Friday, October 19, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Published: September 4, 2012
Little Brown Books, hardcover, 304 pages
Source: publisher
GoodReads Summary: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. 

 A Little Mermaid retelling? Seriously. I've been looking forward to this book for like sixteen years now. Okay, so MAYBE it's been three, since I first heard of Sisters Red. Whatever. All I knew was: Ariel and Flounder were coming to me in my 20s and I wanted Fathomless to be a PART OF MY WORLD. That's right. With the hair flip and everything.

 I was expecting a big old love story in the same vein of Prince Eric and Ariel. Insta-love, I could deal with. Because that's the kind of stuff Disney movies are made of, no? But it was more of a battle between good and evil in a person.

 So we have Celia, loner triplet (WHAT? Oxymoron, I know.) who has secret powers. We have Lo, who is an Ocean Girl (no fins, though! Hello, misleading cover). And we have Jude, sensitive, lyrical, guitar-playing boy. Hot damn. We have three components to make ourselves a bit of a love triangle, don't we? Usually with a love triangle, it's assumed that the love story will be the prominent component of the novel. Such is not so with Fathomless. Jackson Pearce pulls this off, however, with an intricately woven plot.

Celia, Lo, and Jude are thrown together in the face of a serious struggle of love vs. mortality, selfishness vs. selflessness. Guys, I love a good moral challenge and this one has some hardcore devil vs. angel on the shoulder moments. Now, I'm not sure if I needed to read Jackson Pearce's previous fairy tale retellings (Sisters Red, Sweetly) in order to get the full effect of Fathomless. I haven't read those. However, I'm happy to tell you guys that this is absolutely a book that can be enjoyed without having experienced the prequels in this series. YAY. However, I do think that the story line would've been slightly more "full-circle" if I had.

There could've been a little more lovin' in this book, sure. And I'd have loved to know more about Lo's history, but Fathomless was a GOOD read. Much more serious than I expected, but I could not put it down. If you've looking for a little more "dark" to your mermaid tales (think Monstrous Beauty) then Fathomless is a book you need in your life, STAT.

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  1. LOVED this one! It was so not what I was expecting in a completely good way. I've read Sisters Red; will definitely now check out Sweetly because seriously? Jackson Pearce can do no wrong with her retellings!

  2. I'm definitely excited to see what the fuss is all about with the whole mermaid trend, and Monstrous Beauty and Fathomless are both on my list. I kind of like that this is more of a story about morality--it makes for a nice change. Truth be told, I'm a bit sick of the whole love triangle thing.

  3. Oh, this sounds good and like kind of a quick read. I'll have to give my copy more than a quick glance I suppose.

    I'm a little over mermaids.

  4. I've never read a mermaid book but I think I'd dig something darker. Though DUDE Little Mermaid was my JAM as a child. Freaking Ariel and her beautiful hair.

  5. Thank you for linking to my review! I really did enjoy this book, and I loved how Jackson managed to really creatively tell this story inspired by The Little Mermaid. I think it was just towards the end where there was that one thing that made me go WHAT THE HECK...