REVIEW: The Lithium Chronicles by Nicole Lyons

The following is a review for an advanced copy of The Lithium Chronicles by Nicole Lyons. I was given a free copy of this title in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for the review. These terms do not affect my review in any way. 

tlcI don’t typically read poetry. I feel like I say that a lot; in some of my other reviews I say I don’t typically read erotica. The truth is that I don’t typically read either, but I do have a passion for the written word, and Nicole Lyons writes gorgeously, so when I was offered the chance to read an advanced copy of her latest collection, The Lithium Chronicles, I jumped at the opportunity.

Nicole writes with desire and hunger, and these passionate qualities show through every word she writes. Rainbow Rowell once wrote, “She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” That is how I feel about The Lithium Chronicles. It is art, a collection of writing that makes you feel deeply and also makes you feel understood on a level that is not always there in society or our day-to-day lives.

How strange it is,
when a life shatters,
the sun still rises;
traffic still jams,
and people carry on.

With her poetry, she manages to capture the human condition in a way that so many people can relate to. Anyone who has ever lived with their soul bared and as a result has been hurt (either physically or emotionally), has loved, and has had real, heart-splitting emotions should read this book. A good piece of writing embodies that feeling, and I think that is the reason. that many people who love reading continue to do so; because there are books out there that paint those feelings and emotions all over the page for us to cling to. The Lithium Chronicles is one of those books.

Until you have tethered your madness
to someone else’s sanity
in order to keep breathing, you don’t know vulnerability.

nicolelyonsFor those who are wondering, based on the title and cover alone, if this is a mental health related book: in my opinion it is and it isn’t.

We were psych stays and breakdowns, pills popped and death threats,
sirens wailing and holding cells.

While it reflects some mental health themes throughout that as a schizophrenic woman I can certainly appreciate, you don’t have to be affected (either directly or indirectly) by a mental illness to understand or enjoy this book. It represents many aspects of what we all experience as human beings: love, pain, death, beauty, art, and again, love. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered if they are alone. Spoiler alert: you’re not.

The Lithium Chronicles will be available April 9, 2019 from Indie Blue Publishing.

Nicole Lyons is a bestselling and award-winning writer, activist, and poet. You can find her books here, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram

 


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