I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I just want to start of saying that I adore Amanda’s poetry. The first time I read through the princess saves herself in this one. it was the anniversary of a very difficult moment in my life. Once again, I am lucky enough to have the sequel on the same anniversary and once again it means a lot to me.
Keeping this review impersonal is something I just cannot do so I’m going to be very honest here.
When it came to the princess saves herself in this one. I felt very much like it was the story of not “playing the victim” any longer. It was about being able to pick yourself back up again after facing hardships and being able to move forward.
With the witch doesn’t burn in this one. the message is the same but the tone is different. Now that we learned to deal with our hardships now it is time to prevent hardships from continuing. It’s time to take a stand and tell those who try to push us down to fuck off or prepare to fight. It’s unapologetic and fierce in a way that is inspiring and encouraging to anyone (but mostly women) to take that stand against injustice and inequality.
The above is the one that got me this time. Last time it was a poem reminding survivors of abuse that it is not their fault they faced what they did. I commend Amanda on her ability to give me goosebumps throughout her work and make me cry at least once.
People call this style of poetry “tumblr poetry” and don’t take it seriously, but I am not one of those people. Art is art and the work that goes into it needs to be respected.
I am and always will be a very big fan of Amanda’s poetry and look forward to the third book in her Women are Some Kind of Magic series. It’ll look gorgeous on my shelf next to the first two books and I can’t wait to see what emotions it draws to the surface.
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Summary: 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