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
Number of Pages: 2018
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.
**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.
growing 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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