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.
Lost Voices is one of many mermaid books being released this summer. The premise of the story is about an orphaned girl who becomes a mermaid after her alcoholic uncle crosses an unspeakable line and she finds herself in a world of mermaids and new dangers. It has a beautiful cover shot by a tumblr favorite, Chris Crumley. I’m only about on page 100 and so far it has been a pretty decent read. The author uses beautiful imagery and vivid description to bring the story to life. I’ll give my final critique once I’m totally finished.