The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

The WItch Doesnt Burn in this one book review

35924698ISBN13: 1449489427

Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One

Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #2

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publishing Date: March 6th 2018

Format: eARC

Number of Pages: 2018

Genre: Poetry


picsart_10-17-10.23.40.jpg2016 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.

PicsArt_10-17-10.29.10**I want to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an egalley of this book in exchange of an honest review. This, by any means, did not affect nor influence my review.**

Revolutionary, revengeful, raging poems are what The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One has to offer. I really enjoyed and loved The Princess Saves Herself in This One that is why I was so pumped to read this one. Surprisingly and sadly, I felt like the poems in the second collection in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series just lost their impact on me.

First time around, I felt nothing and I had to go back to the very start from 43% just to give this another shot. Second time around, it was almost just the same. I was really struggling – my mind, specifically – and I desperately need something or someone to cheer me up, encourage me, or even just entertain me to let this mind be relieved from the anxiety and stress. That’s why I decided to read this book as my savior. But I wasn’t saved. I felt like I would probably have been saved if I read another collection instead. It was disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, I know many loved this. And it’s not totally bad. But re-reading this, I couldn’t even recall the poems I was rereading because of how unremarkable they were. I remembered only the metaphors but not the poems or even just the thought of them. Some of the poems were just like lines passing through my eyes. I got the thought, but there just wasn’t any feeling. I should have been greatly impacted by the poems full of rage, of revolt, and of revenge, but I wasn’t. I also didn’t like the writing. I simply liked and felt only some of the poems.

If you want feminist, Lovelace won’t disappoint. I am also disappointed with its “feminist” theme. Yes, there were tons of empowering poems for women BUT I can’t help but feel like there was something off while reading some of the poems. It focused so much on “revenge”, too much that I can already feel the misconception of feminism. I couldn’t help but get the message of turning the tables around, of making women superior and men inferior. Of not fighting for equality but just getting revenge on the boys with matches.

What I only loved was the metaphors used because *obviously* I have this thing with fire and magic and stuffs like these. Still, this is so far from what I thought I would get. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One isn’t as feisty as it seems.PicsArt_10-17-10.27.502.5 flowersPicsArt_10-23-12.34.48

authorpicgrowing up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace began 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 fiancé, their moody cat, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. she has her B.A. in english literature with a minor in sociology. the princess saves herself in this one is her debut poetry collection & the first book in the women are some kind of magic series. the second book in the series, the witch doesn’t burn in this one, will be published in 2018.

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Have you read The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One? Are you familiar with the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series? What’s your favorite poetry collection with feminist theme? Share your thoughts below!


4 thoughts on “The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

  1. Aaaaaah, I have so many things to say about the ✨ feminism ✨ in this book, but I also agree with you that the collection was really underwhelming and, ultimately, unmemorable. I don’t think I can quote anything in this one. It’s all just references to witches and fire and revolution and magic.

    Great review!


  2. OH, now that you’ve mentioned! I didn’t write this on my notes so I totally forgot but I kinda felt something off in the middle of reading. It was so much focused on “revenge” and sometimes I felt like the message I get was to turn the table around (women being superior and men inferior) which is not what feminism really means. Thank you for bringing this up. I only remembered the poems that was somehow empowering women that’s why I said such things about it being feminist. And I should edit my review. (Now, I even look more of an unreliable reviewer, uhm I hate myself)

    True! Have you read TPSHITO? I think that’s better. And lol this is so hyped.

    I need to read your review in this one. (Pun intended)


  3. Ohhh! You posted a review! Hehe I’m still hesitant to make a review and draft a post since omg I find it really hard to make blog posts regarding books I didn’t like


  4. Same! I haven’t even finished my review of Beasts Made of Night yet, which I read last year. My review remains a draft. Please write one! Can’t wait to read your thoughts. 😚


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