Broken Wings by Jia Pingwa: Book Review

Broken Wings tells the harrowing story of Butterfly, who is kidnapped and taken to a mountain village in which all the young women have left for the city. There, she is imprisoned and, later, raped in the cave home of the wifeless farmer who has bought her. These traumatic events and Butterfly’s fading hopes of escape are described in her own voice, revealing a spirited young woman struggling to adjust to her new life.


My take on it:

For a book that delves into how violent humans can be, in this case-kidnapping young girls and selling them off in rural areas where they are chained and forced to serve as wives, I’ll say that I do wish many more people would read it, with more heart and patience.

I believe we are now used to expression being all up in your face, telling it as it is, but Jia Pingwa’s writing style leaves it up to the reader, and this can have two reactions; first you are either frustrated at (the awkward names of characters) and ascertaining the emotions of the characters and so you give up and click on the 2-star rating or simply say you “DNF,” or second; you find yourself reading through to the end and wondering just how much circumstances broke Butterfly and why of all the names she had to get that, when it seemed like they always clipped her wings, degraded her—took her against her will and forced themselves on her?

So, it makes for an interesting approach to writing about human kidnapping and the trauma on families and how over the years China has grappled with this. It is also heartbreaking to know that this story was inspired by a true account and you only get a glimpse of this in the afterword.


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Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

Get a copy on: Amazon

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Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

A round of applause to the cover designer!

Sci-Fi Fantasy/Teens &YA/278 pages

Get a copy: $2.99 Amazon

About the book:

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.


My take on it: Now, let’s talk about the story: young princess forced to marry a young prince to save her kingdom from an impending war, and in her push and pull, war arrives at their gates, and they’ve got to flee and suddenly she learns that the war is all about who wins and gets to stay in power longer, but what of her life? What of the lives of those she loves?

So, it’s got a myriad of feelings and with a fast pace, you can’t help but get from one sword fight to another to another conspiracy to another and so on.

It’s entertaining, that’s for sure.

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Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

Visit the author’s website: here

Hurry Up We’re Dreaming by Sara Crawford (Book 2 The Muse Chronicles)

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I loved reading “We Own the Sky”, the first book in this series and could not shy away from getting the second book because, first, Sylvia and Vincent’s story was was far from over and second, I wanted everyone around her to believe that she was not crazy.

Although, a part of me was hoping that the second reason for reading this book would involve Sylvia punching Travis for being an awful, selfish and self-centered friend…yes, he’s the one character that I did not like in this story and truth be told, I’d have preferred if Clio stabbed him with a dagger instead. [Okay, I’ll stop hating now.]

To find her Muse, she must first find herself.

The pace quickens in this second installment and you can tell the difference in Sylvia for whereas in the first book, she was cheerful and outgoing, here she’s pale, aloof and has no time for what she’s always loved- Music. It’s eating her up and those around her, but like any situation, she’s got to work her way through and out of it and it’s a thrill watching her live her life.

However, I don’t know if there’s a third book because this ended on a high- with the potential of an impending disaster and if there’s a third book, I hope I get to read it, to finally see everything resolved.

My take on it: heartheartheartheart

You can get the book on: Amazon

Book Review: We Own the Sky by Sara Crawford

What could you create if you fell in love with a Muse?

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Book 1 The Muse Chronicles/ Teen & YA Fiction/  505 pages

Sylvia’s sixteen years old and her life is one that spurs the rumor mill at school. Her mother died of an overdose and her father, Dylan, is a well known artist- but this is not all, if you count the time she wanted to end her life and how she struggles with depression then you understand that high school is hard for her.

But, there’s more to her, whenever any artist is performing, she sees ‘flickering people’ beside them- and when she comes to learn that they are Muses and her own, is Vincent, what starts as a mere thought turns into friendship but there’s more…by mere fact that she’s involved with Vincent, she may be in danger and the target of a force greater than her, something unknown to her.

I loved this story because it was a unique twist. I’ve never read of muses and falling in love with muses as vividly as depicted in this book.

I also loved how Sylvia did her best to reign in her feelings and make sense of everything around her. Her courage and belief in art and muses was such a thrill to read about. And, I am part Sylvia for though I have no music player, I often put my phone on airplane mode so I can listen to my playlist without interruptions, so when she says:

Besides, I don’t want to be listening to an amazing song and have it interrupted by a phone call.

I feel her.

My take on it: heartheartheartheart

If you’re a lover of gorgeous covers, then this series I believe promises and delivers on just that. My next read is:

Get a copy on Amazon: Paperback $11.99 Kindle $3.99 

Visit the author’s website for more of her awesome works: https://saracrawford.net/

 

The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan

Romance/ The Boys of Jackson Harbor series

 About the book: You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.

When I read that description on Netgalley, I hit that request button so fast that I couldn’t get any sleep until I’d read Nicole’s story.

See,  I like my romance served up sweet, hot, steamy, kinky, sizzling…anything but a touch of hot and cold and that’s what happened here. Ethan, aka Dr. Jackson, was as inconsiderate as he was trying to be sweet and that right there hit a sore spot.

For how do you go from wanting someone to wanting them gone in a breath? There were so many instances in the story where I felt that Nicole had been belittled all her life and wanted her to get up from being a doormat and just fly.

The up-side is that this book’s got dual points of view, so you get to hear from both Ethan and Nicole and that salvages the human aspect of it. It’s also got great characters who make up Jackson’s family right down to his adorable daughter-Lily.

I’m a sucker for romance and love and will say that it’s quite a read.

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Check out the author’s website for more: https://www.lexiryan.com/

 

Reading ‘Life’ by Lu Yao

Life by [Yao, Lu]

I am seated on the floor of my small apartment contemplating how best to share my views on this book. It is a quarter to eleven and the temperature is soaring towards a steady 28 degrees Celcius.

I am drinking my first cup of tea and probably the last if the temperatures spike.

Reading, Life, is getting an intimate/ personal account of Gao Jialin’s life from his struggles with belonging, earning societal approval, working and most of all pursuing his dreams without the interference of any corrupt people. He exhibits bouts of anger just as he does those of joy and it makes this quite an interesting read.

I love how the story begins with precision “On the tenth day of the sixth month of the lunar calendar…”

There were instances where I felt that the author dwelled too much on what was going on inside Gao’s head and wished that we’d have more on those around him, to better understand his frustration and their expectations of him.

However, this story will be memorable because we all struggle with fulfilling our desires and ambitions and when you read about someone who isn’t willing to back down then it leaves a mark, albeit a good one.

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I got to read this book courtesy of Netgalley. You can pre-order a copy of this on: Amazon $4.99

About the Author: The Chinese novelist Lu Yao (路遥) was born Wang Weiguo (王卫国) in 1949 in Shaanxi Province. He grew up in a very poor family, together with six siblings, and began writing novels when he was a college student at Yan’an University. In 1982, Lu Yao published his novella Life, which won the National Excellent Novella Award and was then adapted into a film of the same name, which won the Hundred Flowers Award (the Chinese equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Feature Film in 1984. His writing was closely related to his own experiences, and it focused mostly on young people striving to change their lives. He died in 1992 at the age of forty-two, having published only two works, both considered masterpieces. Despite how well known Lu Yao is within China, he has remained untranslated until now. Life is the first translation of Lu Yao’s work to appear in English.Lu Yao