Monday, July 11, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday  

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 
Lost Voices
by Sarah Porter

Released July 4th, 2011
Goodreads Blurb:
What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help? 

Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she 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. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. 

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again? 

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 loved the original premise of this story and the world Sarah Porter created. The story flows like the water Luce swims in. There were a few spots I thought the descriptions were a bit confusing, but that did not take away from the overall powerful imagery. The "bad girl" is definitely not a likable character - a great villain. We see it coming, but I kept hoping Luce would find a way to best her. Though I really wish Luce's character had been a bit more social with the others (she's a bit of a loner/pouter), I understood why she wasn't.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and will read the sequel when it comes out.
*** Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week: ***
 Happy Monday!


Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for reviewing this. I've heard about it and embarrassingly haven't read a mermaid book yet. I'll have to check it out.

Old Kitty said...

Happy Monday to you Shannon!! And thanks for the review and info to this book - sounds ever so intriguiing - I didn't expect the mermaid part - wow! Take care

Regina said...

Great review and thanks for the links. I love this cover. It opens up so much imagination and adventure.

Anonymous said...

Happy Monday to you too, Shannon!

Thanks for this review---will for sure get this for our library (and use it for my SRC groups!).


Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't read this one yet - I'll have to check it out :)

Mary E Campbell said...

Sounds interesting and I love the cover.

Unknown said...

I've always been kind of skeptical when it comes to mermaid fantasy. I'll have to check this one out!

Shari said...

I love the title. It sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to check out my library. My book budget is all but gone.

Shari said...

I love the title. It sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to check out my library. My book budget is all but gone.

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss shannon! i like stories in the sea but im not so much for mermaid stuff so i dont know if i could like this book.
...big happy monday hugs from lenny

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I personally can't stand annoying MC's or pouters. I might put this one off for a bit.

Beth Fred said...

great review

Tales of Whimsy said...

Great. I love mermaid tales.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

thanks. I've picked this book up twice now at the bookstore, but put it back on the shelf. Think I'll bring it home next time!

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