Book Reviews

Mini Reviews: We Carry the Sky, The Melody of Me and You, Lady Mechanika

There were a few shorter stories I wanted to review, but could not use a whole day for one review. Hence the mini review post was born!

We Carry the Sky by McKayla Robbin

This collection of poems are short and sweet, concise and eloquent, emotional and poignant. It is divided into rough categories, but you will want to read this group of poems more than once. I read it already, but want to read it again. I am so happy I received this as a gift from Laura! You can soak up the words, and in a manner of lines feel emotions you may have repressed. Touching on contemporary topics, this is a perfect pocket book of poems to carry with you through your days and in the back of your mind. Fantastic for both new feminists and poetry lovers alike, this collection is absolutely fabulous and great for the heart.

Cover image from goodreads.

Buy yourself a copy here, visit the author’s site here, and add the book on goodreads.

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

This is a heart warming novella about a protagonist who must take the chance and love again. Laura recommended it to me and I am so happy she did! Featuring a very diverse cast (pansexual MC, Fillipino SC) The text is extremely aware of the heteronormativity and lack of diversity issues today. The story is sweet itself and reflects our universal fear to get back on the horse and love again. My only complaint is that since it is a short story, there was not a lot of time to get to know each character. While Hollis gives us insights into their character, there was so much room for more. But the lack of details is merely limited by its form.

Buy yourself a copy here and add the book on goodreads.

Lady Mechanika Vol. 1 by Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika is a graphic novel that is drawn beautifully. I loved the style of the drawings as they are colorful, detailed, and extremely beautiful. It tells the story of our heroine, Lady Mechanika, who is searching for clues to her own origin, as well as saving some other interesting characters. The comic does a great job at asking us at what point do we cease being human and only machine? The variety of characters here, most have mechanical parts, only helps ask its readers to think. Having written my thesis on cyborgs, this deeply fascinated me. I do have a few complaints though. Firstly, I wish there was a little diversity here because it seems to me that most typical comic book heroines have a similar body type. Secondly, the comic is pretty text heavy, which would be fine in print,  but on an iPad it makes the zoom feature my best friend. All in all, I enjoyed the comic and have already downloaded the next!

Buy yourself a copy here, visit the author’s site here, and add the book on goodreads.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss.


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