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ARC Poetry Review: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace – #Gifted

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3
Genre: Poetry | Feminism
Length: 210 pages
Published on 5th March 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Received for free from publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Wow! Amanda, you did amazingly.

For anyone not familiar with my review of the second book in this poetry series I had a few issues with its repetativeness and even though I enjoyed it I wasn’t convinced I’d pick up the third. But as I loved the first so much that it left me in tears on a train and this one did capture my eyes a fair bit I decided hey NetGalley is free and I’ll give her writing another chance.

I1‘m so glad I did! This book did flatten any doubts I had about reading more of her work.

(In fact a week after reading this I bought to make monsters out of girls which I loved just as much)

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in this One caught my attention cause not only do I love the colour purple but I also love mermaids so I was very excited to see how Amanda incorporated them into the theme of her poetry about survival and healing.

As with the previous book we are graced with beautiful colored font to match the cover, which is seriously making me consider purchasing a physical copy.

The book strongly focuses on surviving sexual assault and I think Amanda approaches it in a way that really worked for me. They made me feel recognised and accepting that actually its ok to have to journey to find yourself again after traumas. That you might not always feel as strong as the front you’re putting on to the rest of the world, but you can get there.

6It really makes me think of how many of us consider what could’ve been. How our lives are two seperate timelines. The before and the after. The doubt you feel at trusting people again, especially should the trust be misplaced. Can you event trust yourself?

Now obviously not everyone is going to be at a stage in their lives where they can read poetry that they find themselves relating too strongly and revisiting emotions you’d previously bottled up or dealth with but honestly I did feel it kind of theraputic.

I think I felt like this as there is a power to her words as she battles off her own nightmares (physical or mental) and comes to the realisation that yes I can do this.

So yes, I really enjoyed this powerful colection from Amanda. And I loved the fact towards the end poems from other creators were included too which really makes you see you’re not alone in finding your voice again. Maybe you’re not a writer, but you are a reader and maybe these will help guide your voice to return to you.


4 stars / 5 stars
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19 thoughts on “ARC Poetry Review: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace – #Gifted”

  1. Your review touched me almost as deeply as this collection did, Lauren. i think about how my life is a series of could have beens, and all the times one decision changed the trajectory of my life forever; some of those life-altering choices not things we have control over.

    I loved this collection so much that I pre-ordered a copy. It arrived yesterday and honestly? it’s beautiful and perfect and I can see myself revisiting it whenever I feel my voice has been squashed to find strength. Great review, Lauren.

  2. After the hiccup of the second book I am glad this third one could be one you could fall in love with again ^.^ And it sounds like you very much related to it as well!

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