The Way Back Home and Other Poems || Mini Reviews

Another mini review post for poetry today!

Two of these poetry books I was granted access to on NetGalley. Sometimes those books are ‘in demand’ to be read and that usually creates a promise of something spectacular to read.

Sadly, none of these four collections hit the mark for me, and even two previous modern poets, whose work I really enjoyed earlier this year, just didn’t live up to the same standard of writing for me.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

The Way Back Home by Courtney Peppernell

Originally published: 2022

Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

Thoughts:

Some of the pieces were pretty straight forward repetitive – same ideas written in different ways. There weren’t that many pieces that stood out to me, the collection came across more as a self-help guide rather than poetry.

Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review the book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.53 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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What the Moon Gave Her by Christi Steyn

Originally published: 2022

Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Thoughts:

The collection is divided into six parts, each using elements from the natural world to bring to light the themes of self-discovery, self-love and life. It’s something a breath of fresh air when the usual metaphors aren’t used in poetry to emphasise emotions and situations in life. It was also nice to finally read a poetry book that used rhyming in the writing. Overall, an easy read with some relatable pieces that most will find applicable in their own lives.

Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review the book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.19 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Originally published: 2019

Pages: 226
Format: E-book

Thoughts:

This collection was a bit of a letdown after reading one of her other poetry books. Some of the pieces were repetitive, saying the same thing in different ways. The pieces, not all though, lacked the depth of emotion for the subjects addressed in the collection and while some parts were supposed to be empowering, they also lacked the emotion to inspire those feelings.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.82 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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September Love by Lang Leav

I Hope This Reaches Her in Time by R.H. Sin

Originally published: 2017

Pages: 72
Format: E-book

Thoughts:

This collection had a potential it unfortunately didn’t reach. The change in the point of views was too much to keep track of, and the layout had no steady flow. It was like someone just pulled a few thoughts from their mind and just randomly threw them around on a piece of paper.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.84 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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She’s Strong but She’s Tired by R.H. Sin
Algedonic by R.H. Sin

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