LOST VOICES By Sarah Porter [Review]

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I was interested to read LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter because I had never read a book about mermaids and thought I might enjoy it. Unfortunately, all I thought by the end of the book was that maybe mermaids weren’t for me.

Lost Voices is the first book in a trilogy that follows fourteen-year-old Luce who, in a moment of despair, jumps off a cliff only to find herself transformed into a mermaid when she hits the water. Soon she gets welcomed by a tribe of mermaids who explain to her what it entails to be part of their tribe. The tribe is made up of other girls like Luce, who had given up hope.

We soon find out that the mermaids use their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks killing everyone on board, and Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her very valuable to the tribe. However, Luce struggles with the morality of what they are doing putting her at odds with her new friends.

The rest of the story explores that struggle and how it affects Luce and the other girls in the tribe.

Lost Voices started out pretty good, but it lost me (pun not intended) once Luce became a mermaid.

When I read a book, I need to feel some sort of connection with the main character, I just got annoyed with Luce. She is a really weak character and I wanted to shake her more than once so she would do something and stand up for what she believed.

There are quite a few characters who are unlikeable in the story, which is fine, but the problem is that there isn’t a character to put them down.

By the end of the book not only did I hate the “villains” of the story, I hated Luce more for being so weak. So there was really no one to root for.

I have mentioned before that I really respond to strong, assertive characters and so I guess Lost Voices wasn’t for me.

That is not to say other people might not enjoy it. There are a few good moments, especially one in which a few girls escape from the orphanage they’re at, and if you love mermaids then you might want to give it a shot.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books | Pages: 304 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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