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A Little Mermaid

(Entwined Tales #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  717 ratings  ·  80 reviews
All Clio wants is to make her crush—a fellow merman prince—notice her. She isn’t interested in the people on land, much less a certain Prince Lukas, who was stupid enough to fall off a ship on his birthday. But when a bumbling fairy godfather misunderstands her, Clio finds herself in the worst situation imaginable—stranded on land with her tail and voice gone.

And her tro
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published March 5th 2018 by Aya Ling
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Research, Reality Check and Revise! And Remove from this series.

The first problem with this book is that it is supposed to be about Martin. This is book 5 of a series about 7 siblings and their problems because of the gifts bestowed by the fairy godfather. Martin is supposed to be the hero and focus of this story. Not only is the story told from the point of view of the little mermaid but Martin isn't the hero of the story. He is just a random secondary character. I kept waiting for the lame mer
Darque  Dreamer
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Little Mermaid sparkles with magic and whimsy. It's a delightful retelling of a beloved classic with a few fun twists. For lovers of mermaids, faerie tales, and light-hearted stories, this one is sure to have you floating with fancy!

This one was such a fun tail (😉), pun intended. I have always loved mermaids, and The Little Mermaid was one of my absolute favorite Disney movies as a child. Aya did such a great job with bringing this tale back to life for me as an adult, and giving me that child
Thus far this is my least favorite of the series of Entwined Tales by multiple authors. One of the things that bothered me is that the series was set up to tell stories all revolving around a family with the children taking turns as protagonists in the different tales. This one broke the rules and features other characters who were never before mentioned. Sure, one of the family members is tangentially included but it felt more like an afterthought and definitely was not his story. This is a sha ...more
Tazbeea Oushneek
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It was relaxing to read a fairy tale after so long time. I started reading this because I always loved Disney's little mermaid. The main character here is Clio and she is exactly opposite of Ariel. She doesn't want to go above the water. She has no interest in humans and she has a crush on another merman prince. On the other hand her elder sister has all those things in her character , that Ariel had. Clio had to make sure her elder sister doesn't get too close to the humans and doesn't get lost ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
There is one thing bugging me about this book: at one point, Clio thinks on how could the prince know she used to dance, and that her sister must've told him. However, her sister is a mermaid and never has it been mentioned they met. In fact, the prince in theory still didn't know she was a mermaid, or if he did, Clio didn't know this. Anyhow, it's weird and it kept on bugging me. Otherwise, it's quite a sweet story, like the others in the series. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good. I love the plot and it keeps you engaged.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book of the Entwined Tales, but it didn't really focus on any of the woodcutter children as the previous four books have. Martin, one of the seven children, did appear as a secondary character, but it wasn't his story. Mortimer did play a heavy role in the story, which is the best tie-in to the others that there is. That said, the following review is of the book on it's own and separate from the series.

The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite fairy tales and the nods to the ori
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I took more than a few issues with this book. (I had over 20 notes highlighted on my kindle and most of those were about things that didn't make sense or grammatical errors.)

1) This book is part of the Entwined Tales and had almost no mention of the family that the rest of the book follows. The brother in the family, Martin, is the head of the prince's security, but we barely see him. This story is just in the same universe, rather than in the same series following that family and its issues wit
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, borrowed
My first book from Aya Ling. This one took me a little longer to get into. Not only was this not primarily about one of the woodcutter's children, but it was also the first with a profanity, albeit I might be the only one who sees it as such.
Not a bad story.
It was cute. Clio & Lukas were adorable. The comedy was late in its arrival but I thoroughly enjoyed it once it made its appearance. Martin, Ellie's twin was present but not the main character.
I still liked it though! Lukas was charmingly viv
Lisa Dawn
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Little Mermaid is a very unique take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." It has the same basic premise of the youngest mermaid princess giving up her voice for legs so that she can get closer to a human prince she rescued from drowning, but this time, Princess Clio is not in love with the prince she rescued. In fact, she deems him rather foolish for managing to fall off his own ship during his birthday celebration. Clio does, however, have a huge crush on a merman with a similar ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book feels spiritually yucky.

Reading the book makes it clear that it feels spiritually yucky because there is no living water in this book. It opens with lust, devalues children and has the protagonist call them names, and assumes inappropriate romantic feelings and “creepy” stalker behaviors for a nine year old. The plot moves the heroine through a lack of self-control over her own emotions to transfer her lust to the hero due to his character as demonstrated by his flirting with everyone,
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was quite enjoyable, there are some continuity issues in Clio's thought processes but that could be easily glazed past. The character building was satisfactory while the chemistry was underdeveloped, especially between the main characters. The book was, otherwise, a nice, light/medium-ish read.

In comparison to The Ugly Stepsister's Kat and Edward, from the author's previous work, the romance part of this book was weaker. Where Kat and Edward had overcome obstacles together and grown s
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
So this book was not about one of the woodcutter’s children who Mortimer gives bad or unwanted magical gifts too so it really should not have been part of this series. Martin was a secondary character in this book and barely even mentioned and definitely did not get his happily ever after as he should have. I did enjoy the book and reading about Clio and her adapting to the human world though. It was a great Little Mermaid retelling. It just did not fit into the series. Also the author should ha ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This installment of the Entwined Tales was a big disappointment. The author completely, 100% told the wrong story here. I was concerned/confused when I read the blurb about this one cuz it made no mention of any of the siblings of the woodcutter family. But then the previous book mentioned Martin being in Caladonia and I felt reassured. But as I read it it soon became clear that this book wasn't about Martin at all. You can hardly even count him as a secondary character because his part was more ...more
I'm just going to say it.

I'm disappointed. Very disappointed.

This is book five and if the other books have shown then we have three out of seven left. I already figured out that one book was going to involve the second set of twins so if book four was about the female of the first set of the twins then the fifth book would be about the male right? Right? Yeah, nope. I think reread the summary of this book a few times to make sure I wasn't losing my mind because NOWHERE in the summary was any men
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a nice, whimsical twist on The Little Mermaid, and I quite liked it. The human prince already knows Clio is a mermaid, which is a welcome change from all other Little Mermaid stories. It's sweet, funny, a bit romantic but also a bit rushed. There's very little talk of the change in Clio's feelings towards Lukas, and not much substance in Lukas himself. However, I found the book light-hearted and interesting, which made me keep reading it till the end.

But I'm a bit disappointed in this boo
emily williams
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not bad enough to dnf, but a struggle to get through. This should have been Martin's story and it would have been easy to make it so. "Mermaid princess fancies herself in love with human prince, but eventually realizes the prince's bodyguard is the one for her." But, no. Martin is hardly in the story which revolves around shallow, bitchy Clio and arrogant, immature Lukas. Neither main character was even remotely likeable and I just didn't care what happened to them.

My biggest problem, however,
Kim  Gregory
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked the story, but there were a few thing that bothered me. The first glaring thing was the cuss word. I don't read stories with cussing in them, but knowing the series was clean I was hoping that would be the only one, and unless I missed others, it was. If you want to miss it, it was around site 1831 when Clio went to find Martin at the Gymnasium and the men were wrestling.

The second thing that bothered me was that Martin played a secondary role in the story when the series is ab
Kendra Parker
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this novella, I found myself surprised that Martin did not feature more in the novel than he did. Since Martin is from the family “blessed” by the fairy godfather, I expected him to be much more than an incidental character.

I enjoyed the premise in this case that the mermaid becoming human was a mistake instead of a request. It made for some interesting themes that were enjoyable. Overall, I think it was a good story and a decent novella. There could have been a bit more interpe
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ku
Mortimer somehow managed to straighten out a mess instead of merely making it worse in this one! Practice granting boons seems to be improving his odds of success. This story follow's the Woodcutter's only son, Martin, to his new job as a bodyguard for a prince. Prince Lukas, total flirt training to be king, is suffering from a would be assassin and a need for a wife while his regent uncle is prepping him to ascend the throne. Clio, a mermaid princess, seems to have a knack for saving the prince ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
A lot of reviews have already mentioned this, but I'm going to repeat it. This book had nothing to do with Martin. I kept waiting for Clio to turn her attention to him, but he really is just a secondary character. On top of that, the story is really inconsistent. She doesn't tell anyone she was a mermaid, but then somehow Lukas knows that, not only was she a mermaid, but also a princess. When did she ever tell him that? Shouldn't that have been some kind of big reveal? Clio wonders where he foun ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pros: I love Little Mermaid retellings, and this is no exception. The characters were engaging. I love all the sea themed jokes. Clio was a perfect main character who’s romance was given ample time to develop.

Cons: I was expecting one of the siblings to be the main character. It took me a while before I figured out the family member was a side character instead. After clearing up that confusion, the book made more sense, and after adjusting my expectations, I enjoyed it.

Language: At least one le
Melissa Goodwin
Mar 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was not written to be part of the series.

I am quite disappointed in everything in this story. Fairy godfathers personality does not line up with the first four books, is was not about a happily ever ending? for one of the 7 children of the woodcutter, he had a side role that is forced into a preexisting story the author has. He is not even a good side character. We get nothing other than his choice of hair and having to be strong to feel manly. Then the story of Lucas and Clio was just not
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Getting close to the end of the series I was thinking this wasn't going to have any of the Woodcutter's children in it. It was a nice change though to switch to having the main loves be someone other than the Woodcutter's kids. It was also a nice change that even though Clio's wish got a bit messed up that it worked out as it should in the end. It has been that way for all so far. I love that about this series. They think the world is coming to and end and its not going to plan, when really it's ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
How disappointing! I was so enjoying reading this series and this book really ruined it for me. This is supposed to be the story of the woodcutter children, not a random mermaid and prince (who aren't even likeable characters to begin with). And Martin working for the prince does not count as a story for him, especially when he's barely mentioned. We barely get a mention of the family, and on top of it Mortimer was totally ruined!

The author really missed the mark on this one, it's like god forb
Greta Riordan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A classic with a sassy twist.

A fabulous retelling of The Little Mermaid. This book was unloke any others in the series and a fantastic read. It keeps the the story line of the tail (haha) that we know and love but Aya has put her own personal touch to the classic. Funny and sad with a touch of mystery that keeps you guessing and who never know who to trust, with the exception of Mortimer. This story has Ayas' unique touch that made the Ugly Stepsister auch a hit, a thrilling classic with a twist
Kira Assad
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one sitting it was that fantastic! Aya Ling is a wonderful author who creates beautiful worlds to immerse yourself in and fun characters to follow. Clio is a really interesting and strong heroine, while Prince Lukas is hilarious as he is charming. I was cracking up from his somewhat playboy comments. I was really happy with this retelling overall and Aya's interpretation of the original tale. A perfection addition to the Entwined Tales series! I highly recommend this book ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was everything one could ask for in a retelling of the little mermaid. I'm truly in love with Aya Ling's writing. She has managed to change my view of The Little Mermaid. Now I believe that it too is on favourite list. All thanks to Aya! She just has this way of writing that is so beautiful and engaging. There is is sense of happiness that one gets while reading her books which stays for days every time we think about one of her works. The amazing scenes and witty dialogues are just the cat ...more
Renee Marski
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Tail flipping fun!!

Clio's story is different than the others in that martin, the woodcutters, son is a side character and not the main focus. Clio get turned into a human by mortimer after he misunderstands who her crush is. She then is saved by caldonian prince and ends up in the palace, saving his life. Once the assassin is revealed she realizes she is in love with him and he with her.

This is a very cute story though there is a lot more telling than showing then the other stories had. Clio is
Tabby Shiflett
A middle grades/YA adaptation of The Little Mermaid that is a light read with a clean romance and a bit of mystery. This book is part of a series and even though it can be read as a stand-alone, go ahead and read the whole collection. The mermaid-turned-human in this novella already has a crush on another mer and it's fun to see the human prince chase her instead of the other way around. For fairy tale adaptation fans.
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Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

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