Review: ‘Fathomless’ by Jackson Pearce

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Fathomless’ by Jackson PearceFathomless by Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #3
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 4th, 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mermaids, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.

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Mermaids always held a fascination with me ever since watching The Little Mermaid at eight years old. I love the water, and the idea that mermaids were creatures who lived there and could become your friend? What more could a girl want? Yet now that I’m older mermaids in books are murderers, seducing humans and drowning them to steal their humanity. So when I heard on Goodreads and twitter that this book was a retelling of my favorite tale I had to have it. Disney always gets rids of the violent parts since the actual fairy tales are rather gruesome!

And here we have Fathomless..Three sisters who each have a power. Jane sees the future, Anne sees the present and Ceila sees the past. After parting from her sisters one night, Ceila witnesses a guy fall into the water. A girl she hasn’t seen before pulls him out and saves him. By touching the girl’s arm she remembers one name, “Naidia.” The mystery deepens and she realizes the girl isn’t wholly human. She’s something else, a mermaid.

There’s almost a dual personality with both Lo and Nadia. One who longs to be human again and will stop at nothing to remember her past. The other wants nothing but to live in the ocean and be with her sisters. I find it ironic they’re both struggling to be that person at the same time. And Jude is thrown in to stir things up. It didn’t even occur to me that Lon and Nadia are two distinct characters in one body until later on. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention? I was truly and utterly bored. I felt that the book was full of whining teenage characters. Sad, but true. I wanted action. I wanted romance. I wanted more than well, this. Celia is just a bystander in this entire debacle and I can’t help feel pity for her. She wanted nothing but to help, and live her teenage life minus the control of her sisters.

I can definitely stand by and say Jackson Pearce writes well. Very fluid, and dynamic. But the storyline needed work, and the monsters?? [START SPOILER] Why is there wolves in this book? It’s quite bizarre. Mermaids and wolves? I did not understand. Can someone please explain if they were actual wolves, or are they describing them as wolf-like?[/END SPOILER] Oh and if I hear another detail about mermaids being beautiful, I’ll scream. Yes I get it. They’re very beautiful. Need not to repeat one’s self.

Read this one if you’re a paranormal, mystery, mermaid fan. I liked it, but I also didn’t like it so my rating stands at three out of five stars.


You can sing. It works sometimes. and they think we’re beautiful. That helps.
How could someone without a soul remember what it felt like to have one?
What good is knowing the last if you won’t change the future?





  1. Jen

    February 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    So I read her whole series totally out of order, but Sister Red is the first one and it introducing the werewolves that will play a part in the rest of the novels. I was confused for the most part too, but after reading all four of them, it makes a lot more sense! Sweetly is amazing and Cold Spell is just as good. I found that the other three were much stronger than Fathomless, so I’d give them a try if I were you!
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    • Giselle

      February 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      I have to get all the other ones now! You just convinced me to give them another try!

  2. Jen

    November 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I thought this was a pretty good retelling. i was really impressed with Pierce’s “Sisters Red” the most, but i enjoyed this one as well.

  3. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Aww bummer for boring parts! I totally agree with youI Whiny characters = BAD BAD BAD. Great review Giselle!

  4. Camille

    October 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I tried to read several of Jackson Pearce’s books but I just couldn’t get through them even though the I love the idea behind them. I was thinking about trying again with Fathomless but now I think I’ll skip it, thank you for the helpful review!

  5. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    September 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I actually really loved this book. I have been really enjoying Jackson Pearce’s writing lately. I will admit that I didn’t really get the wolves either, they made no sense to me, but then again, the mermaids weren’t really mermaids, so I didn’t get that either. I did get completely caught up in this book though, so it was good for me.

    Thanks for the review, and sorry you didn’t like it as much as you had hoped to!

    • Giselle San Miguel

      September 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      Exactly..I didn’t even know if they were mermaids either. There wasn’t one mention, yet the book description said they were mermaids.

      That’s okay! Maybe I can read her other books and see if I like them more?

  6. Holly Warner

    September 6, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Great review! I am still waiting for my copy to come, so I will see if I think the same thing. The little mermaid was my favourite disney movie, so I hope I like it :$

    • Giselle San Miguel

      September 6, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      The Little Mermaid was my favourite too!!

      I hope you like it better than I did

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