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The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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.
Once again I’ve been blown away by Amanda Lovelace’s poetry. I adored her past two collections and have recommended them to everyone I know. There’s just so much emotion and honesty in her poems that you can’t help but become fully invested in learning about the story behind them. This collection is a complete emotional rollercoaster. It’s divided into parts which explore topics such as abuse, self-harm, suicide and death, then moves onto the aftermath or fallout from the trauma of these and finally deals with healing. While all of her books so far have followed this format, I enjoyed how this time poems from other poets were also featured. Their words of healing, self-love and worth made Lovelace’s even more powerful. Plus, it introduced me to poets that I’ve never heard of before. I´m very much looking forward to picking up their books soon!
“she didn’t kiss frogs.
she kissed great white sharks.”
I cannot recommend this book (and the entire Women Are Some Kind of Magic series) enough. It’s an emotional journey that hits you right in the gut. You’ll cry, get angry, smile and probably have to put it down a few times but in the end, it leaves you with hope. I look forward to seeing what Lovelace will release next!
About the Author
Growing up a word-devourer and avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that Amanda Lovelace began writing books of her own and so she did. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season and binge-watching Gilmore Girls. (before you ask: team Jess all the way.) The lifelong poetess and storyteller currently lives in New Jersey with her spouse, their bunnycat, and a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. She has her B.A. in English literature with a minor in sociology. Her first collection, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, won the Goodreads choice award for best poetry of 2016 and is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller.