because we aren’t
given any other
– they wanted us weak but forced us to be strong.”
― Amanda Lovelace,
I did it guys. I finished a book. So, I actually have a review for you! I know, I surprised myself!
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
by Amanda Lovelace
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.
Let me start this review off by saying that I loved the idea of this book. I’m a big fan of poetry and I’ve read Amanda Lovelace’s work previously. That being said I didn’t love this particular book.
I really enjoy feminist poetry books. The poems are always poignant and powerful. Yet, I did not fall in love with this book as I did with previous books. There were definitely poems that struck a cord with me. But, as a whole the book did not impact me as much as I hoped.
One way that I really judge poetry books is for the share-ability factor. When I am reading a book of poetry I am looking for poems or even phrases that strike me so much that I have to share them with my friends. I have a multitude of pictures saved into my phone from when I come across these poems.
Amanda Lovelace’s other book, The Princess Saves Herself in this One, was an enjoyable read and it had very powerful poetry within it. Honestly, I think that my high expectations for this book is what ultimately hurt it in the end. I just expected more from it than what I got. I will definitely still pick up her next book. Hopefully I will connect with it a bit more than I connected with this one.