Review: The Princess saves herself in this one, by Amanda Lovelace

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Title: The princess saves herself in this one

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Released: 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel publishing

Genre: Poetry

Rating: 3.5/5

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I feel this review may end up being very similar to the one I did for Milk and Honey which you can find here.  As after reading it I have many of the same feelings and reasons why I personally could not give this collection a higher rating.

So firstly I will begin by saying that despite the awesome title this is not a light hearted collection by any stretch of the imagination. Lovelace in this poetry collection explores and delves into some pretty heavy and even dark themes, which obviously appear to stem mainly from personal experiences she has had. Now these sections and poems are the parts that I personally could not connect to. This is not to say that they were not well written or emotive. Because they were. I definitely felt many emotions while reading them. It’s just that fortunately I have not experienced these situations or similar ones. So for that reason I could not relate or connect to the story being told in the beginning of the collection.  I do however commend Lovelace for being able to put herself out there/ expose her past demons so thoroughly and personally show that amount of strength in turning those experiences into this collection.

The later part of the collection I did rather enjoy and found I could connect to a lot more of the poems. I found the last section titled: You  to be mostly positive, very empowering and full of self-love messages. This is something I can get behind and something I think needs to be spread around more. I will say a lot of the self-love/ fuck what anybody else thinks poems were exactly what I needed to hear and I connected with these the most.

A few of my favourite poems from the collection were:

  • Millennials
  • What they don’t want you to know
  • Use those fragments to make stepping-stones to your own self love
  • Women are some kind of magic 
  • This life is still worth living 
  • Don’t allow the world to take your kindness
  • Love is never a weakness
  • Yourself
  • I believe in you

There were quite a number of others that I also enjoyed throughout the collection or that stuck a cord with me regardless of the themes. I also loved the dedication at the beginning and the Pending at the end. Lastly I just generally liked how the collection was set out as a whole.

In conclusion I gave this collection of Poetry a solid 3.5/5. As it was in my opinion a well written, put together and emotive poetry collection. However for the most part I was unable to fully connect and relate to too many of the themes due to my own personal life experiences. It should be noted that I am also not the biggest fan of poetry in general. Let's Chat!

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Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Published: 8 July 2016

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Rating: 3.5/5

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry divided into four sections. Each section dealing with a different theme. I found this to be quite a quick and easy read at only 208 pages. In fact I smashed it out in less than one day! The cover design is simple but STUNNING. I love the bees! the way the poems themselves are set out in the book are equally as stunning especially with the illustrations hand drawn by Kaur herself scattered throughout (double the talent!).

The four chapters/ sections are labelled: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Consequently the themes of the poems for each section centre around these headings. This was another book I picked up having seen all over bookstagram with everyone raving about it. For me the hype both was and wasn’t justified.

This is because even though I LOVE the cover design and think the entire book is composed beautifully, I could not personally relate to the themes of many of the poems. Hence why this was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. This is not to say that I hated the collection of poetry or did not enjoy reading it! Like I said I smashed through this! Not only because of the way its set out but because even though I did not necessarily relate to them all I thought all the poems were beautifully written. You can tell that they came from the heart and soul of Kaur and that even if they do not resonate with you that they would with someone else.

Having said this there were a handful of the poems that did resonate with me. When I read these particular poems I got a real sense of wow or wanting to think deeper on the topic. I got a feeling like ok I am not the only one that feels this way or thinks these things! I also despite not being able to connect with most the poems thought to consider myself lucky that I could not. As a lot of them deal with some quite dark/heavy topics that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Overall I think the Aesthetic of this book is beautiful, the way it is written is beautiful and the concept is beautiful. However due to my own life experiences many of the poems did not resonate with me which is why I am giving Milk and Honey a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read this poetry collection? What were your thoughts? Any other poetry recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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