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from the author of the poetry collections 'how the words come' and 'the boys i've loved and the end of the world', comes a heartfelt and authentic collection of poetry and prose on learning to navigate love and all of its delights and sorrows.

'shades of lovers' is a story of breaking and healing, of forgiving but not forgetting, of understanding and balance. it is not only
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
"the moment / you begin to / love yourself / is an act of war / against those who try to chain you to a scale, against those who try to / brand you with a label, / against hose who try to tell you / it is better to do the opposite."

There were so many gorgeous, quotable passages in this book. It must be one of the most highlighted works in my library. But, for all of the beautiful parts, there were those that bothered me. First, I did not enjoy the lack of capitalization of any word (especially
Alice (Married To Books)
Gosh, this was a very reflective and heartbreaking look into Hancock's personal struggles of trying to be happy in love and wanting fairytale ending, but having no luck finding on. Could relate to most of this collection personally. A good read! ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My third and most impressive book baby. I am so proud of all the work I’ve put into writing this book. Over a year of it. I can’t wait for you all to be able to have it in your hands ❤️
Cinna Marie
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Stars: 3.5/5

Thank you for a free digital copy in return for an honest review.

I liked the uniqueness of this poetry, how people were made colours and the analogies used to really allow the reader to understand the writer and her emotions, how she felt, feels and hurt. I like the ups and downs, the reality. I enjoyed the story aspect and watching the author's growth.

While I enjoyed the poetry, finished it in a day, I wasn't as moved as I thought I would be and maybe my expectations were a bit too
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, reviews, arc-s
Shades of Lovers is one of the most structured poetry anthologies I have read. It reads almost like a relationship journal, chronicling Catarine Hancock's relationships, each disguised as various colours. It's quite clever, has exceptionally smooth transitions between periods in Catarine's life and is incredibly vulnerable. But it's also structured to a fault, with repetition of a few styles or themes which didn't really work for me.

I love the concept of dividing the key relationships of a life
Thanks to #Netgalley for making this book available to me.
This book is a collection of 'poems' and short stories that explore relationships, that is, the ups and downs of a loving relationship.
Personally I didn't connect with the writing, it just didn't touch me as much as I wanted it to because some of the poems were so powerful and beautiful.
I feel that love is different for everyone and rather than these poems making love general and more relatable, it was plainly from the perspective of the
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021, poetry
➳ Rating: 5/ 5 stars

Ok ok I loved how this collection was divided. The whole idea was so interesting and I really enjoyed the significance behind it.

I also really loved the fact that, for the most part, the author wrote the poems directly towards the object of the poem/section. You could really feel the intimacy, the hurt, the longing, the love and the heartbreak in each poem. It was incredible and deep-seated. I loved how open she was about her history, her past relationships and how everything
Jessica C Writes
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
** I received an ARC in exchange for review but all opinions are my own

I really, really enjoyed this collection. I have been reading a TON of poetry recently, but this one definitely stood out to me the most. The theme was something I could relate to so easily, and each poem is very well written.

The style of the poems is very similar to how i write, so I appreciated them a lot. There was a good balance to the entire collection, and it flowed very well.

I also love how it told a story from begin
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs
Many thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for a honest review

Expected Release date: August 18th 2020

Shades of Lovers is a poetry collection that chronologically follows all of Hancock’s relationships, thoroughly exploring the bad and the good. Each lover is given a pseudonym of a symbolic colour that Hancock justifies in a sentence before their specific collection of poems.

I’m surprised how much I liked this collection, and I found the enjoyable factor the most no
Alyssah Roxas
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

This poetry book was something that I've been looking for. Something that would make sort of understand what type of emotional feelings that I used to and will feel in the future about romance.

There is a poem for everyone and I'm sure people would relate to it. I enjoyed every single one of them and how much it correlates with our day to day lives. How much it means to be able to understand your own emotions.

The author wrote her poems from experience and being able to publish it is something
Adelle (starlightreader)
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Official rating: 4.5 stars.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

"it's okay to
take the time
you need
to grow."

I've been a fan of Catarine's writing for a while now. I follow her on Instagram and always enjoy reading her pieces. I knew, then, that I'd enjoy reading an ARC of shades of lovers, and I wasn't wrong.

shades of lovers is a collection of poetry divided into six different parts - ruby red, ocean blue, primrose pink, stormy gray, golden yellow and emerald green. Each p
Ashlee Bree
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, young-adult, poetry
This reads a bit like a coming-of-age diary. Like a confessional. These poems are what would happen if you sat down before those you once cared for deeply as a teenager and poured out the contents of your heart in simple, conversational, stream-of-consciousness terms so they could see your love - and your journey, your evolution through it - in its many shades.

It’s the lovelorn thoughts you carry around in your head about someone. It’s the contents of that letter you write to an ex, but will ne
Chloe Louise
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this! It was so beautifully written! I think that it captures the emotions and feelings really well! I can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Caitlin Conlon
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.* There are plenty of things to say about why "shades of lovers" is memorable, but the most important is how expertly Catarine is able to weave a story. She takes you directly through her personal journey, sparing no detail or emotion, and when you finish the final page it feels as though you've been on this rollercoaster right alongside her -- holding her hand, rooting for her to succeed. Catarine writes what young readers, women ...more
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNFed at p65. I received this as an ARC from the author.

I thought I would enjoy this but the lack of content warnings threw me off. There is a lot of graphic language in the first 65 pages, relating to injury detail. Some more graphic than others. Alongside this, I just didn’t connect to the collection as much as I thought I would. Some of the poems were powerful but most of them didn’t impact me personally.
Juliana Mae
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt like a lot of the poems in the beginning were just okay. It seemed like anyone could have written them. They weren’t super deep and I didn’t envy the words Hancock strung together, wishing I had thought of things so clever. 2 was better. 3 is utterly fantastic. 4 was kind of meh for me, but the last poem was strong. 5 was also kind of meh. 6 is also pretty fantastic.
As a whole, I LOVE seeing the progress as she learns to love he
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this collection!**

I found my love of poetry thanks to a poet that wrote in a way that made it easy for me to connect to the emotions of the poems. In this collection, Catarine Hancock writes beautifully about such personal experiences & with intense emotionality, thought, & purpose. Please find my extended feedback below...along with some potential spoilers (beware).
Things I Liked:
-The w
Caroline Lavoie
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review, but my opinion is my own*

I've been following Catarine since 2014 and it has been a privilege to watch her grow as a poet. I bought The Boys I've Loved and the End of the World last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I naturally was thrilled to get the chance to read Shades of Lovers early.

I need to be upfront about something: I'm not entirely certain I'm her demographic. Catarine has said herself that it's for high school aged girls, mostly, a
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Central Avenue Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.

TW (as it is indicated in the book): Mentions of emotional abuse, body image, and poor mental health.

I really liked the premise of this book, a mix of prose and poetry, an exploration of six different relationships, and every one of them was associated with a colour, but sadly this was not the book for me.
I did not particularly enjoy the poe
Danielle Paige
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Upon the first time reading "shades of lovers" (there have been multiple occasions), it really strikes hard. This collection is raw and relatable, written in a style that mixes long and short lines to give each line it's own distinctive impact. Especially powerful is the tale of first love, tangled in elegant prose detailing the ways that emotions breed creativity. Out of love, heartbreak, sadness, and excitement, "shades of lovers" was born
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review of "shades of lovers". Catarine Hancock has a way of beautifully stringing words together in her book "shades of lovers". The way she uses colors to break up the sections of the book but also showing different types of relationships that she has had over the course of her life. She writes about falling in love, being in love, and falling out of love. Not just with other people but also with herself. One of my favorite poems fro ...more
Lauren McCombe
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review***

shades of lovers is a fabulous poetry book! Catarine has done wonders with this work and I enjoyed every piece involved. I love that every poem can be a stand-alone piece, but it overall works its way into an overall message/big picture within the book. I absolutely love the progression of everything and how I felt full and satifised by the time I finished the book. There is a lot of effort put into the topic of self-love and that
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I RECEIVED AN ADVANCED READING COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. This book is relatable, in every way. If you’ve been in love, if you’ve been heart broken, if you’ve been in an abusive relationship, if it’s your first love, this book is for you. There’s something in here for everyone. This book (personally) broke me and put me back together again. It showed me sides of love that I didn’t even know existed. Catarine, your book is amazing. It’s filled with lust, lost, love, hurt, but it’s als ...more
Stephane Mohr
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** disclaimer: i received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review ***

i completely adored EVERYTHING about this collection. the flow of all the pieces and sections of the book was so wonderful. the book covers a wide range of topics from heartbreak to self love to romantic love to loss to mistakes. there is something to be found for everyone who delves into its pages. catarine plays with different forms and styles which gives the content variety and excitement, so readers don
brin battisti
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I GOT AN ADVANCED READERS COPY!!!! this book is absolutely amazing. it hits every single aspect of teenage romance. from the struggles, and downfalls, to the most beautiful parts, every single poem resonates with raw emotion and burning passion, that even if you can't relate to the poem, you still feel exactly what the author felt, writing it. i cried, reading specific parts of this book, it touched me so deeply. if you have ever been in love, or are in love now, you MUST read this book. it is s ...more
Erika Iulia
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with this book. It hit all my soft spots and it was exactly what I needed in order to be able to heal. Already finished her other 2 books and was very excited but this one is by far the best. It made me feel like I was not alone and sometimes this is the best type of feeling. I felt understood and for that I am so grateful. If you ever searched for emotion in a book then this one is definitely for you. Actually I would recommend it to anyone. Amazing. I RECEIVED AN ADVANC ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I RECEIVED AN ADVANCED COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. "Shades of Lovers" is an honest look at love, in all of its complicated forms. I appreciated the way Catarine took readers on a journey of her relationships, especially her relationship with herself. It was a lovely look into her heart, and I am always appreciative of personal, vulnerable writing. There were some poems that I enjoyed more than others, and not all of them were for me, but there is certainly something in this collection ...more
Baileigh J. Swain
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received an Advanced Reading Copy**
Catarine has done it again. 'Done what?' you may ask. She has written an astounding book that simply needs to be read by anyone and everyone. I have never read a poetry/prose book so full of emotion and unfiltered honesty. In reading this, I recognized in myself so many feelings of resentment towards others and myself that I didn't know I still held. It helped me come to terms with the feelings and has been a step towards overcoming them, not for the benefi
Liza Rose
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review-

This book is a stunning example of modern day poetry. It reads bright and clear and with so much emotion that you will swear you have stepped straight into Catarine’s life. The layout flows like a narrative, and you will just want to keep flipping page after page to see where it will take you next. ‘Shades of Lovers’ begs you to remember your first love / first heartbreak / current love / current heartbreak / in such an achingly beaut
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Such amazingly beautiful poetry, covering a range of relationships and previous loves, Catarina really covers the full range of emotions as you read though these stunning and often powerful poems. These felt more unusual a style than I usually read, but I found them wonderfully accessible and inviting as you read through. The poet sharing her journey of emotions , honest and raw felt very refreshing in the style the poet chose. Stunning

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for a
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Catarine Hancock is a 21-year old writer from Lexington, Kentucky. She is a college student attending the University of Kentucky as a vocal performance major. But while she adores music, it is not her only passion.

From a very young age, Catarine has been a bookworm with a desire to tell her own stories. She has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. Her love of poetry, however,

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