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Calendar Girls: St. Patrick’s Day (Book With Favorite Mythical Creature)

Hello fellow bookworms and CGB Friends!

It is time for the March Calendar Girls post! I am actually a day late, so sorry! But, late is better than never! This month is a fun one because we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and mythical creatures, so if you haven’t joined us yet, now would be a fun time! And, I bet you can’t guess what mythical creature I chose for my book choice…

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~St. Patrick’s Day: Book With Favorite Mythical Creature)~

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Runners Up: 

My Choice:

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Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

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…

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My Review:

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.

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.

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!

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(All images found on google, pinterest, and Good Reads.)

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March Calendar Girls Participants:

Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah K. Maas Dani @ Mousai Books – Shadow of a Fox by Julie Kagawa
Lizzie @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Ashley @ Inside My Minds – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads – Red Winter by Annette Marie Katie @ Never Not Reading – Her Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik


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For those who are new to Calendar Girls, it is a monthly blog event, created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, that was inspired by the Neil Sedaka song Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a specific theme, voted on by the participants, where we get to talk about a particular book we love or think fits the theme the best. The blog event was created to incite fun bookish discussions and to spread the blogger love by introducing us to new bloggers and/or books that we have not come across before.

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If this sounds like something you would enjoy, make sure to head to my Calendar Girls info page! Drop a comment and let me know if you are interested in joining us, and sign up for the newsletter if you would like monthly updates on the chosen themes and blogger picks! We’d love to have you join us!

If you are joining on the fun today, make sure to link back to Flavia and Dani’s posts so they can add your name and choice to the list of participants for all to enjoy!

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