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Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié
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Sep 14, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult-fantasy

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 informing readers that only mermaids get premonitions, not mermen, or other equally as uninteresting and useless information.

There's a lot going on in 200 pages, but none of it is explored fully. There's the evil uncle, the forced marriage, the "I'll never fit in", the "You're really a princess, you just have to remember who you are!", and of course, the sudden remembering (and subsequent piece of magic) so that she can turn everything all right just in the nick of time. It's not that I mind things being neatly wrapped up, but this was just too neat, too perfect.

Unless you're doing a research project on the different variations of the Little Mermaid story, don't bother with this one.
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September 13, 2009 – Finished Reading
September 14, 2009 – Shelved
September 14, 2009 – Shelved as: young-adult-fantasy

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