Fairytale Retellings #3
Book 1: Sisters Red
author : jackson pearce
pages : [hardcover] 302
memorable quote : “The cruelest thing, hope, the way it strings you along, the way it makes you believe.”
favorite characters : celia & lo
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 love fairytale retellings so much! I was never a huge fan of The Little Mermaid so I didn’t know how much I would be able to like Fathomless. Then again, it does deal with the impossibility of making a boy love you on first sight . . or song, as it is. I love the creativity that goes into these books and the world building. I was so curious throughout this just to see where it’d be going next and what in the world was happening because sometimes I was left with so many more questions than answers. This book switches between Lo’s and Celia’s point of view and nearly every chapter was like a miniature cliffhanger that tempted me to keep on reading.
I also loved how the love interest isn’t the main part of the story! Actually, Jude isn’t a main part of it at all, and this guy is the one who constantly needs saving, not some damsel in distress, which was amusing. Most of the tale revolves around the mysterious underwater world of the ocean girls and what is happening with Celia and her sisters. The relationship between Celia and Lo is interesting because each feels like the other person is the only one they have there just for them, to help or be helped by.
You don’t have to have read the previous two books in this series to appreciate this novel on its own! Fathomless is a great book I’m already wishing I owned (because I only bought one of the three . . now I’ll have to complete the collection!) and I’m sure any lovers of fairy tale, adventure, and intrigue will love it as well!