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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 |
Wow, so, the second book is better than the first. Not that I disliked the first at all, but it really was an introduction compared to this one.

First off: I GOT IN EVERYONE'S HEADS. It was fun! I liked that. Not that Danielle was a bad POV in the first one, it's just I was intensely curious about the other princesses's thought processes.

Second off: I am so happy with the gay in this book. Like, normally I have to wade through pages and pages of ilk about how some female protagonist lurves some guy and angst, but in this book? It's some lady love, albeit currently unrequited. And it's kind of sad how little of that I get outside of porny vampire books. Kind of hit me in the gut and reminded me of my confusing teen years. I especially love the contrast between the human angst and the more freeform magic folk

Third off: Wow, it's really obvious that the author has some experience with therapy and people that have been through trauma. And it's nice to see some characters that have gone through trauma and survived juxtaposed with one that didn't--the latter being all too common. If there were ever a fairytale to use for these kinds of things, The Little Mermaid would be it.

These books so far are just hitting all the things I really REALLY wished I had growing up. Seriously. The author's daughter is so lucky! ( )
  cendri | May 30, 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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