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Garden of Ravens

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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

Hardcover, 155 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by The Narcissistic Rose
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Katherine Stargazing
While I could strongly relate to a part of this book, another part highly irritated me.

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

Love is like a wild garden
Sure, it's beautiful when it rains
But when it doesn't
Everything drie
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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
After all you’ve done
So I will help you find your place
Diana Iozzia
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Garden of Ravens”
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
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)

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
I, Medusa
My heart floods to you.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, poetry, retelling
This is the first collection of poetry I’ve read in a while but I really want to start reading more. I’m very familiar with the author’s fiction, so I probably have a different perspective in how I approached this and read these poems. I loved this as a whole. I thought it was beautiful and also nostalgic and fun in places. This book has seven sections so I’ll go through each and point out a few of my personal favorites.

Garden of Myth & Lore: I loved this section! These are a fun combination of
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of a poetry collection centering around dark poetry and folklore is an amazing concept. Unfortunately, the execution was terrible. The writing itself was less than mediocre and less than 5% of the poems were actually folklore poems. Most of them are abusive boyfriend poems. (Not that there isn't a time and place for such poems, or that they could not have been tied to the promised themes. They could have worked, they just didn't.)

The poems were strange -- not quite Instagram splitti
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 ⭐️’s
#GardenOfRavens #NetGalley

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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This collection of poems is just ok. A lot of the poems struck me as similar to ones I wrote in 7th grade when I thought no one could possibly understand me or my pain. Also, I might not be the right audience for it because these remind me a lot of Rupi Kaur's poetry, and I'm not impressed at all by Rupi Kaur's style. While the majority of them aren't terrible original, there are a couple that stand out. "I Love Coffee" and "She Loves This Boy" are great. They're both darkly funny and have more ...more
Aida ☾
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
3.5 stars.

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.

Sara D
Aug 12, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-hundred
This book of poetry leads the reader down a dark trail of loss and depression. Breakups, unrequited love, lack of self-worth are all common themes. At times, very difficult to witness the self-deprecating, psyche annihilating descent into mental breakdown depicted in these poems. Too dark for me, I'm choosing not to rate.

Thanks to netgalley and The Narcissistic Rose for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
Thank you to Netgalley for an ecopy.

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.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, poetry
I reviewed this collection for NetGalley.

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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
This collection of poetry unfortunately disappointed me.

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.

Clockwork bibliophile
Thank you Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a digital arc of this book.
3.5 stars.

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
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment 😩

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
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"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
Kristina | A Christian Reads
This is a 2.5 star collection for me. Garden of Ravens is divided into seven sections, all with a different theme for the garden. I found these poems to be geared to a Young Adult audience, focusing on themes of heartbreak, love, self-esteem and body image. While the poems were decent, this felt like a collection I've seen countless times at this point. Krystal Jane Ruin writes competent poetry and this collection felt cohesive in its structure. I knocked this down .5 stars because it was market ...more
Jul 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc
“I built this spiky wall around me
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me this book for an honest review.

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
Katie Norman
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. My opinion is entirely my own though.

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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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
Mackenzie (PeekabooReads)
Garden of Ravens has been both excellent and corny at times. I actually found quite a few that I liked that were different from your typical poems. They resonated with me in ways that I really liked. The themes of heartbreak, then not giving a damn, and then sadness again was good. I liked some of the poems that had like mythology added to it like "I, Medusa".

My favorite ones were
"I, Medusa"
"For Us" (my favorite)
"Darkest Night"
"Shadows of Silence"

Some poems were in l
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetry collections can be hit or miss with me - but this was a hit.

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.

Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for a review**
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
Jodi Perkins
Oh my gosh I love this book! I'm only expressing surprise here because I'm not a poetry person--I purchased this collection because I've read other novels by Krystal Jane Ruin and have come to love her writing. I had only intended to skim through the poems, but once I hit "Werewolf" and "Discarded," I was hooked. I am now halfway through the book and only pausing for a minute to write this review ("Evil Cupid", by the way, is BRILLIANT). Ruin's poetry is edgy, compelling, and surprisingly fun in ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's a no for me. As someone who is very familiar with the subject matter, I felt like this book was all over the place. Like what are you trying to say? It just seemed very generic to me. I also feel like the author needs some real counseling because some of the stuff was kinda creepy and not in a good way either. Mental health is serious matter, and if this is a cry for help please find some immediately, because too much is going on in this world right now for things like this especially to be ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't end up connecting with this book of poems. They're nicely written, and a few of them stood out to me, but I didn't think there was anything radically new here. What I did like was how the book was divided into sections, each of them named "Garden of ______". This went along with the theme quite well. It's a pretty dark book of poetry in that all of the poems are fairly depressing/sad. And the cover is really pretty. I just don't think the poems quite match what I thought they would be.

Destiny Bridwell
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always been a lover of poety. It is deep and meaningful way of expressing one's self. I try to read poetry as often as I am able. When I found Krystal's book I had to have. I read it a couple of times and the poems did not mean the same things to me even if I was reading the same words again. That is the thing about poetry is means different things to each person who reads it. She does have a way with words. They wave a story an ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I hate to review poetry. It is written from deep within. It comes from the soul so reviews are more angst ridden.
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.
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