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Book: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (Woman Are Some Kind of Magic 3) by Amanda Lovelace
Release Date: March 5th 2019
Tags: Poetry / Feminism / Positivity / Surviving
Trigger Warnings: Child Abuse / Gun Violence / Partner Abuse / Sexual Assault / Eating Disorders / Self-Harm / Suicide / Trauma / Death / Violence
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
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.
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One is the conclusion to Amanda’s Women Are Some Kind of Magic Poetry Collection. As were the previous books this book is in brutally in your face and deals with various triggering topics. What pleased me was to see that there is a page at the start of the where the big triggering content was warned for. For the most part this book is about sexual assault. Abuse.
Where in the second book I felt there was a lot of filler poetry that was not the case for this book. The book is divided into 4 parts and each part has poetry that really fits with the theme. There was also a more positive tone to the poems in this one, which made it feel like a fitting ending. She really finds her voice again.
The thing that makes me rate this 3,5 stars is that in the fourth part of the book we get poems from a few other poets as well and for me they took the flow out of the whole. The rhythm and the feel of these were so different to Amanda’s that it was a bit jarring. I don’t think it was the right way to end this book.