June 22, 2012

Review of Lost Voices by Sarah Porter


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 forgive.

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Publish Date:  July 4, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I’ve been meaning to read Lost Voices by author, Sarah Porter, for quite some time now.  Lately, I’ve been reading a lot (and I do mean a lot) of YA novels that are about mermaids and I’m proud to say that Lost Voices definitely stands apart from the rest.   Sarah Porter did an amazing job at tugging on my heart strings and her writing style managed to stir up so many emotions in me, which is great because this story is full of nothing but tragedy (but there was some happy parts, I promise).

Lost Voices is about a fourteen year old girl named Lucette (Luce for short), who lives with her abusive Uncle after her father’s ship is crashed during sail.  One night, Luce’s Uncle attempts to sexually assault her and that leads to Luce falling into the ocean and converting into a mermaid.  She ends up living with a tribe of fellow mermaids and learns that her singing voice challenges that of their queen, Catarina.

I  know that that might sound a bit confusing (the mermaid part) since most of the time we read about mermaids who are from some sort of bloodline, that gives them the ability to turn into mermaids at will, blah, blah, blah.  Not in this story.  No sir, Lost Voices gets an even cooler story of transformation.  To become a mermaid, a girl has to suffer and once she has suffered enough, her body has to get to the ocean in one way or form, and she is stuck as a mermaid forever.  And I do mean forever, since these mermaids are given immortality.

I’ll admit that when I first started Lost Voices, I expected the story to start off with a bang, and was slightly surprised to see that it was taking a long time for it to get to the part about mermaids and the ocean and whatever else the novel held within its pages.  Though in the start of the novel, we are introduced to Luce’s wicked Uncle and see her transformation into a mermaid through the hell that she was living.  Personally, I loved the character Catarina, despite her constant mood changes and her need to remain queen of their tribe.  I found Catarina to be a misunderstood character and from what we see of her origin story, she has every right to  be.  Just saying.  I have no complaints (nada, zero) about the novel, but I did like that Sarah Porter managed to create a character that annoyed me so much, with  Anais. Stuck up little rich girl… roar.

I would recommend this story to fans of mermaids, YA fantasy, or just want to try something new and refreshing. Definitely worth a read.  I can’t wait to dig in to book 2, Waking Storm (Lost Voices #2), due out July 3, 2012.

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  1. Disincentive

    Seems amazing! I think that mermaid stories are getting more and more popular… And I’m happy with it :)
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  2. Great review!!! I have this one on my shelf due to my obsession… I mean love of mermaids :) I keep meaning to pick it up but now I am going to have to. I like the idea that she wasn’t born Mer but turned into one :)
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    It’s a darker mermaid story. I think you’ll really enjoy it!


  3. Great review! I love mermaids, so I really want to read this one. The cover is pretty :) I like the fact that this book has a different approach on mermaids! It’s always nice to have something original when it comes to a popular subject :)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  4. kimbacaffeinate

    I love when an author creates characters that you love to loath..hehehe. This sounds like a great tale..thanks for sharing it !
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