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“My Rating: 4.5 stars
“I love mermaids and I've read many novels on the subject. This book definitely stands out from the rest. I can't say that it's my favorite but it's different and it's well written. While I was reading, I definitely felt for Luce, the main character. While I've never been abused, I've defnitely felt alone and invisible at times, especially when I was her age. It was interesting reading about the daily lives of the mermaids, their motivations, and the rules that govern them. The way that they change from human to mermaid is a little confusing but perhaps that's explained more in later books. Also, it seems that boys have the "indication" of becoming mermen but are not able to change. The little larvae (babies that have become mermaids) mentioned in the book almost tore my heart out. It's probably because I just had my first baby in March but imagining any helpless baby being so abandoned and unloved as the larvae are just broke my heart. I kept hoping Luce would figure out some way to help them but if she does, it's not in this book. I'm definititely interested in reading more to find out what happens with Luce and what new powers she uncovers with her singing. Can she help the larvae? Will she learn how to help boys complete the change? With so many books on my to read list and with so little time left for reading anymore, it's unlikely I'll get around to reading future installments but I do recommend this book to anyone. There are some touchy subjects covered but I think they were done with enough sensitivity. If I had a daughter, I'd let her read this book (probably from age 12 & up). ”Peekablue wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“I'm probably not the intended audience for this book, but I still enjoyed it for what it was.”Stephanie F wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This book was both hauntingly beautiful and deeply disturbing. Anais is a perverted version of Disney's Ariel. The juxtaposition of Ariel and Anais is obvious to anyone who is familiar with the Disney flick and this makes Anais the most interesting character. Luce, the main character is less developed and pretty stereotypical of a YA heroine. The mermaids are basically evil, much like in Wake, self absorbed and literally victims. What they do is horrible but how they treat the baby mermaids is downright disturbing and sickening. I would have to skin through those pages not to let it ruin the whole book.”
“AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”Brooke wrote this review Sunday, July 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book far surpassed my expectations going into it. It's so dark and haunting, and beautifully written. Mermaids in this story are girls who were abused so severely in their human lives, that they are given a second chance at life in the sea as mermaids, as well as tasked with killing any humans who cross their paths as a form of vengeance. For a fantasy story about mermaids, this book is very dark and realistic, and at sometimes depressing and morbid, but all that just creates an unforgetting world and characters that stick with you long after you put the book down.”colleen h wrote this review Wednesday, July 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!! From page one this book held my attention! I LOVE the way the author describes and brings to live what I'm reading without over doing it. Beautifully written story!! I am definitely counting this as one of my few FAVORITE books!! Thank you!”Pawneace Miller wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't read a mermaid story since H.C. Andersen's Little Mermaid and seeing this book on NetGalley decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Luce is an avid reader so while the story is definitely YA the vocabulary isn't simplistic but still feels natural, without the effect of thesaurus overuse. I really liked the narrative voice for how lyrical and visual it is. Singing is a very important part of the bulk of this book and Ms. Porter did a wonderful job describing the mermaids' singing in a way that wasn't flat or confusing. I actually felt like I knew exactly what their songs sounded like and could understand the almost physical nature of the songs.
There's a stark contrast between the beauty of the mermaids, the world they live in, the exhilaration of their strength and speed, the magic of their voices and the reason why they are all there. It's very dark, actually, because they are all teenagers, the oldest is only 16, but they've all lived a life of pain and abuse and when it all became too much they left the human world but didn't really die. I enjoyed having the weight of this fact to balance the general immaturity of the mermaids, it helped give depth to the story that otherwise could have felt too much like "mean girls gone wild", especially in the second half of the book. There is also the interesting concept that the girls who had no voice in their human lives, were never heard and always disregarded now had voices that could not be ignored.
Lost Voices is the first in a trilogy and it is the beginning of what I think will be a theme arc of coming to terms with who you are, learning to take control of your life, forgiving past hurts and friendship and it's good to know that this book is only the beginning because the way it ended was a bit confusing to me. It was so abrupt that for a moment I thought that I received an incomplete file but the more I thought about the ending after I confirmed that the file was indeed complete the more it made sense. The external conflict here was so strong and volatile that I've almost forgotten all about the importance of the internal conflict while it is the internal conflict that pushed the story forward from the very beginning. Throughout the book Luce struggled with having become a mermaid and signing ships to their death, she struggled with the power of her voice and with the fact that her father most likely died because of mermaids but in the end she comes to appreciate her new world and the beauty of it, she is determined to choose her destiny and grows up just enough to take on the out of control mermaids in the next book. At least I hope she'll take them on because with Anais at the helm those girls have most definitely gone wild.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy YA, mermaids and don't mind a protagonist who's not a lara croft type. ”