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Review: The Little Mermaid

Title: The Little Mermaid

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Date of Publication: March 10th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautifully illustrated new translation of a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale

Six young sisters live in the depths of the ocean, longing for the chance to see the beauty of the earth. Most eager of all is the youngest mermaid, who counts the days to her fifteenth birthday when her grandmother will finally allow her to rise to the surface.

Her first sight above the water is a large ship on which a beautiful prince is celebrating his sixteenth birthday. Immediately she falls in love, and so begins her determined quest to join the prince on earth as a human.

Full of wonder and heart, The Little Mermaid remains one of the most powerful fairy tales ever written, and this new, gorgeously illustrated translation gives it renewed life.

My Review:

I know the original story but had never actually read it. So I grabbed the ARC for the upcoming, new, illustrated version.

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Let me just say I’ve only read one Andersen book which was that horrific Christmas tree story! Thank all those dead trees that this story was much better. I loved this one!

First, I really loved the mermaid and her naiveness because she really didn’t know much better yet she had a heart of gold. The prince was a douche bag so I was glad about the ending and that there was still hope for our girl!

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Review: Of the Deep Mermaid Anthology

Title: Of the Deep Mermaid Anthology

Authors: K.M. Robinson, Amber R. Duell, Elle Beaumont, E.J. Hagadorn

Date of Publication: June 12th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

From the land above and the sea below…

A collection of vivid YA mermaid tales await you in the depths of these pages in this six-story collection from Crescent Sea Publishing.

merman and his brother are tasked with protecting what belongs to their people and failure is not an option. Two teens attempt to find a mermaid off the coast of Massachusetts before poachers do. A young woman finds herself amidst an eerie seaside hut and is drawn back to it. A family is torn apart by one teen mermaid’s selfish desires and puts an entire kingdom at risk. When two seventeen-year-olds witness their Prince threaten an infamous sea-witch, they have no idea how soon all of their lives will be intertwined, and what secrets lay in the depths. While working in an antique shop, a young woman is turned into a mermaid to end an evil curse against the mer prince in a twisted retelling of the classic tale.

From adventure to thriller, to urban fantasy, this collection features stories from bestselling YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you deep into the heart of the sea.

This six-story anthology includes tales by Amber R. Duell, E.J. Hagadorn, Elle Beaumont, and K.M. Robinson and the printed book includes artwork by a number of talented artists that created mermaid pieces, some of which are inspired by the stories from the anthology.

My Review:

I wanted to read this anthology because I’ve read Amber R. Duell’s Fragile Chaos and the novella, and I love her writing! Her story did not let me down and was my favorite!

Another reason I wanted to read this was because of mermaids! Mermaids! All the authors had unique stories that sucked me right in. K.M. Robinson’s two tales also had great character depth!
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Overall, fun, quick read, and full of mermaids in a different way than you might have imagined!

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