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Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  4,834 ratings  ·  743 reviews
What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?
Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the de
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Graphia (first published July 4th 2011)
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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
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
1.5 stars

This book made me feel. Really passionately. 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:

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.

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
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
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
Jennifer at BookShelfery
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:

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
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
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I must admit that I already read a lot of positive reviews about this novel before I actually started reading it. Now I’m not usually one to agree with the majority – I like being a rebel – but for this novel, I can’t help but agree. Atleast up till some point. I really liked this novel, and it pulled me in with an uncomperable force. However, there are some minor flaws I would like to discuss too.

Luce – short for Lucette – is living with her uncle ever since he
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
This was an alright book. There were many scenes that I disliked very much. I was expecting much more from this book that what was given. I didn't see where a lot of things were going and thought that the plot was not really great. I kind of 'judged a book by it's cover' here. I had no idea what this book was going to be about but no way did I think this is what was going to happen.

- Luce
At first, I thought she was a 10 year old and I didn't really like that she was a 14 year old to begin with
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
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
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

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
I don't really know how to write this review... It's almost unheard of for a book to affect me in the way that Lost Voices did, but not in a good way. As I sat in my calm, peaceful dorm room and read this I got more and more angry. If the girls in this book had been real, something bad would have gone down. Luce was the only consistently non-infuriating character, but she couldn't make up for the others.

I first have to point out that the imagery in this book is lovely. Sarah Porter paints some v
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
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I love mermaids. I’ve been a mermaid fanatic since the age of four, and it hasn’t let up since. My fascination with mermaids is why it is so frustrating that every mermaid YA book I’ve read, with the exception of Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz, has been incredibly underwhelming.

Unfortunately, Lost Voices is not an exceptional case. It was beautifully written and I loved the premise, but the execution left a lot to be desired. I never felt any kind of connection to Luce, in fact I found her to be quit
I am not sure what to make of Lost Voices, especially given the peculiar ending that does not really end and leaves you floundering like a beached mermaid. Sarah Porter's writing has a haunting quality, and Luce will appeal to the many of us who feel out-of-place in a world full of unnecessary sorrows and yearn for another life that promises new beginnings and new hopes.

Yet the new life that Luce finds is not without sorrows either. Rather, it provokes a series of questions of whether Luce shoul
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
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