I had never heard of these books before, but I found a whole host of them through the recommendations on Amazon. The first one I tried Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time), I just could not get into at all, but upon trying this one, a retelling of the Little Mermaid story, was better.
This is a nice and easy read. It's just short of 200 pages, and I read it during a quiet day at work. It's in a similar vein to The Light Between Oceans,Latitudes of Melt, and The Snow Child, finding the baby in the water, and watching it grow throughout the years.
This is shorter than those, and there's always the underlying threat that's ever present in the background of the book. It is set around the story of Pearl, a young child found in the ocean during a storm. How did she come to be there, and where did she come from? The parents are quite similar to the parents in the other books, fleshed out just enough so you start to care about them, with the main focus being on Pearl herself.
She has an ongoing friendship with James, who's the Prince Eric of the Disney film. She's a strange girl, very much in the style of the other books, which may have been based on the original Little Mermaid story. I loved the innocent friendship, and kind of knowing what will happen, if you've seen the more child friendly Disney movie.
Ursula features, however not as much as the Disney movie, and becomes much more a powerful threat towards the end of the book. There's also a more ominous threat to the people in this book. Yes Ariel may have lost her voice in the movie, but there's rendering someone blind in this book - not quite as child friendly.
The story of Pearl gradually discovers who she is and where she came from, although with readers knowing the stories/Disney movies, then they will already know. The ending was changed however, and not quite as sickly sweet as the Disney movie. I wasn't as keen on the way the book ended, and I feel that it ruined it for me slightly. It wasn't the way that I wanted it to end, but I suppose having watched the Disney version fairly recently, that influenced me as well. It also did not end the way of the original story, which is definitely not child friendly!
It's a good read if you want a different spin on a Disney classic, and will certainly keep you out of mischief for a little while, if you're a quick reader like me.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 689 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (17 June 2008)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00383YJDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 24 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #923,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)