Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

Title: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Purchased

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.

My Review

In her follow up to the princess saves herself in this one, Amanda Lovelace brings out all of the fire in the world for an emotional and empowering collection of poetry in the witch doesn't burn in this one. This collection draws on personal experiences, as well as political issues, and if it doesn't fire you up by the time you've read it, then I don't think you're even human.

I really liked the princess saves herself in this one, but I have got to say that I loved the witch doesn't burn in this one. It's hands down my new favorite collection of poetry ever! 

I originally started this book last spring, but I ended up putting it somewhere while I redid my bedroom, and I misplaced it. I ended up finding it, and read it right after the Georgia abortion bill. As a female, I was angry for my sisters in the south, and I truly think that I was meant to lose that book until this very moment in history. 

Amanda's collection of poetry in this book helped me understand some of my anger and frustration. More importantly, it helped to lift my spirits and move me to action. She wrote the words so I didn't have to, and more importantly, she presents them in a way that will reach people. 

I definitely have some favorite poems in this collection, including "we tried to warn you," "we tried to warn you ii,"what june taught me," "as you tell us, 'deal with it,'" "he will try to divide us," and "& we will ensure that he fails." Another favorite of mine is "for hillary." In a few stanzas, Lovelace pulls all the emotions from the 2016 Presidential and aftermath and makes sense of it while still thanking Hillary Clinton for the bricks she laid. 

I love how Lovelace isn't afraid to tell it like it is, and I love that she isn't afraid to call out those who need to be called out. I feel like this book is the role model we all need right now. It's my new hero, and so is Amanda Lovelace.

having grown up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace would begin 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 spouse, their ragdoll cats, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. she is a two-time winner of the goodreads choice award for best poetry as well as a usa today & publishers weekly bestseller.

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