- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Auflage: 1 (4. September 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0316207780
- ISBN-13: 978-0316207782
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 15 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 482.108 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Fathomless (Fairy Tale Retelling) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. September 2012
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"Fresh, modern, and creepy...Pearce's innovative twists and brisk pacing make for a quick and deliciously suspenseful read that will appeal to those who enjoy their paranormal romance with a side of murder."―Booklist
"Real-life concerns of rent, school and transportation lend the story an Alice Hoffman-like air of magical realism....A tale dark, deep and strong, like the sea."―Kirkus Reviews
"Haunting...Lo's struggles with her inhumanity, her two selves, and the expectations of Celia, Jude, and her sisters are especially poignant."―Publishers Weekly
"Pearce writes some stunningly poignant dialogue for adolescent girls, and here she offers up her most complicated portrayal yet, giving readers two protagonists who are a blend of selfish, giving, and vulnerable and to whom teen readers will readily relate."―The Bulletin
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red, Sweetly, Purity, and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Ich finde das Cover einfach gelungen. Das Motiv und der Titel, die ganze Aufmachung ist einfach hübsch. Im Innenteil findet sich vor jedem Kapitel, je nach dem welcher Charakter es erzählt, ein kleines Symbol, das etwas mit dem Meer zu tun hat, wie z.B. eine Muschel und die Schriftart ist jedes Mal etwas anderes, was ich richtig toll finde.
Etwas schade ist nur, das hier das Motiv nicht mehr zu den anderen Büchern der Reihe passt und der Roman zudem nicht mehr bei Hodders, sondern Little Brown erschienen ist, was heißt, dass diese HC Ausgabe etwas kleiner ist, als die anderen. So etwas finde ich immer blöd – nichtsdestotrotz eine tolle Buchgestaltung!
Kann man eigentlich über ein Buch, das man wirklich mochte sagen, dass man enttäuscht ist? Ich hatte große Erwartungen an Jackson Pearces neues Buch, zumal sie eine meiner Lieblingsautorin ist und ich bisher jedes Buch sehr gemocht habe. Bei Fathomless hatte ich zwischendurch immer wieder Zweifel, was die Geschichte angeht und ab und an, gab es sogar Elemente, die mir nicht gefallen haben :/
Die Geschichte wird aus der Sicht von drei Personen erzählt. Der erste Charakter, den wir kennen lernen ist Celia. Ich mochte sie wirklich sehr. Sie hadert mit ihrer eigenen Identität, weil sie sich immer nur als Ganzes sieht, wenn sie mit ihren Schwestern zusammen ist. Es war einfach toll zu lesen, wie sie sich den ganzen Roman über weiter entwickelt und hier wieder diese ganzen Werte im Vordergrund stehen, wie Familie, Freundschaft, Träume und die Zukunft eines Lebens, von dem man gar nicht weiß, was man damit anfangen will.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This is not your Disney movie retelling of The Little Mermaid. There are no friendly crab and fish sidekicks in this retelling, which gets decidedly darker as the novel goes on. I loved the way Celia, Jude, and Lo's lives became instantly intertwined in that one moment. This created a delicious plot that at times was more devious than innocent.
I really enjoyed the alternating points of view in this novel. I feel like I really got to know Celia and Lo/Naida. I really felt for Celia. I'm a twin and I know what it's like to grow and to not have your own identity - you're always thought of as a group. So I knew where Celia was coming from, wanting to do things apart from her sister and have her own friends. But it was Lo/Naida's character that really had me invested in the story - it was like two characters in one person and they kept dueling with each other to see who would be the more dominant one. It was a little bit of a split personality type of thing, and that was extremely interesting to read about, particularly as the novel reached its climax and it was clear only one could win.
All of Jackson Pearce's fairy tale retellings are extremely enjoyable and I highly recommend them all. They all have a delightful cast of characters and brilliantly thought-up plots that take the fairy tales you knew as a child and upgrade them into charming YA novels. I really hope Pearce continues on with the series, I would love to read more.
I liked how Ms. Pearce kept to the darker side of "The Little Mermaid" story in `Fathomless'. Before there were the fairy tales with the "princesses" everyone knows today, fairy tales were cautionary stories for children. `Fathomless' is told in three voices: Celia, Lo, and Naida (Lo's human side / personality) and they each bring a unique perspective to the events unfolding in their lives. This is a novel about identity, sisterhood, and the meaning of love and friendship. I greatly enjoy reading `retellings' of fairy tales which embrace the depth and darkness of their original predecessors. Ms. Pearce is a masterful storyteller and `Fathomless' is a complex and intriguing novel.
Fairytale Retellings series: Sisters Red (1), Sweetly (2), Fathomless (3), Cold Spell (4)
Jackson Pearce's Fathomless takes its inspiration from "The Little Mermaid" but it bears little resemblance to the original tale. The narrative is split pretty much equally between Celia and Lo, though Lo has a lot of internal conflicts that make her an unstable narrator, and Celia comes off as the more reliable narrator. Celia, her sisters, their powers, and their sometimes rocky relationship was interesting, but not really fully developed. Celia's new relationship with musician Jude is much more entertaining. Jude is the ideal male lead--kind, quirky, straightforward, with just enough romance. It's no wonder that Lo can't help but like him, despite her ulterior motives for wanting him to fall in love with her. Lo's struggles were heartrending, and her connection to Pearce's Sweetly will make readers happy, but there was still a maddening lack of information about her and her situation by the end of the novel. Fathomless moves quickly, and is a nice addition to Pearce's collection of supernatural fairy tale retellings, but it wasn't very satisfying.
Cover Comments: It's pretty, but I am disappointed.
+ The chapters alternate between Lo, her human personality Naida, and Celia. This makes for a well rounded story perspective.
+ It's an interesting twist to the mermaid lore, taking away their humanity completely.
- It was very odd reading about a mermaid who pretty much has multiple personality disorder. Lo is everything oceanic and mermaid. Naida is her human self. Both are in the same body, and one voice often interrupts the other. It was interesting, but didn't quite work for me.
- I was disappointed by the lack of... Well... Mermaidness. This is a darker version then, say, Disney's The Little Mermaid, and I'm fine with that. But, the only real difference (physically) between them and humans is their skin color.
- And on that note, when Lo walks on shore, blood oozes from her feet. I understand this is to show the pain she's willing to go through to learn about herself. But, I couldn't help but to want her dead. She's a mermaid. On shore..... No thanks.
- The triplets all have powers. While necessary for the plot, I couldn't help but to feel that it's a little much when combined with a story that already contains mermaids.
- I felt a disconnect and dislike for all of the female characters. Celia came across as antisocial and awkward, and Lo has that whole personality conflict that made it hard to follow at times, and it didn't really make me cheer for her to be human, the way I think the author intended.
Over all this book felt clumsy and anticlimactic. I didn't care what happened to either leading lady, and I feel that's just a bit important in a good book. If you're gung-ho into mermaids and fairy tales, maybe you'll enjoy this book. But for me, it's a pass.
Thank you to Jen Ryland and YA Romantics for my copy of this book.
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 romance when she was more or less just sitting around saving herself instead of waiting for a prince charming with a perfectly good soul to snatch.
All around, I love, love, loved Fathomless it was a novel that I personally found worth reading and because I'm already a huge Jackson Pearce fan I knew that I had nothing to lose. It was absolutely amazing with twists turns and a bit of psychopathy. The Ocean Girls are a brilliant new aspect to add to the series and the story is not stuffed with werewolves like the novels before it. Fathomless focuses on the hardships of being an Ocean Girl and eventually shows us what happens when the werewolves--I mean angels come back for the Ocean Girls they left behind.
I would recommend Fathomless to past fans of Jackson Pearce's novels as well as readers who are looking for an amazing YA series and are fans of the supernatural. Now don't mind me as I pretend that I am Ariel from the Little Mermaid: "Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah..."