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10 thoughts on “Mermaid

  1. Shannon Shannon says:

    What could have been a poignant retelling of The Little Mermaid turned into a sappy mess with a lot of unfinished ideas The beginning was gripping and fantastically told the middle desperately grasped at sensuality and tragedy while the ending deflated and fell flat I was left feeling disappointed and cheated by this story Even if you're not familiar with the original Hans Christian Andersen tale you've probably seen Disney's The Little Mermaid I thought at first that this would be like an adult version of Disney's story and for the most part it was The names are different and there's no singing crab but the structure of the story remains the same the youngest mermaid princess falls in love with a human man and chooses to sacrifice her voice and tail and forsake her family and friends for the chance to be with himTurgeon decided to make this about a love triangle and a supposedly tragic one at that Margrethe Lenia the mermaid's foil is the daughter of the Northern king She is being hidden at a convent because there are rumors that the South is getting ready to attack So of course the man who the mermaid saves just happens to be view spoilerthe Southern prince hide spoiler


  2. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I am very close to this author and think this might be the best book ever written


  3. Jessica Jessica says:

    Two words come to mind after reading Carolyn Turgeon’s Mermaid A Twist on the Classic Tale missed opportunity Turgeon proved in 2009’s Godmother a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairytale that she can craft a well designed and modern story in the magical realism genre Mermaid was her chance to address the shortcomings of her previous book like a tendency to write flat characters or oversimplify a love story What’s Mermaid was an opportunity to modernize a fairy tale for adult readers and bring a fresh and relevant perspective to arguably outdated themes Sadly she fails on both levels and her latest book disappoints and frustratesMermaid follows its inspiration Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid closely—so closely in fact that the need for Turgeon’s rewrite becomes uncertain As in the original story a young mermaid sacrifices her voice family and life in the underwater kingdom for a chance to win a human prince’s love and gain a soul As an allegory Andersen’s The Little Mermaid can be studied as a story of self sacrifice and suffering reuired for spiritual immortality Andersen’s mermaid ultimately surrenders her life to save that of her beloved and in turn gains spiritual transcendence Turgeon only briefly touches upon these themes instead devoting the bulk of her novel to a trite love triangleThe few attempts to include spiritual undertones come off as fragmented afterthoughts Titular mermaid Lenia offhandedly comments that a human soul a “web of light inside of her” would allow her to live forever rather than the 300 years of a mermaid’s life The author leaves unexplored any deeper understanding of what it means to have a soul or why only humans possess them The otherwise simplistic story would have benefitted from diving deeper into this theme or abandoning it altogether to concentrate solely on the love storyHere is where Turgeon herself tragically fails She attempts to craft a poignant story of love friendship and sacrifice that only succeeds in sounding dated and marginally offensive Turgeon introduces a foil for Lenia in the character of Margrethe a princess from Prince Christopher’s rival kingdom Two women plus one man naturally results in a clichéd love triangle and Turgeon doesn’t help with her lazy character development and lackluster plotBoth Lenia and Margrethe are primarily defined by their overwhelming and perplexing love for Christopher not to mention their tedious bellyaching over how to win his affection They are such stock characters that their individual voices are almost indistinguishable For modern adult readers to accept the sacrifices both women make in the name of love they must be able to relate to that love but Prince Christopher is a cardboard cutout of a character lacking any personality whatsoever Simply describing his “warrior” build or eyes the “color of a dying weed” how romantic doesn’t make him worth the cost of such suffering Lenia bases her love on a single encounter with Christopher when he is near death Her mermaid sister provides a voice of reason “You only think this because the man was not conscious You only saw a man who was weak and so you thought you might love him You are an adult now too old for this fantasy” To which Lenia affirms “I do love him” and repeats her blind desire for a soul which it must be noted can only be granted by a manPresumably Turgeon recognizes that her readers may feel the same skepticism as Lenia’s sister She fails to adeuately address this concern however and expects readers to believe in the fantasy that a handsome stranger is worth losing one’s voice enduring a lifetime of physical pain and forsaking one’s family Such a sentiment can hardly go unuestioned in the twenty first century Not only does this archaic stance prevent readers from investing in and relating to the story it offends There are Disney princesses with backbone and common sense than this character Turgeon ignored the opportunities to reshape Lenia into an enlightened inspiring heroine and to make the book relevant for today’s readers Did she believe the concept of romance would transcend the rather destructive message that pain and self sacrifice are forgiven in the name of love? For any self respecting reader that’s just not enough Margrethe is no better She too becomes infatuated with the prince after two fleeting encounters which Turgeon portrays through overused platitudes “She walked to the window threw it open stared out at the snow and the stars Wondered if he was staring at the same stars right then Thinking of her” Once Margrethe discovers that Christopher hails from the rival kingdom she convinces herself that a marriage between them will end all war Even when the prince rejects her Margrethe tightens her grasp until the prince reluctantly concedes Knowing the prince doesn’t love her she fancies herself a martyr and thinks “This is not about her happiness but about the good of the kingdom” and “If only she could make her heart understand that its own wants did not matter” Margrethe’s fragility and feeble personality only alienates her from readersTo be fair the story takes place in an unspecified past where such a mindset could be expected Turgeon keeps the setting vague alluding to the late middle ages through the characters’ vernacular and style of dress Instead of challenging the implications of bygone beliefs Turgeon succumbs to stereotypes that are no longer convincing Old fashioned gender roles a passé fairy tale setting and a wearisome plot combine for a tiresome reading experience Why did Turgeon abandon the uirky contemporary style she fashioned in Godmother? Mermaid lacks the sweetly wistful charm of which she is capable and adds nothing new or provocative to the classic tale


  4. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟for purely sentimental reasons When I was small there was a Japanese anime version of The Little Mermaid that would occasionally play on tv channel 41 WDRB on Sunday afternoon This became my first exposure to a movie princess there was no Disney VHS when I was a child I fell in love ❤️ with Prince Christopher along with the mermaid in the story Little did I know that not too much younger than I had been my daughter would do the same thing with a Prince Eric This story is timeless and guarantees to touch every little girl's heart This author did an excellent job of now reaching our adult ones' I could read this again and again and feel the anguish cry the tears stare in awe celebrate and turn to foam I loved it32318 audio reread # 312018 book for all seasons challengedesert island read2018 Reading Challenge takes place at seaI am SUCH a sucker for a fairy tale


  5. Dominique Dominique says:

    ¨Go and you will see that nothing is as wonderful as our dreams can make it¨ ★★★★ Lovely retelling of Hans Christian Andersen´s The Little Mermaid I liked this story than the original story It´s sweeter and less cruel At first I didn´t care for the Princess´ POV I just wanted to read about the mermaid duh But later on the Princess´ POV became also interesting and contributed to the story of the mermaid


  6. Mark Mark says:

    This was a book I picked up as a result of browsing though other people's reviews and as I love the stories of Hans Christian Andersen I thought i would give it a go Note to selfdelete your account or move to a bigger house This book arrived yesterday and I read it last night It took the original story and fleshed it out with back story of the three main characters Sometimes this engorging with detail can cause adopted stories to flag but here I think it works uite well The personalities are not particularly well drawn but atmospheres and backgrounds are well paintedThere is a simple device of moving back and forth chapter by chapter from the earthbound princess to the watery one and this serves to make powerful descriptive differences in a sometimes uite humourous way I loved the rather gross way Lenia the mermaid gets rid of the taste of something foul from her mouth by simply snacking as she glides along from the smorgasbord of options swimming past her The story itself is well known but Turgeon I did wonder whether this was a 'stage name ' in its rhyming opportunity but maybe I am being too obscure succeeds in re telling and re moulding the whole thing so as to make it move swiftly and yet uncertainly The storyline is clear the reader thinks but the author throws in enough new details i won't call them red herring for obvious reasons that you are not sure of the outcome until the very endHaving said that I did find the ending a trifle underwhelming I think it is because I like my fairy stories extreme with no compromise Either happy ever after or leaving me sobbing on the couch This did neither so that is why though I enjoyed it it only ranks as a 3


  7. Jaylee Jaylee says:

    All kinds of spoilers up in hereThere are two protagonists in this book The princess is hiding out in a nunnery because of vague threats from the southern country The mermaid is obsessed with the surface Both fall in instalove with the prince within a few hours of meeting him to the point where both are willing to give up everything they have to be with him This is obnoxious in and of itself but so because the two of them didn't really spend any time with him and the reader hardly knows him at all He has a brief conversation with the princess in which he is kind of bantery and flirty and almost kisses her by a horse for no reason? they only spoke once? The mermaid doesn't speak to him at all She falls in love with him because of the way he feels in her arms? and because he's really pretty or something I guess Throughout the book the mermaid and the princess have chemistry with each other than they ever did with the prince now that would have actually been a twist on the classic taleThe book is told like a fairytale with a lot of grandiose writing that is very aware it is TELLING A STORY like all fairytales do so it didn't bother me that this wasn't a beautiful work of writing It was however really annoying how the author used hyperbole to express feelings a pain worse than any she had felt in her entire life or a love unlike anything she had ever experienced swept over her There is also no character depth to speak of It's hard to care about a love story between characters who don't have much to their personalities And let's talk about this love story The princess falls for him in this silly childish way but sees marrying him as a reasonable way to unite their two countries I can get behind that and actually liked the blend of swoon only boy who ever touched me must be my one true love and the mature reasoning that went behind her decision to marry him It was a great way to show that she was becoming a woman but still a little girl However while she does decide to marry him based on uniting their countries she spends so much of the book moaning about how he doesn't love her and how she thought their time together meant something it lasted all of 5 minutes stretched across two days ok The mermaid on the other hand gives up her voice and her family and her natural body to be with him This is just a fact in the original story and in the disney film I was hoping this author would do something interesting with it though since this is a twist on the classic tale but no It follows the original tale like a scriptThe mermaid wants to be with him a becuase she looooves him and b because she believes that when you get married your souls become ONE and since she has no soul only humans have souls marrying him will mean getting an immortal soul This whole situation caused the author to write the most cringe worthy omg someone wrote this in 2013 and meant it sincerely line I've seen in my entire life She was just a vessel to hold him Yikes Instead of being romantic their entire relationship comes off as creepy From the instant they meet he's groping at her and when she doesn't object he's like you're not like most girls are you? all starry eyed with wonder over the fact that she actually WANTS to have sex TRUE LOVE So they do They have sex The sex scene is creepy and typical and old fashioned It hurts her She bleeds She feels guilty afterwards even though there has been NO WORLDBUILDING to explain why a mermaid would have any guilt over premarital sex and the rest of the characters make noises at her about not making it too easy for men or else they'll never love you UuuugghhhhTheir relationship is incredibly creepy In the words of the prince You are so beautiful and yet you have no tongue You are like a dream creature sent here just for me I can say anything to you and you just look at me Ah yes so romantic A woman who just looks at you instead of talking A woman who really really wants sex with you How did he get so LUCKY? DAt the end of the book her sisters show up with the knife and say she has to plunge it into her prince's heart or else she'll die You know the drill But here is where it just gets absolutely ridiculous On cue the mermaid says she can't kill her truest love and decides to die instead k But then the princess stabs herself in the thigh shouting about how since she married the prince his blood is my blood and dribbles her blood onto the mermaid thus turning her back to her original form and saving the day Um Okay So the mermaid's entire I can't kill him thing is absolutely absurd if the spell can be broken by cutting open his leg Why didn't she just do that in the first place? Why did we need this whole ending scene? Plus it's just very weird how religious this book was Talk about sanctity of marriage The princess and the prince were not in love but because they went through a ceremony her blood is magically also his blood? That's making a lot of claims about the power of the religious ceremony and means that everything the mermaid believed about souls and stuff was actually true and not just her beliefs It feels weird and uncomfortableStrictly speaking based on writing and characters and plot this would have been a two star book But it's 2013 and this is a novel where two women have absolutely no interests or character or personality or anything except their love for a man and they give up absolutely everything literally to be with him when he isn't all that interested in either one Ugh One star


  8. Bluerose& Bluerose& says:

    I went through many stages of lovehate while reading Mermaid It's an awesome example of why you should always finish a bookI don't always by the way It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the writing style but once I did I found it to be uite lovelyin a gothic sort of way Then I got so angry at the middle that I was tempted to stop reading and maybe throw it against the wall By the end the story redeemed itselfIf I wasn't halfway familiar with the original version of The Little Mermaid I imagine my opinion of Mermaid would be very different It's not that I overly liked the storyeither of them The fact that Turgeon stayed so true to the original though I do like what she did with it with a few exceptions The original is not like the Disney version It's very dark and sad Turgeon did take different twists and turns and again I won't say I liked all of them but it's still a beautiful storyIf you're determined not to like Mermaid there's plenty that you'll find to dislike about it The prince for one He's a sex crazed JERK and although he did redeem himself a tiny bit by the end of the story I still didn't like him It's not about the prince though Not at all He plays an important part of the plot but the story is mostly about the princess Margrethe and the mermaid Lenia The chapters actually alternate between the two of themThere's lots of spiritual talk but I didn't really like it in the form it was portrayed Souls are mentioned a good bit along with God It's an in general type of spirituality as in all humans have a soul that automatically goes to Heaven when the body dies no matter whatIf you're looking for a happily ever after fairy tale with a knight in shining armor don't pick up this one It's dark and sad and just plain gross at times It's also beautiful and heartbreakingOverall I liked it considering the story it was based on Not everything but most of itContentThere are 3 sexual scenes throughout Mermaid They are pretty mild I've seen WAY worse but they're still there and than I'm comfortable with I especially felt that one of them was completely uncalled for Due to the plot one of them was somewhat necessary Nothing happened until past page 100 The first scene was so completely out of nowhere that I was left in shockThere's no profanity at all which I greatly appreciate


  9. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    DNF pg 50 some because I don't want to bother I don't like the story; I don't like the repetitive dreamy prose; I don't like the continual burbling about souls; I don't like the mermaid's yearning for patently blatantly imperfect surface bound life just to offer a 'fairytale lesson' about the grass being greener being careful what you wish for So why force myself to finish it? shrug Good uestion And I'm not gonna PThis is one of those books where you look at your younger self ask what was I thinking? Because I don't like mermaids except the Disney classic D retold fairy tales or soppy moralistic lit fic so why did I even have this on my shelf? Beats me I must've picked it up with some YA years years ago Oh well On to better things


  10. Tyler J Gray Tyler J Gray says:

    Sooo a weird supernatural pregnancy and just over allwtf did I just read? I'm not sure what I expected but I don't think that was it Also it was too short I think could have done with fleshing out I haven't read the original Hans Little Mermaid though i've just seen the Disney one and that's been awhile Also wrapped uptoo neatlywhich is all i'll say for spoilers3 stars It was very readable I enjoyed a lot of it and it was is a fast read but sadly it just fell flat in too many areas and missed some marks Full Review on my book blog Here


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Mermaid [PDF / Epub] ☃ Mermaid By Carolyn Turgeon – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war One gloomy windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea she witnesses a miracle a glittering mermaid Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war One gloomy windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea she witnesses a miracle a glittering Mermaid emerging from the waves a nearly drowned man in her arms By the time Margrethe reaches the shore the Mermaid has disappeared into the sea As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health she learns that not only is he a prince he is also the son of her father's greatest rival Sure that the Mermaid brought this man to her for a reason Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdomMeanwhile the Mermaid Princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety She is willing to trade her home her voice and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heartA surprising take on the classic tale Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child keeping you in suspense until the very last page.

10 thoughts on “Mermaid

  1. Shannon Shannon says:

    What could have been a poignant retelling of The Little Mermaid turned into a sappy mess with a lot of unfinished ideas The beginning was gripping and fantastically told the middle desperately grasped at sensuality and tragedy while the ending deflated and fell flat I was left feeling disappointed and cheated by this story Even if you're not familiar with the original Hans Christian Andersen tale you've probably seen Disney's The Little Mermaid I thought at first that this would be like an adult version of Disney's story and for the most part it was The names are different and there's no singing crab but the structure of the story remains the same the youngest mermaid princess falls in love with a human man and chooses to sacrifice her voice and tail and forsake her family and friends for the chance to be with himTurgeon decided to make this about a love triangle and a supposedly tragic one at that Margrethe Lenia the mermaid's foil is the daughter of the Northern king She is being hidden at a convent because there are rumors that the South is getting ready to attack So of course the man who the mermaid saves just happens to be view spoilerthe Southern prince hide spoiler

  2. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I am very close to this author and think this might be the best book ever written

  3. Jessica Jessica says:

    Two words come to mind after reading Carolyn Turgeon’s Mermaid A Twist on the Classic Tale missed opportunity Turgeon proved in 2009’s Godmother a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairytale that she can craft a well designed and modern story in the magical realism genre Mermaid was her chance to address the shortcomings of her previous book like a tendency to write flat characters or oversimplify a love story What’s Mermaid was an opportunity to modernize a fairy tale for adult readers and bring a fresh and relevant perspective to arguably outdated themes Sadly she fails on both levels and her latest book disappoints and frustratesMermaid follows its inspiration Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid closely—so closely in fact that the need for Turgeon’s rewrite becomes uncertain As in the original story a young mermaid sacrifices her voice family and life in the underwater kingdom for a chance to win a human prince’s love and gain a soul As an allegory Andersen’s The Little Mermaid can be studied as a story of self sacrifice and suffering reuired for spiritual immortality Andersen’s mermaid ultimately surrenders her life to save that of her beloved and in turn gains spiritual transcendence Turgeon only briefly touches upon these themes instead devoting the bulk of her novel to a trite love triangleThe few attempts to include spiritual undertones come off as fragmented afterthoughts Titular mermaid Lenia offhandedly comments that a human soul a “web of light inside of her” would allow her to live forever rather than the 300 years of a mermaid’s life The author leaves unexplored any deeper understanding of what it means to have a soul or why only humans possess them The otherwise simplistic story would have benefitted from diving deeper into this theme or abandoning it altogether to concentrate solely on the love storyHere is where Turgeon herself tragically fails She attempts to craft a poignant story of love friendship and sacrifice that only succeeds in sounding dated and marginally offensive Turgeon introduces a foil for Lenia in the character of Margrethe a princess from Prince Christopher’s rival kingdom Two women plus one man naturally results in a clichéd love triangle and Turgeon doesn’t help with her lazy character development and lackluster plotBoth Lenia and Margrethe are primarily defined by their overwhelming and perplexing love for Christopher not to mention their tedious bellyaching over how to win his affection They are such stock characters that their individual voices are almost indistinguishable For modern adult readers to accept the sacrifices both women make in the name of love they must be able to relate to that love but Prince Christopher is a cardboard cutout of a character lacking any personality whatsoever Simply describing his “warrior” build or eyes the “color of a dying weed” how romantic doesn’t make him worth the cost of such suffering Lenia bases her love on a single encounter with Christopher when he is near death Her mermaid sister provides a voice of reason “You only think this because the man was not conscious You only saw a man who was weak and so you thought you might love him You are an adult now too old for this fantasy” To which Lenia affirms “I do love him” and repeats her blind desire for a soul which it must be noted can only be granted by a manPresumably Turgeon recognizes that her readers may feel the same skepticism as Lenia’s sister She fails to adeuately address this concern however and expects readers to believe in the fantasy that a handsome stranger is worth losing one’s voice enduring a lifetime of physical pain and forsaking one’s family Such a sentiment can hardly go unuestioned in the twenty first century Not only does this archaic stance prevent readers from investing in and relating to the story it offends There are Disney princesses with backbone and common sense than this character Turgeon ignored the opportunities to reshape Lenia into an enlightened inspiring heroine and to make the book relevant for today’s readers Did she believe the concept of romance would transcend the rather destructive message that pain and self sacrifice are forgiven in the name of love? For any self respecting reader that’s just not enough Margrethe is no better She too becomes infatuated with the prince after two fleeting encounters which Turgeon portrays through overused platitudes “She walked to the window threw it open stared out at the snow and the stars Wondered if he was staring at the same stars right then Thinking of her” Once Margrethe discovers that Christopher hails from the rival kingdom she convinces herself that a marriage between them will end all war Even when the prince rejects her Margrethe tightens her grasp until the prince reluctantly concedes Knowing the prince doesn’t love her she fancies herself a martyr and thinks “This is not about her happiness but about the good of the kingdom” and “If only she could make her heart understand that its own wants did not matter” Margrethe’s fragility and feeble personality only alienates her from readersTo be fair the story takes place in an unspecified past where such a mindset could be expected Turgeon keeps the setting vague alluding to the late middle ages through the characters’ vernacular and style of dress Instead of challenging the implications of bygone beliefs Turgeon succumbs to stereotypes that are no longer convincing Old fashioned gender roles a passé fairy tale setting and a wearisome plot combine for a tiresome reading experience Why did Turgeon abandon the uirky contemporary style she fashioned in Godmother? Mermaid lacks the sweetly wistful charm of which she is capable and adds nothing new or provocative to the classic tale

  4. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟for purely sentimental reasons When I was small there was a Japanese anime version of The Little Mermaid that would occasionally play on tv channel 41 WDRB on Sunday afternoon This became my first exposure to a movie princess there was no Disney VHS when I was a child I fell in love ❤️ with Prince Christopher along with the mermaid in the story Little did I know that not too much younger than I had been my daughter would do the same thing with a Prince Eric This story is timeless and guarantees to touch every little girl's heart This author did an excellent job of now reaching our adult ones' I could read this again and again and feel the anguish cry the tears stare in awe celebrate and turn to foam I loved it32318 audio reread # 312018 book for all seasons challengedesert island read2018 Reading Challenge takes place at seaI am SUCH a sucker for a fairy tale

  5. Dominique Dominique says:

    ¨Go and you will see that nothing is as wonderful as our dreams can make it¨ ★★★★ Lovely retelling of Hans Christian Andersen´s The Little Mermaid I liked this story than the original story It´s sweeter and less cruel At first I didn´t care for the Princess´ POV I just wanted to read about the mermaid duh But later on the Princess´ POV became also interesting and contributed to the story of the mermaid

  6. Mark Mark says:

    This was a book I picked up as a result of browsing though other people's reviews and as I love the stories of Hans Christian Andersen I thought i would give it a go Note to selfdelete your account or move to a bigger house This book arrived yesterday and I read it last night It took the original story and fleshed it out with back story of the three main characters Sometimes this engorging with detail can cause adopted stories to flag but here I think it works uite well The personalities are not particularly well drawn but atmospheres and backgrounds are well paintedThere is a simple device of moving back and forth chapter by chapter from the earthbound princess to the watery one and this serves to make powerful descriptive differences in a sometimes uite humourous way I loved the rather gross way Lenia the mermaid gets rid of the taste of something foul from her mouth by simply snacking as she glides along from the smorgasbord of options swimming past her The story itself is well known but Turgeon I did wonder whether this was a 'stage name ' in its rhyming opportunity but maybe I am being too obscure succeeds in re telling and re moulding the whole thing so as to make it move swiftly and yet uncertainly The storyline is clear the reader thinks but the author throws in enough new details i won't call them red herring for obvious reasons that you are not sure of the outcome until the very endHaving said that I did find the ending a trifle underwhelming I think it is because I like my fairy stories extreme with no compromise Either happy ever after or leaving me sobbing on the couch This did neither so that is why though I enjoyed it it only ranks as a 3

  7. Jaylee Jaylee says:

    All kinds of spoilers up in hereThere are two protagonists in this book The princess is hiding out in a nunnery because of vague threats from the southern country The mermaid is obsessed with the surface Both fall in instalove with the prince within a few hours of meeting him to the point where both are willing to give up everything they have to be with him This is obnoxious in and of itself but so because the two of them didn't really spend any time with him and the reader hardly knows him at all He has a brief conversation with the princess in which he is kind of bantery and flirty and almost kisses her by a horse for no reason? they only spoke once? The mermaid doesn't speak to him at all She falls in love with him because of the way he feels in her arms? and because he's really pretty or something I guess Throughout the book the mermaid and the princess have chemistry with each other than they ever did with the prince now that would have actually been a twist on the classic taleThe book is told like a fairytale with a lot of grandiose writing that is very aware it is TELLING A STORY like all fairytales do so it didn't bother me that this wasn't a beautiful work of writing It was however really annoying how the author used hyperbole to express feelings a pain worse than any she had felt in her entire life or a love unlike anything she had ever experienced swept over her There is also no character depth to speak of It's hard to care about a love story between characters who don't have much to their personalities And let's talk about this love story The princess falls for him in this silly childish way but sees marrying him as a reasonable way to unite their two countries I can get behind that and actually liked the blend of swoon only boy who ever touched me must be my one true love and the mature reasoning that went behind her decision to marry him It was a great way to show that she was becoming a woman but still a little girl However while she does decide to marry him based on uniting their countries she spends so much of the book moaning about how he doesn't love her and how she thought their time together meant something it lasted all of 5 minutes stretched across two days ok The mermaid on the other hand gives up her voice and her family and her natural body to be with him This is just a fact in the original story and in the disney film I was hoping this author would do something interesting with it though since this is a twist on the classic tale but no It follows the original tale like a scriptThe mermaid wants to be with him a becuase she looooves him and b because she believes that when you get married your souls become ONE and since she has no soul only humans have souls marrying him will mean getting an immortal soul This whole situation caused the author to write the most cringe worthy omg someone wrote this in 2013 and meant it sincerely line I've seen in my entire life She was just a vessel to hold him Yikes Instead of being romantic their entire relationship comes off as creepy From the instant they meet he's groping at her and when she doesn't object he's like you're not like most girls are you? all starry eyed with wonder over the fact that she actually WANTS to have sex TRUE LOVE So they do They have sex The sex scene is creepy and typical and old fashioned It hurts her She bleeds She feels guilty afterwards even though there has been NO WORLDBUILDING to explain why a mermaid would have any guilt over premarital sex and the rest of the characters make noises at her about not making it too easy for men or else they'll never love you UuuugghhhhTheir relationship is incredibly creepy In the words of the prince You are so beautiful and yet you have no tongue You are like a dream creature sent here just for me I can say anything to you and you just look at me Ah yes so romantic A woman who just looks at you instead of talking A woman who really really wants sex with you How did he get so LUCKY? DAt the end of the book her sisters show up with the knife and say she has to plunge it into her prince's heart or else she'll die You know the drill But here is where it just gets absolutely ridiculous On cue the mermaid says she can't kill her truest love and decides to die instead k But then the princess stabs herself in the thigh shouting about how since she married the prince his blood is my blood and dribbles her blood onto the mermaid thus turning her back to her original form and saving the day Um Okay So the mermaid's entire I can't kill him thing is absolutely absurd if the spell can be broken by cutting open his leg Why didn't she just do that in the first place? Why did we need this whole ending scene? Plus it's just very weird how religious this book was Talk about sanctity of marriage The princess and the prince were not in love but because they went through a ceremony her blood is magically also his blood? That's making a lot of claims about the power of the religious ceremony and means that everything the mermaid believed about souls and stuff was actually true and not just her beliefs It feels weird and uncomfortableStrictly speaking based on writing and characters and plot this would have been a two star book But it's 2013 and this is a novel where two women have absolutely no interests or character or personality or anything except their love for a man and they give up absolutely everything literally to be with him when he isn't all that interested in either one Ugh One star

  8. Bluerose& Bluerose& says:

    I went through many stages of lovehate while reading Mermaid It's an awesome example of why you should always finish a bookI don't always by the way It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the writing style but once I did I found it to be uite lovelyin a gothic sort of way Then I got so angry at the middle that I was tempted to stop reading and maybe throw it against the wall By the end the story redeemed itselfIf I wasn't halfway familiar with the original version of The Little Mermaid I imagine my opinion of Mermaid would be very different It's not that I overly liked the storyeither of them The fact that Turgeon stayed so true to the original though I do like what she did with it with a few exceptions The original is not like the Disney version It's very dark and sad Turgeon did take different twists and turns and again I won't say I liked all of them but it's still a beautiful storyIf you're determined not to like Mermaid there's plenty that you'll find to dislike about it The prince for one He's a sex crazed JERK and although he did redeem himself a tiny bit by the end of the story I still didn't like him It's not about the prince though Not at all He plays an important part of the plot but the story is mostly about the princess Margrethe and the mermaid Lenia The chapters actually alternate between the two of themThere's lots of spiritual talk but I didn't really like it in the form it was portrayed Souls are mentioned a good bit along with God It's an in general type of spirituality as in all humans have a soul that automatically goes to Heaven when the body dies no matter whatIf you're looking for a happily ever after fairy tale with a knight in shining armor don't pick up this one It's dark and sad and just plain gross at times It's also beautiful and heartbreakingOverall I liked it considering the story it was based on Not everything but most of itContentThere are 3 sexual scenes throughout Mermaid They are pretty mild I've seen WAY worse but they're still there and than I'm comfortable with I especially felt that one of them was completely uncalled for Due to the plot one of them was somewhat necessary Nothing happened until past page 100 The first scene was so completely out of nowhere that I was left in shockThere's no profanity at all which I greatly appreciate

  9. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    DNF pg 50 some because I don't want to bother I don't like the story; I don't like the repetitive dreamy prose; I don't like the continual burbling about souls; I don't like the mermaid's yearning for patently blatantly imperfect surface bound life just to offer a 'fairytale lesson' about the grass being greener being careful what you wish for So why force myself to finish it? shrug Good uestion And I'm not gonna PThis is one of those books where you look at your younger self ask what was I thinking? Because I don't like mermaids except the Disney classic D retold fairy tales or soppy moralistic lit fic so why did I even have this on my shelf? Beats me I must've picked it up with some YA years years ago Oh well On to better things

  10. Tyler J Gray Tyler J Gray says:

    Sooo a weird supernatural pregnancy and just over allwtf did I just read? I'm not sure what I expected but I don't think that was it Also it was too short I think could have done with fleshing out I haven't read the original Hans Little Mermaid though i've just seen the Disney one and that's been awhile Also wrapped uptoo neatlywhich is all i'll say for spoilers3 stars It was very readable I enjoyed a lot of it and it was is a fast read but sadly it just fell flat in too many areas and missed some marks Full Review on my book blog Here

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