Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale


TITLE:  Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale

AUTHOR: Carolyn Turgeon

GENRE: Young Adult and Fairy Tale

SETTING(S) :  Fantasy World divided by war.

SUBJECT: mermaid, love, friendship and romance

MAIN CHARACTERS : Princess Margrethe, Princess Lenia and Prince Christopher

It’s a twist of the classic tale of the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.  Princess Lenia is a young mermaid who has always been interested in the above world.  She finds herself on the day before her  eighteenth birthday when young mermaid get a chance to adventure above.  When she finally rises to the above, she finds herself in the most life changing experience.   She finds true love, friendship, heart ache, and beauty in the above world.  Will she be able to erase the discoveries she has found and find true happiness?  Will her feelings of gaining a soul destroy her?  Will Prince Christopher truly love her or end up with another?  Who is this Princess Margrethe and what role does she play?

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MY REVIEW:  I could not put this book down and it took me just three days to read this.  I think all ages could enjoy this book; it does have some scenes that might not be appropriate for ages below fourteen.  The main male character was not really impressive and at times I really disliked him.  Wondered why these two strong female characters risked their lives for him. At the end the male character grew on me and he was not that bad in the end.

Over all I though it was inspiring story and at times I had difficult time reading it.  Especially when Lenia finally finds herself on land and finds the prince.  She thinks at first it is love and but really the prince is just using her body.  At the end I feel that the prince finds himself falling in love with her.  But it was difficult to read when a child like character is being used by an heartless, lost or empty character.  The inspirational part was when Lenia would talk about the human soul and the hunger she felt for one.  I also enjoyed reading Lenia and Margrethe journey.  How they connected and formed a friendship.  At the end how this unique friendship would save them and their world.  How the different parts of the story at the end would get connected.

If you have not read the original story I would recommend reading it before reading this novel.