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Die Fiese Meerjungfrau

(Princess #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Wer kennt sie nicht, die Geschichte von der Meerjungfrau? Sie verliebte sich in einen Menschenprinzen und wollte um jeden Preis mit ihm zusammensein. Sie opferte ihre Stimme, verließ das Meer und wurde ein Mensch. Doch der Prinz verliebte sich in eine andere. Der Geschichte zufolge gab die Meerjungfrau ihr Leben hin, damit der Prinz glücklich werden konnte. Doch diese Gesc ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2011 by Bastei Lübbe Taschenbuch (first published October 6th 2009)
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Crystal Starr Light
Danielle, Talia, Snow, and Queen Beatrice head out to sea to meet the King of the Undine, but instead are confronted by his daughter, Lirea, bent on revenge. Queen Beatrice is wounded, and now the three women must seek out a way to save Beatrice and restrain Lirea.

DNF at page 84, Chapter 5.

I found out about Jim C. Hines through his AMAZING series of blog posts about the over-sexualized nature of women on covers of books. Please, go check it out now. I'll be here when you're done.

*Five hours late
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mad mermaids, Disney princesses
This is an endearing light fantasy series, like a Disney Princess adventure for grown-ups. Although billed as "the darker side of fairy tales," Jim Hines doesn't really get dark-dark, he just takes traditional fairy tales and treats them as stories about adults in a fantasy world.

In The Stepsister Scheme, we were introduced to Danielle Whiteshore, aka "Cinderella," newly married to Prince Armand and just learning that her mother-in-law Queen Beatrice has a predilection for collecting girls in tr
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Swimming through the ocean was like flying through another world.

Long story short
On her latest sea expedition, Queen Beatrice is accidentally stabbed by Lirea, a mermaid that can shift into human form. The dagger Lirea was wielding is an enchanted one, and it absorbs Beatrice’s spirit. Danielle, Talia and Snow have to catch the culprit and save the queen’s life.

My thoughts
I absolutely love pirate tales. And mermaids. And underwater adventures (thank you SpongeBob). And the three princesses.
Hooray for more action and adventure for the girls! Hooray for more feminist fairy tale retellings! Sequels seldom achieve five stars for me, but I'm pumped over this. 'The Mermaid's Madness', the sequel to 'The Stepsister Scheme', is a hydraulic blast, and really clever storytelling. This is definitely a series I'll be continuing.

And to show I'm not a lazy motha*%^*$*er, I'll also skip the synopsis of the plot ('The Little Mermaid' reimagined with the subversive, ingenious skill I've come to ex
I read this just after I read The Stepsister Scheme. This book answers some questions raised in the first and continues the characterization started in the first.

Like the first novel, Hines seems to be writing in repsonse to the Disney Princesses trend. The princesses in his book, however, are far from passive. In this book, Hines tackles the story of "The Little Mermaid", relying more on the Andersen version of the story instead of the Disney bastard version.

It's a fairy tale for grown ups. Unl
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review can be found here.

I enjoyed the first book of the Princess series but felt that it dragged at times when it lost my attention. This second book worked much better for me – maybe it was because I preferred the setting (the sea here vs. Fairytown in the previous book) but I’m more inclined to think that it’s probably because the plot seemed more concise in this one.

Jim C. Hines takes elements from the traditional fairy tales and plays with them, taking them closer to their darker roots
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Wow, so, the second book is better than the first. Not that I disliked the first at all, but it really was an introduction compared to this one.

First off: I GOT IN EVERYONE'S HEADS. It was fun! I liked that. Not that Danielle was a bad POV in the first one, it's just I was intensely curious about the other princesses's thought processes.

Second off: I am so happy with the gay in this book. Like, normally I have to wade through pages and pages of ilk about how some female protagonist lurves some g
Paul Weimer
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Stepsister Scheme, Mr. Jim Hines came up with a clever fantasy conceit, reimagining Snow White and Sleeping Beauty as kick-butt action heroines that could stand toe to toe with the likes of Sarah Connor, River Tam, and Ripley. Princess Cinderella, Danielle Whiteshore, joins their duo in an effort to find her husband, the Prince, who has been kidnapped, with faerie magic aid, by her evil stepsisters.

In the Mermaid's Madness, we turn to the sea. The relationship between the island kingdom o
Jessica Strider
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid is a horribly depressing story. Jim Hines takes that story and makes it even more horrifying. So yet another princess missed out on her 'happily ever after'. Only this time the princess strikes back. Against those who hurt her and those who want to help her.

The Mermaid's Madness begins with the Lorindar nobles welcoming the return of the undine (merfolk) from their annual hybernation. Only this time the undine aren't happy to see the humans. The subse
Scott Wozniak
I didn't finish this fantasy adventure. In the end, I just didn't care about the characters. The adventure seemed interesting enough--why was the queen in a coma, how can we save her? But the main character, a Cinderella-based princess, was flat, boring, and I didn't care much for her. The Sleeping Beauty-based princess was even more annoying than the first book. The Snow White-based princess was fun, but not enough to make up for the other characters.

I think it goes to show that the most exciti
keikii Eats Books
57 points/100 (3 stars/5)

Queen Beatrice has been injured by an insane mermaid named Lirea. Lirea is convinced that she has to kill her siblings and go to war with the humans after she was forced to kill her Prince she tried to get to marry her. Danielle, Talia and Snow set out together to try and save Queen Bea.

We've revisited Cinderella. Now we get to see The Little Mermaid's tale all over again, and her ending. This was so much more interesting, because Lirea has been driven absolutely insane.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 ☆☆☆☆

Yes these books are my guilty pleasure and I love them, sue me.
Despite an incredibly slow start, I did find myself enjoying this book more than I thought I would. It is an interesting take on three (actually, four) "princesses" made famous by Disney (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel from the Little Mermaid). The characters in this book are based more on the actual fairy tales and their darker endings than Disney's sugar-coated stories of "happily ever after." The story reminded me of Rick Riordan's books, in a way, which is not necessarily ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
There is a new threat to the kingdom – the seas around the nation are becoming impassable due to rampaging mermaids and, worse, Queen Bea herself has been injured and lays dying. It falls to Princess Danielle, Snow and Talia to set out again, the only ones who can to try and save Bea’s life – and her very soul – and preserve not just the kingdom but all seafaring nations

But it’s a complex task and finding who the actual villain is proves more complex than previously imagined. It begs the questio
The second installment in the Princess series wasn’t quite what I expected. For some reason, I went through all of the book just waiting for Danielle, Snow and Talia to find Lirea, fix her madness, and welcome her into their princess club, which isn’t the case. Lirea (an anagram of “Ariel” as another GoodReads reviewer points out) serves as the crazy mermaid. Her grandmother cast a spell so that she could be human and win the love of her prince; instead, he used her and threw her away, so she st ...more
Genre: Fantasy (specifically the Fractured Fairy Tales variety)

The cover is the best part of this book, imho. The cover totally rocks. The previous novel in the series was a fun, comedic, fractured fairy tale, a.k.a. "what happens next to Cinderella".

The main plot of this novel is a twist on the Little Mermaid myth. It's incredibly dark (but not explicitly so, mostly). Harkening to the original version of the tale, not the happily-ever-after Disney version. The subplot is also rather dark and so
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale, fantasy
Jim C. Hines's amusingly dark version of cute fairy tales and their NOT so happily ever after conclusions are a real treat! In The Mermaid's Madness the three kick-ass heroines I have grown to love in The Stepsister Scheme are taking on The Little Mermaid. To save Queen Bea they have to discover what happened between Lirea and her Hiladi prince. It is a race against the clock with merfolk on their tail trying to stop them any way they can, but Danielle, Talia and Snow are not the kind to throw i ...more
Riccarla Roman
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this continuation of "The Stepsister Scheme". Once again Danielle (Cinderella), Snow White, and Talia (Sleeping Beauty but don't call her that) must save the kingdom of Lorindar, this time from the undine (mermaids). Every year, the kingdom sends a tribute of strawberries to the undine. It's a tradition. But this year the queen of the undine, Lirea, has gone crazy, killing her father, attempting to kill her sister, and demanding gold as a tribute or the all ships will be attacked. She ev ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yuck. Hines is still a master with setting, but the characters have become sort of cookie cutter - one is responsible, one's flirty, one's angry. It's getting old. Prince Armand, who we meet here for the first time, is a pompous jerk. I have no idea what Cinderella sees in him. More irritating still is Danielle's (aka Cinderella's) ability to communicate with animals - sea birds, sharks, crabs, kelpies - and in the process these creatures, who do her bidding, are routinely slaughtered in warfare ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Three fairy tale princesses take to the high seas to help save the kingdom from mermaids with a vendetta. The three fairy tale princesses are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Now, however, they go by the names Danielle, Talia and Snow. Why do they go by these names? Who knows? The book tries to turn the often passively portrayed protagonists in sword-fighting, magic-wielding heroes. None of their stories had a happily ever after ending. This entry in the series focuses on the story of ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little more cinematic than the Stepsister Scheme, what with the mermaids and their "inhumanly wide eyes," but overall I didn't devour it as voraciously as I did its prequel. There were several points, particularly in describing Snow's magic at the end, as it captures air spirits, that could be translated rather as "Er...this problem needs to be solved, so...MAGIC!", but I didn't mind too much. The author is still writing feminist books for young adults (and adults who love YA boo ...more
I don't know how to rate this! I think it's very well done, and think the idea of taking three of the most famous fairy tale princesses and following what happens after "ever after" (for Cinderella), or telling the *real* story (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) is a great one. But I don't think the way it's done is exactly my cup of tea. Which isn't to say anything critical about the books, as this really is a personal preference thing. I think what I find hard is the mix of really dark - and not ...more
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have never seen The Little Mermaid like this before.

Jim Hines' storytelling talent has grown into maturity with this book. All of the characters are strong and well rounded, with a complexity that you will never find in a Disney telling of these tales. At the same time, Mr. Hines keeps the story compellingly moving forward. There is no time for navel-gazing here! From battles at sea to star-crossed love, this is a great, fun work of fantasy.

Reading the first book in the series, The Stepsiste
Blodeuedd Finland
This series is fun, first we have fairytales, second kick-ass heroines. What's not to like.

Cinderella, Snow and Sleeping Beauty (they do have other names but whatever) have to solve one big problem here. A mad mermaid. And since this follows the real fairytales, and not those nice silly Disney ones, then yeah the mermaid's prince was a d#ck. Just like Talia's prince was a d#ck. But Cinderella/Danielle's prince is a keeper.

So we have a mad mermaid and her followers attacking and sinking ships. Th
The Sapphic Nerd
IT'S FANTASTIC! I love The Stepsister Scheme, but this sequel is even better. Learning more about the characters and watching them grow is just as interesting as it is amusing to watch them interact with each other. It's a great swashbuckling adventure about a trio of butt-kicking princesses (Cinderella, SnowWhite, and Sleeping Beauty) out to save their queen and The Little Mermaid. This ridiculous amount of fun, adventure, personality, and delightful banter is swiftly becoming one of my favouri ...more
Sue Smith
Well, this isn't your typical fairy tale telling of the sweet and demure princesses let me tell you! It's always fun to see how the tales can be spun and this one is one heck of a romp. A cross between Lara Croft and Charlie's Angels, these three princesses kick ass to keep order in the realm of the sea by overcoming some evil spells set by a revengeful sea sorceress. A fun story with some tongue in check humor and lots of action.
K. O'Bibliophile
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Like the previous book, the fairy tale referenced (The Little Mermaid) turns out to be far less innocent that you believe.

The book will fulfill previous readers' desires for more Danielle/Talia/Snow adventures, and it won't be confusing to newcomers, though the princesses' backstories will be explained less. It does a good job matching the adventure of the first volume, and like the first it has a very dark tone.
Patricia Vocat
The story is based on the original fairytale by Hans Christen Anderson, yet it is darker (and that is quite an accomplishment), but Hines managed to temper it with light humor as well. There is a lot of magic, fighting, soul sucking, shape shifting and lifesaving (- oh I forgot the self-healing ship). Even though the heroines were from the beginning to the end always on the move, the plot was dragging and felt a bit convoluted.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
[7 / 10] an enjoyable story, freestylin' on the Little Mermaid fairytale and further developing the characters of Danielle, Talia and Snow. The writing is good, but it lacks the exuberance and the irreverence of Jig the Goblin. I prefer mr Hines in his comedy mode, this drift towards serious fantasy is falling short for me to elevate his books above a number of similar competent but not top shelf fantasy writers
Interesting story - entertaining enough to get me through to the end. Wasn't thrilled with the authors style and the writing never captivated or enthralled me enough to warrent seeking out the rest of this series. The characters were kind of flat to me and none of them gained my admiration or compassion or fascination.
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Jim C. Hines is the author of the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His latest novel is Terminal Uprising, book two in the humorous science fiction Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan ...more

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