Solo

soloAuthor: Kwame Alexander

Publisher: Blink YA Books

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A stunning tale of finding one’s self and realizing the most important things in life. Told in poetic verse, Solo is a tale that is touching and real down to the heart.

Solo is the story of Blade Morrison, a seventeen-year-old of a rock star that has fallen from grace.  Blade is tired of living the life of glitz and glamour and wants to find more in life.  His mother died when he was nine leaving him and his sister to deal with the aftermath of their father’s addictions.  When Blade discovers a deep held secret within the family, it threatens to throw everything into a tailspin and threaten his relationship with everyone around him.  This sets him on a journey across the country to discover the truth about who he is and how that will shape the rest of his life.

Solo is one of the clearest examples of not judging a book by its cover I have ever read.  The premise sounded very interesting, but when I opened and realized it was told in poetic verse I was initially turned off.  Poetry is usually not my kind of thing.  I have a hard time getting into poetry and the flow of the story told that way.  I decided to give Solo a chance and as the story progressed with each poem, I found myself entranced and pulled into the story.  There was such an intimacy to the characters and the way they interacted with one another.  I read this in one day and enjoyed the flow much more than I imagined I would.  This is the type of story that is for poetry readers, but also for those that enjoy a good story with heart and will leave readers thinking of their family and friends in a different way.  So, if you are like me and open the pages of this book and think it isn’t going to be your cup of tea, give it a few pages and enjoy the story for what it is.  You won’t be disappointed!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Ergon

ergonAuthor: George H.S. Singer

Publisher: Wordtech Communications

Release Date: June 18,2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Filled with integrity, interest, and prose, Ergon takes you through life’s beginnings, travels, and finality.

George S. Singer has filled his debut poetry collection with several different phases of life. There is coming of age descriptions as well as transitional life periods.  However, Ergon doesn’t just discuss life’s phases, but also delves into daily routines for different aspects of life.  One of which is life in a Buddhist monastery.  Each poem has depth and also sparks a bit of thought from the reader.

I truly enjoyed this collection. To be honest, I haven’t reviewed much in the way of poetry.  However, Singer makes it very easy to read and comprehend what he is talking about.  It is very lyrical and flows throughout the book.  Even though the poems are not necessarily in a reader’s chronological order, it is still easy to picture the meaning of each poem.

However, there is a bit of harsh language throughout this collection. I don’t recommend this to YA fans of poetry.  However, any mature audience should find this collection enjoyable.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.