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Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,889 Ratings  ·  497 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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Fathomless, why you no have no cover yet?

Fathomless, why you no match the purdy covers of Sisters Red and Sweetly? No me gusta.
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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
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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.


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 talked about 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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Alaina Meserole
Fathomless is the third book in the Fairytale Retellings Series and it's like a mixture of two fairytales for me: hercules and the little mermaid. WHY? Oh well Celia is the youngest of triplets and can see the past..while Lo was once a human but is now a mermaid. I guess it could just be about hercules.. maybe.. idk. I'M WEIRD!

Then comes in Jude, heyyy judeeee, who is a possible love interest for both Celia and Lo. I did, however, ship Jude with one girl.. and I hate that I did..but then again I
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jillyn by: Jen
Shelves: blog
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
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
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult, arc

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,
Note: I read the Chinese translation of this book.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Like Jackson Pearce's previous book Sisters Red, Fathomless is an okay-ish fairytale retelling. I like how there is friendship among female characters, I like how the MC chooses to be honest with her friend, I like how the girls handle the love triangle with a lot more maturity than too many other YA heroines.

However, I really don't like how in the story (view spoiler)
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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, Fathomless 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
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2011 marked it as to-read
The Little Mermaid? Oh, God, I have to read this.
Ess - Six Blue Marbles Book Reviews
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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book #8 Read in 2018
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

This is a take on the little mermaid. Celia meets Nadia who is a girl who has become a mermaid, Lo. Nadia is struggling to maintain human memories. Lo is trying to not become a monster who will kill humans. This telling is a bit creepier than the Disney version, and for that alone, I think high schoolers will enjoy it. It has mystery, fantasy and romance elements.
April Sarah
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, owned
Leaning towards a 3.5 stars.
Megg West
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt like the book ended before before the story was over... I want some more. I guess I'll need to keep an eye out for more of Jackson's books.
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
The third book in Jackson Pearce’s Fairytale Retellings series, Fathomless focuses on The Little Mermaid version from the Brothers Grimm more than the Disney version most of us know and love. I like to think of this as the book that brings the series together, since it all comes full circle once you meet the characters.

Warning: There will be some small spoilers for the other two books.

If you’ve ever read the Brothers Grimm tales, you know the endings are rarely happy and things are not all sunsh
Stephanie  G
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mary (BookHounds)
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
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
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