Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once Upon a Time)
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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)

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In a quiet fishing village, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea seventeen years ago. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not alway

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Oct 01, 2007 Echo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adult girls
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
Being a fan of the original Anderson fairy tale, The Little Seamaid, and the Disney cartoon, The Little Mermaid, (and also enjoying the occasional young adult novel) I decided to take a chance on Midnight Pearls. Though it's not my favorite retelling, it was a good read. The author put an interesting twist on the story, adding in a little more adventure than other versions of the fairy tale. The beginning of the story especially is fascinating and very well told. The main body of the story and t...more
Mar 11, 2009 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, lovers of fairy tales
I am a big fan of the retold fairy tale, so I was happy to find this series of familiar tales and fables rewritten for teens. I just finished this one yesterday, and I enjoyed it. Finneas is out fishing one night when a terrible storm blows up. Just when he is ready to give up and surrender to the sea, he spots a child floating in the ocean. He rescues the girl and together with his wife, they raise the girl as their own. They name her Pearl. It's a promising beginning, and I did enjoy the book....more
Very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Midnight Pearls is the story of a girl found on a beach, taken in by a fisherman and his wife and claimed as their own. Truly a fish out of water, pale-skinned Pearl with her powers of premonition has few friends, except for Prince James, with whom she developed a friendship as a young girl. Just when she thinks they will marry, mermaid Faye (who has sold her voice to the sea-witch for the chance to go ashore and resc...more
During a storm, a fisherman pulls up a little girl in his net instead of fish. She's odd, with too-long legs, nearly translucent skin, and white hair. And as she grows, her oddities don't fade... but the prince doesn't seem to mind.

I had high hopes for this one, thinking that perhaps the author would return to the original roots of the Little Mermaid fairy tale. But she didn't, and what she did give readers was clunky and awkward. Instead of showing, she'd tell - a couple paragraph infodump inf...more
Peal was discovered by a fisherman in the ocean on the day of a huge storm. She was about four years old, naked as a bluejay and clutching a large, dark pearl. The fisherman and his wife raised her like their own for they had been praying for a child.

Many years later Pearl is all grown up. She still has long, ungainly legs pale translucent skin, silvery hair and won't eat fish. She stares and stares at the sea but never goes in because she has nightmares about a pair of dark eyes watching her i...more
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Synopsis: "In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her lonel
SPOIL ALLERT: I spoil the ending in my review!!

I really liked the book, until the last 3 chapters.

In the end everyone decides to marry a stranger they had met within a week and, in Pearl's case, had haunting nightmares about her whole life???

James quickly turns out to be shallow and a blind idiot and unapologetic to his best, truest friend.

Faye appears to be no more than a complete foolish irrational teen head over heels for someone because of his looks. Her only saving quality was that she re...more
Feb 14, 2009 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fairy tale adaptations
I wish this system allowed half stars, because I would have given this book three and a half stars. I love fairy tale retellings and this one had the requisite plot/character twists. It was a quick, fun, very easy fast read. My main problem is with the two new "love interests" for Pearl and James. These two have been best friends for years and as friendships sometimes go, they start to discover their true feelings for each other run much deeper and on the verge of a proposal, they get interrupte...more
1.5 Stars because it was almost an okay read.

Growing up, The Little Mermaid, was my all time favorite fairytale. I love the ocean as much as I love living in the mountains so mermaids were appealing because in some stories, they could truly have the best of both worlds. Lately, I have found a few different mermaid based stories to indulge my little childhood fantasies and this is one of them.

Unfortunately, the story falls excessively short of the magical appeal in the original version of Th...more
Aug 24, 2013 ClassicsandCupcakes rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to finish the series
The Introduction
I have been painfully waiting to get Midnight Pearls for a week and received it a couple of days ago. This review will be spread into three parts: the good, the bad, and the summarization of my review. (Note: this review contains basically all the spoilers, so if you don’t want to know the end of the book, consider yourself warned☺) This is the beginning of the story, Pearl was found over 10 years ago by a fisherman. Her appearance is very strange. Her hair is silvery, her legs a...more
I love the concept of modern or retold fairy tales, but this one didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. The plot line was fantastic, and I liked how a new spin was put on The Little Mermaid-definitely one of my favorite classic fairy tales!

The writing style, however, seemed dry and forced, as if attempting to take on the cadence of old tales instead of opting for a new voice. It left me wanting more substance where there was none to be had.

That said, I really liked the point where the...more
I was disappointed with this retelling. I think, first off, that it was too short. Some stuff happened so fast I kind of sat there staring at the pages thinking "Wow, that was a lot of new info way too fast."
And secondly, this book seemed to have nothing to do with real love. Pearl and the prince seemed just right for each other, and all of a sudden he sees a pretty mermaid and falls head over heels in love with her, even though he didn't even hear her speak once. He takes one look at her and d...more
This could have been AWESOME .
But it, for lack of a better word, sucked.

I do love the little mermaid, it's a great tale, even if I haven;t read the orginal, I've seen some pretty good interpriations.

AND NO, I'm not talking about The Disney one, even thiugh I did live that, I'm talking about this kinda anime version, not sure what year exactlty, but it was good.

Anyway, THIS however was not like the others.

It did have potential, mind you. But it didn't meet up to those standards.

And may I just sa...more
The book is based on the fairytale, The Little Mermaid.

It's not terribly depressing or anything, however the conflicts that arise are quite intense. It grips you tightly, your breath held as you turn the pages despairing the next situation and what will happen.

I would definitely recommend Midnight Pearls, especially to those who like anything fantasy or fairytale. I would read it again as knowing the ending does not stop the high state of anxiety i get myself into during the course of the book a...more
This book started out as an enjoyable read, but the writing style seemed to change abruptly at the halfway point.

***** SPOILER ALERT *******

I understand that this is not the Disney-ized version of The Little Mermaid but the way it changed direction in the middle was very upsetting to me. Even though there is a happy ending, it wasn't anything near what I was expecting or wanted for the characters. Everyone just seemed too quick to accept the twist midstory for my taste.
The beginning was good. T...more
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Interesting twist on the Little Mermaid story. Added new elements that I'd never considered before. I love the Once Upon a Time series because I love seeing fairy tales told another way. The one thing I don't like about them is that they are so short. You don't get to see a lot of character development in them. That's the only disapointment I had with this story. You find characters you like, but then you don't get to see them very long. It's still a great book though.
I thought this book was alright. It's a re-telling of The Little Mermaid, but the only thing even similar between the two was that she was a mermaid. In this book, she was kidnapped, and turned human as a child so that she doesn't remember anything when she grow up. Then, I thought the ending was all wrong! Personally, I think that the characters Faye and Kale should have come in, but not have helped to end the book in such a way.
This was such a cute retelling of the little mermaid but if you have seen both of Disney's little mermaid movies you will find that one daughter wants to be human which is the first one and the second one she wants to be a mermaid that is the one major similarity I saw in the book but the book took it and twisted it up and changed it but kept to the story line which i really liked
I really enjoyed this retelling of the Little Mermaid. The main character is a girl looking for a sense of belonging, and finally finds it. Surprisingly "the little mermaid" is not the main character. An enjoyable read!
Fun, alternate view of 'The Little Mermaid." I like how the story has several love stories going at once and you have to try and figure out if everyone will end up with the right person in the end.
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairytales and Midnight Pearls did it justice in its own way.

Pearl was found at sea by her father when she was five years old; she always knew she was different based purely on her looks and her troubles with walking. Not many people have silver-blue hair and trip over absolutely everything.

It has been hard for Pearl, growing up shunned by most and gawked at by the rest. The only person who doesn’t treat her differently is Prince James, her best friend....more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Let me start by saying that The Little Mermaid is one of my all time favorite fairy tales (and Disney movies). I love it-- even the super sad ending. That story started my obsession with all things mermaid. A few years ago I picked up some other books in the "Once Upon a Time" series at a local library book sale. I read through them before I put them in my classroom library and thought that they were fun versions of many of my favorite fairy tales. I had no idea there was TLM book in the seriess...more
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A retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Pearl was found by a fisherman during a storm out at sea. He took her home and he and his wife raised her as their own. She had no memory of where she came from. She is shunned by the villagers, and her only friend is James, a prince, who sneaks out of the castle once a week to meet her. And then everything takes a twist, and two new people enter the picture: Kale and his sister Faye. They bear a striking resemblance to Pearl. With their appearance, Pearl begins...more
Midnight Pearls was indeed a retelling of the little mermaid, but not through the characters I had expected. The summary or description or preview or whatever you call it, was entire misleading for this book. Based on the preview, I would have thought that James and Pearl were in love and struggling to be together, or, if not in love (Thought the preview DID seem to imply that, if not directly) then struggling to keep their relationship. Yet this book was hardly about James and Pearl's relations...more
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"The Little Mermaid", originally written by Hans Christian Andersen, is a fairytale known for its sad ending and dark tone. While I don't exactly disdain the Disney version for lightening the tone and providing a happy ending, I would probably place this book above the Disney version in terms of remaining faithful to the source material. Not only does Debbie Viguie do this; she also adds so much more to it in terms of plot and interesting concepts.

Pearl is a seventeen-year-old village girl with...more
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Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life. She has experimented with poetry and nonfiction, but her true passion lies in writing novels.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis. While at Davis she met her husband, Scott, at auditions for a play. It was love at first sight.

Debbie and Scott now live on the island of Kauai. When Debbie is not writing and Sc...more
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