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Afterlife Halloween Sale

afterlife halloween sale

Hello there!

I decided to run a Halloween sale for my debut poetry book, Afterlife!

Afterlife is now reduced to £3 in paperback and 99p on Kindle! HURRAY!

The sale will end on November 1st 2017.

You can buy your copy today via Amazon! Make sure to review Afterlife on Amazon and Goodreads as this helps me to reach other potential readers!

Also, did you know that I’m on Instagram? Connect with me there @meljenz and tag me in your Afterlife book photos and share your thoughts there too! Book photos are the best!  

In the meantime, check out my latest dear judas blog post to find out more about this mysterious chapbook.

Let me know if you managed to buy your copy of Afterlife via my social media sites below!

Thank you for your support!

– Melissa Jennings

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Literature Reviews

Review: I Danced With Sorrow by Alicia Wright

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Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)

Title: I Danced With Sorrow

Poet: Alicia Wright

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: “I Danced with Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry detailing the journey of one girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is split into five sections. Each is centred on a different aspect of her life, tackling various topics such as heartbreak, abuse, and finding liberation through creativity. Some of the main themes included are love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self. I Danced with Sorrow encourages the reader to explore the darker aspects of life, and reminds them that even after the chaos, there is still light.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: abuse, family estrangement, bullets, blood, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery, poor mental health, war, one moment of violent sexual imagery, suffocation.

My thoughts

Wright’s debut poetry collection is incredibly immersive; the images, questions, worlds created and explored will stay with you long after you have finished.

And so, you came,

and, unlike words,

you went away.

(Moving Forward, p.67)

Wright’s writing style is fantastical yet authentic. The poetry collection evidently draws from real life experiences, however, I struggled to connect with some of the poems as I felt some of the poems were forced. This is probably just down to personal taste.

I also wish the collection had a content warning as some of the imagery was quite intense. Additionally, I felt some of the typography was a tad random, in particular, the capitalisation at the beginning of each line in some poems, but again, this is down to personal taste.

Nonetheless, some of Wright’s poems hit me hard:

What good is your crown

if it’s made of thorns

and carries the weight of your guilt?

(The Reckoning, p.64)

This poem is so powerful, so much so that I had to stop for a few minutes to absorb it.

But, to bear your words was

to shoulder mountains.

(What Changed Her, p.24)

This is an incredible metaphor. The line conveys the core meaning of the collection: survival. This poem will stay with me for a long time.

Why did I read it?

I received a free copy of I Danced With Sorrow from the author. Thank you Alicia!

Does the poet have other works?

According to Goodreads, sadly not.


An incredibly varied poetry collection that does not let you go. Wright’s writing style is captivating, all of your senses are engaged.

– Melissa Jennings

Have you ever been immersed in a poetry collection?

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Underworld front cover reveal!

Here it is, folks, the front cover for my next poetry collection – Underworld!


Things will be turning upside down.

It follows on from Afterlife, my first poetry collection, but Underworld delves much deeper into the inferno underneath the skin.

Underworld will be released in July 2018!

Underworld is on Goodreads, so be sure to get it on your TBR list!!!

– Melissa Jennings

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Poetry Update: Underworld Cover Colour!

Hello! Well, it’s been a while since I posted a poetry update (and an update in general), so I thought I’d set the record straight.

I’m back at university as a second year English Literature student. A lot of reading and reviewing time will be taken up with university reading and essay writing (HURRAY), so I’m sad to say that my reviews will be irregular over the course of the next few months.

In other news, my second poetry collection, Underworld, is ticking over. I received my first proof of Underworld yesterday (mainly to see the cover), and oh my stars, it was a beautiful thing.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

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Underworld will be released in a dark shade of purple as Underworld is hella dark! I am super pleased with the cover; I really took my time to make sure it is what I wanted and I really hope my readers like (or even LOVE IT) too.

However, my job is not done. Underworld needs to be edited and thoroughly checked before release. My aim is to release Underworld in summer 2018, this will depend on feedback from my beta readers and reviewers, but until then, make sure to add Underworld to your want-to-read list on Goodreads.

Thank you for reading!

– Melissa Jennings

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Poem: Forgive My Hell by Melissa Jennings


there is light buried in my ribcage

flowing and burning through the cracks

I feel so alive.

I feel like I’m on fire.

isn’t that the same thing?

This poem is from my next poetry book, Underworld, which will be released in 2018. Make sure to add Underworld to your TBR list on Goodreads!

If you would like to read some more of my poetry, check out my debut collection, Afterlife, which is available in paperback and in ebook on Amazon.

What do you think of ‘Forgive My Hell’?

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