the mermaid's voice returns in this one

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Mar 2019

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I’ve read all of this author’s books and have never been disappointed. They always bring tears to my eyes, even sometime sobs. This one was no exception, it was extremely beautiful and moving. I looked forward to this installment for what seemed like forever and was beyond excited to get approved to read it early.

This book was so empowering and really made me want to take back my voice. I’m usually the type of person who hates conflict and kind of goes in a hole instead. After reading this one I really want to change that, I wasn’t to take my voice and actually use it.

If you love poetry or are just getting into it I highly suggest this set of books. It is very easy to follow and makes a huge impact. Another thing I love is the covers, they are perfectly simple and outstanding at the same time.
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Amanda Lovelace always delivers! Again, she tells her story with grace, but this time she's added something new! She's collaborated with some of her talented contemporaries, including poetry by them in this book as well. Honestly, if you want or need more poetry about being a survivor, or are just a fan of Amanda, definitely read this. She is one of the loveliest voices in poetry out there. I'm excited to see what she does next and now I've learned about new voices in poetry to research as well!
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Another beautiful collection of poetry by Amanda Lovelace in her Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. She puts her heart and soul into her words and you can feel her emotions on every page. I also really loved the guest poems that were featured in this book.
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I received an ARC e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

*trigger warnings are given at the beginning of the collection, sexual abuse/harassment being the biggest theme throughout the works.

I love poetry, especially on topics that I can connect to, and these poems are amazing, full of thoughtful and inspiring pieces it is definitely heavily inspired by the "Me Too" movement, and have a few other authors works that add a nice addition to the collection.

I've read the other two in the trilogy by Lovelace and loved them just as much as this one. The poems made me think of my own life, as a woman I felt I was able to connect to what the author is saying, as I have experienced some of the things she is talking about. This collection of poetry made me feel many different emotions, while simultaneously making me feel like I could take on whatever the world throws at me. I would highly recommend.
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Amanda Lovelace's *Women Are Some Kind of Magic* series include some of my all-time favourite collections of poetry. *The Princess Saves Herself In This One* and especially *The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One* are two of my all-time favourite poetry collections. Lovelace is somehow able to grasp the reader's heart in one hand with her extremely raw and emotional poetry, and on the other hand, fill us with so much power that I just want to roar to the heavens. Her poetry *gets* me.

Although I typically describe Lovelace's works as a firestorm celebrating womanhood and healing, *The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One* lacked that power which has previously defined Lovelace's works as so powerful and unique. There seemed to be a disconnect when I read the poetry, as though there was a haze that made my ability to fully embrace the words so wholeheartedly as I have previously in her works. I don't mean at all to detract Lovelace's healing process and the way in which she expresses herself, but it felt repetitive. Repetitive in the sense that I felt as though I have read these poems before - it was the same theme, similar poems that lacked the rawness of her previous two collections. I feel as though this collection was not needed, in the sense that this series could have been left as a duology and thus, it would have maintained its incredible panache. 

In terms of structure, it maintains the thematic division of poetry from the first two collections of this series. It is divided into four sections: (i) the sky; (ii) the shipwreck; (iii) the song; and, (iv) the surviving. These 'chapters' connect with the overarching 'theme' which was the fairytale of *A Little Mermaid* and the concept of demonising women throughout history. The one addition that was not found within the other previous two collections, was that *The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One* included poetry from other poets. 

The poetry from other poets actually emphasised how much I was not connecting with Lovelace's words, in that, the featured poets provided more power and rawness in their little additions than the entire collection. Even though I did enjoy the poetry from other poets, such as Nikita Gill (who is literally my favourite of all time), Clementine Von Radics, Sophia Elaine Hanson, Yena Sharma Purmasir and nine others, they were placed within the overall narrative in a way that was supposed to flow from Lovelace's perspective to theirs, and it did not work to its fullest potential. It became quite fragmented and thus, exasperating to jump from Lovelace's perspective to another poet's personal experiences. I feel as though Lovelace may have also done this in terms of trying to incorporate more diverse voices and a more intersectional understanding of feminism, than just the white feminism that her other two previous collections could be claimed to perpetuate. 

In this instance, these featured poets just emphasised the lacklustre poetry of Lovelace herself within this collection and it worked against her.   

Overall, I do feel as though I need to reread this collection when it releases so I can try and fully immerse myself within her experience and see if that makes a difference. I do think that reading it as an E-Book diminishes the magic of it, so to speak. I do still adore Lovelace's poetry collections and I rate *The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One* 3 out of 5 stars.
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Powerful. Personal. Painful.

I really enjoy Amanda's poetry and have been looking forward to this installment of the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. The poetry is a powerful as ever and I would say more raw and personal than ever before. But Amanda doesn't just reveal and write her pain, she is casting is off, and refusing to let it hold her back. You could feel her strength through her words, but also her pain, and her sorrow, and finally her healing.

I enjoyed the inclusion of other poets as well. That is incredibly supportive. It's always amazing to see women supporting other women.
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I’ve never been a huge fan of poetry despite my best efforts. In the past few years this trauma porn/recovery genre makes me feel... something. In Lovelace’s three volume collection, vague allusions to fairy tales and their dismantling frame her narrative. I’m on board.

My complaint with the final installment is “the surviving” – the final section with a chorus of voices, but no conclusions. I’m all about giving talented up-and-comers a foot in the door but I didn’t want or need this to be a compilation. The author I wanted to read has very sparse, waterfalling prose and some of the extras are literal walls of text. The subject matter may fit but the interjecting styles are jarring and unnecessary. I rate this 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
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Having read the past two books in the Women are Some Kind of Magic series by Amanda Lovelace this book ranked very highly on my to-be-read list! And it did not disappoint! I read the whole of this book within two sittings, it would have been one but I had to go to work!
I really enjoyed these poems and I believe it created a nice conclusion to this trilogy. I also thought it was cool how she tied in other authors this time that wrote about similar experiences. As well there seemed to be more nods to literary works and I really like those, especially since the author is an avid reader she is going to be inspired by other works.

One of my favourite poems is "I believe in endless worlds" and man does it ever hit home. I'm excited to continue reading her work in the future!
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Unable to provide feedback at this time due to the incompatibility of the file with my software. Providing a neutral rating of three stars to serve as a placeholder until I am able to read this poetry collection.
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I received book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This was my first book by Amanda Lovelace. I'd skimmed through some of her books before while browsing through bookstores but never fully committed because of how bad I've been burned by poetry books lately. I've always loved her titles though so I was excited to read this.

It held up ! I love the fairy tale vibes she emits in her work, having grown up a Disney kid and obsessed with the brothers grimm and other tales. There wasn't a lot of things relating back to mermaids surprisingly but that was completely fine. Very feminine based, very big in the metoo movement, and very relatable.

If you're familiar with her work you'll like this.
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I'm a neophyte to Amanda Lovelace's poetry collections, though I'm familiar with some of her individual poems from Booklr (book Tumblr). Based on what I'd seen in the past, I got the impression that the poems were similar to Rupi Kaur or Nayyirah Waheed--fairly simple, sparse, and heavy on the lowercase letters. That impression is correct, based on the mermaid's voice returns in this one. The collection is apparently inspired from the Andersen and Disney versions of The Little Mermaid, and it's organized into four parts: the sky, the shipwreck, the song, and the surviving. 

In general, these poems deal with personal stories of sexual assault, survivor's guilt, and recovery. In that regard, this collection has some powerful moments; it's important to amplify as many survivors' stories and voices as possible. For instance, when Lovelace writes about a past abusive relationship, she writes,
"if only 
they had
taught 
me

how to
recognize
the warning
flares

instead 
of 
wasting 
their time

teaching
me
how
to

mistake
them
for 
flattery."

But as a 25-year-old woman, I found some of the poems to be simplistic:
"I. when they can say 'no.'
II. when they can't say 'no.'
--they're both assault" 

Because of that, I suspect the target audience could be younger teenagers, maybe who have not thought deeply about issues of consent and sexual assault. It doesn't personally appeal to me not only because of the fairly surface-level discussions of bodily autonomy, but also because of the poetry style and figurative language used. Although there are some allusions to mermaids--"i needed to swim away from you"--I felt like there could have been much richer and more explicit connections to mermaid mythology of the Andersen and Disney variety and beyond. I just needed more challenging material, more unexpected images and turns of phrase, and fewer filler poems from a collection like this.
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Powerful poems.
"do you
ever
find
yourself
nostalgic 
for
the life
you never 
got to
have?"
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I read the first two books in this series and like them, this one didn't disappoint. I always love reading Amanda's writing and it's just the kind that resonates well with me. It's encouraging and motivational. 

As always, there's a trigger warning at the start of the book, which is much appreciated. 

This one dives more into sexual assault and the MeToo movement but also healing and surviving and finding your voice again. It's beautifully written and at the end, I like that she said we should take her words and twist them so they fit our story, so even if what she's written about herself doesn't resonate with you, you can still read it in a way that will. 

I'm very much looking forward to the next one that comes out. I'd give it 4.5/5 stars.
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The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One is a beautiful conclusion to this Trilogy of poetry collections. It is filled with emotional poems, but also has enough positive, strong and hopeful ones sprinkled in there to not make the whole book too depressing. 

I really enjoyed most of these poems and bookmarked quite a few, but overall I didn't feel a strong enough connection to give it the full 5 stars. I would still recommend anyone to check these poetry collections out. There are some very special gems in this one and I was definitely touched.
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**Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Amanda Lovelace wraps up her “women are some kind of magic” series with her final installment of the mermaid's voice returns in this one.

While I had high hopes for this one, I did not enjoy it as much as I did the previous few in the series. I believe my biggest issue with the writing was how I found some of the poems incoherent and mal entendre.

The book, like the series, reflects back again on the MeToo movement, but as a result, the messages that it contains become a bit repetitive. When reading Lovelace's second book, the witch doesn't burn in this one, I found a sense of empowerment and passion that was laced in each and every poem. This one, however, lacked the strong feelings and backbone that the rest of the series had.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing all the homages and cultural references, whether it's Maleficent, the little mermaid, or Romeo and Juliet. And needless to say, among the words and constant parallel structures, there are several phrases that are quite memorable.

i don't write what i write to hurt you.

i write what i write to heal me.
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I am a huge fan of amanda's work and credit her poetry for getting me into modern poetry. Despite loving the overarching narrative of the mermaid finding her voice and becoming strong, the individual poems were not as strong as some of her previous work. However, since this is a collection about healing it is hard to make critiques about it. Who am I to say she didn't present her healing the right way? But, I will say that despite feeling her pain in certain poems, I could not connect to this collection in the way I connected to her previous works. 

I also was not a fan of intermixing the other poet's poems in the last section. I liked their poems, but going into this I thought they would be in a separate section. It was jarring to keep switching from amanda's narrative to another. I do like the idea of so many poet's showing different ways of healing and overcoming one's demons, but intermixing them lost some of the value of both their words and amanda's.   

I also always forget that I should not read eARCs of poetry because the formatting is usually weird. The formatting of this collection was pretty good, but I still think I need to reread it to truly get meaning out of some of the poems.
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I liked this installment best in the collection. The title  The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One  couldn’t be more apt - Lovelace takes her back her power, through her words and healing. 

I liked the way Lovelace organized and themed the individual books and the series. There are many stories of strength told within these pages and I really appreciated the words for where I’m at in life right now. 

Overall, this was a great three-book series of poetry. The individual poems within were mostly great, but together they were something special.
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This collection of poems has had such an impact on me over the days i've been flipping through it's pages. Amanda Lovelace is so gifted at merging the fantastical and the real raw vulnerability of her work. This collection centers around trauma, survival, self-love, and empowerment, but her struggle is reinforced with the magical power of fairy tales and happy endings. For those struggling with trauma a happy ending or even a happy present is so hard to see, even if it is right in front of you. This books tears those blinders off, and refocuses the attention on the possibility of better. It inspires so much hope, and offers so much validation for the hardships of recovery, all without being too triggering, too graphic or too self-loathing. I received an egalley copy of this, but am definitely going to go out and purchase a copy for myself. Though I have not read the first two installments of this collection, I can without a doubt say that I will soon.
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Unfortunately I can't read this because the format is not compatible with my laptop. Very sad, I was really looking forward to reading it.
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The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One is the third and final book in Amanda Lovelace's Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry trilogy. 

On the surface Mermaid's Voice goes along in the same vein as the previous two books dealing with tough to talk about subjects such as abuse, assault, loss, etc. with moments of triumph on a pathway leading out of the darkness. 

But as I went along I really felt like Mermaid's amped all of the emotions up tenfold. This wasn't a read I could charge through like I did with the other two books. This was one that I had to take longer breaks in between reading. 

I enjoyed the inclusion of guest poets. I felt like it was almost a statement of "you're not alone" that these other authors were showing support. It was interesting and nice to hear some different voices within the running narrative. 

No matter how difficult and raw I found some of these passages there's always a sense of the weight lifting off shoulders when you get to the end. Like you've poured so much of yourself out that you feel lighter. I definitely felt lighter after getting to the end of Mermaid's. 

Overall this trilogy has showcased the strength and perseverance of the body and mind. How life can throw all sorts of things at you, but you can live through it and there can be happiness on the other side.
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