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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
Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published February 18th 2019
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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
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 (alliewithbooks)
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Nicole Field
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Leah
As always, I love love love this poetry collection from Shelby Eileen!

Read the review on my blog!
Serena
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Serena by: Quartzen
Shelves: arcs-or-giveaway
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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Helen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rose Sinclair
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abigail
Ugh I love it.

The poetry style is different from Shelby Eileen's previous collections, but just as beautifully crafted and worded. I need to read this collection again and highlight the lines I love the most. There were so many! And I reread several of the poems because they were so beautiful. Definitely recommend.
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
"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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Adriana
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

I treat the forest as my kingdom
because it is the only place that's ever given me
strength
without asking for something in return


Shelby Eileen has crafted a powerful poetry collection that explores themes of asexuality and aromanticism through the lens of the Greek moon goddess, Artemis. Here, we see a character who is strong, resilient, and complete. In a world were romantic love and desire are almost forced upon us, Artemis lives with purpose and lacks for nothing. I was extremely mov
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Elke
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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Artemis
For someone who goes by the name of Artemis, who favours and admires her above all Greek gods, and who likes to invoke her, I can't believe that I have never read anything specifically about Artemis until now. Maybe it's the curvy, POC Artemis with a crescent moon on her forehead on the cover of this tome that attracted me so fiercely.

'Goddess of The Hunt' is a series of poems by Shelby Eileen about Artemis; about what makes her so stunning and awesome. It is also about her as an aromantic asexu
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Vanessa
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jessica C Writes
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
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.
franny
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„I like my girls secure I like my girls bountiful, beautiful, resplendent, lush I like my girls like I like my forests made of everything from wispy saplings young, strong, malleable alive to plump berries decadent, heavy, vital vast.“
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
I didn’t know I needed an ace artemis until now
Shelby Leigh
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sophie
you know when a book is just so beautiful you want to scream till the end of times? this is it
Melissa
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
🌕 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  ·  review of another edition
*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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“Artemis, age; She wishes there were entirely different schools of thought prescribed to marriage, union. To connection. There must be, out there, ways to die for someone that do not mean altruistic, all-encompassing, romantic, sexual, love.” 0 likes
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