Midnight Pearls: A
Retelling of “The Little Mermaid”
Author: Debbie Viguie
Pages [paperback]: 208
Memorable Quote: How does a whale know when to swim to warmer waters for winter? How do the fish know when a predator is near? How do you know when love is real? You just know.
Favorite Characters: Kale & Faye
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.
I love the concept of modern or retold fairy tales, but this one didn’t impress me as much as I thought it would. The plot line was fantastic, and I liked how a new spin was put on The Little Mermaid-definitely one of my favorite classic fairy tales!
The writing style, however, seemed dry and forced, as if attempting to take on the cadence of old tales instead of opting for a new voice. It left me wanting more substance where there was none to be had.
That said, I really liked the point where the action picked up, and James and Pearl’s story seemed turned end over end. Every expectation I held beforehand vanished. What I thought would be an easily predictable ending actually had a few twists in it. The second half of the book was much better than the first.
The characters seemed for the most part flat and unchangeable, even when major events were happening. Some of the decisions they made were not at all rational and seemed out of character.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but not great. There were no exceptional moments, though there were a few creative spurts that could have been built upon to create a better story. I give Midnight Pearls 2.5/5 stars.