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The Octopus Curse

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.

There are a multitude of great divides between us; race, r
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by SeaShell Publications
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Athina Gilmore
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
❝ I'm struggling to be heard in a world that demands I be naked before I even open my mouth, and even then, they say speak softly. ❞⁣

It's been such a pleasure to read this poetry collection. It's a very emotional and personal experience to read someone else's thoughts and feelings and be able to fully connect with them, see them. I also came to appreciate the beautiful artwork 🖤⁣

It's definitely a very sensitive poetry collection and i am 100% recommending this if you're a fan of poetry and a h
Khyati Gautam
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook is a tapestry of delightful poems that touches upon several themes of love, women, heartbreak, rape, etc softly and powerfully. Each segment in the book starts off with the characteristic of an Octopus explained and compared to human traits. It is wonderful to see how the author plays with words to create a surreal impression on the readers. The poems sift through various theme and that makes them both interesting and appealing. A few poems truly made me marvel ...more
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
4/5 ⭐️

Thank you so much to the author for kindly sending me an e-copy of her poetry collection in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.

This book is a beautiful collection of poems that the reader can completely relate to and connect with. It has stunning illustrations inside that really make it unique and even more beautiful. The collection is divided into different parts, all introduced with truly interesting facts about octopi hm is that really the plural of "octopus"? Idek
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As you all know, poetry is not my forte. And everything clingy is something I'm always avoiding. But believe me, The Octopus Curse nail it! It exceeds all my earlier expectations. I shouldn't make a hasty decision just because of the title. So you could say I've learned my lesson.

First of all, let's appreciate the cover! It's spectacular. Not only that, the arts are fantastic which was included in every chapter. It's a beautiful symmetry. Pretty much amazing.

Its more than just words of passion
Emily (Emily.Reads_)
An absolutely beautiful collection of poetry! I really enjoyed this book, this author is a wonderful writer! So many of the poems were just so powerful and had a deep meaning and I love that so much about poetry! I love when it makes you think and when you can connect to it on a personal level, it’s like the author just takes the words right out of your mouth!
I especially loved the last poem and thought that it was the perfect ending to the book!

*I Kindly received a copy of this book in exchange
Valery Tikappa
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse is a collection of insta-poetry and Salma Farook has worked it all out beautifully.

The collection presents poems of various themes, divided into parts linked by interludes about the octopus, which I found very nice.
Salma in her poems talks about love and broken hearts, self-confidence, family, friendship, intelligence and beauty, all accompanied by splendid mandala-style images along with Indian-inspired hands, things that I loved and found a beautiful reminder of origins of th
Astha Vyas
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The peaceful Octopus on the yellow cover, instantly familiarised me with the theme of the book.

Honestly, I am naturally biased towards poets, but having said that, I am extremely critical of poetry. It is so easy for each one of us to be called poets by writing popular themed short poem; but it is increasingly difficult to behold the meaning and construct a structure around it.

Salma Farook has done a commendable job at writing this book full of poems that seem an extension of her own beautiful s
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Wow! This was such an amazing read. But the word amazing doesn't even begin to cover this book. It was brilliant and touched me to the core. This is probably going to come out as one big ramble on my part but this collection of poems really blew me away! Last year I read the author's inspirational nonfiction (What Your Soul Already Knows) and this book also a huge winner for me but I gotta say that The Octopus Curse just confirmed that Salma Farook is such a talented author. I adore her writing ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by the author

I’ve got a soft corner for him,
She says,
I laugh and tell her
You’re nothing but soft corners
In fact, you give all the soft
To the world,
Leaving all the corners
For yourself.
Be kinder, I insist.
To you, for you.

This is just one of the amazing poems by Salma Farook from her poetry book releases today called The Octopus Curse.
It is a collection of poetry about love, heartbreak, resilience, travel, self-love, femininity and women’s issues.
I loved the poems t
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intricate and beautiful book of poetry.
Thank you Salma Farook for sending this to me.

I found this collection of poetry totally spellbinding, something that I really connected to emotionally and spiritually. I especially love the busy cover and the illustrations along the way. Not only do you read the words Salma has put to paper, but you feel them deep within too. These poems have meaning, and even if you cant relate to a few, you come away with an intense understanding of the significance behin
Hana Bilqisthi
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: puisi
In a world where my shape,
My hair, my legs, and my skin
Need to be perfect
Before I can take
A step forwars,
She cannot she that
My modesty is the
Grandest act of rebellion
-Salma Farook, The Octopus Curse

The book is beautiful inside out. The cover is pretty and it also has lots beautiful illustrations and graphics 😍
I think I will give 5 star for the illustration alone
For the poetry, I think the rating range from 3-5 star.

The best part is Octopus Curse ebook is FREE on Amazon from November 1st to Novem
Elvina Zafril
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since the last time I read poetry book. The Octopus Curse made me so emotional. Some of the poems contained very deep meaning. Some of them are relatable.

This poetry somehow a tribute to women out there. Women are strong and brave. Don’t let other people tell you otherwise. The cover and the illustrations inside are beautiful. I’m in love with all the arts.

Good writing and such a wonderful collection of poems. Definitely worth my time.

Thank you @salma.farook for sending me a co
Anandi Puritipati
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between giving this book a 3 or a 4 so it'll be 4 for now
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-and-poems
This book felt like a confession, of stories and lives of those written in glory, of their struggles and pains. The words that inked the pages as a reminder of those soul's lost battles with their demons and songs of victories. These were the stories of living, breathing women, surviving and conquering the world with their strengths. Some stories you could relate to and some you don't. But you still understand, acknowledge their existence like a fellow comrade consoling the loss of another's. Th ...more
Janne Janssens
I am not going to rate this book because I rarely read poetry, so I don't feel like I would be a good 'judge', However, I did enjoy this book. It contained some beautiful and emotional, as well as empowering poems for women
Lois (thecarrotstories)
Exceptionally beautiful! I’ve always had a thing for poetry that I can relate to or that has so much depth about society and life. And this, my friends, has the essence that I crave for in every poetry ever.

Firstly, I’d like to say that I absolutely love the concept the author used in creating each section of the book. Using different characteristics of an octopus as a main theme, she clusters her collection of poetries into these different section. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

Next, I real
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook is a collection of poems which are beautiful, heartbreaking and real at the same time.

This beyond gorgeous book contains an equally unique set of poems which are divided into various segments basing them on the facts connected to an octopus. Which by the way is both creative and absolutely fits the characterization.

Accompanying the poetry, are stunning illustrations that adds another layer to the poems.
Farook speaks boldly about different topics like : sexual ab
Solitude and  books
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Octopus Curse is probably one of the most beautiful books I have in my collection.I mean I consider it a unique piece of art. Filled with jaw dropping illustrations on every single page , decorated with Henna and mandala designs it has deep and intense poems.There are total Six sections.



"𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒖𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒂 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒎𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒆. 𝒀𝒆𝒕 𝑰 𝒂𝒍𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒚 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒎𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒙𝒆𝒅 𝒔𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒖𝒎𝒑. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉
Nabila Shaikh
The Octopus curse is a beautiful book of poems dealing with a variety of important topics/issues such as feminism, rape, patriarchy etc. I sincerely thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was so raw and touching. (I actually teared up quite a few times).
Salma has done such an amazing job with it. I could actually feel all the effort that went into creating this. Every poem struck a chord within me and I could relate to it so much. Uncannily, it's like she wrote everything I have ever felt but
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking, a wonderful collection

I was approached by the author a few monthes ago if I would be interested in reviewing her poetry collection. I am so glad she did.

The layout of work flowed beautifully from one to the next. Most collections like this generally only have a few pieces that will stick out but I really enjoyed the majority of what was presented.
There was one that made me look at some things I've experienced in my own life in a new light. It turned something I once felt ve
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-a-day, 2019
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really beautiful poetry collection! It covers topics of love, heartbreak, self-doubt, and finding confidence in yourself. There were a lot of lines that struck me, and the writing overall is really beautiful. As with all poetry collections, there were poems that I liked more than others, and poems I found a bit cliche or repetitive.

Some favorites of mine from the collection are: "Many of the stars we see at night are
Toya (the reading chemist)
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse is a beautiful collection of poetry that is filled with gorgeous imagery and raw emotion. While I don't normally read a lot of poetry, I loved that so many different topics were discussed in these passages. Additionally, the illustrations throughout the collection are absolutely incredible. At under 200 pages, this is a quick read that offers you an alternative escape from the typical novel reading.

Thank you to the author for providing an eARC for review. This did not influen
Destiny (myhoneyreads)
This was such a beautiful collection. The illustrations were gorgeous and the metaphor of the octopus was brilliant. I tabbed up this collection like crazy and I look forward to revisiting some of my favorite poems, which were just superb. Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy to review.
Kanwarpal Singh
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Octopus curse is book by Salma Farook where she divided the book in 6 section first section talk about her love life crush, hypothetical examples, her confession , misunderstanding, bridging the gap, trip to Bangkok, listening to heart, reckless decisions, don't get cornered by yourself, breakup.
Section 2nd in search if love in concentric circles, unsaid feelings, fall for her again, silence and absence, didn't get love back, parent possessiveness, staying together, apologize , self respect (mo
Eunice Moral
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!


"I am the bridge between continents,
The merger of languages,
The fusion of cultures.
I am the reminder that the lines
We once drew between ourselves
Were not meant to be fractures,
But only to show how our borders
Fall together like puzzle pieces"

It has been a while since I last read a poetry book, so much so that I crave the feeling it gives me. That feeling of calm, some sense of inner peace that I don’t get from other genres. Poetry is the language within which people are unit
Anfal Books
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Two months ago I have launched my Women Book Club and it happened that Dr.Salma Farook was our guest where we had a fulfilling conversation about the commited crimes against women and her intentions in writing The Octopus Curse that she recently released .She literarly said that via her words she aims to speak of the unheaerd voices of women .

Therefor and beforing anything I would like to thank her for sending me a copy that I was craving to read . In her compilition of poems Dr.Farook has discu
Yoanna Stefanova
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A while ago @salma.farook asked me whether I wanted to read and review her new book - a collection of poetry. I was very grateful and excited but let me tell you, that at first I was not sure whether I could be of much help reviewing the book because I am definitely not a savvy at reading poetry(although recently I’ve gotten immersed into that world). But something from the very title- ‘The Octopus Curse’- A Collection of Clingy Poems, piqued my interest and curiosity and I decided to dive into ...more
Aishah Humaira'
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Keeps me
On the ground,
But you are
A much
stronger force;
The one that brings my lips up
To a smile.”

- Theory of Relativity, The Octopus Curse

Beautiful, enthralling and empowering!

The Octopus Curse brought me to tears once I reached its final pages. It was indeed filled with clingy love poems, but they were written in such a wonderful way and they were so much more than just about love between a woman and a man. It was also about self-loving, and caring about those who should be loved more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, I would like to thank @salma.farouk for sending me her new released book.I really enjoyed reading The Octupus Curse .
Those who know me best know that i'm in love with poetry . I find it essential to read poetry because it is a genre that opens our minds and allows us to think and appreciate the imagination of poets. When I think of poetry, I think of Nizar Qabbani, Gibran, Hugo and many other poets whom I continue to appreciate.
In her book, the author speaks about love with all it
Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
I was a little apprehensive before reading this book as it’s the first poetry collection I’ve read since high school. I rarely enjoyed decrypting poems and digging deep to find meanings. I have never resonated with a poem or felt a strong connection deep in my soul.

That is until I read The Octopus Curse.

These poems are unlike any poems I’ve read before. They are raw and insightful, and every line is packed with emotion, straight from the heart. I had to take a moment after each poem to let the
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Salma Farook is a Seychelloise doctor, writer and poet. A mental health and positive-thinking advocate, she strongly believes in the role of interfaith harmony and the power of words in making a positive impact on the world.

She was born on the islands to two ‘very Indian’ parents. She grew up on the islands and went on to complete Med-school in India. She believes the scenic beauty of the Seychell

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