Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped he ...more
The fisherman loosed her and she dove back into the water the way a wild thing returns to a wild place, and he watched her go.Amelia - a young, restless mermaid - spent her entire life in the ocean with her family. Yet, despite the security and safety the deep ocean offered, she couldn't stand it.
But...his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it, for that loneliness caught her more surely than the net.
So, she swam off to discover the mysteries of ...more
So this is my first Christina Henry book. I knew that she was getting known to be fantastic at her dark re-tellings of some of my favorite stories. This is actual footage of me getting ready to read this book..
But it's not a "Little Mermaid" re-telling. Which is okay. It still could have been a really interesting book.
This story involves Amelia, who just happens to be a real mermaid. Many years ago she was caught in a fisherman's net and saw his lonely eyes. She falls in the loves w ...more
This was very different from the Christina Henry I am used to. I’ve read her newest horror and her previous dark retellings and enjoyed them all pretty much.
This is more of a historical fiction with a magical realism element thrown in. But I was happy to go with the flow.
Amelia is a mermaid, when she is caught in a fisherman’s net she believes that is the end for her. But to her surprise he releases her back into the sea. She’d recognised ...more
He knew then, without any other proof, that she was a mermaid, a real mermaid, and far from wanting her in Barnum’s tank, he wanted her to return to the ocean or to her cottage on the rocks or just go anywhere but there, for Barnum would take all of her magic and twist it out of her until the enchantment was gone, and Levi was afraid for her, so afraid.
When I heard that Christina Henry was writing a story about a mermaid, my first thought was that, as well-known as she is for fantas ...more
When I heard Christina Henry was going to take on P.T. Barnum, my reaction pretty much looked like this . . . .
Only with more facial hair.
I will 100% admit my hopes were extraordinarily high. I was banking on something D.A.R.K. since that has been Henry’s forte as well as the way she made me crossover into
My wife got me this book for Christmas. I threw it on my wishlist aeons ago since the other two Christina Henry books I've read, Alice and The Lost Boy, were bad ass dark retellings of classic tales.
"What if P.T. Barnum's Feegee Mermaid was an actual mermaid instead of dead monkey with a fish tail ...more
I tend to have a hard time enjoying reimaginings/retellings of actual historical figures...especially when they're not portrayed in the best light. But this is where the author made a wise choice. She incorporated fantasy/mythology so even though a name may be familiar, it's part of a world that doesn't entirely exist. Christina Henry reimagines popular charac ...more
Smooth writing style, mixing fairytale with historical 19 century life, criticising society that fits even these days...
And just great paced...not ranty..which is a rarity..
If the first chapter which told the 'Origin' story in a "storytelling" style didn't hook you up..don't worry, you'll be caught hard in the "Net" of the next couple of chapters that it will be too hard to put the book down.
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It begins with a familiar sort of tale about a mermaid with an abundance of curiosity, who falls in love with a human. This story is relatively short and sweet before the mermaid's tale evolves into one that introduces us to a famous historical figure: P. T. Barnum - a man with an insatiable appetite for the curious.
Honestly, the whole museum/circus side of ...more
I picked this up thinking it was a re-telling of the little mermaid (it’s not) but instead found a compelling story about a mermaid named Amelia and P.T Barnum.
The story was very original and with a refreshing feminist twist which I loved - Amelia is very logical and doesn’t understand our societal concerns, making the reader also look at them in a different view.
Amelia falls for a human man and lives wit ...more
"Wild things ought to be free. They can't belong to anybody.
Humans have long been enchanted with tales of mermaids, beautiful bare-breasted women with long flowing hair, equipped with tails rather than legs. The myth of the mermaid is found in many cultures around the world, first appearing in ancient Assyria. But what if they're not a myth, not mythological creatures? I don't know anyone who believes they are real (and if there is, I'd be concerned for their sanity), and that's why we have ...more
Review to come when I can stop crying.
Thanks to the lovely Miranda Reads, whose review convinced me to buy this book on Audible ASAP. You can read her amazing review, here:
This genre is out of my comfort zone but I'm so excited to try something new! ...more
But her eyes had seen inside him the way that women's eyes do, and his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it, for that loneliness caught her more surely than the net." pg 4
Predictably, their life together goes well, until one day it doesn't.
Then, one of P.T. Barnum's right-hand men, Levi Lyman, ...more
I really enjoyed my first Christina Henry book. I'd had my eye on her Lost Boy book and her Chronicles of Alice for a while now, but hadn't had a chance to get to them (we all know how big Mount TBR can get!). When The Mermaid popped up in my Berkley newsletter, I sprang at the chance!
It's a fun tale, but my favorite part of it all was the fact that we get to see humanity through th ...more
This was quite the lovely tale with beautiful prose and enveloped in cool world building. I'm always a big oddity fan so I found everything about Barnum's oddities fascinating, even though the man himself was quite the fool!
I struggled with Amelia at times. I loved her yet was annoyed with ...more
“Freedom was far more intoxicating than safety could ever be.”
The mermaid swam in the oceans and enjoyed her freedom. Then a fisherman’s net captured her and the eyes of sad and lonely Jack stuck with her. Thus, began her decision to go onto land and shift from the horrifying alien creature into a woman with gray eyes. The transformation is not easy and it comes at a price that nearly cripples the mermaid, but she crawls into the fisherman’s house and finds a...more
One of the reasons that this book may have surprised me a bit is due to the fact that my mermaid knowl ...more
I find it kind of ironic so soon after seeing "The Greatest Showman" to be reading a book with such a wildly different perspective of P.T Barnum. XD And honestly, despite the author's note at the end, I am far more inclined to see this book as a more accurate representation of the man, despite my love for the musical.
I'll start with the good. This book is very lovely in its prose and it's story. It ...more
I couldn’t have asked for a better book to be my first read of 2019!!
I absolutely adored this book, I don’t think i’ll ever read a Christina Henry book i won’t love!
The writing was so lyrical and just beautiful and the story...especially the take on mermaids was so cool! I really love these kinds of “retellings” where a completely different spin is put on it, the outcome was so unique and i loved every single word.
I just really wish it was longer! I can’t get enough of this ...more
When I grabbed my early copy of it at Emerald City Con at the weekend, I hadn't heard it was coming out, so I certainly didn't harbor any expectations for it, and to be honest, I'm not even a big fan of fairytale retellings. Plus I had to dispel any recent images of killer mermaids I still had in my head after reading 'Into the Drowning Deep, and I thought this would be th ...more
A mermaid, curious about humans, wanders too close to the shore and is netted by a fisherman. The man lets her go, but something in his gaze draws her to him. She leaves the ocean and lives with him as a human for years, until his death. Then she meets PT Barnum. Barnum doesn't want to display a fake mermaid poorly constructed from a monkey and fish.....he wants to give people the real thing. Although Barnum promis ...more
This was truly fantastic! A beguiling, slightly fantastical tale about a curious mermaid, and where her curiosity took her. Taking us from the coast of Maine to New York, Charleston and beyond. Amelia, the name she picked for herself, is haunting and alluring and you can't help but love her.
Centered around a reimagining of a hoax played by P.T. Barnum about the Feejee Mermaid, in early 1840's New York, with a tour ending in Charleston, SC.
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This book is more of a fluffy romance than the author's other works. It's well-written and a good concept, it's just not what I'm normally into. I wavered between giving it 2 or 3 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys magical realism. ...more
These days who doesn't know the story of the Little Mermaid...though a lot of people may not know the story of the Barnum mermaid hoax.
I love how she was able to grab pieces from both these stories, and still bring life to an entirely new tale at the same time.
This was wonderful! ...more
This was leagues away from what I thought to expect of the author that wrote ALICE, a bizarre twisted dark ALICE IN WONDERLAND retelling. This wasn't dark or twisted or bizarre. It was instead just painfully sad. Mournfully bittersweet. Achingly tragic.
"Do not mistake the revelation of my body for the revelation of my heart. My heart keeps its own secrets, and they don't belong to you or anyone else just because you've seen me with a fish tail."
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Christina Henry always has very twisted stories and I love them, she is such a great author and her books are so unique. If you are thinking this is gonna be like The Little Mermaid because it has a Mermaid in it, you're wrong and if you think it's gonna be like The Greatest Showman because it has P.T Barnum in it, then you're still wrong. ...more
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She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B ...more