Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter Book Review

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: July 4, 2011
Pages: 304
Interest: Series (Lost Voices book 1)
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge

Synopsis: 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 depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.
A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.
Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?
Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.

                Lost Voices speaks of a very dark and vicious tale about mermaids. In my journey through the world of fiction, Lost Voices is my first book to read about mermaids. Mermaids’ tales is one of my favourite during my childhood years and I don’t know why it took me this long to read a mermaid themed book. Maybe I was just preoccupied in the last few years with so much vampire themed books. But unlike the little mermaid that speaks of joy, love and full of cheerfulness, Lost Voices threads on the opposite side. It’s full of sad and dark emotions. And most of the mermaids here are quite hostile creatures when they relate themselves with the humans.

            Luce is the protagonist of the story. A pathetic 14 year old girl who never made any friends and she was also being abused by her uncle during her human life. And reading those scenes makes my heart wrench and broke into million pieces. The emotions were so strong in a way that it surge in me and feels like I could feel Luce’s emotions too. On the other hand, I also come to hate her and I can’t help but disagree with her choices for not fighting back  for those who step on her and being so hostile with her in behalf of the positive things she have done.

            The writing is perfect and exceptional. Porter delivered the full emotions in the plot to her readers and she described every detail and corner in the story perfectly. The characters seem so real that you could be able to hate them for their nature with their personality.

            So for anyone who loves a dark mermaid book you might want to check it out and I’m sure you could be satisfied with the story it could deliver. 



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