“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
*Review copy recieved via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
This book. *sighs*
Just, this book. It is so good! I LOVE IT. I ADORE IT. I WANT TO HUG IT FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.
I love all the colourful imagery in the poems. I love how Lovelace uses her words in the right setting and goes for a deep impact. It just hits you, right where it matters, what she’s trying to say and how she’s trying to say it.
It is poignant and elegant and the usage of fairytale references and Harry Potter references just make it all the more enjoyable. I mean, I’m a huge fan of them both, so I love it. I love how the author delivers subtle messages throughout the story without overdoing it. And it’s all in simple, lucid language which is too the point. Which is a great bonus! So, points for that.
Overall, this was a great book, but not something that I’d classify as poetry because the author just broke up sentences by using the enter key. Yes, the message is powerful and her voice is raw and intriguing, but this book is not poetry. It is a compilation of thoughts. That is it. Pressing enter does not make a sentence poetry (at least not to me). This format is actually what I identify as a Cell Phone Novel (CPN) – a concept which originated in Japan. I’m not completely informed about it, but one of my writer friends is really into it and she writes such novels herself – using minimal words for a great impact, just like the author does here.
But, yes, it is definitely something I recommend to others because of the powerful voice and the impact these words had on me. So, thank you, Amanda Lovelace, for this beautiful story.
amanda lovelace is a poetess & storyteller whose words have been shared in her local coffee shop & her tumblr blogs. she currently lives in new jersey with her fiancé. she received her A.A. in english literature from brookdale community college in 2014. as of 2016, she is working toward her B.A. in english literature & sociology at kean university. what she will do next, nobody knows-not even her. for now, you can find her reading anything she can get her hands on, writing while she should probably be paying attention in class, thinking about writing but not actually writing, drinking an inordinate amount of coffee, & blogging about books. on top of all this she is a lover of all things cat-related as well as a staunch mermaid enthusiast. she considers herself to be a feminist & a social justice advocate. you can also find her as ladybookmad on twitter, instagram, & tumblr.