Lost Voices

Title: Lost Voices

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Imprint: Harcourt Books

Pub Date: 4 July 2011

ISBN: 9780547482507

Author: Sarah Porter

The Lost Voice is not just your ordinary fairy tale involving sirens who led sailors to death. It’s a dark, modern fairy tale that deals with a lot of depressing issues in teenage girls’ lives. Okay… at first glance, it sounded like a modern fairy tale, but trust me, there’s more to this book than just a fairy tale. It deals with suicide, bullies, oppression as well as peer pressure. Another disturbing issue that this book raise is acceptance by the society.

The Lost Voice…is metaphorically speaking of the issues that’s clouding the teenage girls world these days. It is also hinting at us that a lot of people has lost their voices to speak up and uphold truth and justice. This is a beautiful, yet insightful and very inspiring book to read.

Book description:

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 her 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’s own remarkable singing talent 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.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received this digital ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher via Netgalley.

The release date for this book is 4th July 2011, and for more information on this title, please click here.

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