Tuesday, 1 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW | 'Love, Sex, And Death' by Hallie Fletcher (****)

Hello readers, and happy Tuesday! I know I haven't posted in a while but life has been really busy and chaotic with university work and (admittedly) a bit too much socialising! Nonetheless, today I have a book review to share with you - Love, Sex, And Death written by Hallie Fletcher - a self-published collection of poetry and short stories chronicling life's most potent events and emotions.

Hallie is actually a fellow English Literature student at my university, and when I saw on Facebook that she had recently published a book, I couldn't wait to give it a read. Luckily Hallie knew that I did book reviews so she offered to give me a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I was more than happy to oblige!

As soon as I started reading Love, Sex, And Death, I knew immediately that it was a collection of writing that I would enjoy. I used to accept self-published books for review on my blog but I often found myself disappointed with unedited and unoriginal books, so I stopped accepting them. With Love, Sex, And Death I was delighted to be proven wrong. It is a collection of beautifully lyrical writing filled with haunting emotions and powerful language and imagery. The poetry is soulful, heartfelt and, at times, bitterly angry. I particularly enjoyed reading these poems and thought that rhyme was used imaginatively and with flair.

Throughout Love, Sex, And Death the emotion came through so strongly and I felt so personally connected to the writing. My favourite poems were 'Guernica Art' and 'She Shall Remain'. Throughout the book there were so many phrases and lines that I wanted to highlight - in particular the line in 'Chapter One': 'Because I have lost you, I have lost myself'. 

The book's focus on life's most prominent episodes: love, sex, and death made the collection really powerful and profound and the book was thoroughly gritty in its portrayal of these events. I also enjoyed that Fletcher dealt with the darker aspects of love in the 'sex' chapter of the book. So many of the poems and the short story in this section were written in such a fresh manner and also slightly tongue-in-cheek. 

Overall, I think it is evident that I loved Love, Sex, And Death and I think you should all go and grab yourself a copy! Just a note however - make sure that you're 18+ because the book contains some material inappropriate for kids!

Check out Hallie Fletcher's Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Halliefletcherpoetry/

Check out Hallie's website here: http://www.halliefletcher.com

Buy Love, Sex, And Death here: http://www.halliefletcher.com/product/love-sex-death

Until next time :)