the witch doesn’t burn in this one, amanda lovelace – Book Review


34518216The 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.





*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

I have to say, I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s work since her first collection, the princess saves herself in this one. I read it and appreciated it and loved what the poetess had conveyed in her story. It was so beautifully done. I really liked it.

Now, her last book, that felt like more of a cellphone novel to me than a poetry collection, especially with the formatting used, but this one felt more like poetry. Whatever the format, the story that was told in the book was just as compelling as the first one. More so here. The way that Lovelace has described what women go through all around the world and her inner most thoughts about such behaviour left me spellbound.

She talks about so many different things in this novel, each one as important as the other. The basic theme of the story is how women bow to no one, anywhere at anytime. It really brings out the fight in you. The theme of self love and acceptance that was abundant in the book made me love it even more.

Lovelace’s words are beautiful. They’re absolutely phenomenal and they’re gorgeous. They’ll make you think, they’ll make you want more for yourself than what you’ve been pitifully given and they’ll make you question the society you know. It really is a good awakening. I thoroughly enjoyed everything in this book – all the problematic issues called out, the importance of standing up for yourself, the importance of self love, but most importantly, not letting others treat us like trash because we don’t deserve that.

So, yes. I love this collection. It is powerful and enigmatic and it absolutely needs to be on your TBR because everyone in the world needs to read this book.





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15225448growing up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace began writing books of her own, & so she did. when she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season & binge-watching gilmore girls. (before you ask: team jess all the way). the lifelong poetess & storyteller currently lives in new jersey with her fiancé, their moody cat, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. she has her B.A. in english literature with a minor in sociology. the princess saves herself in this one is her debut poetry collection & the first book in the women are some kind of magic series. the second book in the series, the witch doesn’t burn in this one, will be published in 2018.

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