Dead FeministsTitle: Dead Feminists – Historic Heroines in Living Colour

Author: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Pages: 192 Pages

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

The Blurb

A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.

Based on the beloved letterpress poster series of the same name, Dead Feminists interweaves intricate broadside art with archival photographs and ephemera. This book brings feminist history to life, profiling 27 unforgettable forebears of the modern women’s movement such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Across eras and industries, passions and geographies, this collection of diverse, progressive, and perseverant women faced what looked like insurmountable odds and yet, still, they persisted.

Dead Feminists, which features a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is an illuminating and innovative reminder that women can be extraordinary agents of change. The future is female, but in many ways so is the past. Dead Feminists takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too).

Featured Feminists: Adina De Zavala – Alice Paul – Annie Oakley – Babe Zaharias – Eleanor Roosevelt – Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Elizabeth Zimmerman – Emma Goldman – Fatima al-Fihri – Gwendolyn Brooks – Harriet Tubman – Imogen Cunningham – Jane Mecom – Marie Curie – Queen Lili’uokalani – Rachel Carson – Rywka Lipszyc – Sadako Sasaki – Sappho – Sarojini Naidu – Shirley Chisholm – Thea Foss – Virginia Woolf – Washington State Suffragists

The Review

I’m currently on a bit of a feminist wave. I’m reading lots of books about female figures throughout history that haven’t been celebrated to their fullest. That is why I was really happy to have been approved Dead Feminists on NetGalley.

O’Leary and Spring have combined their personal print making skills and used this to celebrate certain women throughout history. Some of these women are well known; others less so. What is interesting is seeing how O’Leary and Spring accentuate the role that these women have played and doing so in a visual way.

I genuinely loved this book. What is more is that I learned about women who I hadn’t ever come across before and it has inspired me to research into them further.

Overall, Dead Feminists is a quirky and inspiring look at the ways and whys women should be celebrated.

Dead Feminists – Historic Heroines in Living Colour by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring is available now.

For more information regarding Chandler O’Leary (@AnagramPress) please visit www.chandleroleary.com.

For more information regarding Jessica Spring (@SpringtidePress) please visit www.springtidepress.com.

For more information regarding Sasquatch Books (@SasquatchBooks) please visit www.sasquatchbooks.com.

3 Stars

Children of Blood and BoneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Pages: 531 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The Review

Ok, so I fell for the hype yet again. There has been so much on social media about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi that I had to buy a copy and read it. I knew it was going to be an uncomfortable read, mainly because fantasy isn’t my strong subject when it comes to book genre but give it a go I did. I have to admit, I was impressed.

I was sucked into this mystical world of African legend and folklore; into the world of subjugation and uprising. It was just so engaging. Even though this world was so very alien to the world I live in I couldn’t help but empathise with the battle that the characters had.

What is more powerful is when you learn that Children of Blood and Bone is an allegory for society today. Below the surface of the story is an extended metaphor that shouldn’t still resonate but does.

Seriously, if you want a fluffy fantasy drama then Children of Blood and Bone is not for you. But if you want to challenge yourself and to use YA fiction to push yourself to looking at deeper more prevalent topics then you need to pick this book up.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is available now.

For more information regarding Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) please visit www.bit.lt/2DRI6sc.

For more information regarding Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.

4 Stars

Murder Lies and Cover UpsTitle: Murder. Lies, and Cover-Ups – Who Killed Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Princess Diana?

Author: David Gardner

Pages: 292 Pages

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

The Blurb

Uncover the real truth behind mass media accounts of how they died, and learn the reason for their murders.

These five deaths stopped the whole world in its tracks. We all famously recall where we were and what we were doing when JFK was assassinated, as well as the moments Elvis, Princess Diana, and Michael Jackson died. As for Marilyn Monroe, the candle flickered out long ago, but only now can the truth be told about how—and why—she died.

After combing through thousands of recently declassified FBI files and interviewing key witnesses, crime analysts, and forensic experts during years of research, investigative writer David Gardner has unearthed new information that will transform the way we look at these iconic tragedies that have long fascinated and intrigued the general public. Murder, Lies, and Cover-Ups reveals that Elvis Presley died not as a self-obsessed caricature but as a genuine hero who may have signed his death warrant going undercover for the FBI; how Marilyn Monroe’s secret affairs with JFK and his brother, Robert, left her in the crosshairs of a lethal conspiracy; why Princess Diana’s death was no accident; who ordered President John F. Kennedy’s assassination; and how on three occasions Michael Jackson “died” of painkiller drug overdoses in the months before his death.

In the wake of new evidence and testimonies, Murder, Lies, and Cover-Ups provides many of the answers that have been elusive for so long, while explaining what it was about these enduring legends that made their legacies burn so bright.

The Review

I would never have considered myself a conspiracy theorist but there are certain events throughout history that I have my doubts about. For me, it has mainly been about the deaths of Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe. Ergo, when a book became available that looks into these events in more detail I knew I had to read it.

David Gardner’s Murder. Lies, and Cover-Ups – Who Killed Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Princess Diana? is a fascinating read which actually corroborated many of my beliefs about these two iconic women; that there is mystery surrounding their deaths.

What is more I got to read interesting cases about three other celebrities that I hadn’t really given much credence to the conspiracy theories surrounding their demise.

Gardner really does give you food for thought. He does it without forcing his opinions upon you. He opens an envelope of clues and invites you to look for yourself and to make your own mind up. If his manner had been demanding then I don’t think his theories would have had the same validity.

I will be interested to read more from David Gardner.

Murder. Lies, and Cover-Ups – Who Killed Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Princess Diana? By David Gardner is available now.

For more information regarding Skyhorse Publishing (@skyhorsepub) please visit www.skyhorsepublishing.com.

4 Stars

Title: love, and you

Author: Gretchen Gomez

Pages: 143 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

So I don’t know a lot about poetry. Besides the GCSE anthology that I work through with my students and some war poetry I have never really delved into the form of writing, always opting for music lyrics instead of written poetry. However, there was something about the cover of Gretchen Gomez’s collection love, and you that intrigued me.

What I can tell you, from my novice perspective is that man Gretchen Gomez felt some pain. Her pain drips out of every poem and she has bared herself for the world to see. It is an incredibly brave and honest collection of poems that invites you to intimately examine her life.

Even if, like me, you don’t feel comfortable enough to assess and understand poetry you can at least appreciate the candour in which Gomez writes.

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez is available now.

For more information regarding Gretchen Gomez (@chicnerdreads) please visit www.chicnerdreads.wordpress.com.

3 Stars

Lunch With HarryTitle: Lunch with Harry

Author: Tony Drury

Pages: 77 Pages

Publisher: City Fiction

The Blurb

Is it possible that Audrey Hepburn was in Regent Street, London in 2016?

Perhaps not. But her memory is recreated in the desirable shape of Dr Ella van Houten who has stood on a man’s foot outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. Their differing personalities dominate this fast moving story which takes in London, Europe and lunches with Harry.

Ella was imagining that she was Holly Golightly, the character that Hepburn played in one of the greatest ever romantic films: ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

This riveting novella tells how they begin a relationship which is initially dominated by two features: Ella’s uncanny reprise of Holly’s quirky and insecure nature and Harry’s guilt over the loss of his wife. There is also the impending death of Ella’s brother which bizarrely leads them chasing a figurine of the Mexican general Santa Anna who won the battle for ‘the Alamo’.

The ending produces a moment of pure cinema as Ella and Harry fight against the seemingly insurmountable obstacle which threatens their future together.

Lunch with Harry is the first publication which forms part of the Novella Nostalgia series linking iconic cinema classics with modern stories.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I’ve never really been a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I know people will be giving me some major stink eye over this but it was never a film that captured my heart. Maybe I was too young when I watched it and therefore have never appreciated it the way that it needs to be.

I have however stood in front of Tiffany’s and imagined what it would be like to be Audrey Hepburn. For the record, it felt pretty good.

I decided to give the novella Lunch with Harry a read based on my disconnect from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If I am totally honest, it didn’t make me like the film any more than I did but it did make me think I should give it another watch just in case.

The story is an interesting one that mirrors Breakfast at Tiffany’s but places it in modern day London. It is sweet and you feel like Harry and Ella might just be able to make things work even though life events have given them lemons.

Lunch with Harry is a nice story that will pass the time on a commute to or from work. You never know, you may meet a handsome/beautiful stranger while you read it.

Lunch with Harry (Novella Nostalgia Book #1) by Tony Drury is available now.

For more information regarding Tony Drury (@TonyDruryAuthor) please visit www.tonydruryauthor.com.

For more information regarding City Fiction (@CityFictionLtd) please visit www.cityfiction.co.uk.

2 Stars