Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Lost Voices

Lost Voices (Lost Voices, #1)Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 4th 2011
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's

Lost Voices was an interesting tale on the abused and unwanted girls and their life after. The tale of the ship sinking sirens was adapted to capture troubled girls to an afterlife of fins. The characters were quite interesting to read of and I enjoyed the flow of the book. I felt the book was a bit short as I was getting to enjoy the characters, understand their pasts, and discover how the siren's worked in the sea wold from man. I really enjoyed wrapping my mind around the story although as the last quarter of the book neared I was left hanging as a reader when the ending happened suddenly and the charactes story felt unfinished and unresolved. I hope there is a sequel because the concept of the book and its characters was just amazing.

Sarah Porter your book was amazing. I hope there is more to come.

Here is the Goodread's blurb on Lost Voices:
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.

1 comment:

Sarah Porter said...

Hey Teri,

Thanks for the kind review. Just to let you know, the sequel is already done, and I'm at work now on the third volume of the trilogy. And you're absolutely right, the characters have a long way to go!