the mermaid's voice returns in this one

the mermaid's voice returns in this one

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524852313
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 412,933
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

having grown up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace would begin writing books of her own. so she did. when she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season & binge-watching gilmore girls. (before you ask: team jess all the way.) the lifelong poetess & storyteller currently lives in new jersey with her spouse, their ragdoll cats, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. she is a two-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for best poetry as well as a USA TODAY & Publishers Weekly bestseller.

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the mermaid's voice returns in this one 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheQuirkyBookNerd More than 1 year ago
This collection is the third and final installment in a series of poetry collections. Each one tells a story of the strength and resilience of women in a world that does not allow them the equality they deserve. Lovelace uses her own life experience and her personal story throughout the course of the collection. She truly weaves her words and themes together into a tale that is captivating and threaded with raw emotion. Out of the three collections, this one fell in the middle for me in terms of my enjoyment of it. I absolutely adored the first one and felt such a deep connection to it. She primarily focused on her own life journey, which I found fascinating to read. In the second one, she strayed away from this and, while she did include personal stories, is felt much more general. It was a bit more difficult to connect to on a personal level. This one is a great blend of the two, mixing poems about her experiences with poems that give a broader look at women’s rights and their strength. In all three, she does a beautiful job of demonstrating these themes in a passionate and inspiring way. I really enjoy her work and I cannot wait to read more in the future.
TheMoonWhoListens More than 1 year ago
It is very rare to find poetry books that do not make me cringe and I relate to mostly. This is one of those rare ones. Amanda Lovelace and her feminist poetry collections is one of my favorite collections ever to had stumbled upon. They were easy to read for me and easy to understand, but they really sunk deep. There is not much to say aside from this was also my favorite out of her Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. This was the least cliche, it was cohesive, and ultimately the one that made me feel the most nostalgic while sticking to me long after I have read the passage.
ElleRudy More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the two previous in this series, but now I think I'll go check them out! This book was able to stand on its own, but also feels like the final chapter of a series. I can only offer a lay[wo]man's perspective on poetry, but once I got use to her style, I found the collection quite moving. It starts off especially heavy, heavier than I thought it was going to be, but we're broken down so we can be built back up by the author. The additional works by other contributors really added to the solidarity of Part 4. I appreciate the confessional quality of Lovelace and I enjoyed this glimpse into her personal journey thus far!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was interesting. The poems in this were also good. All three collections were good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"will I have to spend the afterlife finding ways to hide from you? " I have recently started reading poetry and I can't seem to stop. I was able to relate to this book and couldn't stop reading (I read it and then reread it in one sitting...yes it's that good). Amanda Lovelace seems to capture my innermost thoughts without me knowing they were there. She was able to put words to feelings I didn't know how to describe. It is unfortunate the number of people that will be able to relate to this book, but none the less they will be able to relate. *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. #TheMermaidsVoiceReturnsInThisOne #NetGalley
Kaleena More than 1 year ago
"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. Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review. Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon publication.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing and Amanda Lovelace for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Rating 3.5 stars. This is the third volume of poetry from Amanda Lovelace and 13 other guest artists and is the final offering that follow the “women are some kind of magic” theme. In this one the mermaid has found her voice… “nobody has the right to lure your voice out of you- not even if they’re a sea witch looking to make a bargain” The poetry deals with heavy subjects like sexual assault, violence, death, and child abuse, but really relates to all kinds of trauma. I don’t think you have to have necessarily have to have gone through something horrendous to get these poems. Just being a woman qualifies you get it. I love taking these fairy tale tropes that we have all grown up with and turning them on their heads, challenging them. A castle or a cell - both can be cages. Some of the poems I loved, some were okay, some pulled at my heart strings, others broke my heart, some spoke to me. My favourite: “trauma didn’t change you all at once it carved slowly every day like rivers do it was patient while it hollowed you out so it’s a sculptor or it’s a knife you take your pain and you other it you give it a new name and a new face you say this might have helped shape me it it is not a part of me you say i meant to break open to make room for stars” untitled by trista mateer Lovelace encourages us not to stay silent and to write your own story. Find your voice and state your truth. Any way you see fit. I will add, whether you decide to share it or not. Shout it from the mountain tops or lock it up and throw away the key. It can be a valuable path to healing. That is what these women share in this volume, it might help you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars As always, amanada lovelace’s poetry brings vivid imagery to the page, and continues to tell a similar story to Princess and Witch. Some of the major themes were harder to relate to than others because of my experiences in life, but that can be found in most poetry. This book is about staying strong and healing after trauma; that is okay to let yourself feel the pain and grow through it. Unlike the other two books in this collection, didn’t develop a strong connection to many of the poems. I did like that she had other authors cameo in Mermaid, but I just wished that they had been better spread out. It seemed like 85% of the cameo poems were in the last of the four sections, which threw off the flow of the writing for me. Overall, I think this is a good conclusion to a collection that has helped so many people acknowledge their trauma and heal from it.
JLeighG More than 1 year ago
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One is my favorite poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace. I love the unique aspects of Mermaids. The poems are also more confident than her previous poetry collections. I believe there is a poem for everyone inside Mermaids. The poems are deep and full of emotion. You won’t be able to pull your eyes away from this stunning book.
SkyeWright More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** I like Amanda Lovelace. I enjoyed her second book and when I finished that I grabbed her first off my shelf and read that too. I thought, I really enjoy her writing. After finishing the mermaid’s voice returns in this one I need to amend my statement to I love Amanda Lovelace’s writing. Mermaid’s voice is a very personal collection, all of her writing has been personal, and I have always felt it in reading her work but I really felt it in this one. I find her to be incredibly brave to write the things she does and share that part of herself with her readers. The poetry isn’t for everyone, I know there are some people who don’t enjoy the style in which has become quite popular the last several years and don’t think of it as poetry still. I love it though, I think it allows a different form of expression and I love how it gets played with. The work that makes up mermaid’s voice is short, sweet, beautiful, painful, and just so incredible. It tells a story of healing, overcoming, and surviving. I love the use of fairytales and othe stories inside the poems, and the last section of the book that includes other writers work that helps further highlight what this collection is about is wonderful. I recognized some names but others I wasn’t sure about but you can bet I want to see if they have more out there. I’m sad that this will conclude Amanda’s Women Are Some Kind Of Magic series but I can’t see what else she comes up with and shares in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Amanda Lovelace i've read and i can confirm that i still do not like her poetry style. I managed 50% before i got annoyed with how the poems all felt pretty samey and they did not really connect to me. This tumblr style poetry works for some but it's not my kind of thing however much i try.
Amy Smith Carman More than 1 year ago
Title: The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One Author: Amanda Lovelace Pages: 210 Release Date: March 5, 2019 Genre: Poetry Series or Stand Alone: Can read as a stand-alone with no problems, but is #3 in the "Women are Some Kind of Magic" series that I cannot recommend enough Bechdel Test: Yes! Trigger Warning: healing from the trauma of a sexual assault is in the background of some of these poems. I found it cathartic but others should be aware of the prevalence of the topic. I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Visit for more. Amanda Lovelace gives birth to a set of beautiful, fierce, and vulnerable poems. She rereads stories and fairytales that give women their voices back and does not force them to say anything they do not want to say. For instance, she has a short poem on the women in the Chronicles of Narnia that was absolutely fantastic! She gives a voice back to a woman who was silenced and never given her day in court. I have loved the CoN since I was very young, but it never occurred to me how Lewis stifles what it means to be brave and good when it comes to women. She can do more with a few sentences then many can in an essay. She has several of these that are brilliant critiques and powerful poems. All women are worthy of a voice whether you wear lipstick or hide between book pages. Lovelace also speaks to past acts of violence against her that she is still healing from. It's cliche to say she is "brave" to do this, but I am in awe of her vulnerability and willingness to share the eternal process of healing. Though I was given this book as an eArc to review, I will be buying a copy for myself. I suspect it will also become a gift for many friends in the future. Although this is the third and final installment of "Women are Some Kind of Magic" series, I hope she will continue to bless us with more of her work. I will strive to live my life as the mermaid-witch-princess her series envokes. I would recommend this to anyone who loves poetry. This is also a great book for those who aren't "into" poetry. Fans of Rupi Kaur and Nikita Gill will love this work.
FictionallySam More than 1 year ago
Amanda Lovelace will forever be apart of my favorite poets list. Her words are always gripping, raw, and powerful--and this poetry collection is no exception. Unlike previous collections in the series, this one felt more...everywhere--like their wasn't a set direction we were heading but rather it was jumbled and all over the place. I am not sure if this was intentional and a way to imitate how life can be jumbled and messy; but I don't think I was a huge fan of this aspect. Lovelace also incorporated poetry from other poets within this collection which is also a new aspect within the series. I didn't mind this integration of other's works as it brought a fresh and different perspective to the heavy topics that Lovelace tackles in her poetry. Overall though I really did enjoy this one and found several of her poems that spoke to me on a deeper level than others. CW: child abuse, gun violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, alcohol, trauma, death, violence, fire.