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ARC Poetry Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #2
Genre: Poetry | Feminism
Length: 208 pages
Published on 6th March 2018 by Andrews McMeel Poetry
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Amanda Lovelace: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from NetGalley

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.

When I saw that Amanda’s second book was up on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it.From the get go I was impressed simply because the font was also red. I wanted to love and cry over this book as much as her previous one.

However this wasn’t really the case. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this poetry collection, in fact I’m sharing two of my favourites that I picked out for you, it just didn’t have the same grip for me that her first book did. No doubt I’m still gonna buy a copy!

I enjoyed how powerful they felt and how its very true to what a lot of women have to deal with.

Amanda definitely knows her target audience, knows her fans, and writes amazing poetry for them. I’m definitely somewhat included.

I felt a few poems were noticeably weaker due to the over use of hyphenated words as they made the flow of the poetry difficult to read for me. I know the repetitive use of these words were part of the aesthetic and highlighted the themes to the poems but for me it just didn’t work and lowered my enjoyment.

So whilst this wasn’t a favourite of mine, I still enjoyed most of the poems and will continue to read whatever else Amanda creates!

Keep up your hard work Amanda, I know you’re a huge inspiration to many people.

3 stars / 5 stars
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19 thoughts on “ARC Poetry Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace”

  1. I definitely noticed the repetition with this collection and agree with you – it kinda got tiring and significantly lowered my enjoyment of the reading. I hadn’t read her first poetry collection but had always heard the hype so I picked this up. I find the spaces after every other word really jarring as I tend to read poetry with emphasis on words at the line break, but I’ve figured it’s just the style with a lot of popular instapoets. I’m glad you could enjoy the collection and agree that there were some that were powerful and others that bothered me, so overall the collection wasn’t for me. Great review. :) It’s good to see one that is more middle of the road, as I’ve noticed reviews tend to be very love or hate.

    1. thank you, was definitely a tough one to write because i did want to shout loudly about my love for it like i could w the other but its was more of a loud talk about how i enjoyed some of it and not the rest :’)

  2. I read a lot of mixed reviews on this and most of them love her first collection. But I would still love to read her books. :) hopefully I could myself a copy soon. :)

  3. Great review Lauren! Her first collection of poetry has been sitting on my TBR for a while, and I’ll probably read this one as well. I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions on Witch but agree that she does seem to know her target audience and writes what they enjoy :)

  4. Definitely agree with you on this, I feel like maybe the first gripped me so much because it was just so honest and even though this one is too the shock factor just wasn’t there. I still preordered a physical copy though because I think her poetry is an amazing pick-me-up collection when you’re feeling low!

  5. I haven’t picked up either of Amanda’s collections – they’re both on my TBR together with Rupi Kaur and a few other poets – but I’ve definitely seen her poems around and I loved the two that are your favourites from this? I think it’s very powerful, poetry, but also it definitely is a very personal thing on whether or not something will work for you.

    I might borrow this from the library instead of buying it…

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