Friday, May 18, 2012

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Released: July 4, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: Lost Voices, Book 1

Followed By: Waking Storms
Page Amount: 291, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Luce)
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=82/100  B

Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder? The first book in a trilogy, Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to

Let me begin by saying that Forgive My Fins was the first mermaid book I had ever read and set the bar pretty high for all YA mermaid books in mind. I have to admit that although this book wasn't A grade, it still has a lot of potential to turn into an intriguing series. This book had a unique plot where the people who become mermaids are all girls who were abused or treated badly in their human life. I thought that twist was a nice touch and really impacted the uniqueness of the story as a whole. Unfortunately that was the only bit of substance to the plot. I really hate to say that, but I want my reviews to be 100% honest. I felt that this book didn't have a strong plot. I mean I got the whole Bad-girl mermaid thing going on, but come on! It was weak. The mean girl didn't come into the picture until I was 3/4 done with the book. Even then she didn't really do all that much. She was just a whiny little princess.         

The characters were alright. Luce was a pretty good character. She was likable and had a personality that was easily relatable. I liked that she still felt pain from what her uncle and father did to her. I also really liked Catarina. She was tough and an awesome, lifelike character. She was a leader and it showed. I thought her temper got a little bit annoying at times, but it wasn't too bad. Anais...oh I don't even like her name that much. She was the "mean-girl". It was obvious that she was brought into the book just to stir up trouble. I don't really see what the other mer-girls saw in her. I wish there was more of a backstory to her and that she wasn't so successful in her corruption. You know what this book is really lacking? Guys. They could bring drama and so much more to the plot. Luckily, the next book will definitely have guys in it. Yay!   

The ending was okay. It wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad either. It was majorly lacking that special wow factor. The ending did kind of excite me for the next book, but the things that I wanted to see more of didn't even seem all that important in the end. They were rushed and easily overlooked (aka "the guy" coming in sequel). Overall this book was good, but I expect a much better sequel. 

My Favorite Part: The unique concept of who becomes a mermaid. 


Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a pretty good mermaid book with a unique twist.
Will I be reading the next book? Maybe. Just because there is finally a guy in it!

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Review by Macy ♥

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