Book Title: Mermaid
Book Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Genre: Faerie Tale Retelling
Publishing Date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Synopsis: Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father’s greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.
Meanwhile, the mermaid Princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart…
A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.
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The Original Faerie Tale:
The original tale was written by Hans Christian Anderson and was first published in 1837. The story was a Gothic tragedy, following a young mermaid who was willing to give up everything for a human soul.
You can read the original here.
“Her hair the color of the moon and scattered through with pearls. Her skin shimmering out of the water, catching the light and turning to diamonds.”
I have to say that this turned out to be my favorite retelling of The Little Mermaid. It was rich, dark, and enchanting. I loved the atmospheric feel to it, and how it highlighted the moral lessons of the story.
Carolyn Turgeon wrote this so poetically. It flowed beautifully and painted magical images in my mind as I was reading. It was detailed and deep, considering how short the book was.
“… mermaids glittering in the sea, under the starry sky.”
Lenia’s story was heartbreaking. She gave up everything to be with a man she thought she loved. She sacrificed who she was, and it obviously did not end well. That was the main moral to the story in my eyes. You should never sacrifice your true self for anyone!
Margrethe’s story was beautiful and poignant as well. She grew as a character in such a short time, and I loved how she interacted with Lenia. Together, the two women brought about another moral to the story about not giving in to jealousy, as well as putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, or tails.
“And as the story changed and grew and shifted in to a legend of a little mermaid who fell in love with a prince and longed for a human soul, no one ever talked about what the mermaid left behind.”
The book stayed pretty true to the original tale, but also spun it a little and made it unique. There were several unexpected surprises, and even an ending that had me tearing up. It was beautiful. I hadn’t expected to feel such emotion and enchantment from this one, but I did. The story also reminded me a little of TV shows like Reign and Siren, as well as the movie Ever After. It was deeply satisfying and I loved every minute of it!
“When the world becomes something new, it seems always to have been that way.”
I decided to do a makeup look inspired by Lenia. Unfortunately I don’t have silver hair, or a wig, and I had to Photoshop my eyes to be blue because I was out of contacts, but I love how it turned out. I used a silver shimmer eye-shadow all over my face to try to make myself “glow”.
For this look, I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blue Blood Palette with my usual Clinique foundation, the NuSkin Curl and Lash mascara that I sell (only 1 coat!) and NuSkin PowerLips Fluid in Explore.
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