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Sunday, February 20, 2011

30) Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

The Blurb -

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?

My Thoughts -

Some books are hard to read to the end because the story is just not what you were expecting. Lost Voices is one of those books. It just wasn't what I expected it would be. While the story started off very promising things just went down hill about a quarter of the way in. The strong beginning and build up just got washed away in a flat strange tale of nothing in particular.

I really wanted to like this and kept reading in the hope that the story would regain its strength. Instead I was left disappointed and frustrated with the story that had so much promise. As the first book in a trilogy I have no idea where the author wants to take this. The abrupt end to the book left me wondering if anyone would actually want to read the next part. There was absolutely nothing in the story that has me inclined to see what happens next.

I hate writing negative reviews and especially for a debut but there isn't much I liked about this book. Such a good start with an amazing concept but it all went wrong somewhere along the way. This debut doesn't get released till July and maybe that young reader in your life will enjoy it more than I did.

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