Waiting on Wednesday (12) — Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

“Waiting On” Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about
(created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.)
Lost Voices (Lost Voices, #1)
What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?

Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she 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. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?

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.

I like the sound of this one, and the cover’s so calming. What do you think?

Lost Voices will be released on July 4th, 2011 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Windowpane Memoirs

    November 10, 2010

    The cover is beautiful.

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    November 10, 2010

    Great choice this week, Hafsah! I'm definitely looking forward to this one, too :)

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    November 10, 2010

    I really like the mermaid theme so I'll be looking forward to this one as well. The cover is so calm and beautiful. I love it! Great pick. :D

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    November 10, 2010

    I definitely want to read this one!

    You can see what I'm waiting on here.

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    November 10, 2010

    Sounds intriguing! I am going to have to check it out!

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    November 10, 2010

    Definitely something I would read. And definitely something I'll ask Jenny to order for the library!

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    November 10, 2010

    Ooh I like the cover! Mermaid book sounds pretty interesting!!

    Here's my WoW: http://jessica-agreatread.blogspot.com/2010/11/waiting-on-wednesday_10.html

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    Nic @ Irresistible Reads

    November 10, 2010

    Can't wait for this book and one of my favourite covers of 2011.

    Check out my WOW if you like at http://irresistiblereads.blogspot.com/

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    November 10, 2010

    Yes, yes, and yes! This book looks incredible and I can't wait to read it. Everything from the cover to the summary has me hooked!

    My WoW

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    November 10, 2010

    ooh…Adding this one to my WL..thanks!

    Here is my WoW

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    DJ's Life in Fiction

    November 10, 2010

    Not only is the cover amazing and the plot sounds great, too. I can't wait to read it and I hope you love it when you do.

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    November 10, 2010

    I noticed this one too and thought it looked great. I am looking forward to reading it.

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    Little Miss Becky : )

    November 11, 2010

    This is definitely going to be one of my must-reads for next year! This was my pick a few weeks ago—looks so amazing!

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    November 11, 2010

    Very cool WoW! I love mermaids, though I haven't read many books featuring them. I just might make this my first mermaid book! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Em (Super Reader Girl)

    December 8, 2010

    I think this is the first I've seen of this title and it sounds really good! A lot of exciting mermaid stories coming out! :) Thanks for sharing!