[ARC Review] the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

08:00 Cilla P 0 Comments

Let's start this off by stating what may soon become obvious: technically speaking, I don't understand poetry. I don't know much about the different structures or techniques. The only thing I understand is when poetry moves me, though I can't intelligently tell you why. It's why I like reading the lyrics to songs, and why I burst into tears when I first listened to this. The title - the princess saves herself in this one - immediately grabbed my attention. My first ever blog had a similar sentence as its tagline. I don't usually read poetry collections, but I wanted to read this one.

It's a difficult book to review as usual. Not only because I have no preference for a particular structure of poetry and so has no criticism or observation to offer in that area, but also because the poems feel so raw and personal. I can't criticise her writing. Some of them struck a deep chord with me, some of them didn't. There are some that I would love to share, because I think a lot of people should hear them. Overall, I'm awed by the bravery it takes to bleed your heart out onto the pages like Lovelace has done here. By the time I reached 'the queen' part of the book, I was absolutely rooting for her.

I think there are girls out there who should read this collection and who would see themselves in it, if not parts of it. As for me, I probably won't go out of my way to read more poetry in this form, but I appreciated having read this book.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinions of the book.)

Reading this book contributes to the following challenges:

❥ Goodreads Challenge

Title: the princess saves herself in this one ❙ Author: Amanda Lovelace ❙ Publisher: Andres McMeel Publishing ❙ Source: NetGalley ❙ Release Date: 14 February 2017

"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."


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