Mini Reviews | The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One and Sneaking Out

I am really late with both of these reviews because the books are already out. So I’m doing two mini reviews! Both books couldn’t be more different, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace is poetry and Sneaking out is YA murder/mystery.

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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.

 

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Having read Amanda Lovelace’s first book, The Princess Saves Herself in This One and really enjoyed it, I was really looking forward to this new collection. Sadly, it didn’t quite do it for me. I loved some poems but overall, it just didn’t work for me. I can’t help but compare it to The Princess Saves Herself in This One and that one was so much more emotional to me. This collection was also emotional, but it was mainly angry. And that’s just a personal thing of mine, but anger just makes me distance myself. That’s probably why it didn’t make me feel empowered at all, it just made me shrug and continue with life.

Some poems, I thought, went a bit too far. The book is about rape and at one point there were some poems suggesting murdering rapists and that just doesn’t sit right with me.

Overall, there were quite a few poems that I liked in this collection, but it just wasn’t for me. I think other people might enjoy this book way more and poetry is always just a personal thing to everyone. I’m giving this book 3 stars.

“women
don’t endure
simply because
we can;

no,

women endure
because we aren’t
given any other
choice.

– they wanted us weak but forced us to be strong.”

goodreads – bookdepository

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36459844Could you sleep next to a murderer?

Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.

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Sneaking out is also a book that is quite outside my comfort zone. I don’t usually read murder/mysteries, but this synopsis intrigued me (okay and also the cover… :P). I really enjoyed this book, the characters were great. I especially liked the girl (whose name I forgot), but Luke was also really interesting. They had interesting personalities and I loved the group dynamics. Since the book is about a woman being murdered at a boarding school, there’s quite a lot of mystery involved. I immediately got intrigued by the strange death and it got me hooked, I really wanted to know who had done it and why. As I normally don’t read these kinds of books, I don’t know whether it’s just something I’m not used to, but I thought there were a little too many suspects and clues for me to keep up with. I’m not that good with remembering names, and that definitely got me confused at times while reading this.

I think this book was a lot of fun, and it got me interested to go outside of my comfort zone more often. I’m giving this book 4 stars because it was really enjoyable! I definitely recommend this book if you like to read YA murder/mystery or if you want to read something outside of your comfort zone.

“With all due respect, sir, I’ve learned that the only person I can have faith in is myself.” And with that, he walked out the room.

goodreads – bookdepository

8 thoughts on “Mini Reviews | The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One and Sneaking Out

  1. It seems like you had a hit or miss time with these two books. I have not read The Princess Saves Herself in This One (although everyone screams from their roofs that I should) as I have never enjoyed poetry or anything in verse. However, I really do like mystery so I may pick up Sneaking Out! It sounds so interesting, and who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about these two books! Although these books may be released, you should still share your thoughts as you are giving the books publicity and sharing your love for or hate for a book to your readers. Have a great day!

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    1. I’m not a big poetry reader either, though I enjoy an occasional poem. I hope you like Sneaking Out! I’m glad you liked the reviews. Yeah definitely, thanks, and you too!

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  2. i got sent a copy of the witch dosen’t burn in this one (after requesting) and i was really excited to read it. however after reading the first few poems and flicking through, sorting through the trigger warnings, i decided for personal reasons that i wouldn’t read it in the end. it seems like a very heavy book and according to loads, and you, of people it wasn’t as good as the first book so don’t think i’m missing out on much ❤

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  3. Yea I heard The Witch Doesn’t Burn Herself in This One wasn’t that good from a lot of people. But I will probably still read it. I’m excited for Sneaking Out though! YA murder mysteries are always my thing!

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