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

(Last Updated On: February 14, 2019)

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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.

only way
i can
is by
that place
& forgetting,
if it even

– 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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  1. Sofia @ BookishWanderess

    February 14, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    I can’t wait to read this book! I have loved some of Amanda’s other poetry collections, so I have been anticipating this one for a while, but I’m even more excited knowing you loved it 😊

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 15, 2019 at 9:07 AM

      Aww thank you so much Sofia! I am looking forward to picking up the other two collections in the series, because I am now a fan. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  2. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    February 14, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    This is such a lovely review. ♥ I’m glad it resonated so strongly with you, and I hope you enjoy the other 2 collections!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 15, 2019 at 9:10 AM

      Thank you so much, Destiny! I wasn’t sure what to expect with it – and I don’t read a lot of poetry these days – but this was definitely what I needed to read in this moment in time.

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  4. Lydia Tewkesbury

    February 15, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    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 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 15, 2019 at 9:14 AM

      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!

  5. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    February 16, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    YES this one was such a terrific read, and I’m so glad to hear that it resonated so strongly with you, Kal, as it has with me 💕 I hope you love the other two books just as much.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 21, 2019 at 6:36 PM

      This was honestly magical and perfect and just what I needed. I can’t wait to have a copy on my shelves.

  6. waytoofantasy

    February 17, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Sounds like this one is a powerful read!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 22, 2019 at 9:25 AM

      It definitely was, I found myself tearing up a handful of times while reading it. Honestly it was a book I needed in this moment of my life and I am truly thankful.

      1. waytoofantasy

        February 22, 2019 at 10:24 AM

        Those are the best kinds of books! <3

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  8. brittanythebookguru

    February 20, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Eeep! I’m so glad you reviewed this because now I’m reminded that I need to! I love this poets work. Awesome review!

    1. brittanythebookguru

      February 20, 2019 at 8:25 AM

      * Correction: That I need to read it hahaha.

    2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 22, 2019 at 9:50 AM

      Thank you so much, and I am glad I reminded you about this one! I hadn’t read anything by her before and I don’t even know what compelled me to get it from NetGalley (mermaids, probably). But I needed it and loved it so much!

      1. brittanythebookguru

        February 22, 2019 at 10:48 PM

        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!

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          February 25, 2019 at 10:12 AM

          That’s great to hear! I am going to see if my library has the first two collections for me to read; I want to test them out before buying them outright if possible since poetry isn’t generally my thing these days but THIS ONE. <3

          1. brittanythebookguru

            February 25, 2019 at 11:36 AM

            I totally get that! I love poetry but I’m still very selective about what I enjoy. I hope you like the other books!!

  9. Sam || Fictionally Sam

    February 21, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    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!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 24, 2019 at 9:43 AM

      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?

      1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

        February 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

        I absolutely adored them! Though I do think her first collection in the series is the best out of all of them. the rawness she exudes in that one left me personally changed. 10/10

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          February 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM

          You aren’t the first one to say the first one is their favorite… I need to see if my library has it!

  10. northernplunder

    February 25, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    ive just finished my revuiew forfriday and i agree so much, it rly spoke to me and filled me w emotions!! greatreview

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 26, 2019 at 8:55 AM

      Thank you so much Lauren, and I can’t wait to read your review on Friday! Thanks for talking about it because it pushed me to pick up this ARC from my pile and legit helped get me out of Slumpland.

      1. northernplunder

        February 26, 2019 at 1:17 PM

        aaww thats super awesome!! 😀

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