Poetry Friday ~ Book Reviews

11 Sep

Hi, everyone!

I love to read. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy fiction most of all, especially the fantasy genre. There’s enough reality around me (24/7), sometimes it’s marvelous to take a breakation from real life and escape to another country, world, dimension. . . . Some people think that a person can’t learn anything from reading fiction but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve been reading since I was a small child, and I’ve learned so much from fictional stories about life, love, friendship, duty, different cultures, animals, science, politics, religions, human nature. . . . I could go on and on. There’s a lot of truth in fiction.

I’d like to share a few of my most recent reads with you. Chronicles of the Diasodz is a young adult fantasy series by author, Yvette M. Calleiro. I’ve read the first three books and I look forward to reading the last two books in the series soon.

I wrote a poem (Nonet) for the first book in the series, The One Discovered. I had already posted a review for this book which you can read here.

Between the covers of my new book

a fearless girl takes a journey

what awaits she has no clue

leaving loved ones behind

to become who she

was born to be

the savior

of her


You can read my review for The One Discovered here.


Sofia has lost everything that was important to her: her mother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Even the belief that humans are the only beings in the world has been stripped away, but she has no time to dwell on her losses because she’s been transported to a new world to become the savior of the Diasodz. Sofia trusted Ar’ch and Angel to be there for her and to guide and protect her, but only Angel has held true to his word. Ar’ch has abandoned her, leaving her to feel tricked and betrayed.

Ar’ch brought Sofia home, fulfilling his mission to bring their savior safely to their world, but it didn’t come without a cost. Rafe, Sofia’s boyfriend, was killed, and Ar’ch believes Sofia blames him for it. Ar’ch’s sole focus becomes doing what is best for Sofia, and in his mind, that does not include him.

As Sofia deals with Ar’ch’s absence, she throws herself into learning about the Diasodz’s history. She grows stronger both emotionally and physically, and begins to accept her role in their world, but not everyone is convinced that she is the one whom the prophecy states will save them.

Beliefs will be challenged. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will be shattered. And in the aftermath, evil will see its opportunity and strike. Will Sofia be able to handle it all? Or will the savior of the Diasodz lose her will to continue?

My Review:

The One Enlightened is the second book in the Chronicles of the Diasodz series. It picks up where book one left off as Sofia, Ar’ch, and Angel leave Rafe behind to travel via a portal to the world of the Diasodz.

Sofia had a hard time getting over the tragedy of losing a loved one as they escaped into the portal. She also misses her mom, and a few quarrels kept her and Ar’ch apart. However, she and her newly found brother, Angel, created a bond.

She trained with her brother as a Diasodz, and they learned about the history of her people with Nolan who had taken on the role of her father.

Sofia and Ar’ch cleared up their misunderstandings, and a secret romance progressed. Sofia embraced her new life, and she slowly accepted her role as savior of the Diasodz. She grew more confident and stronger both physically and mentally every day. As her relationship with Ar’ch became impassioned, and she rejoiced in their love for one another, an unexpected twist threatened to tear them apart forever.

I liked observing Sofia’s transformation from an innocent teen to a strong, confident young woman. I also enjoyed learning about the culture, faith, and history of the Diasodz. The vivid descriptions and beautiful world building were delightful. The characters continued to grow and develop, which was a lot of fun to witness.

I will be reading the third installment of the Chronicles of the Diasodz series, The One Betrayed. I recommend this series to readers who enjoy young adult fantasy sprinkled with romance and the supernatural.


When Sofia chose to leave Rafe to live with Ar’ch in another world, Rafe’s system shut down and sent him to an early death. But Rafe didn’t die, at least not permanently. Rafe is a Diasodz, and his death simply freed him from his human shell so that he could become the powerful Diasodz that he was meant to be.

He awakened to a completely new reality, a reality in which he was the prince to a kingdom of powerful beings. His parents, Drake and Damiana, were the rulers of the Raizyns, a group of Diasodz who were determined to take their rightful place in the world. And Rafe would be the savior who would lead them on their quest.

Rafe wanted to please his father, especially since he had just met him. To do that, he needed to learn how to fight like a Raizyn and how to master his newfound skill. He needed to become stronger, faster, and more powerful. Rafe needed to become the savior they all expected him to be. That was what was required of him.

But there was one thing that was more important than everything else. One person. Sofia. Rafe was going to find a way to get her back, even if it cost him his life. Again.

My Review:

The One Betrayed is the third installment of the Chronicles of the Diasodz series. It does not pick up where the last one left off, like the previous one. Instead, this book takes us back to the ending of book one and revisits the events of the first two books as told by the enemy, the Raizyns. At first, this was a little jarring because I was so involved in Sofia’s story in books one and two. It didn’t take long for me to get into this story, though. I was excited to see how the events unfolded from the point of view of the “other side.”

The author introduced new characters and gave us more insight into the older ones. I enjoyed the in-depth look into the “enemy” and their world. Rafe, Drake, and Mel were my favorites, but all the characters were well developed, interesting, and relatable in some way.

The world building was impeccable, and I enjoyed escaping into this realm. I also enjoyed the sci-fi elements the author sprinkled throughout the story with teleportation, force fields, hologram technology. . . .

The pacing was a bit slow at times but not enough to take away my enjoyment. Although I missed reading about Sofia, it was fun reading the other side’s point of view and getting to know these characters better. And as each book sets up the next one, I look forward to reading book four.

This week, Annette Rochelle Aben selected the words for Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry (syllables only) Challenge. This week’s words are: HINT & BOLD. I used the synonyms Clue and Fearless in my Nonet.

I hope you liked today’s post. Enjoy the rest of your day! Happy reading!

71 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Book Reviews”

  1. John W. Howell September 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

    Excellent reviews, Vashti. Congratulations to Yvette.

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  2. Soooz September 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

    Thanks for the great Nonet and wonderful reviews of Yvett’s work, Vashti! I’ve had the pleasure of reading Book 1 of the series and look forward to meeting the characters again in the sequels. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

    • yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you, Soooz! 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed The One Discovered. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

      The series gets better with each book, Soooz. I just read Whatever It Takes also. I enjoyed it very much. I’ve already posted the review on Amazon and Goodreads, and I’ll feature it on here soon. Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 2 people

      • Soooz September 12, 2020 at 5:33 pm #

        I’m so delighted that you enjoyed it, Vashti. I look forward to reading your review. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Bette A. Stevens September 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    Great reviews! Sharing…

    Liked by 2 people

  4. D.L. Finn, Author September 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

    Great reviews, Vashti! I loved this series! You captured the first book in that wonderful Nonet. Have a great weekend xo

    Liked by 2 people

    • yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you, Denise! I’m happy you enjoyed The One Discovered. 🙂

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      • D.L. Finn, Author September 12, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

        I did!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2020 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you, Denise! I’m happy you enjoyed the reviews and poem. Have a fabulous weekend too, my friend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Annette Rochelle Aben September 11, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

    You glow, girl! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Colleen M. Chesebro September 11, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

    Wow! I loved your poetry and your reviews. Sounds like a fabulous series. You know, I love YA fantasy too. Sounds like it’s right up my alley! Thanks, Sis. ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  7. balroop2013 September 11, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

    Nice reviews Vashti. I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed them.

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    • yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop! I’m so happy you enjoyed my Diasodz. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

      Thank you! That’s fantastic, Balroop! I have two more books to go before I finish and so far I’ve enjoyed the series very much. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Gwen M. Plano September 11, 2020 at 10:19 pm #

    Beautiful post, Vashti. I love your poem, as well as your reviews. Congratulations, Yvette.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Jenna September 12, 2020 at 8:15 am #

    Great reviews! I’ll have to check out some of these books 🙂
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    Liked by 2 people

    • yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

      I’m happy to hear that, Jenna. The first book, The One Discovered, is free on Amazon and Smashwords. Happy reading! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you, Jenna! If you enjoy YA fantasy with a slightly dark edge you’ll enjoy this series. The first book in the series, The One Discovered is free on Amazon. Click on any of the book images to purchase. Absolutely! Enjoy the weekend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  10. yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:38 pm #

    Vashti, you made my heart smile with these reviews and with your beautiful poem. It brings me great happiness that you are enjoying my Diasodz. The One Betrayed was not originally part of the series, but those characters refused to allow me to get away with not telling their stories. Once you read the final two books, you will understand how important their stories are. 😉

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    • Vashti Q September 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

      Awww. That’s so sweet, Yvette. I’m happy that you’re happy with the post. Reading your series has been a pleasure. What you did with The One Betrayed was unexpected, but I did enjoy getting to know the “bad guys” very much. I’m looking forward to reading the final two books. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend! ❤

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      • yvettemcalleiro September 12, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

        I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the ending. 😉 Enjoy the weekend! XOXO 🙂

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  11. Marsha September 12, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

    I love the Nonet book review. How clever. Nice review as well. 🙂

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  12. dgkaye September 13, 2020 at 10:01 pm #

    A wonderful nonet and way to convey a book Vashti. Thanks for the insight into Yvette’s books. Hugs ❤ xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm #

      Hi, Debby! I’m happy you liked the poem and reviews. Thank you❣️I enjoyed these three books.😙💕

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. September 14, 2020 at 3:42 am #

    Excellent reviews Vashti and a very creative nonet to showcase a book…must explore Yvette’s books further..♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 10:51 pm #

      Thank you, Sally❣️YA fantasy is not a go to genre for me, I prefer middle grade or adult, but I really enjoyed these books.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Natalie Ducey September 14, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

    Fabulous reviews to share, Vashti. Bravo to Yvette! 🙂
    A lovely poem, too, as always. Many thanks for sharing. Stay safe. Stay well. xo

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    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm #

      Hello, my friend! Thank you very much. I’m happy you enjoyed the nonet and reviews. These books were so much fun to read. 😁
      I’m taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy. I hope you’re doing well too. Thanks again! 🥰

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  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 14, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    Awesome review of Yvette’s book. And a lovely poem too. Such a great idea. x

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    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 10:59 pm #

      Thank you, Marje❣️I had a lot of fun reading these three books.


  16. TooFullToWrite September 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

    Wow, how very clever writing your review summary as a Nonet Vashti, I’m so very impressed!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

      That’s awesome! Thank you very much!😀 I had already reviewed the first book in a previous post, but I wanted to say something about it. Hence, the nonet. I enjoyed all three books very much. I appreciate your visit and cool comment.🥰

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  17. D. Wallace Peach September 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

    What a wonderful way to share your reviews, Vashti. I love the gist of the story encapsulated in a poem. Congrats to Yvette. Her books sound wonderful.

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    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 11:20 pm #

      Thank you, Diana❣️People write poems about everything and anything, so why not a book? I’ve been writing poetry about my books and characters since book one. It’s fun!😁 Yes! I enjoyed these books very much. Thanks again, my friend.💞

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  18. Miriam Hurdle September 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm #

    I love the way you created a poem to go with your reviews, Vashti! What an excellent way to recommend Yvette’s interesting series. I have two of the books in this series. Congratulations, Yvette!

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    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! I had already reviewed book one in another post, so that’s why I wrote a poem for it here. I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews for the other two books. Thank you❣️

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle September 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

        I love the way you combine many aspects of writing into your poetry Friday, Vashti. I have to do average of two posts a week because they’re so different. But I tried to included other writing in my photo challenge so I don’t have to do a separate post.

        I enjoyed your reviews of the two books. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

      It’s really hard for me to do more than one post a week, although, I do it sometimes. So, I try to get creative with my posts. I enjoy your blog posts very much. 😀


  19. Elizabeth September 15, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    Beautiful nonet! I’d like to capture my fearless girl back, she got lost on the way.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. robbiesinspiration September 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    This is a great way to review a book, Vashti. It sounds like a good one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 11:42 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie! I had already posted the review for the first book, so I wrote a poem for it here and reviewed the other two. It’s a really good series. 🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Jan Sikes September 15, 2020 at 3:13 pm #

    These are wonderful reviews, Vashti! I have read the first book in the series and look forward to reading them all! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2020 at 11:47 pm #

      Hi, Jan! Thank you.🥰 I’m enjoying this series, so it’s my pleasure to share my reviews. Happy reading❣️


  22. judeitakali September 16, 2020 at 7:56 am #

    I totally agree with you about there being enough reality around. Loved the reviews Vashti

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 16, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi, Jude! This has been a tough year for everyone, I think. Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the reviews. 😀 xo


  23. Robert Matthew Goldstein September 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

    This is an interesting layout for reviews. Providing such a detailed context before giving your review is a real show of respect for the writers.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. markbierman September 27, 2020 at 9:45 am #

    Great reviews!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Omo October 23, 2020 at 8:31 am #

    Awesome reviews!!


    • Vashti Q October 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them. 😀



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