This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Smoke in the Afterlife is an adult poetry book. Each poem is written in free verse so it contains no patterned rhythm or rhyme. Penned by Emilio Iasiello, Smoke in the Afterlife describes the sufferings the author experienced during his childhood. Certainly, some of the pieces center around violence as it relates to the author's life but none is written in excess so while the book is more fit for adults it’s in no way harmful to a younger audience. Though it is a big piece of the story, this manuscript doesn’t focus solely on the violence the authors experienced; many poems also center around alcoholism and the role that had in his past as well. Primarily the story focuses on how past trauma can help mold a person and shape the course of their future.
Emilio Iasiello’s Smoke in the Afterlife is replete with a metaphorical language whose devices tend to drive the story further rather than creating a distraction. One example would be in the poem For My Brother Who Needs Strength, where the entire piece focuses on Theseus and his time within the labyrinth. The collection is an in-depth experience and probably not intended for those in search of a light read though I personally enjoyed it. Smoke in the Afterlife is well written with a sizeable vocabulary that would exceed the knowledge of some adult readers and many younger ones, though the book is sure to capture the interest of experienced poetry lovers all around.