Moving to Patreon

I will be retiring this book blog this month as I am no longer writing book reviews for free. As a disabled student, poet, and writer, my everyday living costs are pretty tough on me. As much as I love writing reviews for books, I need to prioritise myself over the wider book community. I also feel like my reviews aren’t receiving enough attention to balance out the amount of energy I put into them. I feel Patreon is the way forward as it will mean that readers and fellow bloggers will support me in real life by supporting my book reviewing. 

If you can support me, I would be most grateful. My Patreon will be featuring my latest poetry, exclusive sneak peeks at my WIPs, discussion posts on mental health, being an indie author, and much more! From $1, you can support me. It would mean the world to feel that my energy into the book community is of value to someone else. Books mean everything to me, they are practically my life. I just want to turn my love of books into a living. 

Here’s the link.

I’m not sure when I will be retiring this blog, but it will be soon. If you’re not interested in supporting my Patreon, but you want to keep in touch with me, you can find me on the following sites via this handy wee link here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my book reviews with likes, comments, shares! I hope to see you on Patreon!

Until next time…I suppose…

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Review: A Wolf in Mask by M. F. Yasmin


Title: A Wolf in Mask

Author: M. F. Yasmin

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: May 7th 2018

Format: E-book

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 238

Summary: “Winter was endless, and yet the air was warm.
It was days like this I would let the snow embrace me, as I laid in wait for a wolf in mask.”

A short story, told in the form of poetry and prose, of a girl, and a wolf. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: A Wolf in Mask by M. F. Yasmin”

Hello Blog (Semi) Hiatus!

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Hi everyone!

As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve not been posting as much as I’ve been super busy! So, I’ve decided to take a semi-hiatus from my book blog for a few months. (Potentially, I say this now but I might change my mind).

This means that I will post less frequently, but I will still be posting my reviews of my recent reads. I’ve also got to catch up on NetGalley ARCS (yes, I’m kicking my own butt and getting them read). 

In the meantime, if you’d like to keep in touch with me, feel free to give me a follow over on Tumblr – @poetpersephone – where I’m posting my poetry. You can also join my mailing list for updates and special announcements. (Make sure you confirm your subscription!) 

Until next time, take care & have a lovely summer!

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Review: Heaven or This by Topaz Winters


Title: Heaven or This

Author: Topaz Winters

Publisher: Payhip

Publication Date: June 13th 2016

Format: E-book

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 28

Summary: Heaven or This: a collection of love letters in poem form. A story of a girl who loves girls, and the beauty in that, the terror, the yearning and the warning, the endless confusion, and innate peace, at once shatteringly delicate and softly visceral.

Heaven or This: a fearless, electric manifesto. A pastel incarnation of grace. The story of a girl who loves girls so deeply that it feels like loving doves or knives. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: Heaven or This by Topaz Winters”

Review: Cherry Pulp by Angela Lowes


cpheader (2)Title: Cherry Pulp

Author: Angelea Lowes

Publisher: Payhip

Publication Date: circa 2017

Format: E-book

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 27

Summary: Cherries are reminiscent of first love. This is a story of when the stem circulates your tongue and the blood you’re left spitting out doesn’t look romantic anymore. It just looks red.

Cherry Pulp was written over the course of 14 months. It is a story of a relationship coming back from the dead, only to learn that you can’t love a ghost. The book is written both from the perspective of the months, and from the narrator, showcasing the uphill battle of falling back in love with yourself and the world around you. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: Cherry Pulp by Angela Lowes”

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 30th, 2017

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 380

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon”

Review: Sometimes Love is in You by Alexis B. Mendez


Title: Sometimes Love is in You

Author: Alexis B. Mendez

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: April 26th, 2018

Format: Kindle

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 82

Summary: “Sometimes Love is in You” is poetry and prose encompassing loving yourself even when you thought you couldn’t. Sometimes you look for love and can’t find it. Sometimes you hope and hope that you will find it. And sometimes you find it in an obvious place. Sometimes you find love in you. (Source: Goodreads)

Continue reading “Review: Sometimes Love is in You by Alexis B. Mendez”