The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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Content/Trigger warnings: (from the author and listed in opening of the book) child abuse, gun violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorder, self-harm, suicide, alcohol, trauma, death, violence, fire, & possibly more. remember to practice self-care before, during, & after reading


“you are sad now
you are not sad forever”

There are some books that take you by complete surprise. That make you feel a wide array of emotions, make you feel seen. They seem to find you when you need them the most. the mermaid’s voice returns in this one was that book for me.

I honestly feel like I went through an emotional purge through reading this collection of poems and feel a sense of peace that I realize now has been missing for months of my life. While the poems were written as amanda’s way to process and regain her voice following sexual assault, I found comfort and power in her words as I struggle with depression and my own trauma.

“the
only way
i can
foresee
surviving
you
is by
finding
that place
between
forgiving
& forgetting,
if it even
exists.

– this is how i choose to douse my fire

Friends, I honestly cannot recommend this collection enough. I feel like it found me when I needed it the most, and I am so incredibly thankful for it. This was my first time reading anything by the author, and I look forward to reading the prior two books in this “trilogy.” If you have ever been made to feel powerless, this collection will speak to you. What does it mean to be a victim and a survivor, and what lessons can we learn from princesses?

I, too, believe in endless worlds.

★★

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Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

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.


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Hi! I’m Kaleena: book lover, runner, wanderer, and philanthropist. Life is an adventurous gift: through the outdoors and books. I run Reader Voracious Blog, where I post spoiler-free book reviews of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery & thriller.

29 thoughts on “The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

  1. I have always loved the titles of these books, but I’ve never got around to picking them up for whatever reason. I didn’t realise quite how intense they were! Thank you for this powerful review, I’ll definitely be making an effort to read these now. I’m glad that reading it helped you – that feeling of suddenly feeling so seen when we’re reading is the absolute best 🙂

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    1. I never really caught wind of her collections before, which is such a shame because these titles are amazing and if this one is any indication, her poetry is, too! Thanks so much for the comment, and I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

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      1. I read it and it was AMAZING. If you’ve only read this one then I definitely recommend checking out the rest of the collection! I haven’t read the first one but I did read The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One and it was fantastic. She’s definitely one to keep an eye on!

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  2. MAH HEART EXPLODES WITH THIS REVIEW! Honestly so happy that this hit home with you Kal, as her collections are so deeply en-rooted in love with me! Ugh those quotes you use literally hit me. Every. Single. Time. Honestly have read this ARC twice since my original read through, and I am constantly hit with a wave of feels and the feeling of being seen/understood every time. Love your review my wonder twin! Hope you enjoy her other collections!

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    1. Awww thank you so much for your comment, Sam! I’ve read the ARc literally three times so far and have cried every time, I just love it so much & I pre-ordered this book because my shelves NEED it (despite that ugly cover, sorry). What did you think of her other collections in this series?

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