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The Mermaid's Madness

by Jim C. Hines

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The Mermaid's Madness, by Jim C. Hines
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Synopsis: What would happen if a star writer went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie’s Angels? What he’d end up with is The Mermaid’s Madness —a whole new take on The Little Mermaid . And with Jim C. Hines, of Jig the Goblin fame, penning the tale, you can bet it won’t be “They lived happily ever after.”
In A Sentence: An interesting plot but the tone falls flat
So What's Up With This Story? So this was the sequel to The Stepsister Scheme, and it followed the same setup as the first book. The story plot was interesting and fun, giving old fairy tales a new twist. The princesses were smart, independent, and able to fight for themselves, and there was humor mixed in with the darker moments.
The above makes the story sound doesn't it? Well, unfortunately, the writing style fell a little short. The tone seemed a bit flat most of the time, making the story feel a little emotionless and dry. It's a shame really, since the story is so much fun, but I guess you can't have everything in life. ( )
  Spirolim | Jan 13, 2016 |
This was just as good if not better then the previous Princess book. This book is even darker and delves more deeply into the feelings and pasts of each of the princesses. The Mermaid's story is made darker as well with evil witch being her grandmother who is pursuing a very different agenda reminiscent of a mad scientists experiments. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was just as good if not better then the previous Princess book. This book is even darker and delves more deeply into the feelings and pasts of each of the princesses. The Mermaid's story is made darker as well with evil witch being her grandmother who is pursuing a very different agenda reminiscent of a mad scientists experiments. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I always enjoy this author and this series is an interesting one. The mermaids and their culture a nice addition to the world building but could have used a better flow to the rather quick ending and a lot more of my favorite characters. Missing Jig I guess! ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
I thought it was a good follow up to Stepsister's Scheme, although this book could also be read as a stand alone novel. Characters were well written. I was disappointed that Danielle's sword from the first book was barely mentioned and the girls seemed to complicate matters in several areas. Good fantasy read that reminds me of Weis/Hickman Dragonlance work. ( )
  PhxDan | Aug 28, 2014 |
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Princess Danielle Whiteshore of Lorindar clung to the rail at the front of the ship, staring out at the waves. If this wind kept up, she might become the first princess in history to welcome the undine back from their winter migration by vomiting into their waters.
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"There is an old story--you might have heard it--about a young mermaid, the daughter of a king, who saved the life of a human prince and fell in love. So innocent was her love, so pure her devotion, that she would pay any price for the chance to be with her prince. She gave up her voice, her family, and the sea, and became human. But the prince fell in love with another woman. The tales say the little mermaid sacrificed her own life so that her beloved prince could find happiness with his bride. The tales lie. If you want to know the real story, a tale not of unrequited love and noble sacrifice but one of madness, murder, and magic gone awry, Daniella, Talia, and Snow--a.k.a. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White--are the three princesses who can tell you what really happened. They were there when everything fell apart, and unthinkable tragedy struck the kingdom of Lorindar. And they were the only ones who stood a chance of setting things right, not only for Queen Bea and Lorindar, but for the merfolk as well...."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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