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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  7,360 ratings  ·  498 reviews



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 un

Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published June 1st 2003)
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Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
”She looked back upon her life and saw how every step had led her here. Where had it all gone wrong? What could she have changed?

She closed her eyes again and prayed for death.”

If only that book had been as awesome as that first line.

OK, OK, I’ll admit it; this wasn’t as bad as Before Midnight, but that still ain’t saying much. Because instead of being bad, it was just sheer corniness.

Pearl has always been different from others in her village. Found at sea by a kindly fisherman and adopted b
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Alexandra Ray
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
So, the prologue was fantastic.

And then the story actually began...

I can sum up the plot of the entire book with one gif.

i just met you

That was pretty much it. The two main characters (that the summary on the back makes you want to ship) meet two other characters and fall in love with them for no apparent reason.

I would like to start by saying that Disney's Little Mermaid is my favorite disney movie of all time. That being said...

***too many spoilers ahead to put it in brackets. read at your own risk***

Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
his fucking name is KALE
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
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
SUMMARY: 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 loneline
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This could have been more. With a more involved opening than what the length of book would have allowed, thus leading into a rushed, haphazard ending, it would have been better if given some extra length. And time for me to really get invested in the characters, which I didn't really care about because I hadn't been given anything to really care about in the first place.

I wanted to like the characters, I really did. I was very miffed when Pearl/Adriana & James didn't
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
3.5 stars. This was a great retelling of one of my all-time favorite tales! I've already added the rest of the series to my to-read list. :)
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
This was a pretty disappointing read for me.

I managed to get through it because it was short, I enjoyed the twists on the original fairy tale, and I wanted to know what happened to Pearl.

The beginning hooked me in and really made me want to know more. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. The pacing felt very off to me; the set up took way too long, we had new and very key characters introduced halfway through the book, and the ending was rushed and anticlimactic. In addition, there was a
Lula McCuela
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
A two star rating from me usually signals the end of me reading a series. I’ve read quite a few of these books before, and while it has been a long time since I’ve read one, according to my rating I enjoyed them enough to continue with the series. This has put me off of the for good.

Absolutely no character development, nothing much in the way of a plot, and I honestly didn’t care at all what happened to the characters. I’m disappointed to say the least.

I should probably be more ashamed of mysel
Bookishnymph *needs hea*
5 stars.

I loved this so much, I couldn't put it down!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love fairy tale re-tellings, and I wanted to love this book, but the second half is such a mess. Not to say the first half is perfect, but I was enjoying where I thought it was heading.

The first chapter tried to make things a little mysterious, giving important details slowly, but it was just annoying, as it made it harder to get into the story. A small complaint, but it easily could have been fixed.

Then there was one chapter that had a weird choice in POV. It was nice to see their perspectiv
Traci Brown
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
fun story, but I was underwhelmed by the writing style. a lot of the book could have been made more interesting with more description and details. the story was simply told. I realize it was written for teens, but it also seems like it could have been written by a teen.
This was a really good, interesting and different retelling of the little mermaid. Its basically has the same events as the original tale but instead there are two princesses and two princes. It was really cool how the story was split up into between all the characters with each taking some aspect of the story.

Pearl is the main character of the story. She is found in the ocean at the age of four during a storm by the fisherman Finneas. Finneas took her from the ocean and brought her home to his
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Oda Renate
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Debbie: Hey, I want to write a little mermaid based story next.
editor: (Money,Money;moooney)
Debbie: I want this,this and this to happen.
editor:Oh,thats fine as long as there are mermaids

A while later.
Debbie: what did you think of the first draft?
editor:ehhh, well this part here is too long,this part here doesent work,neither does this page or this page.
Debbie: when do you want the rewrites?
Editor: No rewrites, just cut out the bad parts..
Debbie:but wouldent
editor:No,no rewrite
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tale, fantasy, ya
Viguié's retelling of the Little Mermaid adds a couple new characters and a few more years in the heroine's life, but still turns out pretty thin -- literally, under 200 pages with not-very-small print. It felt like Viguié was really struggling to get a full-length novel out of it. Might be okay for tweens, but wouldn't recommend it for adult readers.
Also, I was a bit disappointed that she stuck with "I saw you once from afar and now love you so much I will do extraordinarily stupid things for a
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-want
Nope. Nu-uh. This is not how you tell a story--this is not even remotely in the realm of how you tell a story. I seriously put this down (skimming the rest) after about halfway through because of the clumsy, amateurish handling of the love interests.

Harsh? Maybe. But you don't introduce a couple, have them in love and the guy start to propose and then suddenly introduce new love interests for both members of the couple. And you ESPECIALLY don't have them end up with the new love interests!

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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than three dozen novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the audio drama, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t ...more

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