The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One

The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One

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 tr...

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Title:The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One
Author:Amanda Lovelace
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  • Crystal

    review from the first volume is still valid. Love these stories and lessons

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    What did I feel when reading this book?

    Lots of things. A lot of anger, a lot of pride, a lot of power.

    I had goosebumps up my arms and down my legs. I wanted to scream and rage and burn things. But in a good way.

    I loved this collection. I loved the narrative behind each poem, how it told a story as you turned each page. The writing itself seemed to change as I progressed through the book, it became stronger and more mature.

    This was excellen

    What did I feel when reading this book?

    Lots of things. A lot of anger, a lot of pride, a lot of power.

    I had goosebumps up my arms and down my legs. I wanted to scream and rage and burn things. But in a good way.

    I loved this collection. I loved the narrative behind each poem, how it told a story as you turned each page. The writing itself seemed to change as I progressed through the book, it became stronger and more mature.

    This was excellent.

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

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    Much like the first book in this poetry series, Amanda writes about feminism with a pleasantly surprising level of intersectionality and care; she touches on topics like transphob

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    Much like the first book in this poetry series, Amanda writes about feminism with a pleasantly surprising level of intersectionality and care; she touches on topics like transphobia, menstruation, rape culture, body-shaming, eating disorders, romanticization of abuse, and more. Her thoroughness is the reason I keep coming back to her writing - as well as her unapologetic nature when it comes to tackling rape and abuse culture in particular.

    That said, I struggled to even give this 4 stars (instead of 3, which I considered) because I struggled with the same problems I saw in her first book:

    1) Repetition - much of the poetry in this book feels and sounds so much like the first book, or like other poems within the same collection. I feel like I read the same phrasing a few too many times, though I won't count off for this one as it'd probably be less noticeable if you didn't read every poem back-to-back like I did.

    2) Her writing - something about her writing voice reminds me very much of the poetry I wrote on MySpace as a teenager, and not in a good way. If it was occasional, it would be a really enjoyable, nostalgic touch, but since it's almost every single poem, it begins to feel very dated.

    3) Inspirations used - there were three or four pieces in this book that felt like that had been lifted almost verbatim from inspirational quote images and tumblr posts I've been seeing float around the internet for years. It would be one thing if it was vague wording or base paraphrasing, but some of the imagery painted is just too on-the-nose to ignore. It gave me a weird feeling of deja vu throughout several pieces.

    All in all, I'm willing to round this up to 4 stars because, regardless of how I feel about her writing itself, the content is

    We need more feminist pieces. We need

    rants about rape culture, abuse, transphobia, misogyny, and body shaming. I will forever applaud Amanda for taking the steps that she does to promote intersectional feminism through her work, and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys poetry of its kind. While I will probably not pick up her future works, as I think this book made me accept that her writing is not my cup of tea, I would still encourage you to give this book a try.

  • ✨ D i a n n a ✨

    This is the kind of book you read every time you doubt yourself, every time you feel powerless, every time you feel like your flame is slowly dying.

    This is the kind of book you read every time you doubt yourself, every time you feel powerless, every time you feel like your flame is slowly dying. This book will make you feel proud to be a woman, unyielding and sacrificing. Soft and pliant but unbreakable. Powerful and has all the damn right in the world to have the life she deserves.

    I cannot express just how much this book had affected me.

    is a collection of poems that is a force to be reckoned with. It's compelling and powerful and is highly relevant and timely today.

    I devoured each and every poem in this book, each one better than the last and took them all into my heart. There are poems that touched on sexual assault, eating disorders, intimate partner abuse, and a whole lot other things women go through every single day. One of my favorites has got to be this one:

    Seeing as this is my ARC copy, I cannot wait to buy a lot more copies and just hand this book out to my female friends, sisters, and family members. The desire to share this incredible book and its message is overwhelming.

  • Hajar Benmazhar

    I liked how in “The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One”, the author skilfully addressed some rather sensitive topics such as abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, menstruation, etc.

    I also liked the messages she conveyed in her poems, not so much the way they were delivered.

    And last but not least, I

    I liked how in “The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One”, the author skilfully addressed some rather sensitive topics such as abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, menstruation, etc.

    I also liked the messages she conveyed in her poems, not so much the way they were delivered.

    And last but not least, I would’ve loved to see more personal poems from the author but this was still a compelling read that I’d definitely recommend.

    I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an arc of this book.

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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Well friends, it’s safe to say, this one just didn’t do it for me. Poetry seems to be something that is very hit or miss with me. It is also is the genre that I find myself most intimidated by, however, I’ve really been trying to broaden my horizons in terms of what I’ll read. Fantasy, YA, romance, mysteries, and contemporaries are all fun to read, but sometimes I want something more thought provoking and inspiring. So needless to say, I was rather excited to start this one because poems about w

    Well friends, it’s safe to say, this one just didn’t do it for me. Poetry seems to be something that is very hit or miss with me. It is also is the genre that I find myself most intimidated by, however, I’ve really been trying to broaden my horizons in terms of what I’ll read. Fantasy, YA, romance, mysteries, and contemporaries are all fun to read, but sometimes I want something more thought provoking and inspiring. So needless to say, I was rather excited to start this one because poems about women empowering women? YES PLEASE.

    So where did it all fall short for me, you ask?

    Majority of these poems were written with such anger and rage towards men that I just don’t vibe with it. Don’t get me wrong, I 100% consider myself a feminist. I wholeheartedly believe that in today’s world there is absolutely no reason we should be treated differently than men. But some of these poems where written in a way that could lead readers to believe men as horrible and lesser beings than women. Which is anything but empowering in my opinion. This is the main reason is why I only highlighted two poems that resonated with me throughout this book.

    Another area it fell short for me was the poetry style. I read The Princess Saves Herself In This One, and genuinely enjoyed it (I would absolutely recommend everyone to check it out). I thought the style was unique but fitting in way. However, in this one it just felt off and redundant. The poems all kind of read in a way that you read the poem and the title at the end is supposed to pack a punch. For some of the poems it worked great for, others it did not. But to read it, over and over again, was just kind of boring.

    All in all, I think this one definitely wasn’t for me. While there were some poems that I felt were empowering and inspiring I just couldn’t get past the angry vibe these poems gave off. However, poetry is something that everyone interprets differently, so in no way would I ever tell someone not to read this. Give it a shot and see for yourself. While you’re at it make sure to check out the first collection of poems The Princess Saves Herself In This One, that I mentioned above. It’s something you can tell was deeply personal to the author but still very relatable and something that makes you really feel.

    P.S- this book does have a trigger warning page, which is so something that I was so pleased to see. We definitely need more of these!

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  • Beatrice Masaluñga

    After my disappointment with

    , I crossed my fingers I'll like this more. Amanda Lovelace's newest poetry collection centers on feminism. Topic wise, it's good but the poems were still empty, rundown sentences. Some poems are written differently but the thought was just the same. It's quite unimpressive. Do I feel empowered or inspired by this collection? Sadly, no. I gues

    After my disappointment with

    , I crossed my fingers I'll like this more. Amanda Lovelace's newest poetry collection centers on feminism. Topic wise, it's good but the poems were still empty, rundown sentences. Some poems are written differently but the thought was just the same. It's quite unimpressive. Do I feel empowered or inspired by this collection? Sadly, no. I guess Amanda Lovelace's poems aren't for me.

  • Schizanthus

    I’ve read

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    twice now. I wasn’t familiar with Amanda’s poetry and was intrigued so read it immediately after I downloaded it. I had strong contradictory feelings about it and wanted to know how I’d feel after it sat with me for a while and then reread it. So, here we are straight after the reread.

    My review may well feel like one big soapbox moment but if this book has reminded me of any

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    I’ve read

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    twice now. I wasn’t familiar with Amanda’s poetry and was intrigued so read it immediately after I downloaded it. I had strong contradictory feelings about it and wanted to know how I’d feel after it sat with me for a while and then reread it. So, here we are straight after the reread.

    My review may well feel like one big soapbox moment but if this book has reminded me of anything it’s that I am entitled to speak my truth and you are just as entitled to speak yours, whether we agree or not.

    - I really respect an author who knows the content of their writing may be triggering for some and points it out at the beginning so readers can make an informed choice about the suitability of that book for them personally. This book came with a detailed trigger warning for topics including: “child abuse, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, fire, menstruation, transphobia & more.”

    - I’m all about women speaking their truth. I love anyone of any gender overcoming adversity and stereotypes to achieve what others told them was impossible for them. I love strong role models and people who are able to transform what could have destroyed them into something that’s able to inspire others.

    - Just the fact that a woman who’s openly refuting the patriarchy and speaking her passionate truth has had her words published for anyone who wants to read them is a triumph. Sure, western society as a whole has a long,

    way to go in terms of equality, glass ceilings, you name it.

    this book

    been published. This woman has not been silenced. We are free to read or not read it, and we are free to have our own opinions about it, even if they differ from other people.

    - While I certainly acknowledge the unfathomable acts that some men have perpetrated against women and have known my fair share of them, I also want to acknowledge all of the men that don’t fit in the perpetrator category. I know some extraordinary men who I know I could trust with my life and I don’t think it’s fair to make sweeping statements that are true of some but certainly not all. Yes, I realise this book isn’t about the trustworthy, respectful men but sometimes I worry that by generalising and only pointing out the bad (that I don’t deny is there), we forget to recognise those who have a positive impact on those whose lives they touch.

    - By all of the positive feedback this collection is receiving it’s obvious this poet and her writing is resonating with a lot of people. It’s just not the type of poetry I typically enjoy and while I felt like shouting out a “Woohoo! Girl power!” at the beginning, by the end the almost constant rage against patriarchy and men exhausted me. There were a couple of instances of positivity such as “we can’t lose our empathy” and “you can be benevolent & love this world back to life”, but I felt emotionally and physically drained when I finished reading.

    If you loved this book and were empowered by it, that’s fantastic. I do expect it will be very well received by plenty of people. I think in the end it boils down to this book and I not being made for one another.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I went into this knowing it's not my favorite style of poetry, which is why i'm withholding a rating. As always, a great message for those first delving into poetry/feminism, but for some reason I just can't vibe with each poem's delivery. I will say that I enjoyed book one more than this one.

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