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Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  5,865 Ratings  ·  830 Reviews
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 a grim Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation: she becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in. All of them, like ...more
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Beckah Yes, it's a very good book for middle graders. Zero curse words. There is a bit of romance, but not in a physical way. No innuendos and no sexual talk…moreYes, it's a very good book for middle graders. Zero curse words. There is a bit of romance, but not in a physical way. No innuendos and no sexual talk or acts at all. My daughter was never interested in reading just for fun, but this book changed that. I hope this helps.(less)
Miriam Robarts Not really. It's not a love story.

Characters experience some attraction and the desire to have relationships (but they are unable to pursue them),…more
Not really. It's not a love story.

Characters experience some attraction and the desire to have relationships (but they are unable to pursue them), and passionate kissing is mentioned, but not described. (Also sexual abuse is alluded to and the mermaids are usually naked.)

A character tells the protagonist about someone she knew who had a tragic romance.(less)
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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
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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:

Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jasmine Hawamdeh
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sept-reads
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
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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
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.

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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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's something special about mermaid books. If done well, they can capture the beauty and mysteriousness of the sea. They lend themselves to beautiful prose. And they are the epitome of forbidden love. But while Sarah Porter's debut had a recipe for a great book, it fell flat for me.

First and foremost, I found this novel really boring. The pacing is painfully slow, and I feel like nothing really happened throughout the book. The character arcs are pretty minimal, and I had a hard time sympath
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
First impressions: I found the beginning of the book to be interesting, but felt it took too long to get Luce in the water. We know it's a mermaid story, and I felt some of the opening scenes could have been cut. Luce runs around town showing us how sad and miserable her life is, introducing us to characters who have no real impact on the rest of the story. I got impatient waiting for her to turn into a mermaid.

Lasting impressions: The descriptions of life in the sea were really cool, and I thin
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
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
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-this
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
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Shafer
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OK, so.... This was one of those books that I had a difficult time reviewing, because there were things I both liked and disliked about it. Lost Voices was definitely a creative and captivating story with beautiful underwater worlds, but at the same time I became so incredibly annoyed and frustrated with the characters that it was slightly painful at times to get through.

I did like Luce, the main character. She was really sweet and someone who you could immediately sympathize with from the very
Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)
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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
Bethany Huang
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
*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
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