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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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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.

30 review for Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Henk

    Lackluster is too positive a verdict: Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things feels like Kelly Clarkson lyrics penned down in a rush. A bundle totally unambiguous and non-complex while trying to say something about abuse, sexism or relations everyone loves a strong woman until that woman no longer tolerates their bullshit - the age-old proverb Earlier this month I read Broken Halves of a Milky Sun: Poems (review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), which I did not full enjoy, but in terms of co Lackluster is too positive a verdict: Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things feels like Kelly Clarkson lyrics penned down in a rush. A bundle totally unambiguous and non-complex while trying to say something about abuse, sexism or relations everyone loves a strong woman until that woman no longer tolerates their bullshit - the age-old proverb Earlier this month I read Broken Halves of a Milky Sun: Poems (review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), which I did not full enjoy, but in terms of complexity, sophistication or even effort that bundle feels miles and miles ahead compared to Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things by Amanda Lovelace. There is a poem about wearing a mask as a liberation of having to smile as a woman that is speaking of the current moment, but for the rest this bundle feels very generic. Nearly all the poems feel too simple, too fitting for Instagram with some flower pictures behind them, unambiguous and unambitious. The poems vary between “Be a goddess”, “Lift other women up”, “You don’t need a man”, “I am better of without you”, “I’ll pull through” and confusingly “Show your love to your significant other by folding clothes”. Pomegranate in terms of explicitness takes some risks, but for the rest this bundle is very bland, even when trying to take on domestic violence or sexual abuse, and I just wish the author had taken her own poem to heart: why is it that we’re always the damsels in distress? write more difficult women. write more angry women. write more unlikeable women. write more cunning women. write more women who revel in their wickedness. - show our complexity

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    I feel this collection is a bit shorter compared to the previous collections. What I feel about the poetry content: 💯 The lines are authentic and express the signature style of the author They are short and lyrical yet hard-hitting. That would be when you can relate to the lines word by word. This is the first time I feel all the trigger warnings given at the beginning of the book apply. There's hint of abuse. Regarding the illustrations: They are repetitive. I find them colourful and beautiful yet I s I feel this collection is a bit shorter compared to the previous collections. What I feel about the poetry content: 💯 The lines are authentic and express the signature style of the author They are short and lyrical yet hard-hitting. That would be when you can relate to the lines word by word. This is the first time I feel all the trigger warnings given at the beginning of the book apply. There's hint of abuse. Regarding the illustrations: They are repetitive. I find them colourful and beautiful yet I still prefer the previous artwork. Overall, a good read and something not to miss if you need some self-love and motivation. Thank you, author and the publisher, for the advance reading copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    andi

    i wanted to like flower crowns & fearsome things , but unfortunately it was disappointing. some of the poems were literally tweets, some read like posts i'd see on tumblr in its peak era. i do understand that's amanda's writing style, but in this one they seemed rushed. the artwork was beautiful, but i didn't get why it had to be repeated after each poem - it got annoying after a while. the book follows the same themes the previous poetry collections touch on. truly, it felt like a recycled ver i wanted to like flower crowns & fearsome things , but unfortunately it was disappointing. some of the poems were literally tweets, some read like posts i'd see on tumblr in its peak era. i do understand that's amanda's writing style, but in this one they seemed rushed. the artwork was beautiful, but i didn't get why it had to be repeated after each poem - it got annoying after a while. the book follows the same themes the previous poetry collections touch on. truly, it felt like a recycled version of her other books - same style, same themes, same flowery writing. it no longer feels original in the slightest after using the same patterns over and over again. one things that wasn't the same is the fact that her other collections almost tell a story - this one feels random. the poems themselves were a bit confusing - i understand the collection is based on persephone and it's supposed to show both strenght and weakness, but it didn't really hit the mark for me. in one poem we'd have themes of womanhood and feminism and independence and on the next page we'd see a love letter towards a man - almost begging said man for love. it clashed a lot and i didn't really get what it was trying to do. thank you to netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    rose ✨

    “write more women who revel in their wickedness.” this just reeked of Not Like Other Girls syndrome. i think the “poems” are supposed to be deep and meaningful, but they read like the tumblr posts i reblogged when i was seventeen. so many trite phrases and clichés. none of this feels original in the slightest. i think exploring the softness and fierceness of femininity through persephone and wildflower/wildfire imagery is potentially interesting, i just hated the execution. “we’re going to make “write more women who revel in their wickedness.” this just reeked of Not Like Other Girls syndrome. i think the “poems” are supposed to be deep and meaningful, but they read like the tumblr posts i reblogged when i was seventeen. so many trite phrases and clichés. none of this feels original in the slightest. i think exploring the softness and fierceness of femininity through persephone and wildflower/wildfire imagery is potentially interesting, i just hated the execution. “we’re going to make it, you & i” and “show our complexity” were the best of the bunch but that’s not really saying much. i received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. rating: 1/5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is a new poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace. I read almost all of her works in the past and I truly appreciate her writing style and also how some of the themes she touches upon can be found in a lot of her collections. These feminist poems were quick to read, but they had a lot to say and overall I really did enjoy this reading experience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    who said you can't wear a flower crown & still remain a fearsome thing? - make persephone proud. Poet Amanda Lovelace's new collection, Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is appropriately dedicated to those who wish to raise hell most elegantly (vii). In this collection, Lovelace explores the concept of dualism in the lived experience of women and the expression of feminity. She draws inspiration from the mythological persona of the ancient Greek goddess Persephone, revered simultaneously as Goddess o who said you can't wear a flower crown & still remain a fearsome thing? - make persephone proud. Poet Amanda Lovelace's new collection, Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is appropriately dedicated to those who wish to raise hell most elegantly (vii). In this collection, Lovelace explores the concept of dualism in the lived experience of women and the expression of feminity. She draws inspiration from the mythological persona of the ancient Greek goddess Persephone, revered simultaneously as Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld - "equal parts soft and fierce" (p.xi). The poems flow in sets of two, thematically and stylistically similar but differentiated by their perspectives on the subject-matter. Interleaved with recurring illustrations depicting either a soft flower meadow (representing flower crowns) or a burning rose bush (representing fearsome things) as appropriate, one poem evokes, whimsy, vulnerability and a feminine "inner voice", the other a powerfully insightful ideological rage. The deliberate juxtaposition successfully works to amplify the impact of the poems and the underlying concept of duality. Within the poems, Lovelace explores themes including feminine vulnerability and strength, self-empowerment, female complexity, male-female dynamics, patriarchy, body image, resilience, violence against women (including coercive control), and gender roles as depicted in myth and fairytale. The poems are up-to-the-minute in terms of subject matter. [C]ould the bar get any lower? (p.19) and [B]elieve her, no matter what. (p.115) perfectly encapsulate the contemporary struggle for safety, justice and respect in the context of the "Me Too" movement. On a lighter note, [A]t last (p.39) reflects on the unexpected feminist upside of having to wear a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic. The poems resonated more for me than those contained within the poet's best-known collection, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, which I re-read in preparation for writing this review. Several evoked such a strong response that I feel compelled to share several of the poems with particular friends or female role-models for whom they'd also resonate. Lovelace employs her signature prose style, dispensing with capitalisation and using deceptively simple, yet evocative, language to explore each poem's theme. The poems do contain potential triggers for some, which the author enumerates as including: intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, cheating, child abuse, trauma, death, violence, misogyny, body image, eating disorders, alcohol, fire and possibly more. She advises readers to remember to practice self-care before, during, & after reading. While several of the poems are indeed quite confronting in their raw power, I felt that the poet approached these difficult areas of women's experience with sensitivity and with great insight. Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is a stimulating collection of contemporary prose-poetry, which will strike a personal chord with many readers and contains important messages in the context of up-to-the minute feminist politics. My thanks to the poet, Amanda Lovelace, publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this thought-provoking and entertaining collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    chloe (taylor’s version) ༄ ₊ ° ✧

    “𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐧𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐭.” ༄ ₊ ° ✧ all i have to say is: stan persephone

  8. 4 out of 5

    jules ☆ミ

    everyone loves a strong woman until that woman no longer tolerates their bullshit. write more difficult women, write more angry women, write more unlikeable women, write more cunning women. show our complexity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ecem Yücel

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. In her last poetry book, Lovelace explores how a woman can be both “soft and fierce” at the same time. Many of the poems leave strong impressions on their reader and certainly give them some food for thought. The poems are read as if two different women are reciting them: In the first poem you start reading the voice of the soft, mellow, full of love woman who is often silenced, humili Many thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. In her last poetry book, Lovelace explores how a woman can be both “soft and fierce” at the same time. Many of the poems leave strong impressions on their reader and certainly give them some food for thought. The poems are read as if two different women are reciting them: In the first poem you start reading the voice of the soft, mellow, full of love woman who is often silenced, humiliated, and used by men, then the second poem switches to the voice of the fierce, formidable, hell-raiser woman, who is not afraid to reject the molds that are forced on her and call the patriarchy, sexism, and double standards out. As you read on and the voices switch in every other poem, you find an opportunity to observe how differently (or sometimes similarly) these two perspectives review the same issues, situations, etc., and realize how you can find a little bit of yourself in both women. Lovelace definitely accomplishes what she wished to accomplish through her poems in this book, leaving the reader satisfied with the results.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shirin Tondkar

    I listened to the audiobook the author narrates poetry that was a collection about the side of femininity of Queen of the underworld, Persephone: Forgiving and forgetting, Believe and loving herself, Respect to women, and being vulnerable. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    RTC nearer to publication.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ness

    flower crowns and fearsome things is a poetry collection that explores feminism laced by the concept of wildflowers and wildfires to resemble softness and fierceness side by side. much like amanda lovelace's other works, the poems assembled here are short, lowercased sentences that some like to call "modern poetry," which i don't consider myself a fan of... however! i was obsessed with the women are some kind of magic series , also by amanda lovelace, back when i read it almost 2 years ago. be flower crowns and fearsome things is a poetry collection that explores feminism laced by the concept of wildflowers and wildfires to resemble softness and fierceness side by side. much like amanda lovelace's other works, the poems assembled here are short, lowercased sentences that some like to call "modern poetry," which i don't consider myself a fan of... however! i was obsessed with the women are some kind of magic series , also by amanda lovelace, back when i read it almost 2 years ago. because besides getting a strong point across, they told a story - with characters and a plot and events moving forward - a story that not many would pick up on and its nuances. so i expected this new standalone would not fall short from that, but unfortunately, it disappointed me beyond it. the "feminism" explored in these poems felt shallow and surface-level to me. none of them offered any depth, nothing further than what was taken word for word, nothing deeper than outdated tweets and tumblr posts, and poorly recycled if that. sadly i just found this book frustrating to read. if i saw those early 2000's tweets on my timeline i would mute their accounts, so reading this book was not an enjoyable experience. if you're new to the concept of feminism and/or women empowerment, or maybe you happen to be a time-traveler from a decade or two ago, you might enjoy this book. — digital arc provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. I enjoyed Lovelace's first two collections immensely, but there has since been a disconnect for me with her work. I found myself getting lost in the mechanic aspect of just reading through these and at first I thought the issue lied with me, so I set the book down to pick up at another time. Quite a few tries later and I'm sorry to say the issue did not lie with me. This collection felt really watered down and derivative of not only Lovelace`s previous wo ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. I enjoyed Lovelace's first two collections immensely, but there has since been a disconnect for me with her work. I found myself getting lost in the mechanic aspect of just reading through these and at first I thought the issue lied with me, so I set the book down to pick up at another time. Quite a few tries later and I'm sorry to say the issue did not lie with me. This collection felt really watered down and derivative of not only Lovelace`s previous work, but quippy and catchy Instagram type post and texts that one ecounters about 20 times a day. I never got that feeling of being absorbed in a bigger, more overarching experience that should come with a collection of poems. I could feel myself forgetting the last poem as I started reading the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    I really enjoyed this collection a lot. You can tell how much Amanda’s poetry has improved over the years and continues to get better. She writes a lot of things that you can relate to, they make you feel things and I think any poetry that can do that is good. Also the art work in this book was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

    ⚜ poetry review ⚜ never once has she felt as if she’s interesting enough to be the daring heroine of her own story, & she’s oddly okay with that. —she likes being nobody. Amanda Lovelace is a new-to-me poet, but I’ve seen her works around. The covers are all cool and minimalist. I was instantly drawn in by the gorgeous cover on this one, too! The poems are short and punchy, focusing on loving yourself and putting yourself first. A good introduction to Lovelace for sure! I’ll definitely check out ⚜ poetry review ⚜ never once has she felt as if she’s interesting enough to be the daring heroine of her own story, & she’s oddly okay with that. —she likes being nobody. Amanda Lovelace is a new-to-me poet, but I’ve seen her works around. The covers are all cool and minimalist. I was instantly drawn in by the gorgeous cover on this one, too! The poems are short and punchy, focusing on loving yourself and putting yourself first. A good introduction to Lovelace for sure! I’ll definitely check out her other poems soon. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. ☆ Blog | Twitter ☆

  16. 4 out of 5

    aro

    Amanda Lovelace’s new poetry book taking inspiration from Persephone, and how she is both soft and fierce. While there were some good poems once in a while, the majority were unfortunately disappointing. There would be poems about independence and how women didn’t do everything for men, and the next poem would be about how the author is willing to change herself for a man. A lot of the poems were conflicted in that way, and it honestly felt weird to have poems that encourage self love and feminis Amanda Lovelace’s new poetry book taking inspiration from Persephone, and how she is both soft and fierce. While there were some good poems once in a while, the majority were unfortunately disappointing. There would be poems about independence and how women didn’t do everything for men, and the next poem would be about how the author is willing to change herself for a man. A lot of the poems were conflicted in that way, and it honestly felt weird to have poems that encourage self love and feminism right next to poems about heartbreak and begging for love. If it was supposed to be ironic, then it was lost on me and honestly didn’t work, as it just felt discouraging. I enjoyed some of the empowering poems, and I think a lot of the poems have a great message. If you enjoyed other Amanda Lovelace books, then you’ll probably also like this one, as they are similar in many ways - poems that encourage ‘girl-power’ and self-love, and poems with messages about heartbreak, abuse, toxic relationships, rape culture and sexual assault. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    I think I’ve read all of Amanda’s books by now and this one is probably my least favourite, she’s still amazing at what she’s doing and I’ll always pick up her books though. It feels like all the poems and the story was rushed and I didn’t felt connected to it, or followed the poetry itself. But either way, this is powerful and talks about dark things, about how you’re good when you shut up and do what others want but when you change you simply become the bad one in the story. “when they drag y I think I’ve read all of Amanda’s books by now and this one is probably my least favourite, she’s still amazing at what she’s doing and I’ll always pick up her books though. It feels like all the poems and the story was rushed and I didn’t felt connected to it, or followed the poetry itself. But either way, this is powerful and talks about dark things, about how you’re good when you shut up and do what others want but when you change you simply become the bad one in the story. “when they drag you through hell, do not simply accept it. do not just give in. go on & reign over the very flames that were meant to be your end. wear them as a crown.” —show them who’s queen.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    AleJandra

    5 done with reality STARS "when i wear a mask, not only am i protecting the lives of myself & others, but nobody tells me to smile, to look less intimidating or prettier for them. better yet, nobody can see me mouthing go to hell with my perfect lipstick mouth.” Resena Pendiente... 5 done with reality STARS "when i wear a mask, not only am i protecting the lives of myself & others, but nobody tells me to smile, to look less intimidating or prettier for them. better yet, nobody can see me mouthing go to hell with my perfect lipstick mouth.” Resena Pendiente...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    3.5 I have to admit, this one was a bit weaker compared to Amanda's other poetry collections. The theme woven throughout poems is inspired by Persephone and her complexity. It showcases polar opposites of women's personalities but, in my opinion, fails to do so in a relatable and honest way. Some of the poems felt a bit recycled and repetitive, but I appreciated themes explored. Amanda stays true to her writing, covering feminism, abuse and toxic relationships. The artwork in this was lovely, bu 3.5 I have to admit, this one was a bit weaker compared to Amanda's other poetry collections. The theme woven throughout poems is inspired by Persephone and her complexity. It showcases polar opposites of women's personalities but, in my opinion, fails to do so in a relatable and honest way. Some of the poems felt a bit recycled and repetitive, but I appreciated themes explored. Amanda stays true to her writing, covering feminism, abuse and toxic relationships. The artwork in this was lovely, but I'd still appreciate more poems instead of it. Nice read all in all, but if you're new to this author's work, I'd rather recommend some of her other collections. Thanks to the Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    I keep reading Lovelace’s books in hopes I’ll end up liking one of them, but this was another disappointment to me. I didn’t connect with any of the poems, they were repetitive and felt like the author was trying too hard to write something „deep“. My e-copy also had more illustrations (always the same two images) and empty pages than actual poetry, so there’s that… [I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mery ✨

    3.5/5 The poems are short and taken individually not very impactful, however, taken as a whole this collection is relatable to most women even if you have not experienced everything this collection covers. As much as the author tried to showcase the duality of women's personalities, the poems felt random and the narrative tying them all up felt weak. Even the alternating artworks representing 𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 and ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 felt repetitive and boring towards the end. I wish there was variety since the artwor 3.5/5 The poems are short and taken individually not very impactful, however, taken as a whole this collection is relatable to most women even if you have not experienced everything this collection covers. As much as the author tried to showcase the duality of women's personalities, the poems felt random and the narrative tying them all up felt weak. Even the alternating artworks representing 𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 and ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 felt repetitive and boring towards the end. I wish there was variety since the artwork took most of the pages.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amethyst

    I read all of Amanda's books, so when I saw this title I knew I had to check it out. Her last book "Shine Your Icy Crown" was really good and well written so I had really high hopes that this will follow in it's footsteps. While I do think that her writing has improved a lot since the start, this book was just not there for me. I could see the meaning of the poems, but it didn't made me feel anything, and it didn't spoke to me at all. It yet again felt like I'm scrolling through Tumblr and just I read all of Amanda's books, so when I saw this title I knew I had to check it out. Her last book "Shine Your Icy Crown" was really good and well written so I had really high hopes that this will follow in it's footsteps. While I do think that her writing has improved a lot since the start, this book was just not there for me. I could see the meaning of the poems, but it didn't made me feel anything, and it didn't spoke to me at all. It yet again felt like I'm scrolling through Tumblr and just reading posts. I also didn't understand why the same artwork repeated throughout the book, it got really annoying and boring near the end. The artwork in her books are always beautiful and well thought out, so I have no idea what happened here. The rating is more of a 2,5. Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marti (Letstalkaboutbooksbaybee)

    I used to hate poetry like this, thinking that because it was short and didn’t rhyme that the authors weren’t putting as much work or talent into them, but over the years I’ve grown and changed my mind to appreciate the simplicity that just a few words on a page can have. I really enjoyed this poetry book, I hadn’t read anything by this author before but I’ve since out all of her works on hold at my library. Her writing is very much in line with what I like and what connects with me personally, I used to hate poetry like this, thinking that because it was short and didn’t rhyme that the authors weren’t putting as much work or talent into them, but over the years I’ve grown and changed my mind to appreciate the simplicity that just a few words on a page can have. I really enjoyed this poetry book, I hadn’t read anything by this author before but I’ve since out all of her works on hold at my library. Her writing is very much in line with what I like and what connects with me personally, and I love that they included a trigger warning at the beginning. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this one a bit early!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aida

    Since I have recently read The Princess saves herself in this one (loved it) and The witch doesn't burn in this one (highly disliked it) I really didn't know what to expect from this one. Amanda Lovelace's latest poetry book focuses on the idea of not abandoning any part of you, embracing both the soft and the fearless part of you. "she is equal parts of glitter & hellfire" - I believe every girl has two different sides that live within her and I love how the author expressed that in this on Since I have recently read The Princess saves herself in this one (loved it) and The witch doesn't burn in this one (highly disliked it) I really didn't know what to expect from this one. Amanda Lovelace's latest poetry book focuses on the idea of not abandoning any part of you, embracing both the soft and the fearless part of you. "she is equal parts of glitter & hellfire" - I believe every girl has two different sides that live within her and I love how the author expressed that in this one sentence. Also, the two artwork is beautiful and it makes the book so much better. There are two artworks that appear before every poem, one symbolizes the glitter and the other the hellfire. Absolutely a  wonderful idea. The poems I especially enjoyed reading are: believe her, no matter what, she's the blueprint, he's never wanted someone so much, make persephone proud and she never needed a weapon to be powerful. My favorite one was will i get to do all the things i want to do. "how tragic it is for someone to die when they had so many more places to fly" - extremely tragic, if you ask me Rating: 4/5 ⭐ Most of the poems were lovely, but some of them resembled the poems in The witch doesn't burn in this one. As I already mentioned I highly disliked that book, because I think the author could've chosen any other way to empower women, besides bringing men down. Except that, I had no other complaints. An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    :)

    4 stars This is a very real and relatable collection of poems about many of today's social and feminist issues. Personally, I read various types of poetry. I know a lot of people do not like this modern, blunt style of poetry, which is totally valid, but I think we should be careful when critiquing writing style not to inadvertently judge the message of the poems as well. Personally, I really enjoyed this. I feel like these poems are the sort that any woman could relate to, at least in part, it's 4 stars This is a very real and relatable collection of poems about many of today's social and feminist issues. Personally, I read various types of poetry. I know a lot of people do not like this modern, blunt style of poetry, which is totally valid, but I think we should be careful when critiquing writing style not to inadvertently judge the message of the poems as well. Personally, I really enjoyed this. I feel like these poems are the sort that any woman could relate to, at least in part, it's really just a question of whether you like this form. I'd say if you've read and enjoyed other works by this author, or are a fan of the writing style popularized by Rupi Kaur, you'd definitely like this collection. I'd also recommend this book to people just starting to get into poetry, as it uses pretty simple language while still conveying a strong message, and is easy to relate to, which is a good type of poetry to begin with. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    jordan

    (3.5 stars rounded up to 4) It’s a little on the short side (only 175 pages and half of them are drawings), but I still enjoyed it. It did feel a little rushed in some places and I think some of the beats and the heavy punches were pulled to get this collection together, but Amanda Lovelace fans will still like it! It’s the same poetry we’ve always gotten from Amanda Lovelace—empowering, taking on many challenging aspects of life. I really loved just a stupid, silly girl and a movie could never mu (3.5 stars rounded up to 4) It’s a little on the short side (only 175 pages and half of them are drawings), but I still enjoyed it. It did feel a little rushed in some places and I think some of the beats and the heavy punches were pulled to get this collection together, but Amanda Lovelace fans will still like it! It’s the same poetry we’ve always gotten from Amanda Lovelace—empowering, taking on many challenging aspects of life. I really loved just a stupid, silly girl and a movie could never murder her. The two art prints were also really stunning and I liked the addition of them to the collection. Still wish there had been a few more poems, but I am happy with it as a whole.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (kimberly_reads)

    Thank you to NetGalley for early access to this title! This was my first experience with reading Amanda’s work and I truly enjoyed it so much. I found her writing to be very on point with the theme they chose to have throughout this collection and was eager to see what she was going to bring across in the next piece. I found a few favorites where I went back to reread them and I don’t know, I think when you’re going back to see what someone’s words have to say you’re going to hold on to them and Thank you to NetGalley for early access to this title! This was my first experience with reading Amanda’s work and I truly enjoyed it so much. I found her writing to be very on point with the theme they chose to have throughout this collection and was eager to see what she was going to bring across in the next piece. I found a few favorites where I went back to reread them and I don’t know, I think when you’re going back to see what someone’s words have to say you’re going to hold on to them and I love experiencing that!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is such a good book. It is very empowering and inspirational, yet it also contains a lot of emotional poems. I think this could easily be one of my favorite Amanda Lovelace books so far. The reason why I gave this book 4 stars is because it was a bit repetitive at times. Nevertheless it was a very empowering read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Nguyen

    Very empowering and an honest view on relatable situations. The writing stirred up old memories and makes me want to find my past self, shake her silly, and push her upwards and onwards. Art work is bright and bold. The writing was direct and powerful. I received this ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emmalee Sky

    My heart, as always, has been ripped open to show me that all my pains and hurts and ugliness are not alone in this world then sewn back together all jagged edges. Beautiful. Amanda Lovelace does it again. Absolutely adore her and her words. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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