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Posted October 14, 2012
Chapter by Chapter's review of Fathomless
Jackson Pearce doesn’t seem to want to stop creating breathtaking re-tellings of fairy tales any time soon. As done with the first two novels in her Fairy Tale Re-tellings, Jackson Pearce managed to have me hanging over the edge of my seat and reading in anticipation of what must come next in her novel Fathomless. If you’ve read Sisters Red and Sweetly the other two novels in her series, then you know that there are werewolves and that they are usually trying to tear out the throats of pretty young girls. In her past two novels, Jackson Pearce has her characters fighting against the big bad wolves and has them as the main antagonists—constantly terrorizing the characters and giving romantic interests a reason to be manly men. In Fathomless you get a different type of story entirely and I personally loved it.
Fathomless is the story of main character Lo, an “Ocean Girl”. If you’ve read Sweetly then you remember being told by a werewolf that twins are identical and in turn have identical souls and that if one is killed, the other twin only has half a soul. You also remember that the final twin has to have their heart bitten. If you’ve read Sweetly then I really hope you remembered that, it’s kind of crucial and if you haven’t not only is it explained in the book but you also read a (very rushed) description of how an Ocean Girl is created.
Lo is related to a character in Sweetly and that’s all I can say without spoilers. However Lo has been living in the ocean and just like every other ocean girl, living in the ocean causes their memories of their pasts lives to slowly slip away to nothingness. So imagine having an insane case of amnesia. Lo believes that as time goes by (and as she grows more and more beautiful) that she will be taken away to become an angel and join the angels that sent her to the ocean to be an Ocean Girl. However, Lo isn’t willing to fade away and searches for a way to regain her soul by making a boy love her and by stealing it from him. So, throughout the story that is mainly Lo’s goal.
The story switches to the POV of Celia, another main character and part of a set of triplets. Each sister can see either the past, present or future. Celia is stuck with what she finds the most useless ability she could possibly have—the past. But when Celia helps Lo save the life of a musician named Jude, Lo and Celia become allies and Celia helps her regain remnants of her past.
When Celia and Lo come in contact, you immediately get a chapter from a different part of Lo. You get Naida Kelly (if you’ve read Sweetly I think you know whose sister this is) who is intent on getting her soul back. Naida and Celia quickly become friends and attempt to give Naida back both hope and her memory, but Naida and Lo are both the same person in the same body. I liked to think of it as a novel that gives us a taste of Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder, where Lo is two different people living in the same tortured mind.
Fathomless is supposed to be a modern day Little Mermaid and I have to admit that when I think of the Little Mermaid I imagine that there would be a beautiful Ocean Girl singing to a boy and eventually falling in love. Don’t imagine that exactly because it’s wrong. Personally, I did expect that Lo would get some romance, maybe a romantic kiss from a boy right? Well wrong again, the novel mostly focuses on the romance going on with Celia and I felt like Lo wasn’t exactly “fighting” for a
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Posted February 23, 2013
Posted November 20, 2012
This is my first Jackson Pearce book, and I'm asking myself why
This is my first Jackson Pearce book, and I'm asking myself why it took me so long to discover such an amazing writer. I had heard of Jackson's earlier Fairytale Retellings; somehow, I didn't get around to reading any until now when the shiny cover attracted me. I kid. It's actually the fact that Jackson based this off the original work that compelled me to read this book, and the shiny cover was a bonus. Nevertheless, I am really glad that I picked this up because I am loving Jackson's work!!!
The writing flows beautifully from beginning to end. The characters are engaging, and the plot brewing with mystery and intrigue. Who is Lo, and how did she and her "sisters" end up living underwater? I love how the story is told from the alternating perspectives of Lo and Celia, with Naida chiming in now and then. Each one of these girls is unique and compelling in her own way, but I have an especial interest in Lo. She keeps telling herself that she should be satisfied with life underwater; however, she can't forget Naida and wants to solve the mystery of how she came to be. Her voice is haunting, and she is strong and beautiful. It is she who introduces us to the mystical world underwater.
The characters are complex and filled with depth. Celia feels alone and overshadowed by her sisters. Naida makes her feel empowered; Jude makes her feel loved. I liked her character overall except for that one time she accuses Jude and Lo separately of keeping secrets. Honestly, I don't see a legitimate reason for her to want to know that they've been meeting up, except for the fact that she's an insecure girlfriend. Again, it goes back to her lacking confidence in herself, which does get better over time.
Lo is curious about Naida and the world above, yet she can't let go of her life underwater. However, the ocean girls believe that they must get a mortal to love them and then kill him in order to become human again. Lo once believed this, and she still hasn't entirely let go of this belief. After she falls in love with Jude, she begins to wonder if freedom is possible and if she is willing to make the necessary sacrifice to live abovewater. It was heartbreaking following Lo's struggle with her humanity, and I love her all the more for the hard choices she had to make.
Fathomless is a fairy retelling of "The Little Mermaid." While Naida's past is a mystery to be solved for Lo and Celia, it isn't the greater plot in the story. Rather, it is a story about two girls trying to find their place in the world. I love this book and will definitely be on the lookout for more works by Jackson Pearce!
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Posted February 22, 2014
Reviewed by Valerie Book provided by a contest win at The Revolv
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Considered a Fairy Tale Retelling, Fathomless was a dark modern take on the lighthearted, The Little Mermaid. The way in which Pearce wove the story in alternating voices was fascinating and kept me hooked the entire time.
Celia, one of the triplets, is unsure how she’s special since her sisters seem to have more important powers than she does. I really liked her ability to self-reflect and be her own person, especially when her sisters were mischievous. One fateful day, she helps save a boy, Jude, by performing CPR. When she decided to keep what happened to herself, she asserted her independence from her sisters and while she had no one to confide in, I applauded her choice. When she meets Lo, the most fascinating mer creature of the story, I felt a shift in the plot and felt that the action and suspense really picked up.
Each chapter does change the point-of-view that the story is told from but not in a way that you can’t follow. The story did become more challenging when Lo/Nadia inhabit the same form but I was still able to keep up without problems. Jude’s character is more secondary as the girl’s relationship with each other is the main focus. As each one tries to determine their fate, decisions have to be made that can’t be changed. At the very end, there are more characters introduced into the story that seemed out of place which was a twist that I didn’t expect and I wondered if Jackson Pearce planned on writing a sequel since there wasn’t any closure regarding them.
Favorite Quote: “There’s a girl – she’s looking at me. She sees me. She sees me, I have to go, I have to go back.”
The girl is running toward the water’s edge —
She calls my name. MY name. Naida.
Posted October 22, 2012
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