and sadness.
The Glad Game Revisited – Your 21 Day Journey into Vibrational Alignment Volume I: Divine Orchestration by Alva V.H.
The Glad Game Revisited – Your 21 Day Journey into Vibrational Alignment Volume I: Divine Orchestration is presented to you in the hope you may make the best use of it to further your state of Well-Being, Joy, Harmony, Abundance and Prosperity as you journey through your experience of life. It is written around the core belief I hold which is based on the premise that all is already given. Hence we are already, NOW – ‘there’, at all times – there where we wish to BE. We already have all we need, all that which we believe we need in order to experience HAPPINESS. Therefore, given this notion we are already complete and whole to begin with.
In other words, only when we Re-learn to SEE and FEEL our experience differently, will we be able to witness the MIRACLES around us. This Re-learning process in order to be able to see and feel our NOW as such, is the prerequisite for our HAPPINESS. The ‘Glad Game Revisited’ course is as such a method to guide you in this direction. It is designed as a powerful TOOL to achieve this GOAL. This step by step course will empower your Soul & Spirit assisting you to further restore CLARITY with EASE & GRACE, while leading you to be able to EMBRACE your destiny & FLOW and finally MANIFEST your deepest Desires. (Goodreads Summary)
The Glad Game Revisited – Your 21 Day Journey into Vibrational Alignment Volume I: Divine Orchestration is a non-fiction guidebook meant to reshape your state of mind from a negative to a positive. I usually don’t read many spiritual books, but I found this book to be an exception. Every chapter is potent with detailed advice and instruction. The author definitely took me through her step by step technique on how to discover happiness within myself and the world around me, so that I could live a more meaningful, contemplative lifestyle. I especially loved reading Alva’s tips on cultivating your inner energy. Her motivational words helped me understand how humans think and react, which made me reflect on my own personal behavior and question the universe’s true existence.
Throughout Alva’s sixty-nine page teachings, she wrote about a range of topics, such as the law of attraction, self-acceptance, and maintaining a goal-oriented mentality. Since I tend to judge myself and my actions on a frequent basis, I resonated with her thoughts on judgement. She stated that thoughts are only our beliefs, but they aren’t entirely who people are. I think this important because I think lots of individuals fall for what people say about them, ultimately forgetting that harmful comments by others’ don’t have to have substance unless they give their negativity substance.
In my opinion, The Glad Game Revisited – Your 21 Day Journey into Vibrational Alignment Volume I: Divine Orchestration provides a well-rounded amount of insight into perceiving the spiritual realm. Comprehending what lies beyond the stars, just became a bit more crystalline to me than before.
Overall, I gave this book a 4.3 rating because I think this guidebook could have been longer because I think there is multitude of subject matter she didn’t cover. However, I am aware that this is the first book in the series, hence the title name. I think Alva’s book is wonderful read for those who have lost direction in their lives or are eager to unravel the secrets of destiny.
Recommended For: Fans of Cross Academy by Valicity Garris, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer, and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.
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*NOTE: I was given this book for an honest, unbiased review.
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Genre: Young Adult/Verse/Romance/Paranormal
Chasing Brooklyn is about a girl named Brooklyn who can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.
Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.
As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest. (Goodreads summary)
Characters: The characters in the novel are relatable and humane. Both Brooklyn and Nico battled with their depression after losing Lucca and Gabe in different, but similar ways. In Chasing Brooklyn, Brooklyn was emotionally attached to her boyfriend, Lucca. I didn’t think her attitude was cliché, but rather appropriate for the book’s significant meaning. She overcame her sadness with the help of her family, friends, the world, and Nico. Brooklyn’s experience of recovering from the death of a loved one is how I think most people should deal with death. People shouldn’t go through chaos all alone. They should express their earnest feelings to those who care, so they can be relieved of the heavy burdens they feel within. Nico became my favorite character because he never gave up on Brooklyn. His kindness and patience toward Brooklyn made him a genuine healer and taught me the valiant virtues of how a good friend should act. By supporting Brooklyn, he helped fix a part of himself he never originally thought he was able to.
Plot: This was a very fast-paced read. I finished reading the entire story in approximately two hours and sixteen minutes, which was surprising for me, (considering the book has four-hundred and twelve pages inside), yet to be expected since it’s a novel formatted in a poetic verse style. I thought the plot was interesting. I liked when Gabe and Lucca’s ghosts interacted with the main characters Brooklyn and Nico by sending them messages to help them find their internal strengths to overcome their struggles. I also enjoyed reading about Brooklyn and Nico’s mental and emotional journeys and the lessons they learned while training for an April triathlon. However, on the other hand, some of the novel’s moments seemed a bit dull, where I wanted more emphasis on how the characters felt when they were in the process of recovering. I would’ve liked to hear more memories of Lucca from Brooklyn and Nico’s perspectives. Lucca’s character wasn’t as involved in the story as I wanted him to. If he was mentioned more, I could comprehend better why they felt such a strong threshold to Lucca.
My favorite part was when Brooklyn finally understood her dreams and its correlation with her real life circumstances.
Cover Analysis: The book’s cover is chilling and sentimental. It reminds me of Brooklyn and Lucca’s close relationship and that she missed him terribly. The cover touches the surface on what the novel wants readers to know. The handwritten script title is in Brooklyn’s handwriting to hint about the story’s revolution around her. Fading teal tones give a sense of mourning and heartache. The cool ambience radiates moodiness.
Overall: I think the book is well-written with a decent plot-line. Although I was hoping there would be more to the story at a few parts, I don’t think that would change my perception of the whole book much. I gave Chasing Brooklyn, a rating of four point three stars because I love how the book focuses on acknowledging life’s simple pleasures and the handling the stages of grief. This is a good book for people who need assurance and value empathy.
Recommended For: Fans of Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.
The Poet’s Secret by Kenneth Zak
Genre: Adult/New Adult/Romance/Adventure/Suspense/Poetry
The Poet’s Secret is an upmarket romantic suspense adventure novel powered by two remarkable yet fractured characters: Elia Aloundra, a young lit student, and Cameron Beck, the reclusive, suicidal poet she is on a quest to find. Decades earlier, Beck penned his acclaimed masterwork inspired by an anonymous muse, only to thereafter disappear. Elia always found sanctuary within the works of the literary greats and considered Beck worthy of that pantheon. Hoping that the poet will unveil the secret to eternal love, Elia faces off with Beck’s protective circle on an exotic island hideaway, the same island where decades earlier a Spanish shipwreck entombing mystical Aztec relics was found. What Elia cannot fathom is that Beck’s secret will change both of their lives forever. (Goodreads summary)
Characters: I loved the characters in this novel! Elia Aloundra, the college lit student, reminded me almost of myself. Elia carries the heart of a romantic, has a passion for literature, and the desire to explore and indulge within the intricate pulchritudes of life. I enjoyed reading about her journey to find the poet and discover his secret. The poet, Cameron Beck and his lover (whose identity I won’t mention) have such a powerful connection toward each other and their experiences are equally exquisite and heartbreaking. From Isabella’s enchanting charm to Paco’s amiable personality, their qualities also enhance the power of the story and the loyalty everyone shares with each other.
Plot: If I could make a recipe with all the ingredients that would create my ideal version of a perfect novel, it would end up becoming The Poet’s Secret! Unlike some books where I skim past the chapters at a rather quick pace, I took my time reading this gem. I admired reading Zak’s magically potent descriptions of the blissful island and the strong chemistry between the characters. The author has a unique perspective of seeing the world in a picturesque, introspective manner, due to his incredible use of both language and diction, which kept me captivated and intrigued throughout.
My favorite parts were from page one to three-fifty four!
Cover Analysis: The cover makes perfect sense with the novel’s theme and internal message. However, I didn’t truly understand how the cover related to the book until I read all the way to the last page. It was definitely worth the read! Not to spoil anything either, but when I found out what the cover meant, I realized just how remarkable the story really was.
Key Notes: In case you’re interested in reading this book, it does contain a few parts with mature content. In my opinion, they add to the dramatic romance. If you’re not into reading long, verbose, or detailed scenes of imagery too, I don’t think you’d appreciate reading a book like this as much as someone who does.
Overall: I can proudly declare that The Poet’s Secret has become my third favorite book, since it left a mark on my heart and my curious mind. After discovering the book’s existence in an ad on Canva, I waited for months for this book to release! I was extremely excited to read this book and I’m glad I purchased the novel, since it exceeded my expectations and blew me away. I can’t highly recommend reading this book enough! It deserves every award it has ever received! I am looking forward to reading more of Kenneth Zak’s work in the future.
Recommended For: Fans of The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar, Wake by Amanda Hocking, and Peter Pan by J.M. Berry.