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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
Trials and Tribulations by Liv Kalay Hernandez is a 24-page collection of poetry and is a diary in verse about anger, rage, disappointment, and hard times as demonstrated by such poems as Walking Through Hell, Bleed, and Snake Eyes. But then a few poems of hope are thrown in as well, such as Never Alone where Hernandez writes, "Keep the faith, never lose sight," as she pens a poem of togetherness and always being by one's side. The lines, "So long locked in a cage, filled with rage, so long I was enslaved," explain the anger and hurt in the poem titled I'm Free. Cleanse My Soul is riveting with the lines, "Will I ever be clean? Can I understand all the horrors I have seen?" Ten poems in all, they will take you through both pain and hope and make you feel what the author feels.
The poems in Trials and Tribulations by Liv Kalay Hernandez come off not as self-pity, but as sincere self-expression. I think that while she shows the difficulties she's been through in life, she's also showing that there is hope and a better life once you get out of a hurtful relationship. Trials and Tribulations shares strong emotions and recounts Hernandez' life that was once filled with trials and tribulations, but is now secure and content. Hernandez is able to dig deep down into her raw emotions in Trials and Tribulations and bring forth verses that stir emotions in the reader.