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  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana Iozzia

    “sweet hearts” Written by Bella Ryan Bella Ryan is a great poet, so it’s funny to even say, “because she’s so young, it’s surprising”. Many fantastic parts of literature were created by young artists. Bella Ryan is one of them. As a self-published writer, Bella’s created a beautifully designed book with many poems about her initial infatuation with her now husband, their love story, and their lives together now. From speaking with the poet, she’s lovely, kind, and interesting. Bella’s poetry spea “sweet hearts” Written by Bella Ryan Bella Ryan is a great poet, so it’s funny to even say, “because she’s so young, it’s surprising”. Many fantastic parts of literature were created by young artists. Bella Ryan is one of them. As a self-published writer, Bella’s created a beautifully designed book with many poems about her initial infatuation with her now husband, their love story, and their lives together now. From speaking with the poet, she’s lovely, kind, and interesting. Bella’s poetry speaks wonders to the love story she and her husband have. Like myself, Bella and her husband have been in a long-distance relationship. As I am still in mine and haven’t “closed the distance”, I find it really calming and soothing to read poetry of a couple who have moved in together. Bella uses great poetic techniques in her writing. She includes many metaphors, similes, interesting juxtaposition. Her poems seem very nostalgic and fairy tale like, in some instances. I also enjoy that the poems feel very consistent throughout the book. I always feel that a collection reads best if the poems are similar and in the same writing style. The words are quiet, but very sweet and nice to read. I had the lucky chance to listen to her read out some of her poetry today, and it gave the same warm fuzzy feeling that I had as I read along. Her book is great to read along to with a nice hot drink and a couple of snacks. If only I had a fireplace. My favorite part of “sweethearts” is the New Year’s Eve poems. These poems, I assume, were written annually, or about each year that Bella and her husband have been together. I personally find myself to be a romantic and very sentimental, so these hit me hard in the best way. Realizing that one year they’re just at the beginning of their love. Another year they’ve moved in and are settled together in a home of their own. Her poems are very real and caring. I can become a bit funny with poetry that sounds like it’s completely imagined. Poetry feels best to me when it’s natural and based in truth. Not “I was walking by the ocean today and I thought of our love”. Were you, were you really at the ocean? I feel that Bella’s poetry is coming from the heart. The words feel like love letters or like bed time stories. There are also many allusions to Greek mythology, which I thoroughly enjoy as well. I have many favorite poems. Quite honestly, I think “sweethearts” could have just become my new favorite book of poetry. From a new, self-published, smaller, indie poet, no less. I hope all the best for Bella, this book is exciting. My favorite poems include: • “Goldilocks” • “Airports” • “Implode” • The New Year poems *** • “Between Us” ** • “Confection” ** • “Shadow” * • “Vertigo” • “8.8.16” • “Moving In” • “He Is” *** • “I Wonder What He Dreams” • “Sculptor” • “A Collection of Him” • “Storms At Midnight” • “Platonics” • “Homecoming” With all of my reviews, I often try to mention what I disliked or didn’t find interesting about a book. I am happy to report I didn’t have any of the such. I thoroughly and honestly loved this book. Please, if you’re looking for a scathing, determined review, look at some of my other ones. This is a great poetry book, and I am so happy to add this to my collection. * I received a complementary copy from the author for reviewing purposes. *

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dayla

    I received a copy via the author in exchange for an honest review When I accepted a PDF of this poetry collection, I knew I was entering a territory that I usually avoid as a reviewer. I took a chance and perhaps I shouldn't have, or perhaps now I know that contemporary poetry collections are not for me (a few exceptions apply). Sweet Hearts by Bella Ryan isn't a bad collection of poetry. In fact, I can see it being extremely popular with fans of poets like Rupi Kaur. The poems follow the writer' I received a copy via the author in exchange for an honest review When I accepted a PDF of this poetry collection, I knew I was entering a territory that I usually avoid as a reviewer. I took a chance and perhaps I shouldn't have, or perhaps now I know that contemporary poetry collections are not for me (a few exceptions apply). Sweet Hearts by Bella Ryan isn't a bad collection of poetry. In fact, I can see it being extremely popular with fans of poets like Rupi Kaur. The poems follow the writer's growth as a person living with anxiety and falling in love. The poems portray moments of insecurity, worship of love, and adulthood. The messages were, in themselves, pretty popular and relatable ones. My main issue with this kind of poetry is that sometimes I find the author over-explains an emotion. I know it's poetry and it's important to be able to portray emotion, but I found moments where I raised an eyebrow at certain metaphors, or at how a poem (in my opinion) could have been trimmed for a stronger effect. Another, smaller issue I had was how the progression of the collection was sometimes interrupted with poems that didn't quite function in the moment in time. This made me pause in my reading and try to decipher what was being said because it clashed with the original storyline. Perhaps it can be argued that the point of these introductions of seemingly random poetry was a way to interrupt our reading, like anxiety or depression would interrupt our experience of life. But that is just my potential interpretations--if this is the case, then it was brilliantly done. I mentioned earlier that this collection talks about the worship of love and wow, does this person love their love interest. I applaud them for finding love and being so happy, but I wish I had a little more to go on then odes upon odes to this person. For a large chunk of the collection, the majority of the poetry was aimed at him and since so many of the poems were so long and looked like novels put into verse, it was a bit overwhelming. With all my critique being said, I can see this poetry collection being a success among a wide audience. There are many poetry collections I'm not completely fond of, yet they are adored by many. To the author reading my review, take this with a grain of salt. I'm extremely picky with my poetry and I'm not a big fan of this style. Your word choices are impressive and I can see your intention behind the more elaborate metaphors. I'm giving this a three because I can see the potentially and because this isn't a bad collection of poetry, it's just not for me. I'd recommend this collection to fans of contemporary poetry! Happy reading!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristiana

    sweet hearts: poetry for the anxious and in love by Ryan is her first poetry collection and it is a moving portrait of someone struggling with love within themselves and accepting love from others. The collection follows the speaker’s journey from meeting someone online to long distance to falling in love. Throughout, anxiety is a heartbeat underpinning the speaker’s reactions to those around them. Poems like ‘when i told them’ and ‘my message in an bottle’ portray those feelings of difference a sweet hearts: poetry for the anxious and in love by Ryan is her first poetry collection and it is a moving portrait of someone struggling with love within themselves and accepting love from others. The collection follows the speaker’s journey from meeting someone online to long distance to falling in love. Throughout, anxiety is a heartbeat underpinning the speaker’s reactions to those around them. Poems like ‘when i told them’ and ‘my message in an bottle’ portray those feelings of difference and helplessness felt by someone with anxiety or depression. Often these conditions are met with reductive statements like ‘so, you worry a lot?’ Or ‘you feel sad sometimes, so does everyone.’ And so, Ryan’s raw honesty in ‘dishes’ is heartachingly touching - it is a moment I found incredibly relatable, trying to find the peace and quiet in mundane, monotonous routine because otherwise your mind feels on fire. But, Ryan does not write without hope. There are sweet tastes of sweethearts as the collection progresses. Ryan’s use of structure means each poem is individual but read together the reader is gifted with a narrative journey culminating in acceptance; demonstrated wonderfully through the ‘new year’ poems which mark every new beginning. Thus, the joy of love in poems like ‘love empiricism’ and ‘my love for him: the 11th dimension’ is palpable, almost tangible. What I love the most though, is how clearly Ryan’s voice has already matured since the release of this first collection; which means her upcoming release must be an absolute treasure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell T

    Read an advanced editors copy, Sweet Hearts is an emotional adventure with the author that helps you better understand anxiety just through the tone of her writing, while also being able to relate to the feelings and situations presented through her intriguing poetry collection. While it makes you think about the author, it also helps you reflect on yourself and your own feelings. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a poem to spark deep thought through simple words. Overall a great r Read an advanced editors copy, Sweet Hearts is an emotional adventure with the author that helps you better understand anxiety just through the tone of her writing, while also being able to relate to the feelings and situations presented through her intriguing poetry collection. While it makes you think about the author, it also helps you reflect on yourself and your own feelings. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a poem to spark deep thought through simple words. Overall a great read that you can draw out over a week to take time and reflect on each individual poem, or one you can read through in 45 minutes and become flooded with all different types of emotions. Either way you do it, a great read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    It's honestly a lovely collection focused around love. I just felt a little old reading it? I didn't fully relate to the feelings of love expressed, I think I would have related more if I read this a few years back instead of now. It's honestly a lovely collection focused around love. I just felt a little old reading it? I didn't fully relate to the feelings of love expressed, I think I would have related more if I read this a few years back instead of now.

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    Nicole

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    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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