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Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1)

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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 the

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Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Wendy Darling
I don't like it when mermaids are mean.

This book has beautiful imagery of shimmering fins and tails and mesmerizing siren songs, as well as exciting near-misses with giant orcas. The author writes lovely descriptions that you can easily picture in your mind, and the book description sounds very intriguing--but unfortunately, neither the story nor the characters live up to the pretty words or the pretty cover.

Aside from juvenile dialogue and a slight plot, many elements of this book are actually...more
oliviasbooks
Dec 23, 2010 oliviasbooks rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Sisters Red" and "A Curse Dark as Gold"
Recommended to oliviasbooks by: Nic
Mermaids are my favorite creatures – always have been. Consequently I notice with glee all those merfolk novels that lately have started popping up left and right. And I am very, very grateful to Hartcourt and to Netagalley for accepting my request for a review copy.

Mermaids and other humanoid water-breathers can be tackled from completely opposite angles, because there is always a mystery around them: the "We-above-the-waterline-cannot-know-for-sure-factor". Thus opposed to vampires (getting s...more
Erica (daydreamer)
Lost Voices spoke to me like a dark reminiscent fairytale. It almost seemed like a very vague retelling of The Little Mermaid. Little things sometimes just reminded me of the classic tale. But Lost Voices brought a whole new world to mermaids, in a very compelling and ominously beautiful way. It was darkly fantastic, full of luscious intrigue and secret enchantments. Its foreboding melodious lull swept me into the world of these killer mermaid girls. The writing was beautiful, intricately woven...more
Ceilidh
Sometime after Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” was unleashed upon the world and the media was scrambling for the next big creature in YA, mermaids was tossed around as a possible substitute for vampires and werewolves, partly influenced by Meyer herself admitting to having a mermaid story in mind for a future novel. While this hypothesised craze never really came to fruition, there is a number of mermaid-related YA stories awaiting release or already in bookshops from the past year or so.

Sara...more
Aleeeeeza
1.5 stars

This book made me feel. Really passionately. Except...it was all the wrong emotions.

Up till the halfway point, I was actually really liking it. The descriptions of the mermaids...the singing, the ocean--they were stunning! And then the dumbest shit starts happening and this is how I looked like for the rest of the book:



AND I'M NOT EVEN JOKING.
~Tina~
Lost Voices is a dark and deep book that takes us on a journey with 14 year old Lucette who feels completely alone in the world since her mother died at child birth and her father was lost at sea over a year ago. Living with her drunken abusive Uncle and being an outcast at school just makes the nightmare feel more real and hopeless. One particularly devastating night her uncle goes a little to far and Luce is left alone, scattered on the grass by a cliff while the emotional and physical pain co...more
Doskoi_panda
I'll begin this by saying that I have had an interest in mermaids for as long as I can remember, probably stemming from Barrie's "Peter Pan" and strengthened by the references in T.S. Elliot's "Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock." And then again, they appear in Greek mythology as the sirens, luring sailors to their watery graves with their enchanted, bewitching songs and let's not forget the fairytale of the Little Mermaid, and Disney's sanitized film version. Jack Dann produced an anthology of me...more
Kari
Let me say right away, I did not finish this book. I have no idea how it ends nor do I really care to. But, I feel that I listened to enough of it to form an opinion and therefore give a partial review. I have read a lot of reviews on this book and most people seemed to like it. I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.

What I liked: The writing style and the concept. I thought the author's writing style was great and beautifully descriptive. It just wasn't enough to sustain the story for me. I...more
Krystle
Gosh, this was going to be a solid two-star (C) review until I got closer to the end.

Okay, so these mermaids aren’t your nice pretty-pretty-let’s-sing-songs that most of you are familiar with. No these are mean, bitchy fish girls that have no problem killing people and are also a combination of sirens. You remember that overly used trope of having the popular girls being cruel and mean to the new girl or what have you? Yeah, that’s in here but multiplied to, I don’t know, ten kajillion.

This whol...more
Jennifer at The Bawdy Book Blog
With a cover like this, who wouldn't have big expectations (I MEAN, LOOK AT IT!)? The cover for Lost Voices promises a sort of fairy tale, magic, and girlish innocent youth.

It doesn't deliver.

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter is the story of Luce, formerly a human who transforms into a mermaid with a beautiful, deadly singing voice. On the night of her transformation, she's found by the mermaid tribe Queen, Catarina, who brings her back to the other girls, where they teach her the whys and the ways...more
Stray
This was an extraordinarily written book. The writing was beautiful and lyrical sometimes and the mermaids' voices' descriptions were some of my favorite parts.

I like this kind of mermaids too, girls who suffered enough to put their humanity aside. It would also explain why they hate people enough to drown them.

Luce was a nice character, though she sounded a little too mature for her age, I guess that's because of what she went through and thus she had to grow up very quickly. Her almost perman...more
Jasmine Hawamdeh
One of the best books I thought I wouldn't like at all (because it's a bit on the fantasy side) but turns out to be one of the best books I have ever read. It is about a girl named Luce, who lost her mother when she was a toddler so does not have tons of feeling there but then it was just her and her father She loved him dearly but one day he went on a fishing trip and was gone just like that. Forced to live with uncle, who is a alcoholic and he abuses and he tortures her. What a life and with n...more
Mizuki
I'm not a fan of mermaids, but I'm surprised to find myself enjoying Lost Voices pretty well so I am willing to give it 3.5 stars. The book isn't without flaws but I mean, it really is better plotted and refreshing comparing with the other supernatural YA novels I've read recently.

I think how much you will enjoy this book depends on:

(1) How much you are okay with the main character being one of the murderous mermaids who had actually killed people.

(2) How much you can stand reading about mermaid...more
Annie
This novel is AMAZING, highly original, and it will haunt you.

Fourteen year old Luce loses her father and is sent to live with an uncle she hardly knows - an abusive alcoholic. 40 pages in and Luce has given up on life in her sleepy little Alaskan fishing community. Tumbling into the sea, prepared to die, Luce becomes a mermaid instead and so begins her journey. There's friendship, loss, hope. But most of all, this is the story of who we are and what we're made of.


The characters were all extreme...more
Bethany Huang
Thank you, Netgalley for sending me this book.

Luce is a teenage girl who has been wronged in so many ways-especially by her uncle. Her mother left when she was younger, and her father died of a shipwreck onThe High and Mighty. But the night the final wrong comes down, Luce is left abandoned on a cliff where she had found a girl's cold dead body. She sits there, reminiscing her past of not fitting in and realizing that if she goes back to her Uncle, she'll live in fear every night of the same ho...more
Ashlie
This is the first mer story I've read, and although I have nothing to compare it to, it is incredibly original & moving. The reader becomes immediately upset for Lucette (Luce), a girl troubled everywhere she goes. Forced to live with her uncle after her mothers death and her father's becoming lost at sea, her uncle is so unbelievably disgusting and her young life is so tortured. She finds solace no where, not even with a kind teacher at school. On her 14h birthday, she becomes a mermaid. Th...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
A review I've been avoiding writing

About a month ago I received Lost Voices from Netgalleys. It's a book about mermaids and I've always really liked mermaids in all of their forms--from Harry Potter creepy mermaids to Disney Princess versions. (In high school I tried to write a mermaid story--so goes my deep love of the creature)

But this version, vindictive and shallow, just didn't work for me. And I know the mermaids in Harry Potter were pretty evil but that was different. The Mermaids in Lost...more
Carol [Goodreads addict]
This is a story about Luce. She is a 14 year old girl whose father died on a fishing boat so she is forced to live with her uncle. During a night of heavy drinking he attempts to do the unthinkable to Luce. She escapes from him but dies on the cliffs and is transformed into a magical mermaid. All the mermaids are girls that were once mistreated or abused. So, they all have a hatred for humans. Mermaids have magical singing voices that can make humans drive their boats into the cliffs and drown....more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I really love mermaid stories and when I read the back of the book it captured me. Mostly cause the storyline was different then what I see around. And this book was different yet it did run along the same lines as other mermaid stories.

The characters in this book I really like. They were all the same as in the burden that they carried as a a human. I really like the old tale of how they become mermaids. It gave a an interesting twist on the story all together. Luce has been through so much. I a...more
Julia
Reviewed by Shannon at RexRobotReviews.com

I have read a lot of fairy, vampire, werewolf books but I had not yet read a mermaid book. It was really interesting to see how the author handled it. I have to say I was very surprised by this book!

Luce is the main character. Her mother died when she was young and her father died in a shipwreck. She is living with her uncle in Alaska who abuses her. One night he gets really drunk and tries to rape her on the way home from the bar. He realizes what he is...more
Emily
*A copy was provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for review purposes*

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I have never read a mermaid book before, so going into this book I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew how the traditional mermaid stories were told, so I was expecting that. But that’s not what I got. I got something better.

First off, this book is amazing. Second, this book is amazing. And third, this book is amazing. I didn’t have any clue what Sarah Porter was going to do with a mermaid story, but...more
Sheila
Complex issues of guilt and forgiveness, communication and despair are beautifully treated in this deceptively simple young-adult novel, Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter. First of a trilogy, it introduces the seemingly implausible concept of abused girls turning into mermaids, and turns it into an intriguing tale filled with very real characters and complicated emotions.

Lucette is darkly drawn in the first chapters, struggling at home and school, forced to live with an abusive uncle after her mother...more
Katie
In this book, 14 year-old Luce is living with her almost never-sober uncle. Her dad died at sea after his boat crashed when she was little. No one ever found out exactly how he crashed. One night after she went to a bar and waited while her uncle got drunk, something happened. The last thing she remembers was him trying to rape her, falling over the edge of a cliff, and never hitting anything. She wakes up in a cave on a beach. Why are there people watching her from the water? Where is she? Why...more
Kathy Martin
This story had beautiful visual language and a heartbreaking story. Lost, abused, mistreated young girls turn into mermaids who lure those on ships to their deaths. Luce was almost raped by her uncle before she became a mermaid but she doesn't hate all humans because she remembers her father's love. She makes friends and tries to learn to sing a song that won't kill but Anais joins the group and brings evil to it.
Jaylia3
Initially it almost seems like a dream come true when Luce is transformed into a mermaid, because for the first time in her life she has friends, a powerful body and an incredible ability to sing personal songs that are beautiful enough to control the seas, but this is not a simple story with a shiny happy ending. Luce's human life was never great, but since her father died leaving her in the care of an abusive, alcoholic uncle it has been horrible. It's his abuse that leads to Luce's mermaid me...more
Emily
Lost Voices is a book about a 14 year old girl named Luce who's living with her uncle after the death of her father. However, her uncle is a terrible man and she finds herself tumbling into the ocean after he attempts to violate her. Soon afterwards, she discovers that she's become a mermaid.

Initial Ending Thoughts:
Ummmm....what?

Quick Review:
This book was interesting. I enjoyed parts of it and parts of it made me want to throw it at a wall. Though that might be a good thing since that means I w...more
Isamlq
It’s exceptionally well written. The first portion is haunting and so sad. All that said, I honestly had a difficult time getting into the whole mermaid mythology being offered. I was quite skeptical about this vengeful version of mermaids. Surprising given my penchant for anything paranormal. I can take any werewolf, vampire, faerie book out there... I guess, I’m just not into fish girls.

Like I said, the writing itself was solid. That the author prefaced the whole book with a song from Radiohe...more
Aimee
Life has not been easy for fourteen year old Luce. Before her dad died she lived with him in a van and was constantly on the run. One day Luce’s dad goes out to sea for work and never comes home. Luce is left to live with her uncle who is a mean drunk. Things reach a climax when Luce’s uncle tries to rape her and then leaves her on the dangerous cliffs of a small Alaskan town. Luce fully expects to die when she drops into the freezing water below the cliffs but instead turns into a mermaid. When...more
Tara
The premise is intriguing, based on an existing myth with plenty of creativity to make it unique. The writing is excellent although the descriptions of the sea, waves, and the other-worldly voices of the mermaids were exhausting after a while (there is only so much you can say about water). I really wanted to like it, but this book has a huge flaw. Nothing good happens during the entire novel.
The only happy moments the main character Luce has are in her memory (and even those don't seem that ha...more
Kristy

Spoilers ahead:

Today is Luce's birthday. She just turned 14. She also just gained fins and can swim for a pretty long time underwater. She has just changed into a mermaid. Last night, her horrible uncle in a fit of drunkeness tried to get frisky with her- he did some sort of time warp where he thought she was her mom. She manages to get him off of her, but he runs away and tells her not to come home. Thus opening up her sea of nothingness, opening her up to her change.

She lives with a tribe. The...more
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