The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One– Book Review


Genres: poetry; feminism

Why I read it: I snagged the e-ARC from Net Galley because I couldn’t wait until release day ❤

Who I’d recommend it to: Probably first to fans of The Princess Saves Herself In This One, fans of poetry, feminists, witchy women, and anyone who wants to burn down the patriarchy.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars)

 

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What it’s about (from goodreads):

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn’t burn in this one — the bold second book in her “women are some kind of magic” series.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.


Review:

I feel like I waited years for this book, and that feeling wasn’t helped by my technical difficulties while trying to read it >_< Long story short: this eARC from Net Galley is one of those that can’t be read on a Kindle, my iPad freaked out and I had to restore it, and the app I used to read the book was a pain in the butt to get downloaded and to then get the books on (partially because, for some reason, I couldn’t even get the Net Galley site to open for-freaking-ever, ugh). And I also think I might be missing a few pages in my copy for some reason, because I’ve seen other people quote things that I don’t remember reading, and they were things I definitely would have remembered :/

Anyway… Back to the book itself, and what I thought of it.

First up: It’s release day!! The wait is truly over, and if broom-travel were possible, my witchy butt would be flying to the nearest Target that has this in stock because I was too broke to pre-order it 😦

If Amanda’s first poetry collection (The Princess Saves Herself In This One) was a book of facing and slaying your own demons, this second collection is a call to arms for other women, and a warning to lurking monsters that we (women) have had enough and are fighting back. I think I made it to “-she.”–which is quoted below–before I started having to bite my tongue to keep from actually screaming/cheering out loud while reading this one.

i don’t need you
to write my story.

i write it
e v e r y  d a y

& you couldn’t
even translate

the fucking
punctuation.

she.

Like in Princess, a lot of sensitive topics are touched on in this collection, and there’s a trigger warning list at the beginning of the book. This collection is angry, raw, and no sugar has been added to sweeten the ugly truths addressed. Also like when I read Princess, I felt a lot of things while reading this. Unlike Princess, I didn’t feel punches to the gut when I read things that hit close to home. Instead, I felt pissed off and ready to link hands with other women and crush the patriarchy under my stompy, pointy, witchy boots.

“bitch,” he spits

“witch,” he sneers.

& i say
“actually, i’m both.”

– reclaim everything.

The one thing I vacillated between loving  and not loving (I didn’t hate it, though) was the repetitiveness. Sometimes, I really enjoyed it because either I liked the imagery or it helped tie the whole collection together, and sometimes it felt like I’d read a certain word or phrase one too many times. Don’t get me wrong: it isn’t every poem or anything like that. It just happened enough for me to notice.

Basically, I adored this book and I can not wait to get my hands on a physical copy. Speaking of, have you guys seen the Target exclusive?! It’s red! *cue heart eyes* 

Did I love it as much as her first collection? Maybe not, but it’s pretty close, and still probably making my list of favorite poetry books. Do I recommend it? Yessss! But obviously not if you hated Princess, or hate this style of poetry.

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Book Blogger Hop: January 12th-18th


Book Blogger Hop

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

I feel like I could make a really long list if I paid more attention or looked some up. But, one of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves, and not obsessively looking for upcoming releases I even might be interested in kinda goes along with that.

However, there are a few I’ve been anticipating since last year that will be released in the next few months:

 


The Defiant
by Lesley Livingston– I had an ARC of The Valiant last year, and I loved it so much I got the hardcover as soon as it came out. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel, which comes out on January 23rd, ever since ❤

 

 


The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton– This one, which hits shelves February 6th, has been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve only heard good things so far, so I’m really excited.

 

 

 

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace– The second book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry series (the first being The Princess Saves Herself in This One), comes out March 6th.

 

 

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– Debut poetry collection from Amanda’s husband, which is also released on March 6th!

 

 


Obsidio
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–
I still haven’t read Gemina (oops), but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the third Illuminae Files book, which comes out March 13th.

 

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon– Last year, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and really enjoyed it (I’m not usually a lover of contemporaries), so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one, which has an expected release date of May 22nd.

 

 


There are probably more that I’ve heard about and thought, “Oh, I want to read that!” but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most (and the ones that haven’t already been released this year, because I had 1-2 in mind that have come out this month so far).


What are some books you’re anticipating this year?

Are you looking forward to any of these?

T5W: Authors I want to read more from

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

This is such a difficult topic for me because I feel like this list would be different every hour as I remember more authors! There are too many great ones out there, but these are the 5 I’m most looking forward to reading more from in the near(ish) future, in no particular order.


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Laini Taylor– I am so freaking excited for Strange the Dreamer! But, first I need to re-read Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight, then read Dreams of Gods and Monsters because I never finished the trilogy :/

 

 

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Amanda Lovelace– Her debut poetry collection the princess saves herself in this one is one of my favorite books and I’m anxiously awaiting her second book, the witch doesn’t burn in this one (which might be coming out next year, if I remember correctly).

 

 

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 Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I read The Accident Season right after it was released and I immediately wanted to re-read it, so I’m counting down the days til the release of her second novel, Spellbook of the Lost and Found which comes out in June.

 

 

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Victoria/V.E. Schwab– I’ve read the entire Conjuring of Light trilogy, but I also own This Savage Song and Vicious and I can’t wait to read them!

 

 

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Erin Morgenstern– I don’t think I’m alone in thinking The Night Circus wasn’t enough and desperately wanting to read more from her. I have no clue if she plans to publish more books, but I’m pretty sure she’s made my very short list of auto-buy authors.

 


Are any of these on your list? Tell me about some authors you want to read more from!

March Wrap Up

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s spring, March is over, and I read 15 books in March! I’m sure that’s nothing for a lot of people, but it’s awesome for me. I was in a slump for basically two years and reading 5 books was a miracle during that time, so I’m glad to be back to what used to be normal for me.


 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo was fantastic and I have no words, so here’s my review on it and Six of Crows. (I’m still screaming in my head about those two!) Obvious 5/5 stars ❤

Then I read A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab were also both obvious 5/5 star reads and I can’t believe the Shades of Magic series is over, holy crap. I’m not ok, because these books destroyed me and I love them.

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace was kind of a re-read, sort of, because I read the self-published edition last year. But, this version is expanded by like 40 poems, so it was only partially a re-read. Here’s my review for the first edition. This one is still a 5/5 star book ❤

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was a mediocre at best read for me. I gave it 2/5 stars and you can check out my review here.

 

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The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson was a beautiful, heart-wrenching collection of poetry that was equally difficult to read and inspiring. I’ll be reviewing it later this month for National Poetry Month, but I gave it 5/5 stars.

Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet was another poetry collection I read last month, and I very much enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars and I’m looking forward to picking up his other book ASAP.

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The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer wasn’t what I expected, but I still enjoyed this poetry book. I gave it 3.5/5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars. I’m also looking forward to reading more of Trista’s work soon.

 

Broken Flowers by Robert M. Drake was probably my least favorite of the poetry books I read last month. It was good, but I don’t think it was really for me. I gave it 3/5 stars and I’ll definitely be checking out some of his other books.

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The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell was so good, and it just released today! Check out my review here, but I gave this one 4/5 stars.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer has been on my TBR for so long, and I hate that I didn’t love it as much as everyone else. I gave it 3/5 stars and reviewed it, if you want to know what I rated it lower.

Suicide Squad vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass did not impress me. I gave it 2/5 stars and I’m not sure if I’ll read more.

Blood Promise and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead are books 4 and 5 of the Vampire Academy series, which I kind of love at this point. I gave them 4/5 stars and 5/5 stars respectively.

Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan was so freaking weird and I loved it! I actually knew almost nothing about this one before I read it, so it was a bit of a shock, but a good one. I can’t wait to pick up volume 2 ASAP, and I gave this one 4.5/5 stars.

Mar wrap up


For the #RockMyTBR Challenge, I met my goal (reading at least one book that’s been on my shelf or Kindle for 1+ year) with Cinder and The Dogs I Have Kissed off.

I’ve passed my goal of reading 12 books this year, and I’m now up to 26, whoo! (More on why my goal was so low in my New Year’s Resolution Book Tag post.)

I also have a massive haul I might post about, combining February and March. It’s been a not bad time for books, and I’m so glad because that massive slump was killing me.


How was your March? Did you meet any goals, or read anything particularly awesome?

Must Read Mondays: National Poetry Month Edition

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Must Read Mondays is a weekly thing I do here (well, most weeks) to share some of my favorite books. April is National Poetry Month, so I’ll be featuring poetry books I’ve loved.

 

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herself in this one

by Amanda Lovelace

When I read it: I first read the self-published edition in June of 2016, and I just read the newly released Andrews McMeel published version last month.

Recommended for: I recommend this to anyone and everyone, but if you have triggers to watch out for, you might want to read some reviews first to see if it will be a problem for you.

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Description:

the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.

From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.


I didn’t review the new edition (which is a bit longer than the original), but here’s the link to my review of the self-published version.

This collection of poetry is so important to me, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly express why that is and all the ways it affected me. I know that reading this helped me along in healing, and it was sort of a guiding light for me getting back to writing poetry, too. I’d given up on writing in general, because I kept thinking, “What’s the point? I’ll never get published, anyway.” I know, writing isn’t supposed to just be about getting published, but I was in a dark place (and I’ve always been extremely critical of anything I’ve created), and letting go of writing was easier. This book gave me hope.

I had so many feelings about this book while reading it both times, and I flip through it a lot to re-read my favorites. It’s not really an easy collection of poetry to read, but it’s powerful, and empowering. I suggest having some tissues and maybe comfort food (like chocolate…and/or a glass of wine) handy if you pick this one up.

This is one of the poetry collections I recommend to people most often because the style and lengths of the pieces make it appealing to many people, even some who rarely or never read poetry. If you’re looking for a way to test out poetry to see if it’s something you could enjoy, this is one book I would suggest picking up.


Have you read it? What did you think? If you have poetry recommendations, I would love to hear about them!

Review: The Princess Saves Herself in This One

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Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genres:
Poetry
Pages: 157
Published: April 2016
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Where do I even start with this… The Princess Saves Herself in This One is a collection of poetry in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Honestly, I have a hard time calling this poetry because it’s more than that. This collection is raw emotion and life experiences manifested as words. It’s pain, suffering, self-reflection, self-discovery, love, loss, and more. I could spend years reading and re-reading it, carefully editing this draft, and I still wouldn’t be able to do it justice.

As I read this, I had a couple of thoughts between sudden outbursts of tears. One was that I hadn’t read a collection of poetry that I related to and felt the words so deeply since my first encounter with Sylvia Plath’s poetry when I was a teenager. The second was that I probably should have read it with tissues and wine.

I’ve had book hangovers before, but what I’m experiencing after reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One isn’t a book hangover, it’s a haunting. The words won’t leave me, and I’m ok with that. I bought the Kindle edition of this because A) I could have it and read it faster, and B) money was tight when I bought it. But, I think I’m going to order a physical copy ASAP because I want this on my poetry shelf. Something this important, something that touched my life in the way this book did (which I can’t convey in words, so I’m not going to try)… it deserves a spot on my shelf. I’m certain this will be something I read again…and again.