Sunday, 17 June 2012

Stacking The Shelves
 Meme hosted and created by Tynga's Reviews
 Here are the books I have bought in the last month.
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C. + Krstin Cast

Lost Voices Review

Rating: ♥♥♥

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: July 4th 2011
Pages: 291

What It's About!

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 of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead 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. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder? The first book in a trilogy, 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 was my first mermaid novel, and I'm not sure if it really opened the door for me with the mermaid genre. The first few chapters were really weird and disturbing. Girls who have been abused badly (or sometimes not so badly) generally turn into a mermaid, and live out the rest of their lives in the sea with other mermaids with dark human pasts.

Luce is the main character in this novel. In the first few chapters she becomes a mermaid because of the fact that her uncle abused her and basically left her to die on a cliff. She's so miserable she "melts" into a liquid, falls off the cliff, and gets rescued by a mermaid queen who helps explain the fact that Luce is now a mermaid.

In the novel's description, it says something about Luce being welcomed into the mermaid tribe, but to me they weren't very welcoming at all. Most of them were snobby and stuck up and the Queen mermaid kept treating Luce like she should just know what being a mermaid is all about. As the story went on, most of the other mermaids started being a bit more nicer to Luce, but a few were still just plain mean. Especially after a new mermaid joins their tribe and turns everyone against Luce, including the Queen. I don't understand why Luce didn't just leave the tribe since they were being such bitches.

One of the things that bothered me, besides the beginning, was the baby mermaids, which they call "larvae", that swim around close to the tribe, but the older mermaids don't even try to look after them, other than Luce. I found it a bit disturbing. The reason there are baby mermaids is from people abusing their baby girls, making them change. Plus the fact that the older mermaids treat them horribly and let them get eaten by orcas and whatever else!

Other than a few bothersome points, the book in generally was pretty good and is very nicely written. It was pretty half and half for me though. Half of me really liked it but the other half didn't really care for it. So it's more of a 2.5 instead of a whole 3 stars.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...