Lost Voices by Sarah PorterLost Voices by Sarah Porter

Lost Voices

bySarah Porter

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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"[A] haunting debut. . . . Porter's writing is expressive and graceful . . . a captivatingly different story."- Booklist Fourteen-year-old Luce 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.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp 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. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?&nbsp&nbsp
Sarah Porter is an author, artist, and a freelance public school teacher. Sarah and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Sarah's Watery Den online at www.sarahporterbooks.com .
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Title:Lost VoicesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547482531

ISBN - 13:9780547482538

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Twice Lost (Lost Voices #3) by Sarah Porter The Twice Lost is the last book in this haunting mermaid trilogy, and I'd recommend starting with Lost Voice and Waking Storms if you haven't read them first. The mermaids in this series are lost girls, something like Peter Pan's lost boys, who transformed from humans after being badly mistreated. While there are only brief appearances by some older characters I would have liked to see more of, there are a lot of great new characters, both twice lost mermaids and humans with varying levels of mermaid sympathy or antipathy.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waking Storms (Lost Voices #2) by Sarah Porter As the adventure continues in this second book of the Lost Voices trilogy the story becomes bigger and is more and more interesting.In a tale of friendship and enmity, love and hate, trust and betrayal, Porter takes us on a deep dive into emotions of every sort. Waking Storms leads us on a current of finding to a drift of losing. This sequel of the hauntingly beautiful series, The Lost Voices Trilogy, will have you on edge at the impending peril and the unknown of what is to come. The storms have arrived; now who will survive?
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1) by Sarah Porter This book has beautiful imagery of shimmering fins and tails and mesmerising siren songs, as well as exciting near-misses with giant orcas. The author writes lovely descriptions that you can easily picture in your mind, and the book description sounds very intriguing--but unfortunately, neither the story nor the characters live up to the pretty words or the pretty cover. Aside from juvenile dialogue and a slight plot, many elements of this book are actually also quite disturbing. The mermaids come into being as a result of the extraordinarily cruel actions from the humans in their lives, such as attempted rape, "boiling babies," and slavery. These are serious topics that are mentioned in passing but never fully explored, and such casual treatment of such brutal topics seem both jarringly out of place and completely inappropriate in a book like this.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely This was such an improvement from the second, and a lot of the problematic things were resolved in this book.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Definitely not as good as the first. It kept you interested, but what was happening will annoy you to no end.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting Although it was sad and twisted, it was very addicting. The only thing I disliked about this book was how the author made the main characters speak- very childish sounding and not true to how a 14 year old girl would be talking
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting, but very flawed While this story feels dark and there is an interesting (if not very believable) mythology behind mermaid transformation, overall, it just isn't satisfying. I know mermaids/sirens are supposed to sing seafarers to their deaths, but these girls, with the exception of Luce, take pleasure in it, even though they were human once, too. True, they were violated and may have lost some faith in humanity, but how could they not feel even the slightest bit of conflict over what they do, killing innocent people? What's worse is that they are all bitchy high school girls, clique-y and jealous, catty and shallow. Also, Luce is kind of a "chosen one" for no discernible reason.
Date published: 2016-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twice Lost I LOVED IT! I thought the whole series was wonderful! Its a story I wont forget! Its not much of a review but its something I wanted to say. Im fairly certain you will love it too
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waking storms It was a really good book I could not put it down it was amazing
Date published: 2013-04-02

Editorial Reviews

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 "