Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid
"ONCE UPON A TIME"
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...more
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 ...more
And then the story actually began...
I can sum up the plot of the entire book with one gif.
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***
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
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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
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..
editor:No,no rewrite ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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