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Reviewed by Carolina Restrepo for Readers' Favorite
Skye Nicholson brings to life a compilation of poems that reach into your heart, shake it up, and put it back. These poems are somewhat the reincarnation of Kate Chopin’s awakenings. It becomes very easy to feel what the author portrays in her poems. Her words go beyond addiction and awakening; there is a truth hidden behind her words that will resonate with many. Skye explains in clear and concise words the many types of addiction. This compilation of poems is a wake-up call for everyone out there who is blinded by love, drugs, and all the other soul-sucking addictions. This is one for the masses, it shoots at you, but instead of killing you, it wakes you up. Talk about awakenings!
It is quite amazing how Skye Nicholson found a way to intertwine alchemy and its processes with addiction and awakenings. I was dumbfounded when I first started reading by how ingenious and perfect this link was; it only became more powerful as the poems continued. The strength behind every poem is astounding, to be able to convey your deep feelings - even though they might be scary - onto paper is a huge step that should be recognized and applauded. The writing strategy of separating the poems by the processes that compose alchemy is modern yet ancient. There are no words for how excited and thankful I am for reading this collection. From this, I take alchemy as a life lesson and metaphor; there are stages in our lives and they happen for the greater good waiting at the end.