Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book through socialbookco Book Review Programme in exchange for an honest review. You can click this link to see where and for what price you can buy this book.

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Trigger warnings: rape, molestation

This book is divided into four parts. The first is rather devastating and the third is quite sad. But the second part and the last one leave you with hope, determination and an overall good feeling.
Though (thank gods) I haven't experienced many of the bad things the author talks about, these poems still made me emotional. I was upset and angry. I felt hopeless and helpless. But the good parts make you feel hopeful again. Here is one of the poems.

Kaur deals with painful (and important) topics and she does so in a very open and raw way. It might not be easy to read this book, but sometimes the best way to deal with difficulties in our lives is simply to face them. To acknowledge and open the wound and let it bleed, because only then there is a chance for healing.

This was a powerful read which without shame and with honest determination touched upon many things people usually prefer to ignore. I love this book for that.


Summer Wrap Up

Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Well, this was fun! Historical mystery with a lot of folklore in it! Enjoyable characters and a well written plot. Also, I'm really glad that Baba Yaga was mentioned once, she's my favourite! :) I only wish there were more people in the world willing to listen to a fish.


Ronia, the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren 

Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.

This was amazing! As a child, I loved the movie, but I never read the book. It's an amazing story about family, friendship and love. It's full of adventure, nature and magical beings. I really appreciate that Lindgren didn't shy away from discussing death in a book written primarily for children.


Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher #3) by Kerry Greenwood 

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery, and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. And Phryne is at the centre, working through the clues to arrive at the incredible truth before another murder is committed. Fortunately, Phryne can still find a little time for a discreet dalliance and the delicious diversion of that rowing team of young men.

Phryne is a flapper and a lady detective. I love Phryne! These books are sometimes a bit over the top, but they are so enjoyable! Stephanie Daniel is a great narrator.


Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman 

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
This was absolutely amazing! Great story, believable characters, magnificent writing!


Litha Giveaway

Congratulations to Desnica, the winner of the Beltane Giveaway! :)

For Litha I'm giving away a copy of Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke! The giveaway is international and it ends on June 19. Please read the rules before entering. Good luck everyone! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway There are 8 sabbats during the year and for every one I have a giveaway. As one sabbat is over the giveaway connected with it ends and a new one (connected with the next sabbat) starts. That’s why the giveaways last so long. I wanted continuity. Just to make things clear. :)


April Book Haul

Here are the books I bought last month! :)

Little Grey Cells: The Quotable Poirot
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A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
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Constellation Myths: with Aratuss Phaenomena
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The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters #1) by Lucinda Riley
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The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia A. McKillip
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Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple #1) by Carola Dunn
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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
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What did you get? :)