Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Fathomless

Lo is an ocean girl. That is, she lives at the bottom of the ocean, naked and with plenty of other girls like her. The only problem is, she doesn’t remember her life beforehand. Like any of the others. Until Molly comes along and tells her she knows everything. Like why the angels don’t really exist.

Celia lives on the shore, with her sisters Jane and Anne. Celia has a power; she can see anyone’s past, if she touches their bare skin. When Celia and Lo help to rescue a boy from drowning, both of their lives begin to ripple.

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I love Jackson Pearce, and I love her books. Of course I would read anything by her if I were given a chance, and when I got Fathomless for Christmas, I was jumping for joy (I also got Cold Spell, the last in the series, but I’m saving it because I might cry when the series is over).

Okay so onto the actual storyline. So far, Pearce has had books set in a forest, a town and now at the seaside. Fathomless is a remake of The Little Mermaid, so this is kind of obvious. I really enjoyed the storyline. Naida/Lo’s plight is one that, whilst not being completely realistic, is still relatable: the fear of losing one’s identity, especially when you have no control over the fact it is disappearing. And I really liked Celia’s involvement too, and the love triangle between Celia, Nadia and Jude. Yes, for once, I liked a love triangle. Shock, horror.

That brings me onto the characters. I thought Celia’s sisters, Jane and Anne, had some pretty good character development, as did Nadia/Lo, as well as Celia herself. And, as always with Pearce’s writing, each of the characters have their own unique voice, which Pearce uses to her advantage. For example, a character called Molly, who I would have quite happily strangled, was completely different from the others, which made her character’s twist at the end brilliantly exquisite.

The Reynolds fiasco also popped up again, in Celia Reynolds. I am so intrigued by why they keep appearing, and I cannot wait to read the last one, in the hope that we’ll finally be told!

Although it doesn’t particularly make you think, this book is fun to read and you’ll gobble it up as fast as you can. I enjoyed everything about the book: the dark/light contrast of the settings, the different characters and their lives, the comedy intertwined with some of the darkest parts. And I might be biased, but I say read it!


 

TITLE: Fathomless
AUTHOR: Jackson Pearce
PUBLISHER: Hodder’s Children’s Books (UK), Little, Brown and Company (USA)
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: Originally 2011 (my edition: 2013)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 293
PRICE: £6.99
ISBN: 978-1-444-91555-6
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PERSONAL SOURCE: Christmas present

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly

Deep in the dark forest there’s a wicked witch, who lives in a house made of chocolates and liquorice…

Let me just start by saying I absolutely adored the last Jackson Pearce book I read, Sisters Red. I expected to enjoy Sweetly, too. I wasn’t let down.

It was just a dare between siblings – a deadly game that only two survived. Twelve years later, seeking a new place to belong, Ansel and Gretchen finally stumble upon a place to call home. But Live Oak carries a terrifying secret, and Ansel and Gretchen are forced return to the dark forests and confront their childhood terrors…

Although the book terrified me to begin with, I settled into the stride, and ended up just having to finish it – so, basically, putting off everything else until I had turned the final page!

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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red

“Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf…?”

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an axe and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?
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Sisters Red is definitely the best book I have read in a long time. It constantly keeps you engaged, and I fell in love with the characters. There are plot twists and the ending is satisfying. It is part of the Retold Fairytales series by Pearce; a twist on Little Red Riding Hood. And she pulled it off perfectly. Told with a joint point of view, which really adds to the contracting views of the novel, it offers a great story.

I found myself relating to one of the main characters, Scarlett, a lot – her loneliness even though she had an adoring sister and best friend, the love for said best friend, and the physical marring that hampers her beauty. Even though I would date her anyway. She feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and she doesn’t feel like she has any other form of live ahead of her, except for killing the Fenris.

Rosie, of course, is perfect, too, and it was wonderful to see her character develop throughout the course of the book, from when she was just living into her sister’s shadow to coming into her own and slaying her own Fenris. Hell, even the life drawing was eventful! And then there’s Silas, who I imagine to be rather like my best friend – so that is, perhaps, why I felt so drawn to him. Although I still think he should have ended up with Scarlett, I feel that he was still perfect all the way through. Especially with the great plot twist/anti-climax at the end!

Definitely a good read: 10/10 recommend.