Lost Voices is going to be a perfect summer book. Why? MERMAIDS! Not your typical mermaids, either. These mermaids were once human girls who were abused and neglected in life. If they wind up dying prematurely, they become mermaids. Not only that, they have siren-like tendencies and delight in bringing down ships and drowning all remaining survivors. Throw in some cattiness à la Mean Girls or The Clique series and mix it up with a metaskaza (newly-formed mermaid) who doesn't want to bring down ships and you have an irresistable book that's hard to put down.
Waves of satiny, vibrating music poured from Luce’s mouth, and the old man was comforted. He gazed at her with his round blue eyes as if she were someone he had always wanted to see, his heart’s only treasure, long lost but suddenly returned to him. Even her own father, Luce realized, had never once looked at her with such profound tenderness, such acceptance. Luce knew the old man must be dying, but he was so happy. Happy just to be with her, and to listen to her singing. He understood her so well, and the better he understood her, the more complete his love for her became. He was still smiling at her as the silver bubbles gushed up from his mouth and his eyelids sank over his blue eyes.
-Page 52; changes may be made before book launches in print