Shards: A Poetry Collection

Hi Everyone!

While I was juggling studies, work, occasional writing spree, and my ever-growing reading pile, I hadn’t noticed when I would often drift into writing poetry. Now, two years later, I’m trilled to announce my first self-published poetry chapbook, SHARDS.


Summary

This girl,
is shattered
and broken.

Yet, 
she fights back
to rise
and reform.

This is 
Her journey…
Her Shards…

SHARDS is a modern-poetry collection. 
It is about the journey of a girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is divided into four sections, where each section covers a major aspect of her journey. And how she gains the courage to stand up and give herself second chance at life and people. It explores various topics such as: solitude, abuse, racism, suicide, grief, and negativity


Book Information:

SHARDS will be releasing on December 12th, 2017. You can also add it on Goodreads.

It’s available on Amazon as Kindle Edition and Paperback. and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

 

Don’t have Kindle? Simply contact me with the proof of purchase to get a EPUB/MOBI copy.

Are you a book blogger? Request complementary e-copy in exchange for a review HERE

Looking for a Media Kit? Click HERE

 

Print Book Details:

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1979888981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1979888981

Kindle Book Details:

  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979888981
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0785DL3LN

Where you can buy it from:

Amazon: Kindle | Paperback

Book Depository

Wordery

Barnes & Noble

Books A Million

 


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It’s highly appreciated if you can spread the word and rate/review SHARDS on: AmazonGoodreads | &/or other places, feel free to tag me on Instagram (@fushyreads) and Twitter (@fushiee_)


 

For updates on Shards, go to http://www.farihakhayyam.com/shards/

Melody’s Key: Featured Review

It is not so frequent that I relate to characters, but Melody’s Key was one of those gems. While I thought I was getting into a typical romance, it turned out to be a refreshing story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The writing is easy to follow, and it gives the story its simple nature, with easy plot progression. Dallas’s strong point is character development. I absolutely loved Tegan’s character and how she evolved throughout the story.

Melody’s Key takes place in a countryside in England, where we are introduced to Tegan and her family. Soon, afterwards, we are introduced to the Tegan’s love interest, Mason. Throughout the rollercoaster of Tegan’s emotions, and what she been through, we -as the readers, develop a connection with all the characters and care for them equally (except for Cale, though).

The story progresses at a natural pace, without making any scene rushed or not needed. My other favorite piece were the letters from the past, although they don’t necessarily add to the main plot, they definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

I fully recommend Melody’s Key to anyone who is looking for a quick summer read. I am also looking forward to reading what Dallas might be writing in the future!!

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

How to Get More Reading Done

With every passing month’s new releases, and with every new author you’ve discovered, your TBR (to-be-read) Pile never seems to lessen, when even more books are added on top of it.

I’ve been participating in Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge for 2 years now, (2016 & 2017). Both years (hopefully 2017 included) I’ve surpassed the number of books I thought I’d read for that year.

To start of with, I don’t go for the outrageous number of pledging 120 books for that year. I know its a “challenge”, but I like my goals to be S.M.A.R.T. (Just Google it)

I have an estimate of how many books I’ll be buying – well, planning to buy, in the year. Meanwhile, all my past hauls have lead to my bookshelf having 50% TBR books. [My Kindle Library is more of 90% TBR]. I make a point to finish at least one book per month. Adding the books I’m planning to buy, plus the books that are top of my TBR. Then rounding it – I end up with around +/- 20 books as my personal ‘challenge’ for that year.

 

So how to exceed that and get more reading done:

  1. Read more than one book. On average I read 3-4 books during the same time.
  2. Have books on various platforms. I have my paperbacks, Kindle, and epub reader app on my phone.
  3. Carry your book every where. During commute, or while eating lunch, or even at your work. These little breaks can give you a lead in your challenge, and having it various platforms will help as well. Heck, you can even get comfy and all tucked in your bed, and get your Kindle out, read until it falls over your sleeping face. (Been there, Done that)

The next two suggestions are from EpicReads via their Youtube Channel. I’ve yet to try it out myself.

  1. I’m not a fan of Audible Books, but it can seriously get some ‘reading’ done, by just how convenient it is. And if you increase the speed of narration, Bam! you are getting through that TBR-pile at the speed-of-sound! (ok bad joke)
  2. Commit a certain time for reading. We all are busy people, but one has to make time for reading. As a way to relax yourself after a hectic day, carve out little time – 20 minutes – to just get a mug of coffee/tea and a good book.

 

However, there comes that time when you hit a reading slump and nothing really catches your attention.

I prefer to give a short break, and let is run its course. but when it stretches over, I pick out a book that I’ve already read and thoroughly enjoyed. Re-reading books reminds me of the love I have for reading and the relaxation I get from it.  By the time I finish re-reading, I’m luckily out of my slump and can get back to picking a new book. (Yay!)

 

Lemme know how you get more reading done, and don’t let the slump get you in a dump. (ok seriously no more jokes)

 

Happy Reading!

 

🙂 FTK

The Dragons of Nova: Review

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I was finally able to read this, been looking forward to it since the moment I finished TAoL. And It. Did. Not. Disappoint. (So far, it the best of Elise Kova’s works).

Elise managed to add everything that I felt was missing from book 1, and she did it wonderfully.

This is a direct continuation from the point where book 1 had ended. It is mostly set in the world of the Dragons, Nova, while we do have interludes of Loom in between.
Tensions rise up as Loom prepares for the rebellion, while Ari manages to stay in Nova (without causing too much trouble). We get a ton of characterization to Florence, as she steps-up from being just Ari’s shadow in book 1, to this hardcore woman in this book. We also see a other territories on Loom and new characters are introduced, who give light to the ‘other’ side of Dragon Rule.
As the inner workings of Dragons are introduced, we understand Cvareh a bit more, and so does Ari. Their romance has a gradual build-up and they stay true to their character. We also find out a bit about Ari’s past, but still majority of it is kept undercover.

This book maintains interest throughout, by its fast-paced and entertaining premise. Plot points are partly answered that were left open from book 1, and new twists are introduced. The new characters also have varying personalities that are dived upon enough to make the reader have certain regard towards to them. While the climax of book 1 had dissatisfied me, this book’s climax kept me on the edge until the last page, where is ends in a nasty cliffhanger (why, Elise!!).

I’m looking forward to the final book in the Loom Saga, meanwhile I’ll go re-read this book.

Overall 5 out of 5 Stars.

I Danced with Sorrow: Featured Review

I Danced with Sorrow handles topic that are barely whispered in today’s societies and kept behind closed doors. Alicia portrays it beautifully in this collection of her poems.

The collection completes a journey of girl who was suffering and then finds retribution through writing.

While I flew through the book, the feeling still lingered.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**