Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

Posted July 23, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

Wild Embers

Wild Embers

by Nikita Gill

Publisher: Trapeze on November 16, 2017
Genre: Poetry
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★½

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Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.


Oh poetry.

We have a sordid relationship.

I like poetry that awakens my soul and for me, that needs to have very intentional language, formatting, even punctuation.  When it comes to Wild Embers, it wasn’t a good fit for me.  And I find it very difficult to judge poetry in this way, because I know that so many of my opinions are very objective.  Frankly speaking, what works for other readers doesn’t work for me at all.  So here’s what I learned from Wild Embers.

First of all, I don’t think I particularly enjoy contemporary poetry.  This book came highly recommended to me and while I love the person who suggested it and I love that she loves it, I didn’t.  I felt like I was reading the same poem over and over.  Many of the poems I think I would have liked if they ended sooner.  That said, this very uplifting for people who need that in their life.  They felt like they could have been featured on an Instagram that posts girl power, “you are enough” messages as their brand and there’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s just not what I was looking for.  Especially not repeated over and over and over for 150 pages.

Additionally, Nikita Gill’s style just didn’t do it for me.  I ended up losing the flow in the middle of several poems because some lines or stanzas were particularly wordy.  Because of the short form of poetry, I look for each word to have significant purpose.  Gill’s style is more of a natural flow, train of thought method.  At least, that is how it appeared to me.  And a lot of people really like this, and I think it’s a good way to start, but I don’t feel each word bore its proper weight.  Again, this is a style thing – lots of people will like natural flow poetry.  It’s just not something I enjoy.  It doesn’t hit me powerfully.

At the end of the day, there were only three poems I enjoyed.  Two of them, ‘Artemis’ and ‘Athena’, are very similar.

If you’re looking for uplifting, light poetry with a lot of “you are a beautiful flower” reminders (which many of us do need from time to time!!) then Wild Embers will be something you really enjoy.  For myself, I think I need to start looking for a different kind of poetry.

Ratings Breakdown

Writing: ★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Subject: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment:


Wild Embers Will Be DOnated

Not only did I not enjoy Wild Embers, but I legitimately struggled to get through it.  If I’m even moderately enjoying the poetry, I can easily sit down and read through an entire collection in an hour or two. Even if it doesn’t resonate, I can process through it.

Wild Embers was a struggle.  Not only did it not hold my attention, but I found myself texting a friend who knows poetry well and asking her if it was just me or was I justified in my deep dislike.  To her deep credit, she broke down poems and told me where something was a bit messy, and other things were very good.  She’s a good person.  And without her, I’d’ve probably rated this lower.

Regardless, Wild Embers in not a book I would read again and it needs to go.


What style of poetry do you like best?  Do you like light, inspiring poetry?  Or dark mournful poetry?  What about another kind?  Let me know your favorite style in the comments!

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2 responses to “Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

  1. I’m currently trying to read more poetry and expand my reading to really work out what I like and what I don’t. And hopefully, improve my own poetry in the end. Despite that you didn’t like this collection, I think I’ll give it a go anyway. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 🙂

    • Amber

      That’s awesome! I think a lot of people will really like this collection, I honestly do. My friend really enjoyed it. But that’s the wonderful thing about poetry – because it strikes personal, it is less a matter of “this book is good” or “this book is bad” than it is “this book did/didn’t click for me”. I hope you really enjoy it!