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Mermaid [Paperback]

Carolyn Turgeon
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3 Mar 2011

While in hiding at a remote convent, a king's daughter sees a magical being dragging a shipwrecked man to the shore. The creature is a mermaid princess - the youngest daughter of the Sea Queen - but she shares more with her human counterpart than her royal blood.

By saving a young man's life, both women have sacrificed their hearts. In one moment, the lives of the princesses, mortal and mermaid, are transformed forever.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755351207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755351206
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Turgeon is the author of three novels: Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, and Mermaid, a retelling of the original little mermaid story. Her first children's book, The Next Full Moon -- a middle-grade novel about a 12-year-old girl who discovers that her mother was a swan maiden -- will be out in August 2011. Carolyn lives between Pennsylvania and New York. Visit her online at

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"Absorbing, poignant, and heartbreaking...Readers who love fairy tale retellings will find this fresh take difficult to put down."--"Library Journal" "More robust than a fractured fairy tale, Turgeon's brooding retelling gives voice to both women, fleshing out an essentially tragic tale of destiny and desire...Guaranteed to keep you guessing who - if anyone - will live happily ever after."--"Booklist" "Turgeon has done a superb job of creating compelling characters and conflict from a story already familiar to readers."--"Publishers Weekly" "A gothic love triangle with two equally matched heroines. This isn't kid's stuff."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Vividly imagined and skillfully told, "Mermaid" is a dark tale that shimmers with light."--Cathy Marie Buchanan," New York Times" bestselling author of "The Day the Falls Stood Still" "There is a part of every reader that longs to return to the days of reading fairy tales and myths, when imagination had no limitsn

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One prince, two women: only one can win him. The other will die.

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Couldn't put this down. The original littler mermaid is my favourite fairy tale and this dark heart braking version made me cry as much as the original Hans Christian Andersons, I mean real crying snot everywhere. I've never been so captivated and it literally hurt my heart whilst daring me to believe in ancient myths and spell binding love and magic once more
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I got this for my Kindle and it's such an amazing book. I love it! It's brilliant and has so much depth!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read but a bit too happy.. 12 Nov 2012
By Sam
Mermaid is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. Lenia is the youngest sister of five mermaid princesses who are granted just one day to travel to the surface and observe what the world is like for humans. On her eighteenth birthday, she takes her opportunity but gets caught up in a ferocious storm and can't resist rescuing the Prince of the Southern Kingdom. Taking him to the beach, she leaves him in the care of Princess Margrethe, daughter of the war-hungry King of the Northern Kingdom. Unable to put him from her mind and drawn to ideas of a human soul, Lenia sacrifices her tail and tongue in order to become a human, enduring agonising pain. But is her sacrifice worth it?

Mermaid is on the whole a faithful retelling of the original fairy tale, so consequently much darker than the Disney version! The main difference is that the role of the 'other woman', Princess Margrethe, is greatly expanded, to the extent that the chapters alternate between Margrethe and Lenia's points of view. However, Margarethe feels much more like a modern invention than Lenia, which can be a bit jarring. Despite these differences, Turgeon is successful at capturing the gothic, slightly creepy, slightly magical atmosphere of the original. The world she creates is one where it seems natural that mermaids exist and souls float to the heavens. There's a dark undercurrent of pain and suffering throughout the whole story which fits with Andersen too.

As this is a fairy tale, it's acceptable that the characters do things that you would never do in real life. There's a lot of love at first sight and much sacrifice for someone who doesn't seem worth it (I'm looking at you, Prince!).
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2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been so much better... 15 Oct 2012
By Natalie
The first chapters are great, but sadly the good feeling disappears soon afterwards.

The Story: Two princesses, one prince and nothing really romantic actually happens in this book. Its a raw tale of lust, love and sex. Both princesses are in love with the prince of another country (and yeah, they fall in love at first sight). But he on the other hand is a "lady's man" with nothing to recommend him for (except a kingdom). The prince are in the first chapters portrayed as a noble warrior, but when you finally get to see a bit more of him (in his own court) - he is transformed into a complete moron. Personally I didn't like him one bit..!

And as for the two main characters (the princesses), all you get here is sadness and longing. But even after reading the book - i really don't know them at all. Both of their character are as blank as a piece of paper. And unfortunately the story soon becomes filled with the same old cliches you have read in a thousand other books (and pretty soon you loose your interest).
Nothing originally happens and the ending is rushed through, and you are left with a feeling of...nothingness. Because you stopped caring for the characters a few hours ago.

This book could have been amazing. However it is not.

Don't waste your money. Buy another book, like "Beauty" by Robin McKinley (a great retelling of the beauty and the beast) - that will actually make you smile.
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