Book Review: “Untouched” by Ana Dee

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Untouched” by Ana Dee! This is a poetry collection, and it’s been a while since I reviewed any. So, I figured, why not read and review this one?

Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“Ana Dee’s highly anticipated debut poetry collection, Untouched, is a testament to the beauty of love and its ability to inspire art and create a language of its own.

Through mesmerizing verses, Ana embraces the reader, carrying them through moments of passion, tenderness, and vulnerability. This captivating poetry collection showcases the boundless capacity of love to both uplift and devastate us.”

Overall Thoughts:

Similar to many other poetry collections I’ve read, including Ranata Suzuki’s “The Longest Night,” this collection details aspects of romantic relationships. However, the author has categorized them into five parts. The first three discuss the aspects of initial attraction, getting into the romantic relationship, and the end. The fourth and fifth parts deal with the aftermath of the romantic relationship ending.

As far as I could tell, all of the poems were free verse poems (though some had rhyming involved). The imagery presented in majority of the poems was well executed. This was especially the case for specific poems featuring nature imagery, like “Starless Night, “Electric Nights,” and “Lighthouse.”

The main weakness in this collection was that the imagery got…repetitive. This repetition occurred more in the latter half of the book. I admire the author’s guts to use elemental imagery (fire and water) in many ways for each poem. However, it gets really tiring to read after about fifteen poems using one of, if not both, elements. As a poet myself, I’m also guilty of doing the same thing when writing poetry. However, I encourage the author to get a bit more creative with imagery using a wider variety of elements, not just a few.

Overall, I’m rating this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!

This was a good debut poetry collection, and I look forward to reading more from this author. If you enjoy reading romantic poetry, as well as poetry taking place after that romance ends, this might be a collection you enjoy reading.

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