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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Before It Sets You Free by Anca Rotar is a collection of particularly dark poems that leave a lasting impression on the reader, or at least they did on me. The poem Warriors was quite good and I liked the last lines - "I am only here now, I will never return." The poems seem to be about death and what leads up to it. I think that Girl Talk and Intruder were very well written too. X Ray, while short, was a good poem. "I will look right through you, whether you like it or not" was a good line. I think this poem would be good after a break up. Some of the poems such as Orange and Joan of Arc was Framed are a little more obscure, but I think there is enough variety so that readers will find at least one poem that they will like.
Anca Rotar shows a talent for poetry in Before It Sets You Free. The poems are quite visceral, but enjoyable. I do not think this book will appeal to everyone, but I think it will find a fan base. I would have been a big fan of these poems when I was in my teens. There is a dark mind set and I think it will appeal to similarly minded people. The cover art, while striking, was unusual. It will draw people to check out the book. I would recommend this book to other readers and I am sure the author will do well with it.