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

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
by Amanda Lovelace
#2 in the Women are Some Kind of Magic Poetry Collection

Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Date: 2018
Pages: 192
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non fiction
Genre: Poetry
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

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.

In Amanda Lovelace’s second collection in the Women are some Kind of Magic Series we explore Amanda Lovelace’s experiences after those in ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’. Her poems are beautiful and lyrical.

There are many trigger warnings for this poetry collection, to see the complete list of trigger warnings you can easily find it online or in the front cover of each of her books.

The poetry within ‘The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this one’ explores so heavier topics that may be difficult for some readers. It is clear that in writing this she hopes not only to heal herself but make others feel heard and valid.

Personally I definitely found some of her poems more confronting than others and its probably nor something I would read a second time, however I can understand the necessity of it.

‘Even those we love
the most
can be poison to
our souls’

Overall I found ‘The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One’ to be an experience in someones self expression and healing. I felt as though she was reaching out to others whom had had similar experiences in the hopes that women can band together and be magic.


Ease of reading: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall: 3.5/5

Review: ‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’ By Amanda Lovelace

‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’

By Amanda Lovelace

Book 3 in the Women are some kind of Magic Collection

Publisher:Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date: 2019
Pages: 191
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non Fiction
Genre:  Poetry
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

After absolutely LOVING ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ I knew I needed to pick up more of Amanda Lovelace’s writing. Now, I know what you are thinking, ‘why did you read the first in the collection and then the third? what about number 2?’ I’m going to be honest here, I did not realise that ‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In this One’ was the 3rd collection. But here we are…

I loved collection 3 just as much as the first collection. I was truly ready to dive headfirst into everything and just consume all of Lovelace’s writing. I started highlighting the things that really stuck with me in ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ and I continued in ‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One’ and I highlighted even more, I felt like I could connect with so many moments throughout the collection.

There are references and Ode’s to many classic literature writers which I absolutely love. It had me rereading the poems in search of the connections.

‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’ is a fantastic conclusion to some raw and deep poetry collections.

Ease of reading: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 10/10
Stars: 5/5

Review: ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ By Amanda Lovelace

‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’

By Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: 2016
Pages: 295
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non Fiction
Genre:  Poetry
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

Like I said when I reviewed ‘Milk and Honey’ By Rupi Kaur, I am not pretending to be someone who ‘gets poetry’ or an authority on it. I just like to share what I enjoy and wow did I really get into ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ By Amanda Loveloace.

I picked up this book after Britt from Brittney the Bibliophile spoke a about it in one of her vlogs. I don’t even thing she had read the book but everything that I read the Britt raves about I love, so why not give it a go. I am so glad I did.

Amanda Lovelace’s love of Harry Potter already had me before I’d even begun really experiencing her writing. Her dedication is to The Boy Who Lived and I was honestly close to tears at that point. Now I cannot pretend that I have had experiences similar to those that Lovelace speaks about in her poetry, especially the difficulties of her childhood, but her writing and use of the princess, the damsel and the queen was something that made her lines resonate with me.

Her specific poem that references Harry Potter is one that really hit home for me, I read that along with some of the others in ‘The Queen’ to my partner and I was almost crying reading them aloud. Something about experiencing them a second time, a loud, made them more real.

Throughout her poetry Lovelace also references her love of books and their help in letting her escape. This is really something that I personally connect with and “The pagebound girl” is a phrase that will resonate with me forever.

I would recommend ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ is a collection I would recommend to anyone, however there are definitely trigger warnings, which Lovelace addresses before even beginning to tell her story.


Ease of reading: 10/10
Stars: 4/5

Weekly Reading Update: Daisy Jones and The Six

Once again we are back with another reading update!

This week we are taking about everything Poetry and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and oh boy oh boy…