A Journey Through My Soul (Poems from My Youth)
Author: Lena Sousa Day
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: October 30, 2015
I want you to get my message … And I want these words to shine a light. A Journey Through My Soul is a collection of one passionate, thoughtful, lyrical young woman’s path from early adolescence to the present day. Many of the poems reflect her teenage years, giving wonderful insight about the wonder and wisdom of emerging maturity, with experiences ranging from the ecstatic thrill of first love and crushes, the deep comfort and bonding of true friendship, and the heartbreak of learning to deal with betrayal and the end of relationships. You will be carried along on an expanding world view that includes the quiet despair of longing for loved ones stationed overseas, the joys and fears of motherhood, and the multifaceted discovery of true and lasting love. These poems reflect experience that is both universal and unique, illuminated by a personal voice and sensitivity that allow the reader both a sense of community, and a glimpse into something beyond the everyday. Moving, inspiring, and honest, A Journey Through My Soul is a perfect companion for every life path.
A Journey Through My Soul is a quick and easy collection of beautiful poems. I finished this in one sitting and I’m glad that I was able to experience such thoughtful and sensible verses.
I admire how the author was able to write poems based on her personal experiences. I love reading poems, although I am not an expert of it. I don’t even know how to construct one (I tried years ago and that was when my high school teacher assigned us to write one. lol but it was lame), so reading the series of poems written here kind of dazzled me because wow, they’re created in a very delectable way. I have plenty of favorite poems in this book and one of them is from chapter 1 called Crying Soul which was written to inspire fiction lovers like me. It’s a very heartbreaking story and it ended in tragedy, but the thing that made me like it was the life lesson it instilled.
Another favorite of mine is the poem called Our Anniversary which was dedicated by the author to her husband. The prose simply made me fall in love because of how sweet it sounds.
To give you a glimpse:
“And if you ever wonder
Why I love you so
Just look into my eyes
And then, you’ll really know
I’ve loved you since I can remember
Or at least for a very long time
I’m so glad that we’re together
And that I can call you mine
The day we met was a special day
About that, I have no doubt
Because I met the love of my life
And that’s what life’s all about”
Overall, A Journey Through My Soul is a sweet, inspiring collection of poems. It’s a great read for people who are soul-searching and who just simply love to devour poems.
(Thank you to Lena Sousa Day and Outskirts Press for the free copy in exchange for an honest review. 🙂 )
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Author: Felicity Johns
Publisher: Felicity Johns
Publication: February 11, 2015
Genre: Erotica, Poetry
Roam the passages of dark and erotic fiction and poetry with this first anthology by author Felicity Johns. Divided into three separate parts for easy browsing, Erotic Passages explores the darkest hungers with a variety of poetry, short fiction and flash fiction, as well as an ongoing journal of the tumultuous love affair between two star-crossed, long-distance lovers. We take a look into the emotions and eroticism of the taboo, as well as the romance of lyrical poetry. But the thread that ties it all together is the deepest of human emotions of love, devotion, trust and intimacy.
Erotic Passages is only for mature audiences, as it contains graphic portrayals of the sexual act.
ARC was generously provided to me by the author Felicity Johns in exchange for an honest review. (*This does not influence my rating and review*)
So this book, according to its synopsis, is only for mature audiences, as it contains graphic portrayals of the sexual act.
Reading this reminded me of Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure. Why? Because the first few parts of this book are poetry works. But of course it’s an entirely different thing because it’s an erotic genre so this means it contains mature and sensual poetic lines. I actually love how the author was able to come up with a unique, delicious concept. It makes me admire her creativity. I have never read poetry that strongly expresses intimacy and passion.
But then I have a difficulty with the rest of the book. The second part consists of short erotic stories which I found a bit lacking. I find it hard to connect with the stories no matter how short they are. There was no magic in it.
The third part which has the longer stories was also less appealing. This book is promising and it was supposed to entertain but sad to say, I think it was not for me. I’m rating it 3 out of 5 stars nevertheless, because the first part is really admirable and worthy to be praised. If the book was entirely poetry, it might have made me completely enthralled.
Rating: 3 Stars
Love & Misadventure
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Lang Leav
Published: April 26, 2013
Genre: Poetry, Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary
Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.
Color me surprise!
This was recommended to me by a friend and I didn’t expect to have such a sweet time reading this. I really did!
As a lover of poetry (Unfortunately I’m not good at writing poems), this is a refreshing read. It’s actually a set of short, beautiful quotable poems. And with deep and emotional meanings, too. Not to mention heart-shattering ones.
My personal favorite?
The “All or Nothing”
“If you love me for what you see, only your eyes would be in love with me.
If you love me for what you’ve heard, then you would love me for my words.
If you love my heart and mind, then you would love me, for all that I’m.
But if you don’t love my every flaw, then you mustn’t love me– not at all.”
This book is an overwhelming, short read. Love it! I even found myself highlighting lots of phrases. 🙂
My Rating: 5 Stars