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Lost Voices (The Lost Voices Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Porter
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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.

This book features a teaser chapter from Waking Storms, the sequel to this sensational debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (13 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X7QMF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 28 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved these books, and I'm surprised more people don't seem to have read/reviewed them. Sarah Porter paints beautiful pictures with her writing and manages to capture a hint of the mystery and freedom of the ocean. I love her imagery of singing and what the mermaids' voices can do (though it's generally not positive). Moreover, the overall tone of the books comes across as her wanting to tell an engaging story, to create something with substance, rather than impress or engage in wish fulfillment, which is how a lot of books I have read come across (at least those aimed at a teen girl/young woman demographic). I also find Luce to be rather more likeable than a lot of protagonists in similar books, despite the mistakes she makes. She isn't presented as some perfect girl who has it all (which can be annoying); for some reason, most female leads portrayed in such books always have to be 'beautiful', 'smart' and 'funny', and the authors often don't manage to follow through on claims of intelligence or wit.

It is true that the end of the first book doesn't feel properly resolved, but then there are two more books so to me that was to be expected; it is not resolved, but the tone is hopeful. And yes, there are difficult themes and there's tension and sorrow, but, in a way, I find that matches the mermaid mystique and I can accept them as part of the premise and something to be resolved. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed with the end of the third book, there were a few questions left unanswered (what were those voices on the island in the second book?) and a few things I wished were more resolved, but I still love these books. They are refreshingly different - there is a grace and eloquence to the writing that I don't come across a lot; I have generally been disappointed in mermaid fiction as the authors seem unable to capture the beauty and mystery of the sea.

So really I just want to say: well done, Sarah Porter. And please write more books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Voices 14 Jan. 2014
Lost Voices is actually the first mermaid book I've ever read (or so far as I can remember) and it was an excellent one to begin with.

Lost Voices is the story of Luce, whose life is dark enough when she is assaulted on the Alaskan cliffs and she is glad when she thinks she has died. But she hasn't - she's transformed into a mermaid, and is quickly taken in by a mermaid tribe. She almost totally adjusts to the life - but not the part where they lure and wreck ships, killing everyone on board.

This book was VERY dark, from beginning to end. There were very few light moments, but I still enjoyed it. The writing was lovely, deeply invoking the sense of the Alaskan shore.

The characters well well-drawn, though Luce seemed a little too perfect, while Anais seemed a little too villainous. However, Caterina was very complex, so I'm hoping with the next two books in the trilogy that Luce and Anais become less simplistic.

All in all this was a lovely, if very dark, book, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of mermaids 4 May 2012
By Sina
This is a hard book to review, and I'm still not entirely sure what I felt about it. But I think there lies the problem. It kind of just left me feeling...nothing. From the very beginning, this book was sad. Not sad in a 'boohoo' way, just sad in a really empty, hollow way. And it basically stays this way through the whole book. I can't really recall any moment that made me smile. Every time I got a little hope, it would be dashed straight away. There were a few moments where I thought the story was going to turn a certain way and I was really excited, just for it to be all taken away and go back to the sadness. The story could be exciting at times, but I think a major drawback was not having characters to care about.

Luce was an okay protagonist, but I didn't like how it took her so long to speak up for herself. Most of the other characters don't even bear mentioning to be honest. They were either irritating to the point I wished I could jump in the pages and slap them silly, or submissive and unmemorable. I suppose that is one emotion this book made me feel. ANGRY. I thought Catarina was bad, but a later character is introduced who is a contender for most annoying fictional character ever. I don't need to name her, you'll know when you read it.

The writing in this book was beautiful. I liked a lot of the concepts and history to the mermaids. It's just a shame it was all so depressing. I understand not every book has to be positive, and I did enjoy some of the darker elements of the book, but when there is no ray of light during the whole book, you can't help coming away feeling worse than you did going in. I didn't really gain anything from reading this book, and I don't see why I'd ever re-read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly one of my favourites 27 Nov. 2011
By Melissa
Format:Kindle Edition
Like the previous reviewer, I was genuinely excited by the prospect of a book about mermaids. I love fantasy, but find myself a little bored by the same old offerings of teen vampires and zombies, witches and werewolves. Mermaids, now - that was something I could get behind.

I was a little unsure in the first chapter, because I distrust things that try to cram an ostensibly adult genre into a teen's perspective, but within a few pages I was utterly delighted to find Luce a mature, deep-thinking girl that I could almost forget was only 14. By the time she was transformed into a Metascarsa - a 'fledgling' mermaid - I was hooked. Her moral compass, in particular, is a valuable guide through the often-complex tangle of murky situations that unfold throughout the book, such as the sinking of human ships and the near-irrational hatred that mermaids share for all things human. Even their own unwritten rules, the Timok, are often hard for a human reader to negotiate.

Sarah Porter is one of those authors that often seems to delight in words for their own sake, as well as for their ability to tell the story. I love that, and felt thoroughly immersed in the grey, cold, sweeping expanses of the Alaskan waters. I could see a white sky that reached up forever and foam-flecked waves the colour of lead. The sea-life, particularly the mermaids, are not portrayed as fairy-like Disney characters, but as slightly sinister, morally ambiguous, and often tortured creatures that feel both human and not, and this in particular delighted me - so many of the old creatures and monsters of legend have been sanitized in the modern day, but not, I am happy to say, Porter's mermaids.
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