Baptized in Moonlight Poetry Book Review

42961506Title: Baptized in Moonlight
Author: Morgan Scott
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Morgan Scott
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pub. Date: November 24, 2018

In this collection of poems, Morgan Scott depicts the story of a young girl turned ferocious woman, and ties her growth to the phases of the moon. Written with the intimacy and unflinching honesty of an untamed spirit scorned and reborn, Baptized in Moonlight is a book for anyone who has ever felt as if the odds were stacked against them. Filled with painful acknowledgments of broken relationships – and the hope of a life lived with wild passion – you will dive to the depths and ascend to new peaks as you begin your own journey through the lunar cycle. This collection is part heartbreak story, part coming of age, part love song, and part battle cry. You will find yourself among the pages, and be spurred to get to know yourself on a deeper level.


Baptized in Moonlight is divided into 4 sections titled Waning, New, Waxing, and Full. Each phase of the moon (section) is tied to the authors growth, her journey, and things she has gone through. This poetry collection has themes of heartbreak, healing, abuse, finding yourself, spirituality, motherhood, self-love, and acceptance.

it is heavy
to carry my sadness
over my shoulder
every place i travel

and yet
she is the only consistent
friend that i have ever known

and there is comfort
in knowing
that she will never
leave me

no matter how hard i try
to release her

I really enjoyed this collection and read it in a few sittings, wanting to take it all in slowly. I loved how the author not only named the sections the phases of the moon but she also gave it definition. The poems in this collection are longer than what I usually see nowadays in poetry collections and I loved that too!! Morgan Scott really conveys her emotions and impact with her words. There are also illustrations sprinkled throughout the book which gave it an extra touch.

love is not slipping
not choking
it is not bending
as far backwards as your body can
until it breaks

love is not toeing the line
between anger and passion
worried that one wrong move
will land you in terror

love is not hiding yourself
trying to contort into his dream girl

love is not dumbing yourself down
to make him appear smarter

love is not not not not not not
the rush of air before his palm
strikes your cheek

so don’t believe him when
he tells you it is
because the picture he has built of love
is one that temporarily plugs his wounds
while ripping yours open

Although I don’t rate poetry books based on connection, I ended up really connecting with the poems and author. Specifically with her poems about god, spirituality, self (surrounding those previous themes mentioned). It felt nice to feel understood in that aspect. I really appreciate the author just being straight forward and not making it pretty. Poetry that is raw like this really gets me in my feels. I found myself dog earring (yes, judge me) a lot of her poems. Overall, I would highly recommend this poetry collection! Also, the author is super freaking sweet and you should check her out. Her links will be at the bottom!

women are born full
full of magic
and tenderness

our hands
and our hearts
have carried the weight of
the entire galaxy
for generations

we could tap into our
mother energy
and heal the world of pain
if only you would
move out of our way


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maroon daydreams by Cheyenne Raine Poetry Review

Title: maroon daydreams
Author: Cheyenne Raine
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


maroon daydreams is a collection of poetry that dives into experiences of healing, living life, daydreaming and all the aftermath of decisions we make and wishes we chase after.









loved this short poetry collection! i thought it was vivid with imagery and the words flowed together beautifully. cheyenne raine divides maroon daydreams into four different sections which are healing, experience, daydreaming, and aftermath. each section has poems centered around the sectioned themes.

what i love most about this collection is the way i felt while reading it and how i felt afterwards. cheyenne raine left me with feelings of hope, love, and self-reflection. she took her emotions and wrote them down with every ounce of her soul.

i thought this collection was very dreamy and magical. i cannot wait to read more by this author!

some of my personal favorites from the collection:

pressed flowers have dried up in between the journal
entries i created, they have the faintest scent of life. i
once wrote about you and how you managed to create
a resounding echo of bliss in my life. i once found the
words that embodied your untamed spirit and
described your captivating smile. once. now, there
are dead flowers that smell like the rain and small
entries that cannot grasp who you are.

– scent of life

i choke on cigarette smoke. i want to leave these
strangers, yet, their stories are so wild and unique.
so, i stay and listen. their eyes close as they
remember who they were and why they were rebels.
my eyes are wide with curiosity, waiting to hear their
words fabricate a tale of good and old times.

– they were rebels

i will rise,
my fists full of flowers
and my soul full of light.
isn’t is the gentlest of things
that show the most strength?
where the blossoms push through dirt
and the sun illuminates the dark–
there, you will find me.

– fists full of flowers

you make it easy to
believe in magic and light.
your smile is a million
ocean waves crashing
into my small soul.

easy to believe

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that is all for this review! cheyenne raine is a self-pub author, please remember to cross review on amazon! it helps us out. let’s chat in the comments!

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something in regards to my poetry book

it is now available via

yes, you read that right!! amazon kindle unlimited!
which means if you have this feature it is free. whoop whoop!
once again thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me
and just being there for me with positivity. it means the world ❤


one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning



you can add it on goodreads here =)

my book is available via worldwide amazon platforms, barnes & noble, book depository, and createspace as well. stay tuned for some freebies in a very near future hehehe!!!

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love, and you out now!


my poetry book is now available to purchase in paperback and kindle edition!!!
i have been so nervous for this day to come and i still can’t believe it’s here! it still hasn’t set in that my poetry book, my first ever book is out in the world just doing it’s thing. excuse my language but my heart is in my ass.


i want to thank everyone who has supported this journey and been there since day one. not just with the book support but the poetry support in general. thanks for your beautiful comments, your wonderful words, those words of encouragement that kept me going. okay, legit i’m crying while i type this out. thanks to the guy who broke my heart over and over again, this book wouldn’t have been possible.


special shout out to three ladies:
Lilly @ Lair of Books for editing my book and being there!!!
to my beta readers Debby @ alwaysbooking who has a review for my book here
and to Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea who also has a review here!

these ladies rock!! and i am so thankful that i have you three in my life ❤




some things to know about love, and you: majority of the poems do not have titles, unless they’re taglined and that’s more like a punchline. i don’t have titles because i want it to be read more as a story and in one whole. it’s also why i didn’t divide the book into three parts (hurting, healing, and learning) even though it flows in those parts. some poems are in spanish with translations, except for a short one. i aged this poetry book for the ages of 16+


synopsis (click here to add on goodreads):

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

love, and you has an aesthetic board on pinterest!! here are some of the photos:


you can purchase my book through one of these retailers:

Amazon (also available worldwide)

Barnes & Noble

Book Depository


once again thank you, thanks for being there and thanks for celebrating with me!

The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: The Chaos of Longing
Author: K.Y. Robinson
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Chaos of Longing is a prose and poetry collection draped in raw honesty, ache, and eroticism. The collection explores trauma, love, heartbreak, and the realizations from it all. 

The book is divided into four sections. “Inception” briefly examines formative years and its effects on how one loves. “Longing” reflects on love and sexuality. “Chaos” explores toxic relationships, unrequited love, and heartache. After chaos, there is order with self-love and healing poems in “epiphany”.

Some content may be triggering.


You can’t hear me but I’m screaming because YOU ALL NEED TO PURCHASE THIS COLLECTION OF POEMS!!! So so so good!! So freaking amazing and inspiring and just reading her poetry and knowing what she has been through, the way she writes is fantastic.

K.Y. Robinson has divided her poems into sections titled Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany. And it’s told almost like a story where she talks about her trauma as a child, how loving another was effected because of that trauma. She also talks about heartbreak, toxicity, healing, and self love.

The author takes us through her growing experience with these poems. I literally cried with some of these and after reading her first two poems, I was sucked in and knew I was going to relate in such a deep way. After reading the poems, I saw how closely related it is to my own poetry book.

I felt relieved in a way to know that my experiences weren’t just my own and that someone else had related to them in her own way.

K.Y. Robinson is a WoC (women of color) and she even mentions her roots in some of the poems which was so raw and excuse me but so fucking beautiful. It was empowering and I feel like we need more of that in the book community, in poetry, in all aspects of life. Women speaking of their roots. She talks about herself unapologetically and I applaud her for that.

Yes, some of these poems are sad and full of so much deep emotion. However, there’s a message and there’s positivity in the end.

Some of my favorite poems:


i’m half jerk chicken
and collard greens
in this nightmare
called the american dream.


he only said
he loved me
when i was being
that’s when i learned
i had to tempt chaos
to feel loved.


if you eat men
and still feel
like you’re starving,
you’re craving something
that they cannot give.

don’t expect men
to fill vessels
that were gifted
to you to overflow.

find passion
and self-worth within
instead of
locking them
inside of men
who like swallowing keys
so they can keep you
all to themselves.

And that is it for this review! I would love to know your thoughts, let’s chat in the comments =)

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Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: Uncaged Wallflower
Author: Jennae Cecelia
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Uncaged Wallflower is for those who feel trapped in the thoughts their minds produce, unable to express them with the rest of the world out of fear of critique or disagreement. For the people who need an extra dose of positivity in their day. This is not a poetry book for you to read and relate to in a sorrow filled way. It is for you to read and say yes, I can be better, and I will.


I firstly want to thank the author Jennae Cecelia for sending me this book to review. Now let’s get to this short mini review =)

A collection of poems for people who need some positivity in their life. This was definitely a heart warming read with only 63 pages and I would recommend it to people who need motivation and some light.

Uncaged Wallflower discusses themes of being yourself, going after what you want, and being kind to others. Jennae also has some poems that talk about love, taking risk, and life all around. Freeing yourself from yourself in a way.

I enjoyed the simplicity of the poems because the message definitely is clear throughout each poem. You don’t have to think your way through to decipher the poems which I feel scares most people away from reading poetry.

Some of my favorite poems are:

Your Words

If the words that spewed out of mouth
were the clothes wrapped up around your
the hair of your head,
the flesh of your skin.
Would you think you are beautiful?

We Are Broken

We are broken people.
Made up of
and scars.
But only few choose to pick up the
pieces and form something new out of the
shattered debris.


I felt bad for the bird in its cage.
Looking out at
the blue sky
and trees.
Because I too felt like I was looking out
at something I wanted but couldn’t have.
Until you were the one to set me free.

And that is it for this review! I would love to know your thoughts, let’s chat in the comments =)

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We Carry The Sky Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: we carry the sky
Author: McKayla Robbin
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback (owned)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

“all women carry
the sky
inside of them
didn’t your mother
tell you that”

In her first collection of poetry, McKayla Robbin grows language “like wildflowers / from the wounds / that for years / would not close up.” Simultaneously vulnerable and fierce, her short-form poems engage themes of femininity, identity, violence, and healing.

I don’t mean to brag but like seriously, pick this up right now because this has become one of my favorite poetry books. If you love The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace or Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, then you will love this one.

There were many times that I teared up while reading this. This poetry collection features short poems about being a woman in society, finding ourselves, identity, rape culture, violence, and the healing in all of it. It’s about self love and female friendships. McKayla Robbin also mentions how it’s okay to just feel, to be still in your feelings. She even mentions in her poems racism in America.

I love how raw and genuine the voice of these poems come off as. Although these poems do not rhyme, there’s still rhythm and a story being told. And the short poems just pack a punch and leave you in awe. These poems are full of power that will uplift you and have you feeling great in the end.

Some of my favorite poems:

deep inside your belly
a powerful darkness
soft enough
to make
all life grow

– dark magic

my body opens
into ghost
who turn around me like the night
and come from places
i don’t like to remember the names of

at the ocean i shout out
your name
hoping, perhaps,
for some semblance of you
but i know
i already know
not a single sound ever
comes back
to the mouth it leaves from

what do you think??? if you are interested in picking this up, you can buy it here: Amazon

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