The Hostage Bloom by Hannah Herrera


The Hostage Bloom


The beautiful thing about The Hostage Bloom, is that despite what dark corner you were placed in to die, you will live.  Abuse, of any kind, is hard to heal from because of the long lasting effects that are birthed from it.  You can end up losing yourself in a relationship because of the way it makes you feel.  The truth is, a lot of the times we are holding on to a beautiful idea of what we thought the relationship was or how it should be.  Also, it can be one-sided, in which you feel a certain type of way meanwhile the other is just coasting through the emotions.  It is very hard to believe you can survive a crushing blow that abuse can cause, but in due time you can.  I felt I can relate to a few of these poems that talked to certain types of abuse, because it is not always physical, but it shares a mental, psychological aspect as well.  You end up learning just how strong you really are after abuse and while you will never be the same as you were before, you will become a stronger version that sheds all that darkness away.  And though it will leave a scar, the scar reminds you that you’re a survivor.  And YOU ARE going to be okay.  In fact, more than okay!  Some of my favorites are: The Cat & Mouse game, Taking a sip really means a damn gulp, Shatter, Cheated, The Hostage Bloom, A Diamond in the rough and The Jigsaw Puzzle.

Quotes are Life… by Niki Kawa


Quotes are Life


A seven year-old was inspired to share some of her favorite quotes with those willing to read.  Each quote has a beautiful hand-drawn illustration to go along with it.  Quotes are words that can help encourage people as simple as they may be.  They can also make you laugh, cry, think, show support, there’s quotes for anything.  After reading this collection, there are some that I have favored:

“If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” – Van Wilder

“I do not feel any age yet.  There is no age for spirit.” – Unknown

“When you say it’s too hard you are close to doing something amazing.” – Unknown

“Every disappointment or challenge is an opportunity for growth.” – Niki Kawa

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.” – Christian D. Larson

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – Paul Valeny

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.” – Unknown

“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” – David O. McKay

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

“Success is the ability to move from one failure to the next failure with enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Cordell’s Poems of Spiritual Inspiration by Mack “Cordell” Moore


Cordell’s Poems of Spiritual Inspiration


This collection has a short introduction that explains that the poetry is meant to be read for those who believe or don’t believe in Jesus Christ.  The purpose is to renew or strengthen people’s faith in God, hoping that people will be encouraged/inspired by the poems.  The grammar portion on some could have been tightened and content flow could have been presented a little better.  There were some poems that had shared the same lines even though they were separate poems.  Overall, message was received, and there are some favorites among the collection:  Life is a Journey, God is…, Just Listen!!!, All I want is Peace, Come Back Home, Salvation is Free and personal favorite is Remember in Times of Stress.

The Wachuga Project by Douglas E. Wolfert


The Wachuga Project


Jeremy Barnard is the son of a top notch attorney, Francis Barnard, and he wishes to be like his father one day.  The only problem is that he has a stuttering problem.  His father hates him because of this and treats him like an idiot.  Jeremy’s mother along with his girlfriend, Samantha, don’t seem bothered by his stuttering.  Things take an unexpected turn when Jeremy’s mother dies of cancer leaving him alone.  Jeremy does end up doing well for himself by marrying his best friend, Samantha and landing a job at a firm working for Mr. Jacobson.  It is through Mr. Jacobson that he comes into contact with his client, Calvin Ortiz.  Jeremy was supposed to meet up with Calvin to get paperwork signed and that’s it, but the trip ends up being more than what he bargained for.  Calvin introduces the wachuga plant to Jeremy and his life is never the same.  There is a hidden agenda at play and more lives are put in jeopardy because of it.  The plant has a supernatural effect on Jeremy and he becomes addicted to its nectar, mainly because it cured him of his stuttering issue.  All was great up until the unknown side effects were getting worse.  In a turn of events, Jeremy learns of a horrible truth regarding the wachuga plant, but is it too late to go back or is Jeremy going to break under the wachuga plant spell?

Dark(ish): A Collection of Dark Poetry by Hannah Herrera




Dark(ish) is a refreshing collection of poetry that speaks to themes people are afraid to delve into. It allows you to feel the writer’s emotions that have been coursing through her very veins. Beautiful, dark and edgy, what poetry is about and what you are introduced to within the collection. Hannah isn’t afraid to take your hand, then drop you unexpectedly and leave you to your own devices. While this collection, as a whole, burns brightly in my mind, there are favorites that have left their mark: Where sleeping demons lie, Apollo’s Raven, Poe(m), Dark(ish), After Word, Overflow, Moth Soul, Purgatory, Green, The Victim, Black Venom, and Soul Mates. Then there are these three that hit the nail on the head: The Crow helped me, Final Words and Bide.