Lost Voices: The Lost Voices Trilogy, Book 1 is the debut novel for Sarah Porter (YA: Harcourt Children’s) and offers a little break from zombies, vampires, aliens, robots, angels, demons, and witches by setting its sights on another creature of the fantastic: mermaids.
The publisher’s summary:
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 a 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 possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which 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.
Booklist offers: “In this haunting debut, Porter reworks mermaid mythology to tell a story of abuse, revenge, and forgiveness.” The Audible.com sample has a bit of a Twilight feel, teen girl at school in a remote Pacific Northwest town. Though here, Luce is a couple of years younger than her Twliight counterpart: no driver’s license or sparkling vampires in sight. Though some similarities seem set to arise, as Luce struggles against a supernatural urge to feast on humans — er, no — to shipwreck and drown humans, with the protagonist’s age turned down a notch, we’re probably not going to see a sparkly mer-man and a were-walrus face off for her affections.