The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The beautiful illustrations in this book were just stunning! I’ll share a few throughout my review.

How I Felt: I have never read a book of poetry before, and I was honest with the author about that before I agreed to review this book. It was hard for me to get into the book as a book like one I would normally read. What I kept thinking was that I would love to have this on my coffee table to sift through at different times. The book is broken into different segments and the poems are about that sections theme. Each of those sections are part of an octopus. Such as the below. These little previews of the next section really intrigued me.

Each of the eight arms of an octopus has enough neurons in it to act semi-independently of the brain. Does this make it easier? To have brains in your arms? Does it make it easier to decide; Do I hold on a little bit longer or do I let go?

Section II of The Octopus Curse: A Collection of Clingy Poems by Salma Farook

However, the poetry does not rhyme and that was a bit of a deterrent for me. The poems are short and easy to read, so the book itself is a pretty quick read. For me, it just wasn’t enough to pull this up to a 4 star.

To Read or Not to Read: If you enjoy reading poetry, I believe you would really enjoy this book. If you are interested in trying out a poetry book, this one is a quick read and might be a good start!


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