Critique of the Book: Different Sides of the Same Coin | Chyrel Jackson
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Critique of the Book: Different Sides of the Same Coin:
A Collection of Poems
written by Chyrel Jackson

- Reviewed by TC Neville Senior

"A book you can snuggle up in a blanket with,
drinking a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and read for hours."

"Encountering the first page I was instantly sucked into a world that was not my own. The scene of reading through the Author's first prose, was that of dimmed lights; I'm up on a stage, cool melody of Jazz music playing in the background, an audience sits before me attentive, as I recite the stanzas to the beat of the music. I am at a Jazz and Poetry Night Club."

Critique

    As one reads on, I experienced the complexity; the articulate expressions of the Author as the words hit the pages; a roller-coaster of emotions began to well up inside me. The experiences in the poems were indeed relatable to oneself and that one has witnessed of others. The "Prosetry" was deep, real, and piercing to the soul.

    I Love the way the Author incorporates the Black Roots and Heritage of dialect and tongue of the African. I appreciated this, being black myself, as my background is Native Caribbean Islander. This book is diverse for all 'Cultures of Art, Prosetry & Short Stor(y)' Lovers such as myself. Many favorites, so many to choose from. When reality comes knocking, what do you do?

    Love the uniquely crafted titles that captures the reader such as myself to want to explore its hidden treasures. I personally love to read stories that are unique and has a twist. This book encompasses my love for things outside the norm. It goes against the grain of similarity.

    Love letters and Personal Diaries of the Author, mutually relatable. I am not alone in this thing called LIFE. One can feel the Spiritual connection on every page. The title to the book encompasses my belief that there is a spiritual side to everything. Whether through interpretation or the very nature of that person or thing itself. For example: the Bible to some people who read the words just see 'words' on a page written by man. But those to whom are spiritually enlightened to see the Spiritual realm of things; not only the natural, see more than just curvatures on a page; they see and feel the influence of the true "Author and Creator" who gives life to those words and the Creator of man himself.

    A Two Edge Sword. One can feel the very soul of the Author through the words of this book. Rhythm of Music I love, painted into Words. Some of the poetic letters read made one blush. Most love letters out there are focused towards the feminine gender (Nothing wrong with that, I love our Queens!). I find myself writing poetry that is geared towards that gender I love. But reading something like a love letter or poem as if it was meant for me opened up something inside me that scare me. It makes one look at the "OTHER SIDE OF THE SAME COIN," so-to-speak, and I realized that myself and possibly most men out there... In other words, I cannot tell you when was the last time I had a love letter actually written to me. I think I speak for other men, that even though we are dubbed as macho and unemotional creatures, we are still human, and secretly (if one be honest) we would love to read a love letter written specifically to us about how our mate or spouse feels about us as men. Thank you Chyrel for doing this for us men.This aspect shows character, it shows empathy, it shows diversity.

    This book gives me a new perspective of seeing things through a different lens and expressing my prosetry and stories in the future. This book is a keeper. Art painted on to canvas pages by the paint brush of the Author's imaginations and experiences. Encore! Thank You Authors for sharing a delicate piece of your Soul with me!

    There was nothing that I found in the book that was unsatisfactory. The only thing I would caution the average reader who picks up this book is to have an open mind to the diversity of culture and tongue when it comes to the African and Black Heritage, and be well versed in your grammar and definitions. In other words, this book is a college level read versus the average high school reads, to put it mildly. So I would recommend the book to an above average reading audience.

Categorical Ratings: 1-5

    The Following is how the book is rated by category:

  • Character: Rates at 5 Points
    The Characters in the book were relatable to everyday life and society. Each page reflected the sense of humor of its authors clearly and concise. The book reflected the soul of the writer.
  • Tone: Rates at 5 Points
    The overall tone of the book was warm, welcoming, engaing, and flowed like jazz music where each page complemented the other.
  • Climax: Rates at 5 Points
    I cannot honestly say I reached a climax in the book due to the book is written in the format of assorted poetry collections. Nevertheless, each composition, short or long, was a climax within itself.
  • Ending: Rates at 5 Points
    The overall context of the book was not necessarily written in Novel or Chapter form (beginning to end). Same as the Climax, this book is a collection of poetry and each were well developed with perfect structure.
  • Overall Feel: Rates at 4 Points
    A book that you can snuggle up in a blanket with, a cup of hot chocolate or coffee in hand, and read for hours. I rate this book 4 Stars because at times in the book I struggled with certain word definition and the context it was used in. Nevertheless, this is to no fault of the writer. In my opinion however, I prefer reads where I don't have to get hung up in trying to figure out the definition or syntax of words used, due to the fact many words have double meaning or inferences. I think this detracts from the flow, and may be a distraction to the average reader who would love to pick up a book such as this. I myself struggle when it comes to expressing myself through words on paper (some say I am too detailed). In contrast, I am usually a very direct person verbally. I have found, even today, when I write articles and instructions on my website - when I choose to be direct and short, people tend to get confused or say that it's not enough information to be analyzed. On the other side of things, when I do choose to be detailed, people either complain that the literature is too long and drawn out to read. The point I'm trying to make is that everyone is different and opinionated on things they like or dislike. We cannot please everyone, but find some sought of middle or universal ground to appease our audience the best we can.
  • Total Average Rating= 4.75 Stars

    Overall Rating

      Overall, I rate this book 5-STARS due to the fact that it was well formatted, well edited and I can tell the authors put a lot of time and money into composing and articulating the artistry within the words. I rate this book 5 Stars also because of how the book immediately had me hooked from the beginning and caused me to enter a totally different state of mind or world, so to speak. Everyone wants to escape the reality of this realm into another, even if it's just for a short time. This book provides the door of just that.

Additional Notes By Reviewer

    In respect to this review and the persons reading this today, I originally reviewed this book on or around March 3, 2021 via Amazon.com and Goodreads.com. Since then I have learned many things, especially the importance of what a good review looks like. Although I am still learning, I've decided to take the time to give this book and the author the justice deserved by updating this review. I hope as you read this review today, compared with my last, this was truly an improvement.

    That being said, I have posted an article via my blog: "5 Tips on: How to Review a Book? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners." Be sure to check it out at my website KVI Network Creations. We also have a team of reviewers eagerly waiting to review your book. Visit or Contact us for details.

Best Regard to the Author(s) of this book in the future.

I hereby verify and state that I TC Neville Senior, Founder of KVINC, am the official reviewer of the above post. Dated this day 04.16.2022

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Chyrel J. Jackson

Date 4/16/2022

Thank you so very much for this review. It is by far one of the very best and honest reviews of our work. KnightVisionInk we are very grateful to this platform for the genuine support and overall goodwill extended to us on your stellar platform. It is with the greatest sentiments and well wishes that I extend my fullest gratitude and appreciation to KnightVisionInk.

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