Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Mermaid: A Twist

by Carolyn Turgeon
Released 3.1.2011
Crown Publishing

My Thoughts On:

    I really enjoyed this twist on the Little Mermaid Tale. The book is set with two main characters who alternate the chapters throughout the book Margrethe a northern princess, and Lenia a mermaid princess. From the voices of these two characters we see the world through two sets of eyes and their heartfelt love over the same man, a southern prince through two similar hearts.
      What was really breathtaking about Mermaid was that these two princesses loved the same man and while there jealously, there was also interlaced compassion and a sense of purpose to their actions. While one princess felt into love and left her element to win his heart and gain the much needed soul part to become truly human, the other princess married to unite two kingdoms and save both from a ravaging war. Carolyn Turgeon took some of the elements of the classic myth many girls loved and turned it into something unique.

Book Blurb from Publisher:

Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father's greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom. 
Meanwhile, the mermaid princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart... 
A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.

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