Book Review | Unveiled

Title: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir by Ivy Cirillo

Pages: 203

Genres: Memoir, Poetry

Publisher: Orion Publishing House (Aug. 30th, 2019)

Summary: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir, is a collection of poetry organized into three sections: My Story, My Pain, and My Future. It was written for those that need to release their past, experience their pain, and look forward to their future. It was not written to instill pity or sorrow within you, but to spark the fire in your soul to take action and find the smallest shimmer of hope in your darkest days. 

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*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author!*

note: content warnings for abuse, rape, eating disorders, suicide, and self-harm

I want to start this review by saying Unveiled is such an incredible read. I always struggle to find words when it comes to reviewing poetry. It is such a personal and subjective thing. That being said, I will try my best for this one because so many more people need to read this book!

The poetry is beautiful and the story that is told through it took me on such an emotional journey. I have read memoirs and I have read poetry collections. None of them have stuck with me quite like this one. There is such beauty and pain in Ivy Cirillo’s story. There were parts where I cried and others that filled me with such hope. Unveiled addresses so many important topics including abuse, health, self-worth, faith, family, hopes, and fears.

I want to share one of my favorite poems from this collection. It’s so beautiful and I’ve been thinking about it for hours!

Crystal Dreams

In my dreams

I hope to see

the person that I’m meant to be.


Only our subconscious knows

our greatest desires;

and the passions which will burn

the brightest fires.


So come to me

my sweet dreams

and show me who

I’m meant to be.

— Ivy Cirillo

How beautiful is that?! Our dreams are often first to know who we truly are and what we should be doing within our lives.

I genuinely enjoyed every page and poem found in Unveiled. Fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace will love Ivy Cirillo!

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