Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)

Author: Jackson Pearce
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 4 Stars 
Pages: 304
Reviewed by: Nicole

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.

I'm going to start this review by saying that I never read the other two books in the Fairytale retellings series, but that made no difference to my enjoyment of Fathomless. Each of the books in the Fairytale Retellings is a different story with different characters so you start totally new. 

Pearce did a really great job of creating this new world for Mermaids. I'm not sure if its just me, but I've noticed a lot of mermaid books this year like Monstrous Beauty, The Vicious Deep, Of Posideon, Lies Beneath and Wake. I'm sure I've missed a few on that came out that year, but you get the point. What I loved about Fathomless was how different these "ocean girls" were, I loved this new take on the mermaid siren myth.

It was actually the take on the mermaids that made me rate this book the way that I did. I liked the mermaids more than I did the issues going on with Celia and her sisters. I thought that their powers were cool, but mostly irrelevant except for Celia helping Lo. I felt that Celia's sisters were insignificant to the whole plot. It was really awesome that they each had this cool power to see the past, present and future, and them being triplets was significant, just not them.

I also liked that romance wasn't the focus of this book. You saw a little bit of Jude and Celia's relationship, but it was more about Celia and Lo, and Lo and her sisters. I liked watching the relationship between Lo and Celia as Celia tries to help her remember who she used to be.

The book started off a little bit confusing because it starts off with Lo and trying to follow Lo's near schizophrenic train thought. As long as you stick with it, it proves to be a great read.


  1. This cover is amazing! I have seen a mermaid trend lately, and thanks for the other titles. I may read some of those. This book looks cute. Thanks :)

  2. Enjoyed this review. The concept of the book is really intriguing.



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