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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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**

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**

The Alchemists of Loom: Review

31549513After reading all of Air Awakens series in less than two weeks, I just had to read this. Elise incorporated Dragons, Alchemy, and Steampunk in one gorgeous book, how could I ever not read this!

The writing was different than what Elise had done before, and it fit nicely into the setting of the book. It was POV chapters in third-person narrative. The story mainly revolved around Cvareh, a Dragon, who is on a mission; and Arianna known as the White Wraith – the enemy of all Dragons.

My favorite POV would have to be Petra with all her sass, she is a smart character, and I want to read more of her. Next would be Cvareh, in the course of this book, he grew the most in my opinion, from not caring about almost anything, to going lengths to accomplish something for someone else. Florence, was simply a joy to read.
Arianna, on the other hand, turned a bit annoying from time to time. Her background (and source of her vengeance) was not fully revealed, which I would have preferred. Leona, or more aptly named by Petra as the ‘King’s Bitch’ was a handful in the short chapters of her POV. It successfully also gave a glimpse of how ruthless Dragons can be and why Arianna might despise them.

The world building was amazing. It gave the steampunk vibe, which I absolutely loved, and incorporated elements of Alchemy and Magic seamlessly. That all being said, this is book one in The Loom Saga. There wasn’t a ton of action or romance, that I was hoping for. I also felt their ‘adventure’ to reach The Alchemists Guild was a bit anticlimactic.

Having read Air Awakens, I can positively say that climax-building, plot-twists and cliffhangers are Elise’s strong points, but they weren’t fully present in this book, and that leaves me on the edge of what to expect from the other books in this series.
I’ll be craving for more steampunk action, more angst romance, and a ton of world building from the second book, The Dragons of Nova *Now to wait until I get my hands on it*

Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars.