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Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  9,829 ratings  ·  1,213 reviews
"You cannot burn away
What has always been aflame"

Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collect
Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 16th 2017 by Trapeze
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Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Taken from 'Belle':
'She sacrifices her freedom, her most treasured possession, for her father. She stands out from the crowd and reads in a time where education for women was unheard of. Her kindness and willingness to give to others is where her true beauty lies.

And yet, in the fairytales we tell our children, we first introduce her as beautiful rather than fierce, kind, independent, intelligent, giving, full of light and powerful. Even her name is a testament to outward beauty.'

After re
Lea Dokter
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5/5. There are definitely a few gems in this poetry collection, but I feel like Gill needs to break out of her comfortzone. There is quite a lot of repetition in the symbolism and metaphors she uses, and the amount of almost-but-not-quite motivational speeches made me grind my teeth at points. Gill definitely has potential, but in my opinon her work needs more polishing and a splash of maturity.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, poetry
Wild Embers 2-- bookspoils

Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.

I went into this not knowing what to expect from the author, especially after a bit disconnected with t
Wild Embers is a collection of poetry and prose written by Nikita Gill. This was my first experience reading from this author and I enjoyed it a great deal. This collection is split into seven sections that are separated by an untitled poem themed with that section's subject matter. Based on my perspective during my personal reading experience, topics include self-worth and growth, resilience and healing, rewritten Disney and fairytale princesses, self-awareness and self-acceptance, a woman's st ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF ~33%.

Y’all I am sick to DEATH of affirmations masquerading as poetry. If I wanted someone who has never met me to tell me what an amazing, incredible, perfect person I am, I’d read a self-help book—and I don’t read self help books because I like looking at things besides my own navel on occasion. I read Amanda Lovelace, and I didn’t like her work. I read Rupi Kaur, and I couldn’t stand her work. Nikita Gill’s chapbook is, despite being the same thing, actually worse. Maybe it’s just because
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Being, power, understanding, strength, femininity.

5 More Words: Beauty, art, control, feminism, fairytales.

This was absolutely incredible. Breathtaking. Captivating. Haunting. I just can't get my words into an appropriate semblance of sense to actually review it.
Madhulika Liddle
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nikita Gill’s Wild Embers is mostly a collection of poetry, with the odd bit of (somewhat poetic) prose thrown in. A few common themes run through the work: recovering from trauma, learning to love yourself, learning to let yourself shine, being strong, being wild, being yourself. Gill approaches these in a couple of innovative ways (for instance, she rewrites some popular fairytales to make their female protagonists independent of Prince Charming and completely in charge of their own destinies; ...more
Beatrice Masaluñga
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Oh man, Nikita Gill's poems never cease to amaze me. Soulful, lyrical and touching. Some of them almost made me tear up. It inspires me to keep going and never give up on my dreams no matter how many times I stumbled. *sighs* Just beautiful.

Here are my favorites:
- Your Heart is Not a Hospital
- The Sun and The Moon
- Forgiveness
- Dark Days
- The Art of Unmissing
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I loved the cover and title of this, and was even really into the first few poems, which used a lot of science and outerspace metaphor to discuss bodies. But then the poems switched over into a trauma, psychology, not-really-poetry mode. At least, not literary poetry. If this is going to a be new thing in the world of Instagram and Tumblr poets who are really employing words to deal with trauma (and wow is the word trauma mentioned in this volume a lot, a lot, a lot)... well I think this is okay ...more
lauren ♡
hello new favourite poetry collection 😍😭

tw: abuse, mental illness
Nicay Magnate
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“And if they berate you and push you down, and break you and tell you over and over again how you are not enough, remember how Pluto had once dissolved to being nothingness and is fighting its way back into being a planet again.”

There was so much feels while reading this poetry book. And I can’t coherent the words how to describe this beautiful art. This poetry tells all the heartaches, self-love and being strong no matter how hard the challenges are.

This was my first poetry book written by Niki
Laurie B
I wish I could rate this higher because it was a gift from someone I love, but I have to be honest about it. I liked a few of the poems, but overall, this brand of modern, "social media poetry" just doesn't feel like poetry to me.

Free-verse poetry is a legitimate art form, but it requires as much attention to detail as formal poetry. There were some good concepts here, but the execution was generally lacking. Most of the poems read like early drafts that still needed to be refined. In my opinion
Marta :}
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, poetry
I absolutely loved the writing and the subject of this collection. Nikita Gill is one of my favourite modern poets, this is the second book I read from her and I have to say that her writihng improved very much. Her poems also had more substance and the fact that she included a section where she speaks of fairy-tales and how they are toxic to our society, how we should recreate them to create more feminist narratives is amazing!!

I don’t know about you, but I mostly loved fairy-tales because of h
Jo (The Book Geek)
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this collection of poetry by Nikita Gill, really not knowing what to expect and it did not disappoint. The cover alone would be enough for me to buy the book though. It's simply beautiful.

"You cannot burn away what has always been aflame"

Nikita Gill can certainly write. Her poems are unique, personal and I can say that a good number of them I could relate to. I had to reread a few of them to understand them fully, as a couple are told like they are going round in a circle. The theme
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Wild Embers is a poetry collection about misogyny, trauma, and female archetypes in fairytales and mythology. I liked but didn't love this, definitely preferred her fierce fairytale collection. While there were some pieces that left an impression, I wanted more depth from many of the pieces here. I appreciate the topics she is tackling, and the project of reimagining fairytale princesses and Greek goddesses, but I wanted a little more than what I got. ...more
Carlene Inspired
There are stars glittering
inside you
that have never been

It is no surprise that Nikita Gill, Instagram poetry sensation, has released a collection of poetry focused on female empowerment. Gill is recognized for her short, powerful poetry that liken women to wolves, storms, and protective anger against the forces that seek to harm and destroy us. Wilder Embers has poetry for the mind and body, giving readers powerful verses about self-love and breaking the chains we've been locked into. Th
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
An exquisite and beautiful book of amazing poetry that talks about self love and how to not depend on anyone . This book was magical, and I cannot what to read Nikita’s two other books!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always find hard to rate poetry books, so before writing down my feelings and how I loved reading this poetry book by Nikita Gill, I wanted to explain why I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
To me, (and in my humble opinion) it is almost impossible to find a poetry book where you love every single poem written in it. I mean you always have some favorites, ones you love more than others, and some you didn't really connect with.
While reading 'Wild Embers' I had a lot of favorites but also some (and a ver
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
"You are a myth born to the wrong age."


Good collection of heartfelt poems and prose.
I really enjoyed the Fairy-tale retellings.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have an endeavour to read more poetry at the moment, and this was the first little book I plucked from the shelf. Sadly, it wasn't a great start.

– 2.5 stars –

"Like the leaves of the trees
that shed and leave with the wind
never remembering how to return
never coming back again
so shall you be temporary to people
who have loved you deeply too.
Remember this when you are cursing others
for leaving and wishing them back to you."

The main problem I had with wild embers was I finished it a few hours ag
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amaze-balls, poetry
Someone I loved once told me that there are fragments within us
that are the same age as the universe, and because we are matter,
we can never be destroyed. That a part of us will live forever and ever,
and that in making us the universe was celebrating itself,
we are its living, breathing joy.


After reading this collection of poetry, I was left feeling strong like a warrior, worthy, inspired and empowered. Why this poet hasn't received as much recognition as 🍯"She Who M
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-cry, poetry
Maybe it's because Wild Embers by Nikita Gill was the book I was reading when my mother passed away last year, but I feel like this is one book I will never be able to forget. During my loneliest moments - when I felt so lost and broken - I was able to find comfort and understanding in the words on these pages:

"How comforting to think that there are so many universes.
Perhaps one where the Titanic did not sink,
one where humanity is kind to the earth, not a curse.

Possibly one where magic is real
Stephanie Gillespie
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2017

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Ember is a collection of poetry and prose written by Nikita Gill. This was my first experience reading anything from this author and I highly enjoyed it. I will be picking up more of her writing in the future.

My favorite section was that of the rewritten fairy tale heroines, these poem were magical and everything I never knew I needed. This poetry collection was filled with poems about su
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
i can write
i feel like
are you
telling me
that everyone
can be
a poet
how far
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
‘Why didn’t you leave him?’
Because, you will say quietly,
he had convinced me
I was no longer human."

There are definitely some really strong ones here and every word is very beautiful and right... but for me it's just not powerful . It didn't make me shiver from emotions, it didn't make me feel anything more. I was missing some really strong emotions.
Gretchen Gomez
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a revolutionary collection that will rock your entire existence! filled with poems of healing, survival, feminism, self-love, and more! nikita also rewrites fairytales and goddesses from greek mythology. this is the collection you need to read right now! nikita has such a powerful astounding voice. i need all her work. i felt like a different person at the end of this poetry collection.
Mery ✨
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

Wild Embers is a delightful collection of poetry about healing and feminist retellings and magic and moving on. It truly feels like every poem is talking to you. Nikita writes with honesty and love, and although the poems are meant to the reader, her own story feels there. The collection feels personal at the same it feels like a healing journey. Sure, not every poem was wonderful, but the words are so kind, gentle, lovely. And I know so many of us to need to hear that.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
beautiful and strong.truthful and breathtakingly honest.its a celebration of womanhood,courage,self love and kindness.i LOVED all the poems,but the one about Belle is my absolute favourite.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Nikita Gill's ideas and her passion and intensity, but I really wish the writing was better. The beauty of poetry is what can be done with small amounts of beautiful language, but Gill's "Wild Embers" seems like all "telling" and no "showing." I want to be moved by the words on the page as well as the ideas behind them.

*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny Lee
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this to read and review from NetGalley.

This collection of poems is full of self love, strength and reminders that you are stronger than you think. There are lots of nods to space and how miniscule we all actually are. Reminders that what happens to you shouldn't define you.

It's a very nice collection for people on the path of learning how to love themselves.
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Nikita Gill is a Kashmiri Sikh writer born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and brought up in Gurugram, Haryana in India. In her mid twenties, she immigrated to the South of England and worked as a carer for many years. She enjoys creating paintings, poems, stories, photos, illustrations and other soft, positive things. Her work has appeared in Literary Orphans, Agave Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal ...more

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“Remember what you must do
when they undervalue you,
when they think
your softness is your weakness,
when they treat your kindness
like it is their advantage.

You awaken
every dragon,
every wolf,
every monster
that sleeps inside of you
and you remind them
what hell looks like
when it wears the skin
of a gentle human.”
“She is alone.
And oh
how brilliantly she shines.”
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