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Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace: ARC & Series Review

This is a spoiler-free review.

Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace

Expected publication March 15th, 2022 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“Life is not something that can be experienced on a deadline.”

Amanda Lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “Women Are Some Kind of Magic” poetry series, presents unlock your storybook heart, the third & final installment in her feminist poetry series, “You Are Your own Fairy Tale.” This is a collection about being so caught up in the fable that is perfectionism that you miss out on your own life. Be honest: when was the last time you stopped to take in the everyday enchantment all around you?

Content Warnings: abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide

Thank you to the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own.

As a fan of the previous two installments in this series (you can find my review for them here), I was definitely intrigued when I saw Unlock Your Storybook Heart: the third and final book in the You Are Your Own Fairy Tale series. 📖🗝💕

Not only is Beauty and the Beast one of my favorite fairy tales from my childhood (a bookish princess, hello?), but I myself have dealt with what used to be crippling perfectionism, so I was very invested in this poetry collection from the get-go.

Reading this collection, I couldn’t help becoming completely entranced, and yes, shedding a few tears. 🤧 It was very easy to lose myself in Lovelace’s writing here. And reading her work took me back to the days when my perfectionism was something I really struggled to manage. I also loved the sapphic aspect of this collection (something I don’t think Lovelace has touched on in her previous works?)! Honestly, this poetry book was just a big, bubbling cauldron of everything and anything that gets me in my feelings – and it definitely achieved what it set out to do.

I did go back and forth with how to rate this collection because I honestly really loved it, but I did also find some poems within it disjointed and the flow staggered a little at the beginning. In the end, I think the feelings it invoked within me did deserve their credit, so I erred on the side of more forgiving when rating.

Perhaps it’s my bias – really though, who writes an unbiased book review?! – but Unlock Your Storybook Heart was the right story to conclude this collection with and my absolute favourite one of the bunch. 💓

Have you read this poetry series?

What did you think of it?

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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