I’ve been a fan of author Jackson Pearce for a long time.  She was one of the first people I interviewed waaaay back when and her debut, As You Wish, was one of the first YA books I ever read.

I’ve followed Jackson’s career since then and I’m so glad to see how much she has grown as a writer and really settled into her voice.  She’s published five books so far and they really do keep getting better.  Her fairy tales retold series started with Sisters Red, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and continued with Sweetly, a retelling of Hanzel and Gretel.  A violent, poetic retelling that is as great on the third and fourth read as it was on the first.  And now we’re here at Fathomless, a retelling of The Little Mermaid.  Not Disney’s version, mind you, but the original Hans Christian Andersen tale.  So to be really corny for a sec, let’s dive in!

What I liked most about this story was the mythos.  It’s such a different take than your Disney version – which is the version people probably know the best.  Jackson weaved the story line seamlessly with Sisters Red and Sweetly.  It was great to watch how she did it.  Not saying you need to read the other two books or you’ll be lost, but it certainly helps and adds extra excitement to the read.

I also liked the characters and how fully they were drawn.  I got them.  I liked them, even if I didn’t always agree with them.  They were fun company for the two hours it took me to read Jackson’s story…which leads me to another point: Jackson really kept the pacing up with this one. Part romance, part paranormal, part thriller, I HAD to keep on reading.

I bought Jackson’s book the first week it came out and it is seriously worth every penny.  Booklist said it best:

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

Yeah, deliciously suspenseful read sounds about right.

It was just announced on Jackson’s website that her fourth book in the fairy tales retold series will be published Fall 2013.  Suffice to say, I can’t wait!