This is the synopsis from Amazon:
Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead 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. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?
The first book in a trilogy, 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.
My review: 5 stars
Plot: I LOVED this book. Loved it. I was so relieved that this book was a winner for me, because with all of the DNF books I'd been reading recently I thought I might be entering a reading slump. This book was heart-warming and touching and kept my interest the entire time.
Characters: I liked that the author introduced us to the main character, then her tribe, then added new tribe members in small doses. It kept all their personality clashes interesting without overwhelming the reader with too many new details at once.
Setting: I appreciated the fact that Luce had her own private cave separate from the main cave when she wanted to be alone. I am a bubbly person, but I love my solitude and so I could totally relate to her in those times.
Overall: This book inspired to me to get back into my love for fantasy reading, since I've been leaning more towards contemporary lately. This book was spot-on and I will be looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.