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Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,195 ratings  ·  412 reviews
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean gi
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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dear jackson pearce,
consistency may well be the last refuge of the unimaginative, but cover-consistency?? we are booknerds. we needs it.

i am not sure what fairy tale this is based on. yes, obviously, the little mermaid,doofus. and that works for half of the narrative, but what about the other half? three sisters with the powers to see the past, know the truth of the present, and see the future? whose parents were a woodsman and a wealthy woman? this seems to have fairy-tale trappings, but i do
Fathomless, why you no have no cover yet?

Fathomless, why you no match the purdy covers of Sisters Red and Sweetly? No me gusta.

After reading:

What other reader's reviews found shocking, I found merely amusing. Also, I expected this book to wrap up the other two, seeing how they are more interlocked than what meets the eye. Alas, it did not and I hope another book will be written, but so far that doesn't seem to be the case.
Miss Bookiverse
+ So, so toll geschrieben <3 Ich liebe die Atmosphäre, die Jackson kreieren kann. Das Meer, die Sonne, alles wie zum Riechen und Fühlen.

+ Die Meerjungfrauen sind keine typischen Schwanzflossenwesen, dadurch aber nicht weniger bedrohlich-schön.

+ Das Mysterium in diesem Buch ist wirklich spannend. Total verrückt, was Jackson Pearce aus ihrem Fenris-Mythos von Band 1 und 2 alles rausholt und was für absurde, aber irgendwie funktionierende Verbindungen sie mit den Mädchen aus dem Ozean knüpft (ob
Morgan Renae
I haven't read this yet, but I wanted to say something about the cover change... I'll admit that the new covers look gorgeous as a whole:

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But are they as magical, beautiful, or true to the story (not to mention totally poster-worthy), as these?

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Sep 23, 2011 Rajshree marked it as to-read
Celia Reynolds... Silas Reynolds.... Sammuel Reynolds? Somethings fishy....
Sep 02, 2012 Corley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars.

I fell in love with this book, and it was literally hard to put down, which is why I finished in one day. Pearce added on to the world created in Sisters Red and Sweetly, but I love the feel of the ocean in this one. Based on The Little Mermaid (which I have read), this was a wonderful retelling; it was dark and mysterious, and I was totally not expecting the ending. Really, the last several chapters were so enthralling and Though it was a little weird at times (such as how

This is the book that I've been waiting for since forever.

The Little Mermaid retelling?

I'm sold.

Must. Read. ASAP.

Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: There were no fins, under sea palaces, nor anything glamorous about life under the sea. Instead, Pearce fills the pages with descriptions of the dark abyss.

Opening Sentence: There are lights at the surface.

The Review:

In the Fairytale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce, Fathomless is a loose take on The Little Mermaid. Pearce’s take on mermaids wasn’t your typical run of the mill. There were no fins, under sea palaces, nor anything glamorous

This was one of my more highly anticipated books of last year (because hello? Fairy tale freak. This is not news to anyone.), and it's sort of shameful that I am just now posting a written review. (Though yes, I did have a mini vlogged one here. But still.) I feel like I've talkedabout this book a lot, but nothing's all official-like until I write about it. So.

This was my favorite Jackson Pearce book to date. I've enjoyed everything I've read by her, but there's always been something a

Read more of my reviews at Dazzling Reads

I have not read Hans Christian Andersn's The Little Mermaid. I only watched the Disney version of it, which I do know have a very different ending to the original tale. However, with only the Disney retelling in my head, Fathomless feels like a whole new tale on its own. And a very wonderful one.

Told from two characters' perspective, yet three different points of view (one character has two identities) Fathomless narrates a mesmerizing story of identity,
Nov 11, 2012 Jillyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jillyn by: Jen
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Lo is no longer human. Her identity gone with the waves, she knows only what the angel and her sisters under the sea have told her. Her new life has started in the ocean, and will continue until the angel comes back to take her away. A mermaid, the ocean is now her home.

Celia is a human triplet, with a special gift. She can see into peoples' pasts, just by touching their skin. Her and her sisters, both gifted as well, keep this a secret between themselves. After all, who would believe them anywa
Initial thoughts:
2 for 2 with your 2012 books, Jackson Pearce. You are quickly becoming one of my favourite authors AAAAAAAAND I think I would read anything you wrote, including but not limited to a reinterpretation of the phone book.

You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date:September 4, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from publisher

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Momo (the Mome Rath)
First a little backstory:

Fathomless is the third entry in Jackson Pearce's Fairytale Retellings. What I like about this series, is that it is almost not a series. The stories are not co-dependent on each other -- however, it would be a better experience to read them in order. I actually read them out of order, not knowing that Sweetly was the second in the series. What makes them a unit is that Jackson Pearce has created her own mythology that she weaves into the fairytale. This can be somewhat
Upon finishing Fathomless I found myself asking why I had never read any of the other books in this series before, until now. I have had the other books in the series for awhile now just haven't been able to read them yet. I am really glad I went ahead and read Fathomless though because seeing this work compared to her Contemporary book shows how talented she is. It opened me up to the wonderful storyteller that Jackson is. This book will literally leave you breathless. It is a retelling of The ...more
Okay. So. There were definitely things that I loved about this book, but then there were the glaring holes.

If you don't know anything about this book, Fathomless is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

There's Lo, the mermaid. In the beginning, she lures a boy into the ocean to try to steal his soul, but it doesn't work and he drowns.

Then we meet Celia, one in a set of triplets who have the ability to see into the future (Anne), present (Jane), or past (Celia). They're out
Imagine you couldn’t decide between pizza, Chinese food, or burritos for dinner. Would you just give in and have some of all three or would you decide to have one on each of three separate occasions? In this young adult paranormal fantasy, it seems as if the author has analogously opted to have everything at once.

There are at least three separate paranormal plots going on in this book and they don't really don’t seem to go together at all. We have a sisterhood of girls who live underwater, we h
She did it. Jackson Pearce accomplished what no one else could - a mermaid book that I absolutely loved. It is extremely dark and suffocating, adjectives that I use in the best way possible.

Fathomless switches perspectives between Celia, the youngest in a set of triplets who feels like she doesn't belong with the other two, and Lo who now lives in the ocean and cannot remember her past life on land. Once the novel gets going, however, a third point of view is added. I will not spoil who it is,
Just as Sisters Red was inspired by the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and Sweetly was inspired by Hansel and Gretel, this one was inspired by The Little Mermaid. I loved Sisters Red and I thought Sweetly was very well done as well, but I just didn't enjoy this third installment as much. I've always been intrigued by Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, but not so much by The Little Mermaid. Maybe that's why I didn't like this one as much.

Once again the story is tied to the others in an in
Jackson Pearce has once again created a unique twist of another retelling story. This time it's The Little Mermaid. As with the two other books in this series, Fathomless features more of the Reynolds siblings. This time it's the three and only girls, triplets, who have the powers to see the future, present and past. One night, Celia, the youngest and the seer of the past helps Lo, an ocean girl living beneath the waters just off the coast of Georgia save Jude, a young musician, from drowning. S ...more

ooo JACKSON PEARCE I love your books. Yes I loved this one as much as the first two books. I was so happy when I saw my local library had this, didn't recognise it at first though due to the cover change. What is that about I loved the beautiful old style cover's. This book was as good as the first two books, which is unusual for me usually by now in a series the books are going downhill. Oh not in this one.
If you think this
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18-year-old Celia is the youngest of a set of triplets, but feels like she doesn’t really fit in with her sisters, who are closer to each other than they are to her.
Lo is a water girl who was once human. She doesn’t even remember her human name, but knows that she must kill someone and steal their soul if she wants her human life back. Unfortunately she must get the person to fall in love with her first.
When a boy called Jude falls into the sea and is nearly d
Rachel Lightwood
Fathomless wasn't what I was expecting. Does that mean it wasn't good? I don't think so, I was just that it strayed far from the bar that was set in Sisters Red. This time Jackson Pearce takes a completely different story and spins her magic there. For me both of the two previous book have had a darker streak and a hauntingly eerie mystery as the central plot. This time though we are treated to a poetic story of a mermaid named Lo. It is told almost like a tragedy, with rich words and an air of ...more
Paranormal Haven
Celia and her two sisters have powers. Celia can see someone’s past just by touching them. Her other two sisters have the gifts of present and future. One day when Celia is walking along the pier a young street musician falls off into the ocean. Celia rushes down to the beach to help. At the same time an ocean girl named Lo has surfaced with her sisters. Lo used to be obsessed with remembering what it was like to be a normal girl who lived outside of the ocean. Molly, the newest of the ocean gir ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
The world of Jackson Pearce's fairy tale "retellings" is always eerie, and never quite what one might expect. They all pull inspiration from traditional fairy tales while remaining their own original novels at the same time. None of the books need to be read in order, yet some elements create a refrain that weave the novels together. In SISTERS RED, we are introduced to the deadly Fenris, creatures that exist in all three books. In FATHOMLESS, we get to see a bit of their origins. SWEETLY gives ...more
I saw Jackson Pearce at Wordstock in Portland last month and thought she was adorable and that her The Little Mermaid retelling sounded intriguing. Pearce spoke to the whole Disney versus original story by Hans Christian Andersen and how she was intrigued by the sort of bystander woman in the story. This novel has multiple narrators and I liked that structure; she pulls off the different voices pretty well.

I was just a bit underwhelmed with the story. It felt repetitive and lukewarm for a majori
Sarah - Stuck in a Story
Jackson Pearce has an knack for Fairy-tale retellings. She’s one of the few authors who is able to successfully modernize a classic fairy-tale into something unforgettable. I’ve read her two previous fairy-tale retellings, Sisters Red and Sweetly, and was blown away with her ability to adapt classic fairy-tales (more so with Sweetly than Sisters Red). I’ve been waiting to read Fathomless for so long because it’s based off one of my favourite favourite fairy-tales and my favourite Disney movie Th ...more
Jackson Pearce delivers a haunting fresh tale of mermaids and a weaving story of loss and deception from the depth of our souls. With a new image of mermaids to carry readers into world of waves and lost memories, Fathomless will take you into a dark secret riddled with lies and trickery that forces the characters to remember so many things they have lost and hidden from themselves.

Celia, Lo and Nadia narrate different pieces of a larger puzzle on how they came to be the way they are in this w
Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
Fathomless is the third book in the Fairytale Retelling series that Jackson Pearce has written. The first was Sisters Red (based on Little Red Riding Hood), followed by Sweetly (Hansel & Gretel) and now Fathomless (The Little Mermaid).

I appreciated what Jackson did by trying to tie all three books together with clever character references that you only pick up half way through but I just didn't feel like this book had ENOUGH of a tie in with Sisters Red or Sweetly... and even when we did get
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
In FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce, slow pacing and a plodding, much-too-convenient-to-be-true plot weigh down what is an otherwise interesting premise about the people of the deep. The writing is beautiful, though, and Jackson manages to add her signature creepiness to the classic tale. If you are already a fan of Jackson Pearce’s other fairy tale re-tellings, SISTERS RED and SWEETLY, you will likely want to get your hands on her rendition of The Little Mermaid, regardless of anything I say below. ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

Celia, Anne and Jane are triplets abandon in a boarding school that they never leave because there mother has died and their father is a victim of Alzheimer's. Anne can see the future, Jane can see the present but all Celia can do is visit the past. Together they form a scam, getting rich boys to buy them things and take them to dinner at the beach side resort they live near. Since her power is the least useful, Celia tends to stay away from her sisters' antics One night while
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Fairytale Retellings (4 books)
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  • Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)
  • Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, #4)
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