ARC Review : Charcoal Thunderstorms




I want to start off by thanking Cheyenne Raine for giving me this copy of her book. This hadn’t influenced in any way my review or my rating. 


“you will tell them
that you were
the property of no one.
you were the chaos
in the storm and you
were the deep roar in the
jungles. a rebel of a soul.
you will tell them,
won’t you? that you were
the queen in a dusty throne,
the soldier in rusted chainmail.
you belonged to yourself.”

– queen in a
throne of chaos


This collection of poetry has a very youthful feeling to it, it will make you nostalgic, remind you of all those childhood happiness. The writing was very beautiful and I adored it, I think it was a huge part as to why I gave this book five stars. It makes me really happy that I’ve gotten to read Cheyenne’s book before it blew up (because I’m confident it will), it feels like discovering a young, very promising talent.

This book is split into five sections and the sixth one is made up of stories and tales, that I’ve also enjoyed very much. The tales are mythology-inspired and there’s this one that stood up entirely to me – Valley Magic, the writing was very magical and it was focused on elves, which is always awesome! (Elves never get enough attention)

I really adored how the sections were very different, making it very easy for anyone to enjoy at least one section. The first one called royalty + war, had this very regal, but also bad-ass feeling to it. Monster + magic reminded me very much of childhood tales (also Alice references!!!). Wilderness + city might have been my favourite out of all of them, I have a weak spot for sad poetry, poetry that inspire me nostalgic thoughts. I felt like this section was amazing. Words + sounds and young + living had some very beautiful bookish aspects in them, but also made me think of love and happiness. I think they concluded very well this beautiful and meaningful collection of poetry.

All in all, charcoal thunderstorms was very magical and I’m looking forward to seeing more poetry books from this author because she has lots of potential.


I’ve also read maroon daydreams by the same author earlier this month and I gave it four out of five stars. What I really loved about this collection were the photographies that accompanied the poetry, it was very well thought and I thought it was such a cool idea! I usually see drawings, but rarely photographs. The writing was as beautiful as with charcoal thunderstorms, but I feel like I’ve noticed an improvement when it comes to the writing style from this one to charcoal thunderstorms.

Definitely check out Raine’s poetry because her books are very beautiful and you won’t regret reading them.



Do you like reading poetry? What are some of your favourites? And have you read charcoal thunderstorms?





8 thoughts on “ARC Review : Charcoal Thunderstorms

  1. Marie says:

    I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I really enjoyed the quote you put at the very start of this post. It is really beautiful ❤ I might have to try and read this one, maybe I'd like it 🙂 thank you for the lovely recommendation ❤

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  2. Ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    Oooo I love poetry. Actually I hate a specific poet that I keep learning about in school *wink wink nudge nudge beacuse you probably know who that is and please let there be another person that doesn’t like Mihai Eminescu in this world*. I adored Milk and Honey tough AND SINCE THEN I’ve been meaning to read a whole lot more of this type of feminist poetry!! Lovely review ❤!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      SAMEE! I think romanian poetry is really beautiful, hahaha, Mihai Eminescu is okay, I used to love his poetry very much when I was in middle school. In high-school, I discovered Bacovia and Blaga and I feel in love with their poems. Bacovia’s depressive style is right up my alley. I adored Milk and Honey, definitely check Rupi Kaur’s other book The Sun and Her Flowers, it’s amazing! ❤ It's a shame we don't really have feminist poems, but eh… Thank you very much!

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