ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?

Title: Rosie Colored Glasses

Author: Brianna Wolfson

Publisher: Harlequin (Mira) Books

Expected Publication Date: February 20, 2018

Genre: Contemporary (Adult) Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

I received an ARC copy of Rosie Colored Glasses in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Harlequin Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released February 20, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Rosie Colored Glasses from author, Brianna Wolfson is, straight to the point an evocative, heart-wrenching, heart-breaking read. I was not expecting to be so incredibly moved by this book. I’ve been reading a lot of books pertaining to touchy themes such as depression and suicide given the bleak mood I’ve been in lately and of all that I’ve read so far, including 13 Reasons Why, this book took me so far over the edge that I fear that I just may break down again just writing this review.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?”

The Versatile Blogger Award | 2

Dear fellow Babblers,

Allow me to introduce y’all to chica drama bubble lord (moi). These past few days have been pretty rough as I’ve been in a total rut. And what is this pile of douche I am laying you ask? WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE!?!?!?! Yup. That’s it. No big deal right? I mean, unless I want to live under a metro bus and become a gold digger it’s kind of like a cookie no cookie (I want cookies, can you tell?) situation! Up to this point in my life I’ve always know exactly where I was headed and what my future was lookin like. Now? You would think that having graduated from one of the top universities in the world I’d be a little more “with it.” Well for all those suckers out there that believe a good education will “get you anywhere” and “open doors” you need a seriously slap across the face along with a full and hearty reality check. I am the absolute proof that you can have a top education, float on the tippy top of your student loan debt, and still be a dip watt. Dip watt? Yes, I did just invent that expression and I’m currently in the process of petitioning to have it added as a noun to the Merriam Webster dictionary.


So now that y’all know that you are reading the babbles of a hopeless turd this turd who goes by the name of Delphine will EVILY laugh (MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHA) in your face. And why? Because even dim watts can be special! (And I mean that in the most non insulting way possible). This is the second time yo girl has been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not exactly sure what makes me versatile, but can we count “not being able to shut my big fat pie hole?” (I mean, they call me The Babbler for a reason).

Many thanks to my nominator, CEB at M&C Crazy Book Blog. If we talkin’ versatile in the most literal sense of the word then this blogger is the absolute epitome of what a versatile blogger truly is. With reviews (books, what other kinds of reviews are there anyway?), memes, tags, bookish and not-so-bookish discussions CEB’s posts are always a delight to read and never to fail to life me from my down-in-the-dumps mood which has been the case a tad bit to often as of late (unemployed + shopaholic = hate mail + parent lectures x ramen noodle diet ^ 89339489384938). Enough of the chatter. Lets get to to the nomination (AKA moreeeee chatter!)  Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award | 2”

Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story

Title: Painting Sage

Author: Rachael K. Hannah

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: May 22, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness

Rating: 2 Stars

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was recently sent Painting Sage by the author, Rachel K. Hannah in exchange for an honest review. What happens when a writer expects too much from their story? What happens when literary techniques prevail the construction of a narrative? What is the consequence of style over structure? What’s to become of a story embedded in an enumeration of supporting conflicts? A story of a story of a non story. This is the primary problem I had with Painting Sage. I was expecting a nuanced narrative reminiscent of The Bell Jar and Thirteen Reasons Why. What I read instead was a perplexing, and altogether inaccurate, potentially offensive illustration of a child’s mental illness alongside her family, already on the brink of falling apart.  Continue reading “Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story”

Wonder Woman Book Tag

Dear fellow Babblers,

So I got a cray cray update for y’all. I’m in anti-social non babble mood at the moment. All I want to do is read and escape from reality in every way, shape, and form humanely (or non humanely since I’m eating portions more fit for big foot at this point) possible. And that includes the blogosphere as well. It’s not like any of y’all would notice anyway… Well, except for my cyber stalkers or creepy fans out there who live, breathe, and dwell on each and every word of my posts. Everything is going pretty *meh,* *bah,* *ugh,* *get the mother effff out of my face,* in my life right now. I’ve gotten into a routine which consists of going on excruciatingly long runs in the mornings just to get my nonexistent muscles back in motion, laying in bed with a cup of artificially sweetened tea an ARC on my lap, a possible nap here and there, and then whatever I feel up to next to complete my banal daylight waking hours. So, as y’all can see, not much is happenen’ in my vida right now which should bring me peace and make me feel a bit tranquil and stress free. Unfortunately Delphine is a negative little fishy who cannot keep herself still for long enough for her to hold her breath. I’m not exactly sure where I’m even going with this rant but the fact of the matter is Señorita Delphine is feeling especially antisocial and down in the dumps this week. Hence, she (AKA this B***) is unable to come up with anything interesting or even close to unique to blog about. Sure, I’m reading now more than ever just because I’m trying to take a step away from my own life given some of the personal battles I’m struggling against at the moment, but I don’t have much to say about really anything. Well, maybe I do, but I don’t have the strength, creativity, LITERARY VOICE to express my feelings about anything that I’m reading. So I thought I would take advantage and do one of my tags. I hope y’all aren’t here for some of Delphine’s usual free comedy happy hour sesh cause sorry to break it to ya my lovelies but that just ain’t happenin’ today.

One of my bestiest bestest blogging buddies, Alex at coffeeloving bookoholic has recently tagged me in the Wonder Woman Book Tag so I thought I would put this one first in my never-ending to-do tag list. Before I begin, however, I just want to give an honorary message to Alex for always reading my banters and my attempted book reviews. She is always active and ready for a bookish babble. Given that I have very few friends in this horrid reality who love reading the way I do, I have had so much fun these past few months talking books with Alex. Make sure to check out her blog and give her a follow for some of the latest reviews on recent releases as well as a huge selection of memes, tags, and nominations where you can learn more about the blogger behind the blog!
Enough of my pessimistic, depression talk… Lets put on our smiley faces and get back to the purpose of this post… Tag Time, BOOYAHContinue reading “Wonder Woman Book Tag”

Review: Appearances | When Words Discover

Title: Appearances

Author: Michael Collins

Publisher: Saddle Road Press

Expected Publication Date: November 1, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Poetry

Rating: 4 Stars

Esse in Anima

We are each ourselves at the harbor:
Runners run, readers read, children play,

I wander within myself within
the world, nothing is even wrong

with the distant cars in their straight lines,
driving from lot to lot as people

walk between ducks who simply sit
in the sun – I have given my eyes

to deeply to the breeze this morning;
I nearly stepped on one of them

From how it looked, he would have let me.

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was recently sent Appearances by the author, Michael Collins in exchange for an honest review. This is a spiritually uplifting collection of poetry – not a genre I typically will review for, but I am so pleased with this small, yet harmonic book that I feel compelled to share it with my readers. The only sort of contemporary poetry I read is Lang Leav, so I was thrilled to discover Collins’ work. Where Leav’s appeal to nostalgia is directed to love and heartbreak, Collins’ brings nostalgia a step further in coalescing the heart with nature. Typically a Young Adult and Contemporary Fiction reviewer I was initially a bit skeptical going into contemporary poetry. *One day later*…. I’ve read and reread each poem over and over. These poems have touched my heart and have shown me the beauty and sadness that underlies time and it’s passing.

This collection is separated into five parts, compromising a total of 49 exquisite verses. I will not attempt an analysis into the nitty gritty of his work, but lets ust call his writing style a Romantic mixture of Wordsworth and Keats. Each poem brings together the human body to its surroundings, be it fog, the sea shore, or the forests as a means to appeal to man’s dependence on nature, its static position, as well as its changing with time and seasons.

It would seem that the narrator is on a path to self discovery and with each verse, seems to come closer to his purpose as he becomes increasingly aware of the world in which he exists. The poems grow increasingly intimate and sensual as Collins traverses a variety of human emotions by means of his contact with nature. The speaker goes below the artificial surface of appearances in what seems like and intervention, or shall we say, interaction with his mind, heart, spirit, memory – all elements of his very persona – as a means of seeking solace and bliss through the promising, ephemeral moments granted by the world which envelops him.

I was very impressed by the style and use of language in each of the poems. They were powerful, evocative and had an altogether cacophonous tone which made them at once thought provoking and mind blowing. Collins uses vivid imagery such as “fleshy snowflakes,” “orange framed in a tangerine haze,” and “sun dancing snow,” reflective of his observations and musings on the past. All distinct, what renders these descriptions similar is their non permanence. Snow does not last, horizons do not remain orange, snowflakes get carried away come spring. Time changes the world and what unites humanity to this world is the mere fact that time affects all, nothing beautiful is permanent, and nothing young remains young; all must decay, change, and undergo transformation, therefore uniting nature and man into a singular, solid world.

Collins tests and plays a lot with form. Some appear to follow similar to an Alexandrian or Shakespearean sonnet while others are more inventive and seem to be free verse. I believe I read each poem just about a dozen times, all in different tones, including different pauses as a means to differentiate its sound and how the reading process would affect my connection and emotional reaction to the poem. There were subtle changes with each reread and I’m planning to read it again soon; this collection really is, that beautiful, not good, but beautiful. The intricacies and fleeting moments which we give little to no regard to in our everyday life is delicately placed on the forefront of Collins’ vision. He scrutinizes and beautifully recreates the world which we know, but in more translucent color. These poems are heartfelt and give one a sense of awe and delicate bliss, something that seems to fade, change, and intensify with time.

I would encourage all readers, no matter one’s genre preference to read Appearances. I’m more of a Young Adult and Contemporary reader so believe me when I say that this collection has that sparking enchantment that every reader looks for. It’s crisp, fresh, and evokes the sensibilities in a way that could transform one’s perceptions of themselves, who they were, and who they will be. With several references alluding to the soul and multiple reminiscent standalone verses which turn the eye away from the self and towards the horizon Appearances is a stunning read. I’m extremely pleased and honored to have been given this copy from the author and will be looking for more of his writing in the nearby future – more to come!

Yours Truly,

(Book image credits go to Saddle Road Press)

Review: Strange the Dreamer #1 | Readers, the Dreamers

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for
Young Readers

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

 

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

I don’t recall a time before that I have felt so deeply a part of a fictional universe than I did as I read Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. This book is for anyone who dreams, hides away in their imagination, and feels distaste for reality because of it’s translucence. It’s rare that I could feel at the same time a part of the story as well as a reader. With vivid descriptions and sensual passages that arouse the senses, Strange the Dreamer causes one to reflect on reading itself. As readers we are constantly reminded of the reasons why we are readers, why we daydream, and why we prefer the story world to the ‘real’ world. This book is a masterpiece of fantastical realism with a twist of romance which I feel will one day become a classic, earning it’s spot alongside the Harry Potter and Twilight series.  Continue reading “Review: Strange the Dreamer #1 | Readers, the Dreamers”

One Lovely Blogger Award

Dear fellow Babblers,

We’re more than halfway through August. Summer is almost over and we ask ourselves: ALREADY? Yup, it’s a bummer. Most of my time has been spent reading and interning so I’m really not sure what the future holds for me at this point. I’ll still be lovey dovey with y’all here, of course. But I am indeed in quite the rut if I do say so myself. Maybe it’s time to just drop everything and put up a lemonade stand – perhaps that’ll get the inspiration rollin’ out.

Well enough of Señorita Delphine’s drab humor. Off to today’s nomination post. Abrazos and besitos go to the lovely duo Ashley & Sabrina over at 5171 Miles Book Blog for nominating me for One Lovely Blogger Award. These gals are adorbs and their blog is altogether quirky, fun, and always insightful. I insist that you follow them if you care any bit about my personal opinion (my opinion matters! Power to the people! – lol idk).  Continue reading “One Lovely Blogger Award”

Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

 

It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.

In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.

Dear fellow Babblers,

As my blog and contacts within the book industry continues to grow I’ve become more and more of a Young Adult junkie. That being said, I’ve been reading more and more books on young love, teenage depression, and self-discovery. So you better believe it when I tell you that Everything, Everything makes it onto the 5 Star category! This beautiful debut novel from Nicola Yoon has earned a place alongside my shelf next to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. These are the only three books which I have every given five stars to, which means they are in every way, shape and form a magnificently wonderful read! Any book that has me holding my breath at each page, holding a knot in my throat, and cringing at unlikely turns of events is a masterpiece in my book. Everything, Everything is beautifully written, evocatively vivid, and altogether the epitome of Young Adult.  Continue reading “Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything”