REVIEW: the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy
the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is available March 5th, 2019


I’ve loved Amanda Lovelace’s work since her first collection and even though I don’t know her personally, I want to mention how proud I am of her for her women are some kind of magic series.

I really enjoyed this final instalment of her first series and can truly see the growth in her poetry in comparison to the princess saves herself in this one. That being said, I did struggle with getting through this one. Rather than being able to read it over the course of a few hours as I was able to do with the previous two books, this one hit closer to home. As a victim of assault myself, it pressed on a lot of nerves in a way that I’m not yet ready to deal with, which meant taking many breaks in between poems in order to collect myself.

I more or less knew that would be the case and definitely appreciate that Amanda’s books all begin with a reminder to practice self-care, even while reading her poems. This is a strong and viscerally real collection on what it means to survive as a victim and not. It reads like a slap in the face for a lot of the poems, but not in a bad way. It’s a reminder to be strong and that you are strong even when you don’t think you are.

So thank you, Amanda, not only for your poetry, but for the message behind each word. Not all of us have a voice, so thank you for sharing yours so that we might find our own.

REWIEW: the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


I just want to start of saying that I adore Amanda’s poetry. The first time I read through the princess saves herself in this one. it was the anniversary of a very difficult moment in my life. Once again, I am lucky enough to have the sequel on the same anniversary and once again it means a lot to me.

Keeping this review impersonal is something I just cannot do so I’m going to be very honest here.

When it came to the princess saves herself in this one. I felt very much like it was the story of not “playing the victim” any longer. It was about being able to pick yourself back up again after facing hardships and being able to move forward.

With the witch doesn’t burn in this one. the message is the same but the tone is different. Now that we learned to deal with our hardships now it is time to prevent hardships from continuing. It’s time to take a stand and tell those who try to push us down to fuck off or prepare to fight. It’s unapologetic and fierce in a way that is inspiring and encouraging to anyone (but mostly women) to take that stand against injustice and inequality.

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The above is the one that got me this time. Last time it was a poem reminding survivors of abuse that it is not their fault they faced what they did. I commend Amanda on her ability to give me goosebumps throughout her work and make me cry at least once.

People call this style of poetry “tumblr poetry” and don’t take it seriously, but I am not one of those people. Art is art and the work that goes into it needs to be respected.

I am and always will be a very big fan of Amanda’s poetry and look forward to the third book in her Women are Some Kind of Magic series. It’ll look gorgeous on my shelf next to the first two books and I can’t wait to see what emotions it draws to the surface.


35924698Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published: 
March 6th, 2018
Pages: 
208
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:
9781449489427

Summary: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one