Lost Voices

Lost Voices

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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."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 31mm | 646g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • None
  • 0547482507
  • 9780547482507
  • 543,194

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"A haunting debut. . . . Porter s writing is expressive and graceful. . . . . a captivatingly different story."
"Booklist" "A beautifully written and heartbreaking story about a lost soul struggling to forgive the people she loved who wronged her, and ultimately to forgive herself."
Jennifer Echols, author of "Going Too Far" "It might be shelved as a fantasy, but Lost Voices is full of gripping, harsh realism. Without resorting to stereotypes or tired high school plots, it deals with the complications of friendship and peer pressure. And at its core, it's nothing more than a really believable, understandable and relatable story about finding one's voice. Its relevance to real life and its references to the real issues that create lost girls --- abuse, neglect, rape, bad parenting and more--make it a one-of-a-kind mermaid story. For that reason, it will appeal to paranormal, fantasy and realism fans alike."
teenreads.com "This is a dark and compelling take on a world usually depicted as more lighthearted. . . . Porter nonetheless carefully doles out enough possibilities to keep the overall tone hopeful, and given the already numerous perky mermaids, these gritty, wounded souls are a creative and welcome addition to the field."
"Bulletin" "The beautifully crafted first book of the Lost Voices trilogy is told in such a rich, despairing aqua tinged tone, it leaves you desperate for more."
"Fantasy Book Review""
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6,820 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,979)
4 26% (1,782)
3 26% (1,796)
2 12% (841)
1 6% (422)

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Lately I've been reading and loving mermaid's books. Lost Voices wasn't an exception, but it really surprised me! I knew this book was going to be different when I read the summary. Luce is young and her life have been really difficult. She has no parents, no friends, and only an uncle who hurts her. She's really amazing. I loved her from the beginning. She's younger than the usual YA protagonist, but she was so mature and strong. She was sweet even after suffering a lot. I was so sad for her at first, always looking for someone to love her and accept her, but she's really a role model. She just wanted to have a better, and happy, life. The mermaids were amazing. It was really original the concept of being a mermaid only after you give up your humanity. It was interesting to see them in that way, a bunch of girls with an ugly human past. But what I liked more was the singing. Usually this is forgotten in mermaids books (they are usually good mermaids), but here it's the most important aspect of being a mermaid! I really loved the descriptions of the songs, I could easily create them on my mind. Of course it was kind of scary to believe a song could make you feel things like wanting to jump to the water.... Overall, I think Lost Voices was an original book of mermaids, darker than the usual. I really loved it and I only wished the book wouldn't have ended so abruptly. I really can't wait to read more about Luce and the mermaids in the next book, called Waking Storm.show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
Leaping off a cliff equals transform into a finned being for some. Review: Lost Voices by Sarah Porter. A story that will hum deep within you, alluring you, seducing you into its depth, never turning back until the last page is turned. - She known as Jess: http://sheknownasjess.blogspot.com/ I have always loved the idea of being a mermaid, I loved the Disney animation of the little mermaid when I was younger, and my mum said I watched it pretty much on repeat! So, when I saw this, I jumped at the chance to read it, thankyou NetGalley, Publishers and whoever else said I could! =D Well let's start off with what is probably one of the most important elements, the cover, so really not that important as compared with what is on the inside but still, a pretty cover is alluring which as most of you have, like me, sometimes come to regret when the inside is so dull it needs the cover to perk it up. Lost Voices cover is beautiful; makes me want to awe and ahhh about it but I will pick my jaw up and get on with the story. Before we have even started the book we come to a page just before our adventure is about to start that already gets things rolling, pulls us inward as though we are the fish caught line and sinker. There's always a siren singing you to shipwreck. (Don't reach out, don't reach out, don't reach out, don't reach out.) Steer away from these rocks, we'd be a walking disaster. (Don't reach out, don't reach out, don't reach out, don't reach out.) Radiohead, "There There" Doesn't that get you in the mood for a dive into deep waters; it sure does me, well not actual waters, me getting wet waters but certainly into a fin of a tale book! Lucette, our woman of the hour or Luce as she is mostly referred as; we start our journey in a class room where she is call upon by the teacher. Everyone, even I get nervous when all eyes suddenly swirl in your direction almost begging you to stumble up so they can have a giggle. Luce is a quiet girl, happily being ignored in her corner of the world. "Lately, though, her voice had developed a habit of abandoning her whenever she needed it most" Page: 2 Poor Lucette, seriously classmates can be cruel, not all but some. She is the sort of girl you want to wrap your arms around to reassure her that she is okay, that she is safe because she is that withdrawn that it makes you long to bring her out of her shell. Already I feel the longing in my chest, wanting to comfort this girl rather than let her slink away in the shadows. Especially when a storm is brewing, those awaken her memories of the day her father's boat didn't return, even though a year has passed she still kept hope he would return to her one day. The relationship she had with her father was sweet, it will make you smile that smile when you can't help but sigh because something is just that beautiful. "You don't mean to say that that sweet little wisp of a thing could be the diabolical mastermind behind this incredible theft, do you? No, I'll never believe it!" Page 5. I know I am completely teasing you with a few lines of dialogue but come on; this makes you want it even more, right? I would want it even more after reading quirky lines that make my eyes light up in glee. Luce's life certainly hasn't been easy; no wonder she prefers being quiet and not drawing attention to herself! It hurts my heart to think there are children out there who would prefer to stay outside in the pouring rain than return to the safety of their home which isn't all that safe for them. We soon discover that a trip to the beach where the tide is drawing in higher, closer, insinuating more danger is ahead if you venture too close, dashing into a maze of rocks, well this is where our story really begins. I know that I have not given you much information but enough to draw you in, yes, a tease for sure! I won't go into it with much depth because I would hate to spoil it for any future readers; all I will say is that Luce's uncle Peter is a horrid man; a foul, disgusting excuse for a man. Even if he has had some misfortunes, doesn't give him to right to take it out on her, like me, you will most likely want to string him up and put him out to sea, although, what an amazing author to make me feel such hatred for a man because of his wrong doings. Well I am not quite sure I agree that this content is suitable for twelve years olds, I would think fifteen to sixteen because even at nineteen my eyes widened at what I was reading in certain parts which made me feel uneasy and want to punch her uncle peters lights out and then when he didn't do what I thought he was about to do, a relief of air escaped my lips. 'Thank god'. The change left me gapping, my jaw swinging open before I could even consider what was happening, slipping off the cliff into complete darkness. The change, Luce no longer the same girl changes not just her body but her insides as well; letting the bitter cold take away all her senses, covering her heart, taking everything and nothing at the same time. After this we really do get to the best part, oh my, I couldn't keep the glee off my face! Sarah manages to create a mermaid world that feels so real that I could be there myself and not know it! "You're just Luce now. And your one of us." Page: 48 But even the cold cannot take away the warmth from a heart like hers, quickly we see Luce come back to us with another strength in her she didn't even realise she had. The reason for the change, all the changes among mermaids is because of awful things they experienced during their human lives and for some reason the change only occurs for girls, the boys have the aura of shimmering darkness but they do not change, yet. Perhaps that is why only they are called on to be sirens because they have lost faith in men and happily wrap the men on boats in a comforting song, alluring them to their death, to keep them from hurting anyone else. An interesting concept I must admit. Not so lucky for the innocent men who wouldn't hurt a fly if they had the choice. "I am talking about the things humans do to their own daughters, Luce. To the little girls who trust them, and who can't escape from them, because they don't have anywhere to go...." Page: 52. Are you thinking woah because I was thinking woah as I read through this part? I don't want to tell you much about the character because if I do, you won't be able to enjoy them first hand when you have this beautiful book in your grasp. I will tell you though that there are a lot of different personalities coming at you from every different direction, yet you welcome them. They all have their story; all have something special and unique about them that draws you into another place and time. Sarah Porter has made these characters come alive in front of me, I can imagine them; picture them as if they were people I already knew and feel the emotion running rampant through them. This story is also a test of friendship; are we too willing to accept someone else's demands or change ourselves to fit in. Where does the loyalty lie? And would a real friend accept you for who you are or try to change you to fit their mould? And what about love, what amount of love is enough, can it be measured or is it just an unexplainable phoneme, which is why it is so special and hard to find 'She gave me more and truer love than any human being can hope for in this life.' Page: 93 Why do we feel like those around us will not accept who we fall for which leads us to a missed chance at love? Okay a bit over a hundred pages in and we find ourselves in BeeBee's mansion with a group of young girls, an orphanage for children 'girls' whose parents have either disappeared or passed away. I didn't really understand where this came from or why we were reading about this because it feels like a different story but I keep on reading, knowing the relevance for it would soon appear or so I hoped. Oh, well definitely got the 'crazy lady in the house' vide, running after animals and deciding to blow up everything including the girls in the east wing because they have a glow about them. Woah, she is off her rocker. May be right about the glow but man, no need to blow them up.... "Does anybody smell something weird?" Rachel asked timidly. Page 119 (Rachel is one of the girls) Oh lord. More Mermaids? Ah, I can understand why they were added to the story now, very glad it gave me the answers I needed. Ha, and boy was it hard convincing Jenna that she was indeed a mermaid. Gah, definitely a bunch of girls who got on my nerves which I think was the whole point of having them in the story so well done. I better conclude this at some point or I fear I may never stop writing. It was funny really; I went to bed yesterday and woke up thinking mean thoughts about men, for no good reason. I was like, wow, the book is making me feel like a man hater, what a powerful read! You can definitely understand what they feel the need to sing sailors to their death but that doesn't make it right. Two wrongs don't make a right but they are still young girls, unwilling to let go of their hunger for revenge but hopefully willing to learn compassion in future books because they wouldn't have been accepted within the tribe if they hadn't been shown compassion, that goes for all of them, even snotty nose Anais. And so I reach the end, the last page only to scroll, hoping I was wrong and there was more to read but no, the end of the book has been reached and I am actually feeling sad that it has finished. I will have to be patient and wait for the sequel. She Known As Jess. Review posted up on Netgalley and She Known As Jess BlogSpot. http://sheknownasjess.blogspot.com/show more
by Jessica Wilmshurst
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