Review: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One
Title: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (Women are Some Kind of Magic #3)
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published: 5 March 2019
Format: Paperback, library copy
Memorable Quote: “i have a terrible habit of writing myself braver than i’ll ever be, & i’m not sure which of us i’m trying to convince – you, or me”.
Rating: 2.5 stars
Synopsis: The final installment in the Women are Some Kind of Magic series focuses on the mermaid – her song and her long to escape. Lovelace’s empowering poems take readers on a journey from the sea to the stars, showing that the mermaid can never be silenced.
Review: **Note: this book contains themes of abuse, violence, eating disorders, self-harm, trauma, suicide, and sexual assault**
would do —
ever so calmly,
she reached out
& she tore
Once again, I find that Lovelace writes with all of her heart. However, something about this book missed the mark for me, which is not to diminish anything the author writes about. This final book just did not quite sit with me in the way that the other two books in the series did.
I could feel the power and message, but this time around it felt more shallow to me. Only a few lines of poetry really grabbed my heart, and for once, I wasn’t rereading any of the poems.
It’s also entirely possible that I was not in the right mindset when I read this book. Maybe I’ll come back to it.
I don’t think that this book is any less powerful because it did not resonate with me. Some readers will feel every word of this book and it will mean the world to them – and that’s good.
And while this book just didn’t do it for me, I do appreciate how beautiful some of the writing is.
Poetry is subjective, afterall.
As always, I admire Lovelace’s bravery in pubishing these poems because they are so personal and filled with pain, loss, conflict, and much more. Each topic is handled thoughtfully, and I appreciate that readers are given a warning of what to expect from this book in the beginning.
So…. maybe this book wasn’t for me. That’s ok!
If you think you might be interested in reading The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One, I encourage you to do so! Let me know what you think.