Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped he ...more
The fisherman loosed her and she dove back into the water the way a wild thing returns to a wild place, and he watched her go.Amelia - a young, restless mermaid - spent her entire life in the ocean with her family. Yet, despite the security and safety the deep ocean offered, she couldn't stand it.
But...his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it, for that loneliness caught her more surely than the net.
So, she swam off to discover the mysteries of this world...only t ...more
So this is my first Christina Henry book. I knew that she was getting known to be fantastic at her dark re-tellings of some of my favorite stories. This is actual footage of me getting ready to read this book..
But it's not a "Little Mermaid" re-telling. Which is okay. It still could have been a really interesting book.
This story involves Amelia, who just happens to be a real mermaid. Many years ago she was caught in a fisherman's net and saw his lonely eyes. She falls in the loves with ...more
He knew then, without any other proof, that she was a mermaid, a real mermaid, and far from wanting her in Barnum’s tank, he wanted her to return to the ocean or to her cottage on the rocks or just go anywhere but there, for Barnum would take all of her magic and twist it out of her until the enchantment was gone, and Levi was afraid for her, so afraid.
When I heard that Christina Henry was writing a story about a mermaid, my first thought was that, as well-known as she is for fantasy retell ...more
I tend to have a hard time enjoying reimaginings/retellings of actual historical figures...especially when they're not portrayed in the best light. But this is where the author made a wise choice. She incorporated fantasy/mythology so even though a name may be familiar, it's part of a world that doesn't entirely exist. Christina Henry reimagines popular charac ...more
Smooth writing style, mixing fairytale with historical 19 century life, criticising society that fits even these days...
And just great paced...not ranty..which is a rarity..
If the first chapter which told the 'Origin' story in a "storytelling" style didn't hook you up..don't worry, you'll be caught hard in the "Net" of the next couple of chapters that it will be too hard to put the book down.
From 13 May 2018
To 15 May 2018
I really enjoyed my first Christina Henry book. I'd had my eye on her Lost Boy book and her Chronicles of Alice for a while now, but hadn't had a chance to get to them (we all know how big Mount TBR can get!). When The Mermaid popped up in my Berkley newsletter, I sprang at the chance!
It's a fun tale, but my favorite part of it all was the fact that we get to see humanity through th ...more
“Freedom was far more intoxicating than safety could ever be.”
The mermaid swam in the oceans and enjoyed her freedom. Then a fisherman’s net captured her and the eyes of sad and lonely Jack stuck with her. Thus, began her decision to go onto land and shift from the horrifying alien creature into a woman with gray eyes. The transformation is not easy and it comes at a price that nearly cripples the mermaid, but she crawls into the fisherman’s house and finds a...more
One of the reasons that this book may have surprised me a bit is due to the fact that my mermaid knowl ...more
This was leagues away from what I thought to expect of the author that wrote ALICE, a bizarre twisted dark ALICE IN WONDERLAND retelling. This wasn't dark or twisted or bizarre. It was instead just painfully sad. Mournfully bittersweet. Achingly tragic.
"Do not mistake the revelation of my body for the revelation of my heart. My heart keeps its own secrets, and they don't belong to you or anyone else just because you've seen me with a fish tail."
Like th ...more
I find it kind of ironic so soon after seeing "The Greatest Showman" to be reading a book with such a wildly different perspective of P.T Barnum. XD And honestly, despite the author's note at the end, I am far more inclined to see this book as a more accurate representation of the man, despite my love for the musical.
I'll start with the good. This book is very lovely in its prose and it's story. It ...more
This was truly fantastic! A beguiling, slightly fantastical tale about a curious mermaid, and where her curiosity took her. Taking us from the coast of Maine to New York, Charleston and beyond. Amelia, the name she picked for herself, is haunting and alluring and you can't help but love her.
Centered around a reimagining of a hoax played by P.T. Barnum about the Feejee Mermaid, in early 1840's New York, with a tour ending in Charleston, SC.
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When I grabbed my early copy of it at Emerald City Con at the weekend, I hadn't heard it was coming out, so I certainly didn't harbor any expectations for it, and to be honest, I'm not even a big fan of fairytale retellings. Plus I had to dispel any recent images of killer mermaids I still had in my head after reading 'Into the Drowning Deep, and I thought this would be th ...more
Christina Henry always has very twisted stories and I love them, she is such a great author and her books are so unique. If you are thinking this is gonna be like The Little Mermaid because it has a Mermaid in it, you're wrong and if you think it's gonna be like The Greatest Showman because it has P.T Barnum in it, then you're still wrong.
I would classify this novel as a fairy tale, but with a twist. I am not much of a fairy tale reader, nor of the newly written reconfiguration of fairy tales. However, I did enjoy this story. By adding in real life historical characters, the normal fairy tale of magic and happy ending bent, as though through a prism, adding a much different element to the story.
A Mermai ...more
Based loosely on B.T. Barnum and his mermaid side show, this story courses through history and a familiar Splash story that is as craveable as it is hauntingly beautiful.
The heart of this incredible read is Amelia - the gray eyed, magical creature you love from page one. The pace of the narrative is as refreshing as its original storytelling.
Each of her books is better than the last!
I love a good retelling, and Christina Henry is no amateur. Having only read Alice so far, I was expecting this book to be much darker. This did not, however, take away from the fact that it was an excellent retelling. It had hints of the story of The Little Mermaid that we all know and love, but it was also its own unique story as well. Admittedly, I don't know much about P. T. Barnum, but after reading The Mermaid, I suddenly have the urge to w ...more
In many ways, this is a Little Mermaid retelling, meets PT. Barnum, meets some fabulous themes about love and agency. While I came for the mermaids, the themes ended up keeping me intrigued. Any story that deals with the exploration of belief and agency will hook me. This is more than a love story, more than a re-telling, it unfolds into something else - this hybrid story that ...more
Amelia, the mermaid who fell in love with a fisherman, wants the freedom she yearned for when she swam in the sea long ago. Her opportunity comes when a man P. T. Barnum offers her money in exchange for showing her as a side show attraction in his museum. What follows is Amelia's struggle to be treated not as a object but as a real person.
The Mermaid tackles some serious issues that we still see happening in our world t ...more
So imagine my surprise at how much I ...more
Eines Tages wird die junge Meerjungfrau Amelia von einem Fischer gefangen. Obwohl er sie freilässt, bleibt sie bei ihm und wird seine Frau- bis zu seinem Tod. Dann hört der skrupellose Showman Barnum von ihr und will sie für seine Show einsetzen. Dafür würde er über Leichen gehen.
Ich bin so traurig! Und nicht, weil dieses Buch so emotional war. Nein, weil es so unemotional war. Weder düster, noch melancholisch, noch intensiv, einfach nur eine Aneinanderreihung von Wörter ...more
We all know this fairly predictable mermaid myth. A sea maiden is caught by a sailor, falls in love with the land and abandons her tail for two feet. Though The Mermaid follows this same formula, Christina Henry gives us enough unique turns to make this novel hold its own among the recent influx of mermaid fiction.
Amelia is more a wild thing of the ocean than a stereotypical half-fish-half-maiden. She clings to love and land, but when her sailor husband disappears on hi ...more
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5 out of 5 Stars
Wow where do I begin. Christina Henry has done it again. She is one of my favourite authors and her books never disappoint. Christina Henry has a gift for taking tales and adding her own dark twists to th ...more
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"The fisherman loosed her and she dove back into the water the way a wild thing returns to a wild place, and he watched her go. But...his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it, for that loneliness caught her more surely than the net."
An enchanting, fantastical take of P.T. Barnum’s Feejee mermaid hoax during the 19th century, this beautifully told story will touch your heart.
"Barnum knew, better than anyone, that human tendency to want to believe, to want see the extraordinary."Told in third-person narration in three alternating perspectives, The Mermaid is an enchanting piece of historical fiction that looks into P.T. Barnum's Feejee Mermaid Hoax of the 1840s. The world Henry crafted is one where the mermaid - Amelia Douglas - was real, and a willing participant in the exhibitions in order to earn money and see the world of humans.
Amelia is a restless mermaid ...more
I really wanted to love this one. I loved bits and pieces of it, but as a whole, it just didn't satisfy me. I loved Amelia and her strength. I loved Caroline and her childish innocence, and I loved how Christina Henry highlighted the problems of the time period where women ...more
She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B ...more