Monday 11 March 2019

Review: The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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.

Review: I absolutely loved the final instalment in the Women are Some Kind of Magic series. Having so enjoyed the previous collections of Amanda's poetry, there was a lot of pressure to love this one and I absolutely did. It felt like a crescendo at the end of a song and that is absolutely how I needed it to feel. 

This book comes with the same kind of care warnings as the previous books and the author notes these at the start of this book. This book also comes with space to start your open poems and stories in the same vain, which Amanda's previous book also had and I love that idea. I know there is also a whole journal out with space for your own poems but having something at the end of a book like this, at the end of a book where I have flagged countless poems to return to-such an amazing idea. 

I love the fact that there were some guest poems in this one as well because they fitted the tone of the collection so well and yet gave a different voice mixed in with the final section of this book. It was interesting to hear from other poets and a great way to discover other voices and other books to pick up. I flagged some of their poems to return to as well as some of Amanda's. 

There are some amazing poems in this book. I loved some of the poems covering topics such a motherly advice, being called a tease and therapy sessions, as well as some dealing with darker, more personal topics. One of my favourites was 'I Believe in Endless Worlds' and also "Open up the Wardrobe and Step Inside'. One of my favourite guest poems was 'Wading' by Gretchen Gomez. I could relate to so many of these poems and definitely recommend picking up this book even if you are new to poetry. I recommend this whole trilogy and ultimately think it is best to sit down and read them back to back in one fabulous evening!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK (out 5th April) or US (out now)

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