Sunday, November 30, 2014
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter - Book Review
Title: Lost Voices
Author: Sarah Porter
Publication: July 4, 2011
Series: Lost Voices #1
My Rating: ♥♥
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.
This was an alright book. There were many scenes that I disliked very much. I was expecting much more from this book that what was given. I didn't see where a lot of things were going and thought that the plot was not really great. I kind of 'judged a book by it's cover' here. I had no idea what this book was going to be about but no way did I think this is what was going to happen.
At first, I thought she was a 10 year old and I didn't really like that she was a 14 year old to begin with. Throughout the book though, she did seem maturer and took off as if she were much older than in the beginning. There was a growth in her that was pretty good. I didn't like how her uncle abused her and almost raped her, just that scene made me feel sick. To think that things like this are actually happening to people at this moment terrifies me. I wish our world were much more at peace and things like this never happened. I loved that Luce was her own person, but sometimes she acted like a coward. I wished I could put my hand through the book and slap every single one of these mermaids in this freaking book.
I honestly do not feel of going over every single character, but here is a quick review of them all. They were so many betrayals from almost all mermaids that were just incredulous. I couldn't believe what I was reading, it honestly didn't feel real. I couldn't believe the book when everyone turned on people, and how this book started to where it is now. Anais annoyed the hell out of me. I can't begin to explain how much I wanted to slap this chick, along with Samantha. Ugh! There were just so many characters I loathed through this book. I did not like Catarina's character at all through this book, the only time she grew on me was on the last freaking chapter. This entire book in my opinion was okay, it was original but seriously. It was very annoying. I only kept it to 2 stars because there were some things I actually liked about the book. Seeing Luce's voice mature, was hands down my favorite part of the book. Mostly my only.
Overall, this was an ok/horrid book. I only really liked the main character (and not a lot at times) but Dana and Marian were also my favorites. I wish I could give this book 5 stars and be excited for the next book but I am not. I will want to finish this series eventually but not anytime soon. I may pick the next one up if I have absolutely nothing to read. I am glad this was a fast read and got to the point at times, because if it wasn't a short read and took forever to get through, I would have given this book 1 star. I really tried loving this book but I just couldn't. I could see how this could be a favorite to some people but it was not my cup of tea.