Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1)
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...more
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lucette is darkly drawn in the first chapters, struggling at home and school, forced to live with an abusive uncle after her mother...more
Initial Ending Thoughts:
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
Like I said, the writing itself was solid. That the author prefaced the whole book with a song from Radiohe...more
The only happy moments the main character Luce has are in her memory (and even those don't seem that ha...more
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
I'm a writer, artist, and freelance teacher. I teach creative writing workshops in the New York public schools via Teachers and Writers Collaborative; I've worked with kids in grades K-10, but I've focused on junior high and high school for the last several years. I don't think...more