03.31.2011

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

Mermaid is a retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Little Mermaid. I love retellings but was a little hesitant since the real little mermaid story always made me cry.

I enjoyed this book. The story is told from the perspective of a mermaid who finds the prince and the princess that discovers the two of them. This novel provides more information about all of the characters and is much more adult (not X rated, but more in the sense of complexity to the storyline, but it does have some mature relationship themes) than the Disney movie or the story I read as a child. It has more depth to the story since, in addition to the story of the mermaid, you see the machinations of a princess trying to save two kingdoms. I wish that the story had been less disjointed. It is told in alternating narrators. I appreciate the point of view from both of the characters, but it broke up the flow of the novel. I would recommend this novel to other fantasy readers.

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