TITLE: Wild Embers
AUTHOR: Nikita Gill
TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of trauma & self hate
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.
Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.
Wild Embers was not what I was expecting but it was empowering and beautiful. This is Nikita Gill’s second poetry book & is about self growth after trauma & pain. It is divided into seven sections, all ranging in different things, from recreating fairytales, to recreating the greek mythos, to unleashing the wildness you keep hidden.
Personally my favourite part of this novel was the section based on Greek Godesses’ as it was beautifully written and showed a new light to the mythos many of us know so well, Nikita effortlessly turns what can be seen as horrible stories, into empowering tales of women who understood their own worth. My second favourite would be the retellings of fairy tales for the same reason, it tackles misgony beauifully while staying poetic and uplifiting, it gives beautiful stories to tell little girls, to empower them.
1.The focus on female empowerment, its something we’re seeing now days, but it’s still amazing to see it in action
2.The perfect length of this novel, at 147 pages, and around 140 poems, this can be read in one sitting or divided up effortlessly.
3.How it was written, the collection switches from rhyming poetry to ‘new age’ poetry so effortlessly that it was actually refreshing to read a different style of poetry other than the new age that I’m used to.
I DIDN’T LIKE
1. The repetitiveness
that’s literally it. While this didn’t feel like a 5 star poetry read for me, I don’t feel like that for any particular reason, I still really enjoyed my time reading it, and would re read it in a heartbeat.
I would recommend this to fans of Poetry, specifically fans of Amanda Lovelace & Rupi Kaur.
until next time,