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A poetry collection about the mythic life of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the hunt. Told through the perspective of Artemis herself with the contributions of a few other Greek Goddesses. This collection reimagines and follows Artemis navigating her lifelong vow of chastity and, rather than suffering through it, owning it as a facet of her aromanticism and asexuality. Immerse ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published February 20th 2019 by Independently published
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

*I received an eArc of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Since I read Soft in the Middle and absolutely loved it (review a little farther down) I’ve been looking forward to reading everything Shelby writes, so it’s only natural I was excited about Goddess of the Hunt especially after learning it’s 1/ About Artemis! FREAKING ARTEMIS!!! She’s one of my favourite Greek goddesses. And 2/ It’s hella aroac
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Romie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you ever read a poetry collection and you find yourself unable to stop reading? Don't exactly know why, but you just can't. There is something there, grabbing your attention. And it's okay if you don't really know why, you're just happy it's there. That's how I felt about this poetry collection.

Shelby Eileen has a way with words. I love her poetry collections for how they make me feel, understood. I love the way her words snap their fingers at me, “hello, we're here, read us, we're worth your
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Allie (alliembooks)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Shelby Eileen has created a masterpiece. The way she uses Greek goddess Artemis as a metaphor for independence, self-love, strength, queerness, and keeps a cohesive storyline through her poems is astounding. Her poetry is mythical and magical, the words fitting together like puzzle pieces. I love the way she describes what it’s like being aroace and characterizes Artemis as such. As someone on the aroace spectrum it’s really nice to feel seen through these poems and through Artemis’ ...more
Anniek
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

I had high expectations for this poetry collection. Mostly, I was so excited to see own voices aro-ace rep! And I ended up loving this even more than I thought I would.

The representation felt so validating, and on top of that, the message of these poems as a whole was really empowering as well. I wasn't having the best day, and reading them had me pretty emotional at times, but in the best way possible: it made me feel seen, and told me there was nothing wrong with me for being
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Nicole Field
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Oh boy, why is everything Shelby writes unlike anything else I've ever written, and even unlike everything else she's ever written! I just.. if there is a more original poet out there at the moment, I don't know who it is.

Honestly, I get all excited and flustered whenever I hear there's going to be a new collection by Shelby (even if I am woefully behind in reading them). This collection was about as fantastical and mythical as anything I have ever read. It was such a breath of fresh air to rea
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Serena
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Serena by: Quartzen
I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review, I reached out and asked for this book on Twitter.

I've spent probably over half my life learning myths from around the world, they fascinate me, because people and the way they interact with stories in whatever form they come in now is the same as how we have for thousands upon thousands of years. We see ourselves in stories, in myths, in poetry.

The author of this work, Shelby Eileen, is aromantic and ase
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Charlotte Anne Hamilton
I read this in one sitting. I devoured it. I came out of this book feeling whole. I actually cried. My aroace heart cannot believe this exists and I’m just so grateful.
Leah
As always, I love love love this poetry collection from Shelby Eileen!

Read the review on my blog!
Helen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqia, poetry
3.5/5 stars.

Check out my review on Youtube!

love happens to some people, but it does not have to happen to you.

Goddess of the Hunt is an own voices aro/ace poetry collection which revolves around the goddess Artemis. I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review - thank you so much to Shelby for sending this to me!

Several things really stood out to me about this collection. Firstly, it has incredible description. The collection is very visual and the descriptive language is ab
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Victoria Robinson
Y'ALL ARE NOT READY FOR THIS
Ceillie Simkiss
Wow

I knew i wanted to read this but I didn't realize just how stunning it would be. You have to read this.
Tiffany Rose
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a review copy of this book, because I wanted to be able to review in time for aro week. As you might know, I love aro ace Artemis. It’s something that shines the truest to me so if you also want more a-spec Artemis this is a great option. Just out of the gate, you might like this for that. I’ve posted Sappho’s poem was about Artemis before, that felt divine in a way. This is from a far more personal standpoint and will connect to those struggling with their identity. It’s not a book ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous

I had no idea Artemis could be approached in such a novel, heart-wrenching way. I shall look for you in the constellations.
Amy - bookish_heights
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, poetry, arcs, favorites
"You must remember how strong you are
when you feel like an entire ocean is pressing down on your chest
when you feel like a whole galaxy of emptiness is swallowing up your voice
you must remember that I sincerely believe you have the power
to change the world."


Title: Goddess of the Hunt
Author: Shelby Eileen
Release date: 20/02/19
Rating: 4.5 stars
Rep: Own voices for aromantic asexual representation

Big thanks to the author for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

To start off, I
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Elke
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Available now here!! Perfectly on time for #aroawarenessweek ━ if you want to support aroace authors and creators, here's a great place to start!

A book about Artemis. Fierce, powerful, feminist, aroace. Warrior and moon child. Devoted, to herself and her cause. A weight on her shoulders. Not quite the earth (that job went to Atlas), maybe the sky (the stars, and all those lost in the night).

and, if there is any of it left in me,
breathe tenderness back into the dark


Poems that start with ages cap
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Vanessa
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jessica Ciarcz
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent an ARC of this poetry collection in exchange for an honest review **

I really wanted to love it more than I did, but I just couldn’t find myself connecting with it.

The concept was very unique and I enjoyed that aspect of it, but I wish there was more emotion.

I found myself getting very unfocused and having to re-read multiple poems.

There were a few poems I loved, but not enough for a higher rating.
Kaliane Faye
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW

this book is so incredibly creative! every single word in a poem leaves you wanting more and more. it is effortless story telling. it is ethereal and raw and vulnerable. shelby absolutely captured a moment of victory with this collection. i will definitely be reading this over and over again.
Shelby Leigh
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely creative and gorgeous collection that connects Greek mythology, specifically the goddess Artemis, to asexuality. It's very personal, moving, and unlike any poetry book I've read. Eileen's books always encourage me to think differently and this one does just that!
MJ
Read my full review

I received an ARC of this poetry collection in exchange for a review, thanks to the author.

Content Warnings: blood, sexual harassment, body objectification, misogyny, internalised arophobia, naked body imagery, sexual imagery, deliberate use of acephobia, representation of alcohol misuse, issue of lack of consent, drunken behaviour

So, I was surprised by this collection. I thought it would be an automatic 5 stars, but it wasn’t. The poetry collection explores asexuality and aro
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Shelly Shore
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for writing and posting a review.

Like any self-respecting queer kid, I got super into Greek mythology in school. I mean, what wasn’t to love? Fluid genders, shapeshifting, queer relationships all over the place–for the little weird bi kid, it was mythological paradise. So when I had the opportunity to review an early copy of Shelby Eileen’s collection of poetry reimagining Artemis as aromantic and asexual, I jumped to get my hands on it.

Ove
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Heather
Many thanks to the author, Shelby Eileen, for providing a free ARC ahead of time. It's much appreciated!

This book largely seeks to explore Artemis's narrative and relationships among the immortals and natures with her asexual and aromantic identities at the forefront. Personally, one of Eileen's most fascinating moves is to give Artemis adolescence—to give not just maidenhood but something akin to puberty to a being who is essentially ageless. Yet in giving Artemis an age, she comes to embody ag
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H. Bentham
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🌕 Full Snow Supermoon 🌕

"She is power. But even power, pure in its oppressiveness, reaches a breaking point. She experiences a splintering more beautiful than any buildup."

I'm posting this just in time for when the moon is closest to earth this year. To begin, let me just say I loved this so much! I read it maybe thrice since I first finished it and I feel like it just got better each time. Thank you for the Free ARC, in exchange of an honest review!

"born to question just how heavy the sky cou
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Mady
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for a review*

I wrote a review for Shelby's first poetry collection soft in the middle about a year ago when it first came out. I said of their writing then that they was a magician. I said that they struck chords in you that you didn't even know were there and that they did it with something that feels effortless. And their writing has just gotten better honestly. Goddess of the Hunt is a very different collection with a very different fee
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Elliott Dunstan
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm somebody who loves Greek mythology, so the premise of this chapbook already appeals to me on a deeply personal level, and Artemis as aroace just makes it that much sweeter. Plenty has been written about the 'virgin goddess', but surprisingly little from her own perspective, and this is the niche that Eileen's book slips into. The 100-page book flips between snapshots of moments in the life of a goddess (usually Artemis; sometimes Leto, or Persephone) and short poems, all filled with a richne ...more
Sofia
This was a fantastic collection.

What really stood out to me in this one was the atmosphere of it. Shelby Eileen perfectly captured the feeling of Ancient Greece and ancient forests. This collection felt as grand and ancient and godly as the content of the poems. I also found the actual layout/organization of the poems pretty cool and unlike anything I'd read before! I'll note here that I think the one thing that kept this from being five stars was that this collection didn't feel quite as cohesi
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Jordan
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an arc of Goddess of the Hunt in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone other than myself*
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Going into this book, I was super excited because not only do I LOVE (love love love love love) Greek Mythology, but Artemis is one of my favorite goddesses. Also, I love poetry books, and I was very excited to read an aro/aco own-voice novel.
I LOVED this book. It was everything I expected and more. The syntax and diction was stunning, and I lost tra
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Ellen Woolf
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelby kindly sent me an ARC of Goddess of the Hunt, and I love it! It is a beautiful collection of poems about Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, wild animals, chastity, childbirth, and the moon. These poems deal with rage, strength, loneliness, love, nature, and independence - and shows that none of these things are mutually exclusive (with some serious ace vibes as well, which I love). As a big fan of both Artemis and poetry, this book was an easy sell for me! But anyone who appreciates g ...more
Maz Hedgehog
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelby is truly brilliant. This collection is both a continuation of and departure from prior work.

As in prior collections, Goddess of the Hunt is a meeting of gentleness, courage and compassion. It comes with all the fierce protectiveness and fearless vulnerability anyone could want.

My one critique is, at times, it gets a little repetitive but truthfully that is a minor problem. The story is wonderful, the writing beautiful and the style unmistakably Shelby.

A treat for anyone who picks it up, t
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Ashly
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"a monstrous gathering of
untamable mist in the shape of a Goddess."


This collection is delicious and unique and earthy and magical. Eileen's word choices never fail to mesmerize me - definitely one of my auto-buy authors.

If you haven't already, you should also pick up soft in the middle and sunfish.
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