Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Author: Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings, Book 3
Release date: September 12, 2012
Published by: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lo is of the water. She and her sisters live and die for the water until one day Lo does the unthinkable -- she SAVES a boy from drowning instead of drowning him herself.

This one action changes her life forever. She meets Celia, who has the power to see a person’s past. Celia takes over reviving Jude, the boy Lo saves, and accidently touches Lo, revealing Lo’s real name: Nadia. You see, Lo was once human, until one day she wasn’t.

What happened to Nadia to make her Lo? Was it angels who changed her or something darker and more sinister? Will Celia help her remember before it’s too late? And who will Jude choose to love: Celia, the person he thinks pulled him from the water, or Lo, who really did?

My Thoughts: This is a beautifully dark retelling of “The Little Mermaid.” I was creeped out and entranced all at the same time. There is romance, friendship, sibling issues, danger, and mystery all wrapped up into one freaking awesome story.

I loved Celia’s desire to help Lo and break away from her sisters (they’re triplets), even if being an individual opens her up to danger. Lo’s struggle to remember her human self and her question of whether she wants to be human or stay in the water is all-consuming. I really struggled along with Lo because she does love the water even if she resents the fact that she was forced into it. But, on the other hand, who wouldn’t want to return to land if you knew your family and home used to be there?

Jude, the love interest, is a nice little side story, but the main conflict pulls you in as you hope and struggle and wish right along with Celia and Lo (or is it Nadia?).

Final Thought: Read it if you like twists on traditional tales. But be prepared to worry about both Celia and Lo as they try to discover Lo’s past and the cause of her present mermaid state.
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