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Fierce Fairytales
Fierce Fairytales: And Other Stories to Stir Your Soul | Nikita Gill
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Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women. Traditional fairytales are full of clich and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take the glory. But in Nikita Gill's new prose and poetry collection, Fierce Fairytales: And Other Stories to Stir Your Soul, she rewrites the fairytale classics and reworks their old-fashioned tropes into empowering and inspirational stories. Meet the grief-stricken Ursula, the troubled Wendy Darling, the wolf in the concrete jungle, and the courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own...
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IuliaC
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This book is like a delicious soft and creamy chocolate to indulge yourself with over a cup of coffee.
Stories in verses emanating magic spells to heal the wounds of the soul, of both heroes and villains, and fairytales which empower women and men to flourish, aim for nothing less than their full potential and stay true to themselves.

ShyBookOwl Beautiful cover too! 3mo
readingjedi Lovely review! 3mo
IuliaC @readingjedi thank you 😊 3mo
IuliaC @ShyBookOwl Indeed 👍 3mo
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IuliaC
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"Her mother told her
she could grow up to be
anything she wanted to be,
so she grew up to become
the strongest of the strong,
the strangest of the strange,
the wildest of the wild,
the wolf leading the wolves."

IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Semartin1001
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“You are already simmering secrets sweet to be savored in silence, Just you and no one else. Soft secrets like you are best kept to yourself.”

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vlwelser
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I loved this. I have a thing for fairy tales anyway but turning them into poems with a girl power slant is apparently just what I needed. I'm in awe of anyone that can tell a story with a poem.

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

IuliaC Lovely review and glad you liked it! I've got this one on my list too 👍 (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Love that cover! 5mo
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AllisonM89
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#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

DNF this one. Unoriginal, and it feels more like a pep talk/counsellor/motivational speaker than unique retellings. Not terrible, but a very disappointing read, so I'm setting this book aside

TheAromaofBooks Ah well, I suppose they can't all be winners haha 6mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Hey poetry lovers!! These are the books I‘m considering as my pick for #lmpbc Have you read any of these? Any jump out to you more than the others? Any you‘d like to veto off the list?

@SamAnne @WanderingBookaneer @phantomx

Nikita Gill is a collection of poems, the other two are both novels told in verse

WanderingBookaneer The only one I haven‘t read is 7mo
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phantomx I'm curious about 7mo
Emily92Bibliophile Just finished chlorine sky! 7mo
TheBookKeepers @SamAnne if you‘re okay with Home is Not a Country then that will be my pick. But if not I can come up with more options 🙂 7mo
SamAnne @TheBookKeepers good with that! 7mo
TheBookKeepers Yay! Okay Home is Not a Country is my final pick @phantomx @WanderingBookaneer @SamAnne 7mo
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rsteve388
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Wow! What a great book of poetry and short stories. Everything in the book is amazing, and takes a hard look at the Fairytales that we tell our children, and that we have been told through many generations. Nikita Gill takes these stories or the messages in these Fairytales and asks us to look at them again and ask...was that the right message, was it a healthy message.. what if there is a better moral that can be gained from this story.

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Awomanwithabook
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I‘ve spent much too long thinking about what I want my first Litsy post to be, but I found this picture in my camera roll and Nikita Gill felt right. It‘s “For the Cynic” from Fierce Fairytales.

tenar I love this! Welcome to Litsy, and thank you for sharing! 11mo
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nanuska_153
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Nothing further needs to be added

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brandierickson
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“This is why we are on this earth;
to learn how to love each other,
to learn how to love and hold ourselves.”

It reminds me of another favorite quote of mine by Vonnegut: “The purpose of a human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

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LaurenMags
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Pickpick

Wow! Such a powerful collection of poems and stories about misunderstood, fierce women (and sometimes men!).

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TheEllieMo
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I discovered Nikita Gill at last year‘s Cheltenham Literature Festival, when she read some poems and extracts from her latest book and from this.

#BlueCover
#JumpIntoJanuary
@Eggs

Eggs Gorgeous 💙🖤💙 12mo
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JazzFeathers
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I always tell to myself: no more challenges. What's the point? I never complete one.
But then l see one like this, and l can't resist.
#fairytalereadingchallenge @Charityann

Every month a different fairytale, either a classic or a retelling.

bnp This one maybe I could do . . . but I have trouble reading to a preset schedule. 13mo
booksandsympathy @bnp so do I. I'm horrible at even keeping to my own TBRs so I gave up on that. 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I am so bad at keeping to a reading list or tbr, but I'm giving this one a go too. I'm excited for it, so hopefully I'll stick to it. Lol. Looking forward to seeing what book you pick. 13mo
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 58
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

Eyelit That book is so pretty!💜 13mo
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BekaReid
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"Out there may be monsters, my dear. But in you still lives the dragon you should always believe in." (from Once Upon a Time II) Xmas cookie from today's baking will have to suffice for lack of a book picture ??

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Chrissyreadit
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A Fairytale/retelling/fantasy swap-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFX9DMJ

ShelleyBooksie Pumped for this swap. @DinoMom - did u see this one? 13mo
DinoMom No. Thanks for the tag! Totally signing up for this one! I am so addicted to swaps! Lol 13mo
DinoMom @AloraGrey here is a new swap !!! 13mo
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AloraGrey @DinoMom sweet thanks! 13mo
cozypunk This looks like a fun swap! 13mo
Avanders Are you accepting my sign-up as a sign-up? 😁 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders ha! I had planned to email you and ask you what you wanted!!!! 13mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit 😄 I figured I could go either way... since my answers were true... I think. Did any of them seem incomplete though? 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders I will double check- I thought it looked good! 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders I think your answers look amazing! 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy no swap for you? 13mo
Gissy Yes!!! 13mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘 13mo
wanderinglynn I totally missed this!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 13mo
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AmyG
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Head‘s up Swapsters. The fabulous @Chrissyreadit is hosting a #HappilyEverAfterSwap so check out her page to sign up!!!

Chrissyreadit Thanks for sharing!!! 13mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Must be sent by Feb 5 due to mail delays.
My response to 2020 is that I really need a Happily Ever After so I am going to host the #happilyeverafterswap to open on Feb 14,2021
This theme is around fairytales, retellings and fantasy. You must agree to follow #swapprimer and #swapguidelines

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFX9DMJ

Blerdgal_Fenix Just filled it out 😍 13mo
BookwormAHN I'm so in 😸 13mo
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Chrissyreadit @BookwormAHN 😘😘😘also I will be mailing your cbbc package Saturday. 13mo
BookwormAHN Okay cool 😺 13mo
BookBosomed1 I‘m in! 13mo
Kdgordon88 I kept looking and telling myself no...but just couldn‘t resist. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to. 😀 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Kdgordon88 I‘m so glad!!! 13mo
DebinHawaii I am very tempted! 😉 13mo
Chrissyreadit @DebinHawaii it would be fun..... 13mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I Really need a Happily Ever After to 2020. Som I‘m bringing back the Happily Ever After Swap, opening Valentines Day. Important Information: This will be a direct match. You must follow Litsy Swap etiquette that I will link in comments. It is all about fairy tales, fantasy and retellings, any or all of the above. Total escapism!
International only if available - same country matches due to mail struggles.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFX9DMJ

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm And just after I swore to the hubby no more swaps until next fall! 😱😭 13mo
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Chrissyreadit @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I almost didn‘t do it, but just telling myself “there will be a happily ever after” about something made it worth the effort. 13mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Chrissyreadit Lol, I‘ve sort of become addicted to the whole swap thing. It‘s a reasonable request that he ask me to take a break. 😅 I‘ll still be stalking your event though and drooling over my coulda-wouldas. 😂🤣 13mo
Chrissyreadit @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I totally get that! These swaps are so much fun. Spring is usually minimal so not as hard to resist. 13mo
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EadieB
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Day 15 - #Fierce #FallFinds
#FierceFairytales #NikitaGill

This book is a modern makeover of fairytale classics.

Eggs Truly fierce! 1y
EadieB @Eggs Lots of fairytales are fierce! 1y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Because of various personal issues, I am just now posting reviews of some of the books that I read.

This was a birthday gift and it is a gorgeous book. There are poems and very short stories that are sometimes a retelling, another perspective, a background, or a contemporary adaptation of classic fairytales. Gill had posted these on her Instagram and Tumblr accounts and she has also illustrated this work.

Cathythoughts Sounds lovely ✨ beautiful cover 1y
NeedsMoreBooks @Cathythoughts 💖❤️💖❤️ 1y
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UnRuLee
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#ReadYourSign book fourteen: Fierce Fairytales, which I read between the hours of 5AM and 10AM today. Oh man, I love Nikita Gill‘s writing so much. The way she weaves feminist themes through fairy tales and legends is just lovely. 💙

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BookwormAHN
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This was a cute little book of fairytale retellings. The illustrations were fantastic.
#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#jennyis30 #poetry @jenniferw88

TheAromaofBooks The cover is lovely!! 2y
BiblioLitten Stunning cover 💙 2y
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abookishbutterfly
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Book: Fierce Fairytales
Author: Fredrik Backman
Movie or TV show: Forrest Gump
Singer or band: The Fray
Song: Fly on the Wall by Thousand Foot Krutch

#manicmonday #letterf @JoScho

JoScho 💙💙💙 2y
Catsandbooks Love The Fray! ❤️ 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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In contrast with my earlier post about ‘The Book of Dragons‘ by E.Nesbit where some of the stories have heroes rescuing the princesses, here‘s a poem to empower girls. Nikita Gill urges the world to #raise girls who are strong, and when in distress, never ever needed a prince to save them.
#poetrymatters

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 2y
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Bookish_Gal
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I exist. Outside of being a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, I exist. I exist as a human first, as a being that experiences joy and suffering, beauty and learning, life and tragedy. I exist because the universe chose to put me here for a purpose higher then my relation to man. I exist because a wise old woman gave me a gift and now magic runs through my veins. So the problem is not my existence as half dragon half girl.

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Bookish_Gal
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Many of Nikita‘s poems here were of a retelling of old fairytales we grew up on - Tinker Bell, Little Red Ridding Hood, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Pandora... While some did fall a little bit too much, yet there was so much creativity in the retelling. These little sketches are gorgeous, too. As well, this fairytale of the Moon Dragon and the Girl is my new favorite fairytale

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TheBookHippie
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#poetry Wednesday 💙

ValkyrieAndHerBooks I love this one! 2y
Crazeedi 💖🥰💖🥰💖🥰 2y
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 2y
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Lesliereads Oooo😍 2y
TheBookHippie @Lesliereads right?! I love it💙 2y
TheBookHippie @Crazeedi 💙💜💙💜 2y
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TheBookHippie
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International Woman‘s Day #poetry Sunday

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Krisx
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Metamorphis

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BooksOnPointe
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“For you who has never forgotten the magic. It wants you to know it remembers you too” - Nikita Gill, Fierce Fairytales 💖

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Schlinkles
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I enjoyed this for the most part. I thought the pieces where she took well known tales and told them from every character‘s perspective were the ones that made the biggest impression. @TsundokuAleax @bookandcat

TsundokuAleax I love her poems about the villains. They were fascinating and wonderful. I am finding the memes about understanding Disney villains more as I get older to be very accurate. 2y
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Schlinkles
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Woefully behind on this round‘s reading. Starting this today, but I‘m thinking it‘ll go quickly because it‘s poetry. Sorry for slacking @bookandcat and @TsundokuAleax

bookandcat I still need to finish Gork so nbd! 2y
TsundokuAleax I think this summer was a rough one for all of us. I am proud that we are managing to finishing this round. 2y
Schlinkles Perfect, I like that you guys make this so stress free @bookandcat @TsundokuAleax 2y
TsundokuAleax Life happens. There is so much else that happens in all our lives. No need to put more pressure on any of us 2y
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jb72
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This is a wonderful little book of poetry and stories. #poems #fairytales

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bookandcat
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This book of poetry and feminist fairytale retellings was so empowering, inspiring, and impactful. 5 stars easily. Thanks for selecting it for #lmpbc @TsundokuAleax !
Unfortunately my Joshilyn Jackson book for this round (and last rotation's Washington Black) seem to have been lost by the post office. Hopefully this one will get to @Schlinkles safely!

Schlinkles @bookandcat I sure hope so too!! 2y
TsundokuAleax This month has been crazy and with learning lines, I am fairly sure I will not get to Gork before the end of the month. 2y
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax no problem! 2y
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TsundokuAleax @bookandcat thank you! This script is a beast and rehearsal today was a THING for all of us. 2y
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax what show are you working on? 2y
TsundokuAleax @bookandcat Symposium. A friend did an original edit and it is a beast. We are actually getting together to edit it tonight. This is probably the 3rd or 4th edit we have done to this portion. And I have it the worst of the whole cast 2y
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax eek good luck! 2y
TsundokuAleax Thanks. I am currently in melt mode because we have two weeks left. Thankfully the rehearsal schedule is light 2y
bookandcat @Schlinkles since the books have not turned up, would you like me to get you a replacement copy of Washington Black? I am happy to send one. It won't have the notes though :-( 2y
Schlinkles @bookandcat It‘s sweet of you to offer, but really not necessary. It was just an ARC. Thank you though. 2y
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TsundokuAleax
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This was a fascinating turn of fiercely feminine fairy tales. I loved the way they turned some of the stories on their heads and even more so the villainesses. I am so glad that this is going to the rest of book club and I cannot wait to see what everyone else thinks.
@bookandcat @Schlinkles #lmpbc

bookandcat Can't wait! 3y
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GripLitGrl
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Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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In the beginning of the year I thought doing a 52 week reading challenge would be a good idea.

I have made a terrible mistake. 😂

Keep a lookout tomorrow for my new video about the progress I‘ve made!

You can subscribe to my channel for notifications here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2BFuHz65YO9Ak_h_ovgkDQ

#readingchallenge #readingchallengeprompts #booktube #bookvlog

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theresidentromantic
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I love this woman ❤️💙 #guysiwantacastle

teainthelibrary I love this! It reminds me of that quote - “What's a Queen without her King? … Well historically speaking, more powerful.“ 3y
theresidentromantic @teainthelibrary right? I love that quote, I've always wanted to cross stitch it. 3y
tpixie Awesome Quote!!
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abookishbutterfly
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This #beautiful book of poetry is one of my favorites. If you haven‘t read it yet, I highly recommend it! #amonthofsongs @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 Beautiful cover! 3y
ehewett88 stunning cover and i love poetry 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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He‘s not the Prince Charming he was supposed to be,
instead he‘s turned out to be a demon made of apathy.

~Nikita Gill

Do not be #charmed by him. #literaryluck @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vkois88 This sounds good 3y
abookishbutterfly @vkois88 I love this book so much! 3y
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GondorGirl
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Mehso-so

I can see why this brand of Instagram poetry would appeal to younger readers... 15 year old me would have devoured it and felt greatly empowered.

Unfortunately, adult me is harder to impress, and this particular volume has some very strange rhyming and sentence structure. 😐 I'm very meh over the whole thing.

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abookishbutterfly
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Thank you for loving me
when I still tasted
of heartache and war.
~Words and drawing by Nikita Gill
#truelove #literarylove @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vkois88 Wow. That's incredible 3y
abookishbutterfly @vkois88 I love her poetry so much! 3y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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My reading buddy, Ivy, and I are really enjoying this collection! Part of me wants to rush through, and finish this slim beauty quickly, but I‘m trying to make myself stop frequently to absorb and contemplate what I‘m reading. This is a struggle for me with poetry collections in general, lol. But, such a great read so far! Thank you @BridgetteM Great pick! #HappilyEverAfterSwap
@Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Chrissyreadit It‘s on my wishlist! 3y
BridgetteM I‘m so glad you are enjoying it! 😊 3y
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