She Reclaimed Her Song (the mermaid’s voice returns in this one – A Book Review)

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3)

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Published: 2019

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Rating:

Rated S for the song heard without a sound but felt with a siren scream.

…She tore the stars apart…

First there was a princess that needed no saving from a prince. And then a witch that welcomed being burned at the stake, knowing the fires were her own. Now, a mermaid, many actually, get their voices back. A song of outcry and determination to find oneself again in pages filled with healing and escapism. From the seas to the stars, this collection of poems shows that nothing can silence the mermaid’s voice.

Women Are Some Kind of Magic Reviews

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

Theme was sublime. Music to my ears. While the previous installment came across as an angry storm wreaking havoc with rage and heartache. Rightfully so. Still, this volume came after such a storm like pearls ground from sand. The narrative is still very forward with its prose, relying on imagery and detail as it relates to memory and life. The style itself was completely changed with story-like paragraphs of impactful fragments.

Gyfcat

The content brought on a whole new voice, POV, and emotion. I was truly swept away. Following a classic fairytale ideal, this book was anything but. It broke those boundaries and reached for so much more. Beautiful and engaging. A fitting end to a trilogy of strife. Proof that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel as long as you remember to keep going.

Tenor

Speaking of voice, this final volume contained many guest poets. I was so thrilled to hear from others who shared in these emotions. They were like stars shooting across the sky. Bold, wishful, and full of so much awe. Also, there is the darker side that reminds people that there are still villains in the world.

Overall

Definitely, a wonderful collection. A wispy. And at times tearful, read that was wonderfully moving. You don’t move forward without some heartbreak, some fight, and change.

A few of my favorites

it
should
be safe
for little girls
to ride their
little yellow
bikes
around
the block
without
someone
ending up
in
handcuffs

- wanted. (p. 20)
can’t

           a prince

           a princess
     
           a n y o n e

just
come along
& gaze
upon me
with such
adoration
it’s
as if I’m
the gem
of the deep,
not the rubble
of Pompeii?

- When will it be my turn? (p. 36)
happenstance
/’ha-p ǝn-stans/
noun

       1: he & i
       2: me, falling down those treetop
       eyes.

- who was i before you? (p. 41)
you’re
the kind of
intriguing
that
inspired
thousand-page
epics.

- how many centuries have you lived? (p. 51)
some
stories
don’t have
happy
endings.

some
stories
don’t have
endings
at all.

           ours didn’t.

                       ours couldn’t.

           ours won’t.

it was
easier
to
pretend
you died.

it was
easier
to kill the
sleeping
prince.

  - i wrote my own endings in blood. (p. 82)

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

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