Monday, May 14, 2012
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling Of The Little Mermaid by Debbie Viguie
Author: Debbie Viguie
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 loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.
This fairytale really captured my heart. Out of all The Little Mermaid remakes, this is truly one of my favorites. There is so much magic in this story that it was so hard to put it down. By the end of every chapter, you really want to know what Pearl, the main character's past is. What really also captured me was the friendship that Pearl and James shared with each other. Even though no man in Pearl's village would court her because of her pale skin and ghost-white hair, she finds companionship with a man that every girl in the village wishes they could even be with. I like that Viguie literally put a twist on this tale. Even though there were hints and elements of the original story of The Little Mermaid, she also put her own storyline as well. When combined, this is a very whimsical play on the classic story us mermaid lovers treasure. I give this story (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie