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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid (Once Upon a Time #4)

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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 unu

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published June 1st 2003)
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Echo
Oct 01, 2007 Echo 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
Elevetha
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Beth
Jan 03, 2010 Beth 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
Cindy
Mar 11, 2009 Cindy 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
Jenny
Sep 14, 2009 Jenny 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
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Loraine
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 lonelines
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PurplyCookie
May 28, 2010 PurplyCookie 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
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Kathryn
Apr 21, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
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
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Angie
Sep 17, 2012 Angie 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
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Sara
Apr 13, 2012 Sara 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
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Melissa
Feb 14, 2009 Melissa 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
Kami
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
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BakingBookLover
Aug 24, 2013 BakingBookLover rated it it was ok
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 ar
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Kayla
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
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Faith
Feb 22, 2009 Faith 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
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Lore
Apr 30, 2011 Lore 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 s
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Laura
May 20, 2013 Laura 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
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Gretchen
Jun 26, 2013 Gretchen rated it it was ok
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
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Bonnie Stohel
May 14, 2015 Bonnie Stohel rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-12
Midnight Pearls is The Little Mermaid but with the twist of a few extra people. I still can't actually decide which one gets to count as the Little Mermaid, but I don't think it's Pearl. Pearl is a girl who is found at sea by a fisherman when she's about 4. He and his wife take her in and care for her and she becomes the best friend and confidante of the prince of the kingdom. Meanwhile, in the ocean, Kale and Faye have been looking for the missing Adriana for 13 years. They find her in the form ...more
Kristin Landry
Mar 31, 2015 Kristin Landry rated it it was amazing

Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie is an intriguing and fascinating book, for where you are trying to constantly keep up with the relationship status of James and Pearl. Continuing their friendship story these two best friends are about to have the biggest change of their life. The very witty sea witch cleverly devised plans to ruin the royal mer-people families lives and succession. Although a seeming sneaky Sea witch soon entangle James and Pearl in her schemes. With help of James, courage , and
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Lucy March
Mar 25, 2015 Lucy March rated it liked it

This book was cute, I'll give it that, and if you're a hardcore fan of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid", you'll definitely want to give this one a try.

Unfortunately, this book suffers from a problem pretty much ALL of the books in this series suffer from (ironic, considering they're by different authors for the most part), they usually have really pretty covers (the newest editions, anyway) and great premises, but somehow fall short leaving you feeling hollow.

The best I can describe it is to lik
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Jennifer
Apr 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
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Kate
Nov 21, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
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.
Britt Marczak
I will always fall for mermaid books. Always.

This one has been sitting on my shelves for years, and finally decided to open it up today. It was a really quick read, and it was a really interesting retelling of The Little Mermaid. Although it's very unbelievable (in all the instalove and quick resolutions to problems), I still think it had some good qualities.

Perhaps the best was the lack of jealousy, resentment, and hatred between the two female leads when Faye and James fall in love. She coul
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Joanna
Jan 10, 2009 Joanna rated it liked it
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.
Tessa
Jul 30, 2009 Tessa rated it really liked it
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
Sarah
May 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
After reading Snow, Midnight Pearls was definitely an improvement in the Once Upon a Time series...not quite as strange, with an interesting twist on the Little Mermaid story. (Once again - I want to go back and reread the original to compare, but that's for another time.) My main gripe with this story was how unbalanced it felt: the story took a long time to get going, and then everything just seemed to happen at once. Just as I was starting to really get behind the two main characters, more ne ...more
Brittany Fichter
Feb 12, 2015 Brittany Fichter rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Anita
Mar 17, 2008 Anita rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fairy-tale
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!
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