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3 Amanda Lovelace Book Reviews || Poetry and self-worth go together!

I loved reading Lovelace’s first couple of poetry books and I really didn’t realise I had FOUR of her arcs to read and review. Okay, two are actually the same thing – I have both the e-arc and the audio review copy of flower crowns and fearsome things – so I’ll be reviewing both just in one review, so technically it’s three books but it’s also four. Okay, let’s go!

Disclaimer: I received these e-arcs and audio review copy through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for free and honest reviews. The book covers and details are taken from Goodreads and the content warnings are taken from The Storygraph; from me reading the book, or from others’ reviews. I try my absolute best to find the cover art/designer but unfortunately I am not always able to do so. The featured image is my own. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things - Amanda LovelaceTitle: flower crowns and fearsome things
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Narrator: Amanda Lovelace
Number of Pages: 176
Audio Length: 38 minutes
Year Published: 2021
Publisher: Andrews McNeel Publishing
Cover Art/Designer: Julie Barnes
Genre: Poetry ~ Nonfiction ~ Mental Health ~ Feminism
Stars: use thisuse thisuse thisuse this
Links: Goodreads || The Storygraph
Copy: E-arc and Audio Review Copy
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storygraph) Graphic: Misogyny, Sexual assault, Child abuse. Moderate: Domestic abuse, Eating disorder, Body shaming. Minor: Rape, Alcoholย 

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in her new standalone poetry collection, flower crowns & fearsome things, bestselling & award-winning poetess amanda lovelace explores the complexity of femininity through alternating wildflower & wildfire poems.

within these pages, you will find that each of us has the ability to be both soft & fierce at the same time. there is no need to choose one or the other.

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I sort of expected Lovelace to narrate the audiobook and she did a really good job! The audio actually had a little bit of extra in it – sometimes Lovelace would expand on a poem, or explain why she wrote the poem. I like how simple the poems were and at the same time meant a lot. As always I could see the passion she had for writing in her poems – both for poetry and for the topics in general.

Persephone is a big part of this poetry collection. Some people see the (Hades and Persephone) myth as a happy one – where Hades and Persephone are in love; others as more of a horror story – where Hades kidnaps Persephone and tricks her into eating the pomegranate seeds. This collection focuses mostly on Persephone and her knowing that she’s more than just a love interest, that she’s powerful and she knows it.

break your glass slippers -Title: break your glass slippers
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: #1
Number of Pages: 160
Year Published: 2020
Publisher: Andrews McNeel Publishing
Cover Art/Designer: Julie Barnes
Genre: Poetry ~ Nonfiction ~ Mental Health ~ Feminism
Stars: use thisuse thisuse thisuse this
Links: Goodreads || The Storygraph
Copy: E-arc (Netgalley)
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storygraph) Graphic: Fatphobia, Toxic relationship, Eating disorder. Moderate: Body shaming, Child abuse, Misogyny. Minor: Emotional abuse, Mental illness, Physical abuse.

more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself
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amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.

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in break your glass slippers, like its sequel down below (and probably the third book as well) someone gives advice to the main character (if you can even have a main character in a poetry collection). Because this collection has notes of Cinderella, it’s the fairy godmother who’s giving advice.

With Cinderella we mostly know what this collection will focus on feeling trapped, not feeling good enough even though you’re doing all that you can. Again, it focuses on self-worth and telling the reader through the fairy godmother – you’re good enough, you’re more than good enough.

Title: shine your icy crown
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: #2
Number of Pages: 135
Year Published: 2021
Publisher: Andrews McNeel Publishing
Cover Art/Designer: Julie Barnes
Genre: Poetry ~ Nonfiction ~ Mental Health ~ Feminism
Stars: use thisuse thisuse thisuse this
Links: Goodreads || The Storygraph
Copy: E-arc (Netgalley)
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storygraph)

“make them rue the day they underestimated you.”

amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents shine your icy crown, the second installment in her new feminist poetry series, “you are your own fairy tale.” this is a story about not letting society dictate the limits of your potential. it’s time to take back your power & realize that you don’t need a king in order to be a queen.

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shine your icy crown focuses mostly on sisters and their relationship. I liked that a lot because I like positive female friendships in books. There’s a lot of the older sister giving advice to the younger one and (thankfully) I didn’t feel like the advice was too cheesy or unwanted (I have an older sister and sometimes I don’t always want to accept the advice ๐Ÿ˜„).

As always with Amanda Lovelace, there’s the important theme of self-love and self-empowerment. In this one it’s the big sister telling the older one to be more happy. Care less about what other people think. Stand up for yourself, make your voice the loudest advocate for you. Lets the younger sister know that even though others might not love her, her older sister always does.

And there you have it! It’s hard to review a poetry collection because they don’t have plots or characters or development of either of them so it’s just basically “yeah it sounds cool” ๐Ÿ˜„.



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