Sunday, September 16, 2012
Paul's Fathomless Pre Reading (September Pick)
Author: Jackson Pearce
Year Published: 2012
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Synopsis: Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
Why?: I first found Jackson Pearce on youtube (her channel). I hadn't yet read any of her books, but I found her hilarious, intelligent, and a lot of fun. Recently with the whole Chick-fil-a debacle, I have found even more love for her! I have read most of her books. I have this one and Purity left. I love the way she takes a well known fairy tale and molds it to make something new. I am very excited for this one since it is The Little Mermaid, although from her youtube videos I would not be surprised if this book has a depressing ending in homage to the original tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
Expectations: I am expecting to see more of the world Pearce has created in Sisters Red and Sweetly. I am very interested in her take on mermaids.
Judging a book by its cover: I am very sad that the cover does not match the old covers of Sisters Red and Sweetly. I really liked how those covers used colors and optical illusions. This cover is very simple, but I think I would pick it up off the shelf even if I hadn't read the rest of the series.