Hue’s Reviews: The Everlasting Rose

“Deficiency is weakness. Beauty is power.” Last year, Dhonielle Clayton introduced us to The Belles last year and their illustrious world filled with lush landscapes and beautiful men and women. However, as stunning as their world can be, what lies underneath demonstrates ugliness and cruelty. At what cost, beauty? In her sequel, The Everlasting Rose, we […]

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Hey, Bartender…

It’s Friday night and the tab’s open. Like real-life humans, my fictional characters drink, particularly in my adult fiction novel, Porcelain. I would think it’s dishonest to suggest that adults enjoy delicious elixirs as they stir chaos and tension. You need proper libations to do half of the ill-fated actions I write. So, as I […]

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I’ve Got Two Stories and I’m Not Ashamed. (M.A.I.A. #2)

…and I love them both the same. I’m writing two stories at the same time and I’m utterly nuts for attempting such a feat. Well, technically, I’m editing one story (and of course, writing’s involved) while I’m opening a Pandora’s Box of new miseries and joys because I’m writing a brand-new story. Crazy? Probably. Doable? […]

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Hue’s Reviews: Daisy Jones and The Six

She’s fire. She’s ice. Her aura’s quite nice. She’s Daisy Jones, and with The Six, she’ll break your heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, returns with an historical fiction centered around a rock band in the Seventies, a la Fleetwood Mac. For example, “Aurora”, a tune highlighted, reminds me of […]

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Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel #1 (M.A.I.A.)

I’m writing. For those uninitiated, I’m a writer and part-time teacher living with Bipolar II, which means my highs fill me with limitless joys and my lows leave me in zombified form. For me to type, the words “I’m writing” means the following: I’m productive. I showered. I brushed my teeth. I left my bedroom. […]

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Hue’s Mini-Reviews: Ruth and The Green Book; Hey Black Child

Hey! Hey! Hey! When I say I’m a bibliophile, I mean exactly what that word implies. I read books. I’m not a genre snob, though, there are genres I tend not to read, but would read if a good story caught my eye. While I read adult fiction, young adult (YA) snatches my attention also. […]

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Hue’s Review: The Girl He Used to Know

Love finds a way. I suppose that’s the theme of this book. Also, ignore the title because it makes the story seem like a thriller, which it’s not. Annika is unlike any other young woman we read in stories. As I guessed, she’s on the Autism spectrum (a plot point that deserved earlier “revealing”). She […]

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Hue’s Review: Queenie

In Candice Carty-Williams’ debut, Queenie, she explores the life of a young black British Jamaican woman. The eponymous novel’s main character faces choices where we see immediate consequences. What can I say about this book? Every word hit home, even though I’m from a Generation Xer and the main character is clearly a younger millennial. […]

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Hue’s Reviews: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

When one thinks of ghost stories, they think of haunted houses and specters wailing in the midst of a stormy night, seeking peace for their untimely deaths. Sometimes, we fail to consider the ghosts of the living and how their wailing haunt us, refusing to let us continue our rightful paths. In Anissa Gray’s debut, […]

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Bye, February! Book Wrap

February came and went. I noticed a major slowdown compared to January. In total, I read twelve books. Okay, yeah. To the average reader, that’s still a lot read. But, when you read about twenty books last month, you take notice. Even so, I imagine the months to come will continue to lessen as I […]

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Hue’s Reviews: Watch Us Rise

What a good starting point for young girls and women to decide what part they wish to play in our world. Jasmine and Chelsea, two New York City teens, living their truth by fighting sexism, racism, and other harmful aspects make the story, Watch Us Rise, written by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan. Despite attending […]

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My Walk With The Stranger

My name via this blog is Livey. CraftyScribbles Latanya I possess several names, according to my mood. How I’m feeling. How I’m thinking. How I’m living. No matter the name. No matter the moniker. We all walk with a stranger. I met the stranger in high school. But, my gut tells me we met before. […]

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Hue’s Reviews: On The Come Up

Brianna wants to be a rap star. She flows like no other. She writes like no other. But, with hunger, gang violence, and the reality’s of being a poor black girl looming around her, will her dreams come true? Or, will others’ assumptions of her get the best of her and cloud the image staring […]

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