Saturday, 22 March 2014

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3) by Jackson Pearce

Blurb (From Goodreads):
FATHOMLESS is a companion book to SISTERS RED and SWEETLY, and is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid.

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets, and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, Jane can see the present—therefore essentially read minds—and all Celia can do is see the past.

Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea—an undine, a nymph, a mermaid; all terms too pretty for the soulless creature she knows she’s becoming. The other ocean girls, her “sisters,” tell her there’s only one way for her to earn her soul and humanity back—convince a mortal to love her, and steal his.

Lo thinks a soul is within her grasp when she saves a guitarist, Jude, from drowning. When Celia intervenes, she accidentally reads Lo’s past, calling out Lo’s long-forgotten human name. The two forge a friendship, meeting by the shore to remember Lo’s old life, to talk, to share secrets they’d never tell their “real” sisters.

Yet remembering makes Lo more desperate than ever for a soul– and despite Jude’s blossoming romance with Celia, she can’t resist longing for his. Straddling the line between humanity and darkness, Lo struggles to find her place on either side, while Celia wonders just what she and her power have unleashed. But the sister you choose can be more powerful than those you’re born with– in a fight against Lo’s sisters and the waves themselves, Jude and Celia risk their lives to save Lo from her own darkness. But is a soulless, wanting existence better than none at all?

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fathomless(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
18-year-old Celia is the youngest of a set of triplets, but feels like she doesn’t really fit in with her sisters, who are closer to each other than they are to her.
Lo is a water girl who was once human. She doesn’t even remember her human name, but knows that she must kill someone and steal their soul if she wants her human life back. Unfortunately she must get the person to fall in love with her first.
When a boy called Jude falls into the sea and is nearly drowned by one of Lo’s sisters, Lo saves him and carries him to shore.
Celia sees Jude fall, and is on the shore when Lo brings him in.
Will Lo ever be human again? How did she become what she is? And will Jude fall in love with Lo or Celia?

I really enjoyed this book, and I loved the mystery aspect.

Celia was an interesting character. It was obvious that she didn’t really feel like she belonged with her sisters, and I didn’t like the way they treated her, even though they showed a bit of humanity at the end.
Lo/Naida was also an interesting character. It was really difficult to know who to root for between the two of them though, as it was obvious that they couldn’t continue to co-exist.

I liked the storyline in this, and I really liked the mystery of what had happened to Lo/Naida, and what would happen to them in the future. Unfortunately it seemed that there was no easy solution to the problem of Lo/Naida, and it was so difficult to know who should be the dominant personality.
There was some romance, which I liked, even though it didn’t dominate the story, and the relationship between the three of them was really beautiful.
I also really loved the writing in this one. It was really quite poetic and beautiful, and really quite enchanting. I actually think I preferred this to sister’s red, but I can’t be sure because it is so long since I read sister’s red!
We did get some action at the end, and the ending was so good! I really loved the way the author managed to end this pretty well, when the whole thing seemed impossible.
Overall; great YA fantasy,
8 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is a new one for me but you make it sound worth it.