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Sweet Oblivion by Jasmin Loren Book Review

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  • Sweet Oblivion.
  • Jasmin Loren.
  • 3,140 words.
  • Poems / Poetry Collection.
  • My Rating: Hell Yeah Book Review.

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Book Blurb:

‘Sweet Oblivion’ is Jasmin Loren’s debut poetry collection.

The poems within showcase a soul laid bare for all to see and demonstrate the struggles each and every one us faces at some point in our lives.

The poems within ‘Sweet Oblivion’ cover a variety of themes, from life and love to heartache and death, and if these poems show nothing else, they show how resilient we are as human beings.

Our souls can be crushed, our hope extinguished, but we will always find a way to not only survive, but to thrive and move forward, stronger than before.


Book Review:

A lot of you who read this review will already know Jasmin Loren. She’s one of us, a book blogger who blogs over at I Swoon Over Fictional Men. Yeah, you can guess from her blog name that she’s a fan of ‘those‘ types of books. You know the ones that I mean, books with ghastly glistening oiled studley abs on the covers – shudders!πŸ˜‚

You might also be aware from seeing comments on both our blogs that we partake in banter. Where I use a variety of variants on the term ‘Sprog‘ to terrorise the young Sproglet known as Jabz and now also known as Jasmin Loren, a fantastic poet.

Due to the banter exchanged between us and the fact that I know Sproggy through book blogging. I feel the need to point out that this review will be honest and impartial. I’m a book blogger, I review honestly and I don’t want my integrity called into question over this review due to the fact that I am remotely acquainted with the Sproggler through blogging. It would mean firstly that, I have failed as a book blogger and secondly if any of you do think it GFY, G. F. Y!

Now that’s out of the way, Sweet Oblivion is the debut collection of poetry by Jasmin Loren that takes you through the themes of Life Mind, Love, Heartache and finally Death. It’s the circle of life baby! – yeah, even I have seen The Lion King!

The collection itself is only short and can easily be read in one sitting. However (I know how much you like that word in reviews Sproggy so I had to get it in) while Sweet Oblivion is a quick read the words within are woven by Jasmin into meaningful poems that are fragments of her soul and they will stay with you long after you’ve actually finished reading the book.

You can tell from the introduction in Sweet Oblivion that poetry holds a special place in Jasmin’s heart.

Poetry is a constant presence within my life, having been there for me in my darkest hours when others have not. For me, it is a form of release. A lot of the inspiration behind my poetry is drawn from past experiences. I find it difficult to vocalise my feelings in the wake of a traumatic event, but I do not find it difficult to spill ink onto paper. Though vastly different methods of conveying emotion, the effect is the same; the feelings are purged from my system, clearing up some much needed headspace.

As someone who has suffered from depression and bouts of unhappiness myself, I always tend to look on the darker side of life rather than the lighter. Within Sweet Oblivion there are poems that focus on a range of various themes. Regardless of your preference, Jasmin’s poetry elicits vivid imagery and will evoke emotion in you.

With Jasmin’s kind permission, I am able to share with you my three favourite poems from Sweet Oblivion.

From the Life section: Defiance is the sweetest revenge.

I defy you with the mere act of living

By refusing to remain in the shadows

As nothing but an empty shell simply existing

That one sentence ‘I defy you with the mere act of living‘ is a battle cry to anyone who suffers from depression and demons to not give in and to stand and fight.

From the Mind section: Do you know me?

You say you know me, but you don’t, not really

Look carefully, can’t you see that isn’t actually me?

That’s nothing more than a construct, a convincing puppet

This puppet that looks just like me is tired, though

See the cracks in its eyes, the pain shining through

See the faltering smile it now struggles to maintain

Please, look at me and see beneath this facade

Peer intently through the glistening windows to my soul

See the sadness lurking beneath this painted grin

See me

Accept me

And simply love me.

This is just so poignant and relatable ‘See the sadness lurking beneath this painted grin’. That is something most of us will have done before, hiding our hurt and pain behind a fake smile.

And, from the Heartache section: Lies.

And he wove his web of lies

Ensnaring my heart

Until it withered and died

Obviously, the ‘he‘ bit doesn’t apply to me as I’m not that way inclined but if I substituted the ‘he‘ with ‘she‘ then, damn, the feels. It is such a short poem with simple words but so powerful and true to anyone who has ever been hurt and betrayed by someone that they loved.

There’s also a poem called ‘My Final Sunset‘ in Sweet Oblivion. It’s a poem that Jasmin wrote after the death of her great-grandmother and I challenge anyone not to read it and feel something. Like some of the other poems in the collection, ‘My Final Sunset‘ is written in a simple rhyming style and it is that simple elegance that really packs an emotional punch. Even those amongst you with a frozen heart will feel a thawing at the meaning imparted in the words.

I dabble in poetry myself (yeah, when I’m not being sarcastic and foul-mouthed I write the occasional poem on my blog) and as such, I know that poetry can be a tricky thing to write. On the one hand, it’s simple to put pen to paper write down some random meaningless words and call it a poem. But, on the other hand, poets bleed emotion through the written word. Yes, poetry is very subjective and not everyone will be able to relate to a specific poem. After all, from our lives, we all have different stories and memories that make us who we are. Poets try to convey a message and bring to life meaning through their words and work using poetry as a release for their inner feelings, torment, pain and experiences.

A poet attempts to transcend mere ‘words on a page‘ to ‘something more‘ allowing the reader to feel along with them and Jasmin with Sweet Oblivion manages that in a hauntingly beautiful and evocative fashion.πŸ‘Œ

Sweet Oblivion is a look into Jasmin’s soul. It is a journey through parts of her life in the form of poetry and it is well worth your time.

Sweet Oblivion is on Goodreads and is available to download FREE in a variety of formats from Smashwords.


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14 thoughts on “Sweet Oblivion by Jasmin Loren Book Review

  1. A rousing appraisal. Who could not want to read these poems. I could resonate with the part about not always being able to vocalise feelings directly after trauma, but poetry providing a way to bleed some of it away.
    Well done and best of luck with the book Jasmin.Great cover by the way.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! πŸ˜€ Yes, I find writing poetry to be very therapeutic following something traumatic. It helps release all that pent up emotion and I’m glad it’s something you can resonate with too. Poetry helps aid the emotional healing process I find ❀
      The cover was designed by one of my friends who's a very talented illustrator. There's a link to her work at the beginning of the book, so if you have a spare moment or two, please feel free to check out her work πŸ˜€

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  2. Oh my god, I got a ‘Hell yeah!!’ from you!! πŸ˜€ I think you’re one of the toughest, no-nonsense reviewers around so I can honestly say, without any sarcasm at all, that it is a real honour. Like I said to Liz yesterday, I’m very happy that you included a disclaimer before the review, stating that our acquaintance in no way impacted upon your review. (I’m gonna be nice here so don’t be weirded out) I know you don’t always agree, but your blog is amazing and I really enjoy reading your reviews; to know that this is what you truly thought about MY work is really incredible. I truly find it surreal to think that people are reading my work and connecting with it, relating to the poems within ‘Sweet Oblivion’ and the universal themes that they contain.
    I will be honest…the use of the dreaded ‘However’ did make my blood run cold, if only for half second ;P Kudos to you for still managing to be slightly mean even when being lovely and complimentary πŸ˜›
    Some of the words that you’ve used to describe my work are words that I would have never previously associated with my poetry; poignant, hauntingly beautiful (you got the dreaded b word in :P), meaningful…these are all words that I’d only ever thought of in relation to other people’s work and, as a result, I have often shied away from sharing my work, fearing it wasn’t up to scratch. Your wonderful review has proven to me that my work is just as valid as anyone else’s and I want to thank you for that. Like you say, poetry is subjective. Some people will like one piece, while others will hate that very same poem and that’s okay. It just makes me so happy that there are people who enjoy my work!
    Thank you a thousand times over!
    Also, you don’t strike as a Disney person ;P I learn something new everyday!

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    1. Ha! My mother likes Disney films so I was brought up on them from an early age. Books, I like what I like. Same for music. But films, with films I’ve always watched and enjoyed an eclectic mix!πŸ˜‚

      I don’t like all Disney films but some are good and I like animated films anyway. I have a diverse taste in films!πŸ˜‚

      I’m not sure about tough and no nonsense! Well, I don’t think I am! I always look for any positives in negative reviews and I always try to explain why I disliked something. I don’t just state ‘this is sh#t’ and be done with it. I try to be constructive in reviews, well, in negative ones. In positive ones I just praise the book but I am fair. Maybe tough and no nonsense in actual blog posts though cos I ain’t taking no sh#t!πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, had to include the disclaimer, just in case anyone chimed off because haters gonna hate, c#nts gonna be c#nts and there’s always a chance someone would say something so like Liz, it was best to cover that and include one.

      You do realise though Sproggy that now I’m going to have to balance the scales. I was really nice in the review and now I’m going to need to counteract that with vile horrid meanness!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. But the big question is, what is your favourite Disney movie!? Mine’s Aladdin…when I was about 6 or 7 years old, I used to pretend I was actually Princess Jasmine and not just ordinary Jasmin without the ‘e’ and I used to write myself ‘love notes’ from Aladdin…I was a strange child (I mean, I still am strange, but at least I don’t write myself love notes from fictional characters)
        Well, when I said tough and no nonsense, I meant what you said in your disclaimer; you wouldn’t sugarcoat the truth if you didn’t like it just because you know me. I mean, yeah, you’d give good reasoning but you wouldn’t fabricate a good review if you didn’t think it was good πŸ˜›
        Eugh, I should have known extra meanness was coming. I should have known it was too good to last…do your worst!

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      2. A strange child?!? Bwahahahaha! You’re not exactly old now Sproggy!πŸ˜‚

        Got my reputation to keep up Sproglet, can’t be seen to be being nice, it’s a sign of weakness, I need to be bad!πŸ˜‚

        Hhmmm, Disney film, Monsters Inc, my dog was actually named Sully, part after the character in Monsters Inc and part after Godsmack’s lead singer. Wall-e, Up and Big Hero 6!πŸ˜‚

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      3. Perhaps not (compared to you πŸ˜‚) but I’m most definitely not a child πŸ˜›
        Ooo I love Monsters Inc! And Big Hero 6, although Hiro looks a bit like my brother and when I moved to Japan, my friend put it on and I burst into tears (as I do with most things it seems) because it made me really homesick…I think I’m safe to give it a rewatch now, though πŸ˜› My brother’s only an hour up the road πŸ˜›

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  3. I think Liz or someone else also reviewed this , glad you liked it . This is however not my genre at all . I don’t know how to spell the “P” in Poetry . Still good review πŸ™‚

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  4. So glad you read&reviewed this Drew! πŸ™‚ I knoew the poet in you could connect with the poet in Jazz and if anything I’d take your word over mine because I know shag all about poetry, but you nailed it. Completely! πŸ™‚
    Very nice to see you being nice to Jazz as well πŸ˜€ even though I can read in the comments that you’re already thinking of balancing the scales πŸ˜€

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    1. Sh#g all?!? Bwahahahaha, politeness abounds in that phrase!πŸ˜‚ sh#g is a word like c#nt that people don’t like!πŸ˜‚

      Thanks, I think we both nailed it and did the book justice in our reviews. Jazz should be proud of her book and work.πŸ˜€

      Ha! Being nice to Jazz is weird, I do enjoy terrorising her!πŸ˜‚ It’s all just joking around though and it’s not meant to be mean in a serious way, just some fun amongst bloggers.πŸ˜€ But yeah, the scales need balancing especially as I have my bad blogger reputation to keep intact!πŸ˜‰

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