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The Mermaid's Pendant (The Mermaid's Pendant)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  208 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID’S PENDANT is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are—and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure.

Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage tha
Paperback, 572 pages
Published March 21st 2010 by Zephon Books
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Dan Porter
When my older daughter was about four years old, she had Ariel pajamas that she would have worn everywhere if we'd let her. One of her favorite videos was Disney's The Little Mermaid, so I've seen it myself countless times. That's why LeAnn Neal Reilly's The Mermaids Pendant felt so familiar to me. The first half of the book is a retelling of the familiar fairy tale from an adult perspective. The prince is replaced by a computer science doctoral student named John. The mermaid's name is Tamarind ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
In The Mermaid's Pendant, LeAnn Neal Reilly takes the reader through the trials of life from an extremely unique perspective.

When Tamarind gazed at and wondered about humans, she felt a pull. A tug at her emotions that told her there was something big she was missing out on. Well. It was something big alright, maybe just not what she was truly looking for.

Tamarind couldn’t just leave the poor creature to flounder in the waves. If left to Mother Sea, his fate most certainly would be death. Cho
Sep 04, 2010 Bobby rated it liked it
I find great potential in this novel, both for the new author and the story. Le Ann Reilly interprets the Disney version of a Hans Christian Anderson beloved classic into her own "modern fairy tale." Her attempts to be true to the nature of original stories in the genre, which include the darker side of life (different than Disney who provides memorable dark characters to overcome) leaves her tale without the heart that she intends. I understood her intent, however her lessons were lost in over ...more
Amy Ludlam
May 20, 2010 Amy Ludlam rated it really liked it
Life is about making hard choices and making sure that you do whatever it takes to see them through to the best of your ability.

This is a wonderful story that takes the fantasy of a mermaid and weaves it seamlessly into a realistic life-story. The challenges facing Tamrind to make her journey possible consisted of family, friends and love that all worked against her. Once she overcame all of those issues through persistence and patience, she then had to learn to deal with the real world.

When we
Jun 25, 2010 Valerie rated it it was ok
Really hard to get into. Characters aren't very likable, and they do really frustrating things, like not commmunicating, which would solve most if not all their problems. I wouldn't have finished it, except I won the book, so felt I should, for the author. But it was well written, except for the slow slow slow beginning.
Nov 01, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book is a retold tale of The Little Mermaid. More the Disney version rather than the Grimm faerie tale. This telling is also set in the present time and John is no prince. In fact, he is flawed as much as any human being. Tamarind falls for John and is determined to be with him no matter the consequences of her decision. Ana, plays the sea witch well and she helps Tamarind transform herself into a human to be with John. Ana's motives are not altruistic and her true price ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Jules rated it really liked it
**I have tried to write this without any spoilers, but it has proven to be a tough task and I apologize if anyone feels I've let too much slip out.

I have always been a fan of the original tale of The Little Mermaid. It's a little grittier and "real" than the beloved Disney take on the story. It is darker, based more on the theme of love lost and sacrifice than of the happily-ever-after everyone associates with the title nowadays. This wonderful modern and updated version is closer to that first
Mar 30, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing
All our lives are a mix of the magical and the mundane. The Mermaid's Pendant, a superbly imagined tale of a mythical creature come to live among mortals, takes this thought not only as premise but as problem: how do we keep the heart from atrophy in the long intervals of the one, or from consuming itself in the effulgent moments of the other? How to transport love's transcendence, its sustaining ephemera, out of the day and over a lifetime? And in forming ourselves to a union of souls, as in ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
This book is HUGE. We’re talking almost 600 pages. One of the longest books I’ve read in a long time, and its length is my excuse for not having finished it sooner. But, I read what I could when I could, and today I made the point of finishing it. It had gotten to the culmination of everything, and finally had the feel of can’t-put-it-down-because-I-must-see-how-it-ends urgency.

As I’m sure is no surprise to you, it is somewhat difficult to write a review for a book that took so long to read, but
Apr 10, 2016 Yvonne rated it really liked it
The Mermaid’s Pendant is like the adult version of The Little Mermaid. It still has the magic of the fairy tale, but Leann Neal Reilly takes the classic tale and tests the happy ever after

Tamarind is the naive mermaid that gives up everything she knows to live a human life with John. With the help of Ana, a local witch, Tamarind goes through the motions of winning John’s heart from two other women that he is already involved with. Yeah, when the two meet, John already has a girlfriend a
Lindsay Paige
Nov 11, 2010 Lindsay Paige rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-covers, own
WARNINGS: I absolutely love this cover and I so dearly wish I had that necklace.

The beginning of this book is similar to The Little Mermaid, but with tweaks. There isn't a prince; there is John. A person with flaws and someone who makes mistakes. The lovely mermaid Tamarind has her eyes set on John and she's willing to give up her tail for him.

This book definitely captured my attention. I loved The Little Mermaid and here is a more modern book that weaves the story into a realistic, captivating
Apr 08, 2012 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is not what I expected. The first half was typical Little Mermaid story where the mermaid puts off her tail in order to be with a human. However, the second half is about once they are together and having a normal human life together with kids, job, and just life in general.

In the beginning, I did not like John at all. He was so weak and taken with everything thrown at him. Quite frankly, Tamarind is too good for him. She does get what she wants - John and you are happy for her in that resp
Nov 30, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-50-books
9th- 12th

This is a modern fairy tale twist of the story of the classic Little Mermaid. John Wilkerson is married to a former mermaid Tamarind. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. Tamarind has three wise women help these two young lovers mature their love. The love between John and Tamarind develops with the help of many. This is not a typical fairy tale. But this is a story for everyone.
With the modern twist to a
Aug 14, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it
The Little Mermaid for adults - this book explores what happens after the happily ever after. Good story and characters - the beginning was a little bit drawn out.
Nov 06, 2010 Zoë rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy
The Mermaid's Pendant by LeAnn Neal Reilly is a retold and mature telling of the little mermaid, revolving around what happens after the sun sets on a happily ever after. In the book, John is vacationing on an island when he almost drowns, only to be saved by a mysterious woman with long hair. Searching for her, he meets Taramind, who is actually a mermaid who gives up her fins in order to marry John and live on land. Their life is far from idyllic though, as Ana, Tamarind's aging mentor, uses ...more
More like 3.5 stars...

Let me explain my reasoning. First, I have never read the story about the Little Mermaid, nor have I even seen the Disney cartoon. Hey, I have boys, and it's not their thing. So I can't give it a plus or minus on how closely it fits to the actual fairy tale. In regards to the length of this book, I could easily see it divided into two or three books. It was too long, and could have been more effective if it was a series. That said, there were a lot of things to like about t
Nov 16, 2010 Christie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010

The Mermaid’s Pendant opens with John heading to a beautiful island for a little down time. His girlfriend, Zoe, plans to join him in two weeks. While snorkeling he almost drowns, but his life is saved by a mysterious woman. When John wakes the only person present is an elderly women named Ana. John becomes obsessed with finding the woman who saved him. People start to talk about the possibility of his savior being gente del mar (people of the sea). John eventually finds his savior, Tamarin
Jun 13, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
The Mermaid's Pendant is a fascinating blend of Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Mermaid and what "happy ever after" looks like after the characters have their sugary sweet ending. While many of The Little Mermaid's retelling occur somewhere in the not too distant past, The Mermaid's Pendant is clearly set in the present, and it works. The retelling is pretty spot on... the characters are plenty flawed... and there is more than enough to please fairy tale lovers of most ages.

The nove
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Nov 05, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The premise of this story sounded so good. I love the story of the Little Mermaid and the beginning of the book is a modern retelling of that story. The second half is the story of the "happily ever after" and what might happen after the beautiful mermaid, turned human flies off into the sunset with the handsome man? Life, family and employment struggles happen, and magical forces conspire to separate them emotionally.

I wanted to like this story so much. The writing is descriptive, but it's labo
Oct 15, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-read, fantasy
Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel from the author.

I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed the novel, but I did not love it. The author had a great premise: What happens after the happily ever after of a fairy tale? When there is no magic, can the couple survive? There are some really great characters and hints at a unique magic system and mer culture. But the first half of the novel feels unnecessary. The back of the book tells the reader what's going to happen. And the protagonis
Jan 21, 2012 Noël rated it liked it
I honestly didn't like this book much at all. It was hard to get into, hard to follow and I didn't really like how it went on and on and on. I liked Tamarind, though she annoyed me alot. Zoë was a bitch, John was really kind of clueless to me and Ana was evil. I found that the story seemed to go on forever and I think it would have worked out better if some things that weren't really necessary to the story. I also started to get confused because I felt like names were being thrown at me and I ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Farrah rated it liked it
I enjoyed The Mermaid’s Pendant. The beginning of the book is a contemporary version of The Little Mermaid with each of the main characters playing a role like in the original story. I did find at times I rushed through some parts because of the length of the scene. I’m an action, get right to the emotion kind of gal so I’m not very big on a lot of background stuff. This is a long book, it would have been more ideal to have broken up the story into 2 – Happily Ever After and the After Happily ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Dana rated it did not like it
I absolutely hated this book. I don't know why so many people gave it good reviews. It was so full of promiscuity and crude language it was hard to read. I only finished it because it was given as a gift upon my request. I really like the story of the Little Mermaid and this book ruined it for me. Needless to say my copy of this book is going in the trash. It isn't even worth donating to my local library.
Jan 21, 2016 Amy added it
Parts of this quite long tale were compelling and caught my interest. Other parts were easy to breeze through. I enjoyed it to some extent. I wouldn't consider it a "not to be missed." I think it could have been better written, more developed, and far shorter, all at once. I always appreciate magic and true love, so that interweaving was a plus. I think my next novel will be the Elegance of the Hedgehog. Enjoy these last days of 2011.
Mar 30, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
While it did start out a little slow for me, in the end I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the characters and their own stories, even if at times it felt as though there was a lot going on at once. I really enjoyed the normalcy; how even though there was a mythical/magical quality with the mermaid and "sea hag" that the world created felt real and believable. It was an interesting take on the after of what would be a classic fairy tale in a modern setting.
Sep 14, 2015 Violet rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I liked this book. I thought the story was well developed, Sarah was a treat in the story, knowing what to do to help out with what Ana was trying to accomplish. So do mermaids know how to live happily ever after once they lose the tails and become human? I can't tell you that, this book only goes so far.
Aug 30, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all. Maybe I didn't give it a huge chance, but as I was in the first couple pages, reading felt more like a chore. I was not excited with the book or the characters. I ended up reading the first 15 or 20 pages and ended up putting it in the DI pile.
Jan 11, 2011 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. Its beautfuly written and a great read!, I would highly recomend this meaningful and wondrous mondern day tale of a mermaid and her prince.
Aug 15, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok

The first half was good, then the whole story just flatlined and never picked up again. The ending was very disappointing. This book should have been less than 300 pages- not almost 600!
Gaby rated it it was amazing
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According to Kirkus Reviews, LeAnn Neal Reilly writes novels "about resilient women caught in magical, otherworldly circumstances." She grew up in the Midwest, migrated east to Pittsburgh for graduate school, and then migrated even farther east to the Boston suburbs where by day she raises three children. In the slivers of time that she calls her own, she writes novels. It's a tough job, and most ...more
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