After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

34. Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" by Debbie Viguié



Title: Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid"
Author: Debbie Viguié
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Finished: 5-14-09

This is part of the Once Upon A Time series, each book retelling a classic fairy tale. This was a clever reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It has all the base plot points of the original fairy tale, a mermaid who falls in love with a human, a sea witch who grants a human form to the mermaid in exchange for her voice, etc. However, Viguié creates a much more involved story, including a love triangle of sorts, and plenty of court intrigue and conspiracy.

Finneas is a fisherman, and one night he discovers a child floating in the water. He and his wife Mary raise the child, whom they name Pearl, as their own, even though she is clearly not quite human. As Pearl grows up, her family overlooks the things that make her different, but the villagers are always leery of her. Unbeknownst to everyone, over the years Pearl has become best friends with Prince James, and their friendship may be growing into something more. However, on a boating trip out to sea, an accident occurs, and Prince James is saved from drowning, not by Pearl, but by a mysterious girl in the ocean. What is the mysterious girl's connection with Pearl? What lengths will the mysterious girl go to find her true love? Read the book and find out!

A fun retelling that keeps enough of the essence of the original story to make it recognizable but still creates a new, fresh story. I might pick up another of the Once Upon a Time series someday.

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