Garden of Ravens
A collection of dark poetry that journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression.
We hide in shadows
We wither under layers
Sunlight is for beautiful people
Darkness is for us
for the overthinkers
- the dedication
Garden of Ravens is a poetry collection on love, moving on, depression, and abuse. The book is divided into different "gardens":
Garden of Myth and Lore
Garden of Graves
Garden of Shadows
Garden with a broken gate
Garden of Storms
Garden without a key
Garden of Starlight
Love is a Garden...more
Love is like a wild garden
Sure, it's beautiful when it rains
But when it doesn't
Where is the meaning to my life
Where is the ending to the grief
Where is the sunlight for my eyes
Will I ever smile again
I have mixed feelings about this collection. I really enjoyed the idea of weaving together this dark fantasy vibe with a little light horror, tied into a narrative of mental illness and love gone wrong. That said, while some of the poems worked well for me, others didn’t hit the mark.
You don’t deserve to be in peace...more
After all you’ve done
So I will help you find your place
Written by Krystal Jane Ruin
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia
“Garden of Ravens” is a dark collection of poetry, with influence of magic, fairy tales, mythology, lore, and horror elements. Krystal Jane Ruin is a new poet to me, so I was eager to see how her poems connect and if I would like to further dive into her written works.
My first impression of the collection was the extensive table of contents. Noticing the myriad of poems in this book, I became further intrigued. Additionally, t ...more
Garden of Ravens is a selection of dark poetry that has themes such as mythology, magic and depression.
Some of the poems I didn’t connect with as well as others but I can say every single one was beautifully written.
Some of the poems were lyrical, dark and really dragged emotions from me which I hadn’t expected.
This is the first poetry book I’ve voluntary read and I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading it.
Some of my favourites were:
For a while
My heart floods to you. ...more
Garden of Myth & Lore: I loved this section! These are a fun combination of ...more
Will anyone notice that I’m gone?
Will they miss seeing my face?
If God wanted to save me. . .
Why didn’t he send you to this place?
I tried so hard to make it.
I tried to deal with the pain.
But every morning I woke up,
I was still stuck on this plane.
I cried out to you, you never answered.
I cried out to you, you never came.
Each day my pain was heightened,
Each day I felt the same.
Will anyone wonder where I’ve gone?
Will they care if I’m not here?
Death rings its bells fo ...more
The poems were strange -- not quite Instagram splitti ...more
I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
First off, four of the poems in this collection I truly felt. They spoke to me. And in that case I really felt power and connected with the collection. The writing style was so dark, yet kept me entertained enough to keep on reading and I’d like to read more poems like this in the near future. However, the lower rating is because out of a collection of poems, only being connected to four is quite low. T ...more
This was quite the unusual poetry collection.
The dedication reads "for the overthinkers" and i think it fits really well. some of the poems felt like the kind of nightmare that's foggy once you wake up, other felt like the thoughts you get right before you fall asleep. some of them felt like what my brain does when i'm in the middle of an anxiety attack. it's different and a bit weird, the style is nothing new or outstanding, but i really liked it.
Thanks to netgalley and The Narcissistic Rose for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I gave Garden of Raven’s three out of five stars. I didn’t mind it, I don’t really connect with that many poems. I highlight a few that I liked but for the most part it just seemed average. It’s not anything that I would of exhale for myself or someone else. I was hoping for more from seeing the cover.
I went into Garden of Ravens thinking I was going to get a clever collection of poems that uses themes of folklore and fairytale. After all, as the description says, it is a" collection of dark poetry that journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression".
What there actually was of folklore was very little, and I would not call the use of these references clever. There were references to Little Red Riding Hood, The Boy Who Crie ...more
I have read numerous poems with similar subject matter before, but the way this collection was executed didn't add anything new to the topic. It honestly felt as-if it was written by someone in a deep depression that still has a lot to work through with a trained professional. It's one thing to write about heartbreak and mental illness, but it becomes a bit worrisome when stalking and murder is thrown into the discussion so nonchalantly.
I don't read poetry often but when I saw the description of this book that promised me dark twisted fantasy, folklore and myths, I was highly intrigued. Unfortunately I did not get much of that. The poetry in this book seems like a compilation of the author's personal thoughts and feelings. But I am not complaining because I really enjoyed this book.
Garden of Raven is divided into seven section - eac ...more
I was so excited to read an anthology of dark poetry and though I pushed to read 71% I was thoroughly bored all the way throughout only enjoying 2 or 3 poems 😭 so for the first time in a while I had to DNF (did not finish) 🙁
My main issue is that it was described as "collection of dark poetry that journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression"
It felt nothing like that. It felt like a stream of consciousness of teen angst which I wouldn't mind i ...more
"Momma always told me to watch out for
wolves in nice suits
But even the strongest wolf will perish with
the right dose of poison." -- Wolves
Alright, first off: I love reading poetry, I hate reviewing poetry. I find it difficult to rate such deep, personal, sensitive works like popular poetry. Most popular poetry works include themes that the author themselves have experienced before and thus I find it difficult ...more
I almost wish I could break down
Sure, no one can get in
But I can’t get out”
I find it difficult to review poetry. It’s a very personal thing - and its enjoyment is always subjective, depending on how much it makes you feel.
Unfortunately, this poetry collection left me rather cold. There were a few poems here and there that sparked my interest (“I Love Coffee” for example), but most of the poems simply did not resonate with me. The majority of them read like a 200 ...more
The positives - There are some lovely poems relating to folklore and mythology. I enjoyed the werewolf poem and it inspired a werewolf origin story. 'Forgetting You (Part Une)' was another one I enjoyed. The layers and context of these poems were interesting.
A book of poems or a book of thoughts? This poetry book left me wanting more. More thoughtfulness, more imagination, more exploration, and more transformation. This book la ...more
First off, the hardback cover is a very physically nice book. It will look nice on my bookshelves. I know that this doesn't matter to most people, but it might to some.
There were a few of the poems that I really liked (Werewolf, The Gingerbread House, I Love Coffee, and She Loves This Boy.) These are creepy in a "Human's are creepy" kind of way. Most of the poetry collection is geared towards "He/Lover ...more
Garden of Ravens by Krystal Jane Ruin was a collection of poetry split into seven sections. The first section, titled Garden of Myth and Lore, had me believing we were off to a great start. I love poetry, fiction, whatever inspired by mythology and folklore. It was a great section and I enjoyed the pieces in it. Then it ended and went into the next section and the style changed and I wasn’t fee ...more
My favorite ones were
"For Us" (my favorite)
"Shadows of Silence"
Some poems were in l ...more
This goes into some dark themes so I think it could do with a trigger warning section at the beginning to unsuspecting readers. That being said, it reminded me a lot of my own poetry.
Some of the poems really spoke to me - it was the case of some poems being very simplistic but also some being very symbolic (making you "work" to understand what the poem is about). Also lovely imagery both written and shown through the images.
This book of poems takes you on a train ride of emotions. It takes you from wild animal to how comfort can come from words. Most of the poems take about depression and anxiety. I really liked her style! I liked how the ‘chapters’ were separated with a little art!
The downsides are:
-there needed to be a trigger warning because some people don’t handle reading about depression or things in that manner and it can be detrimental to th ...more
Suffering from depression myself I felt some kinship with the writer. These poems are raw and cry out but in a youthful unpolished voice.
Bravo to the poet who made the effort to illustrate pain with words. Just needs some refining. Perhaps that is my age speaking.