Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Fairytale Retellings #3

304 pages
2012, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3.5/5

Description (from Goodreads.com)

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


Jackson Pearce is a lovely person and author. I was really excited when I heard her 3rd book was about mermaids because that is my favourite fairytale of them all.

The book itself was just okay, in my opinion. There are some strong ideas (psychic triplet sisters & her take on mermaids) but they weren’t fully utilized. There were some links to the other books, but to a first time reader they may have seemed confusing and out of place. One of the big reveals of the book is how the mermaids became mermaids. We already know this from a previous book (Sweetly), but nothing else was really explored. There better be another book just to tie up all these loose ends. The book felt almost like a sequel – just shoving some more ideas out there and biding time until the last Big Event.

The ending was unexpected and dark, so that is plus points in my book.

What I would have liked to see:

– More story/explanation to becoming a mermaid
– More with the psychic triplets (cool idea, so expand on it more!)
– Larger book, really. I think if the story expanded by about 100 pages then lots of loose ends could have been tied up.


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