Thursday, August 30, 2012

MERMAID by Carolyn Turgeon

A Twist on a Classic Tale Story

Publisher: Broadway

Date published: March 1st, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-58997-2

Dark Fantasy


Reviewed by Dawn (

Obtained by Publisher

Two Princesses love one man. When Princess Margrethe looks out from the convent garden, she spies a mermaid rescuing a drowned man. Racing down to the beach, she finds the mermaid gone but the man on the beach. Nursing him back to health, she finds out he is her father’s greatest enemy’s son. Determined to stop the war and give peace to her kingdom, Margrethe devises a way to accomplish this. Meanwhile, mermaid princess, Lenia longs to be with the human man she rescued. She is willing to trade everything for his heart. What happens when two women with everything to lose find that life isn’t all sunshine and roses?

I really wanted to enjoy this darker premise of The Little Mermaid. But the changes in point of views, the shallowness of the main characters and the story itself made it hard to enjoy MERMAID. I would have loved to see the characters have more depth. They were very unlikable at times. The prince was a playboy who slept around, loved many women and just didn’t endear him to me as a reader. The princesses were also very unnerving. Lania was a character I wanted to slap upside the head and yell ‘get a clue’. Margrethe was a girl who was obsessed with the prince, almost to the point of stalking the man. Lies, deceit, a weird pregnancy, it all didn’t mesh with me and I had to keep putting the book down a few times as I shook my head at the character’s choices in the story. Plus with an ending that had me going ‘huh?’, I felt the story had great potential yet fell flat with me. If you enjoy a different sort of fairytale then this may be the story for you.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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