Friday, March 26, 2010

The Mermaid's Madness (Princess Novels #2)

We all know the story of the little mermaid who fell in love with a human and sacrificed her life so he could be with another.  But the story is wrong.  Here is the story of a mermaid poorly used in her life and driven to madness by the magic used to turn her human and her love's betrayal.
It's up to Talia, Danielle, and Snow to save the queen and the kingdom and fight against the merpeople before it's too late for everyone.
Talia followed, throwing words like knives.  "And you didn't think to warn us about a murderous mermaid?" p.47

A very clever take on The Little Mermaid fairy tale, The Mermaid's Madness is based on the old original darker fairy tale, but twists it into a even darker and more delightful story.  The mermaid goes crazy and kills her beloved and then declares war on all humans.  So the three princesses try to stop her by finding the witch who originally turned her human.  There are all kinds of twists and turns and I love Danielle, Talia, and Snow.

I liked this sequel to The Stepsister Scheme.  It had a lot of action.  My only real problem was even though it was action packed, there were parts that felt bogged down and I can't explain why I feel that way.  Because something was happening on almost every page.  So maybe it was just me.  My only other complaint is that Danielle really didn't have a reason to be there.  She doesn't really do anything, but I guess she is the "official" princess on the ship so she had to be there.  I don't know, but I hope she does more in the next book.  There is a little unrequited love subplot that I am curious about and that I like a lot.  It makes it more emotional and adds some tension.

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  1. This looks really cute. I'll have to check it out!

  2. This series looks awfully clever, like something I would have really, really enjoyed in middle school, but I hate it when a character remains in a story despite adding nothing to it. Hmm. Well, I'm glad you liked it!

  3. Becky - I would recommend it.

    Brooke - very different from the sweet Disney movies

    Clare - I can only assume they need her for the next book and since a trio of princesses is better.

  4. I seriously love the sound of this one.

  5. Hey, I'm working on a book now, hopefully my manuscript will be complete by the end of the year so I can start sending it out to agencies...until then, I'm searching the market, scoping out the competition and trying to see what readers are interested in. It is of course, a mermaid book, that's what led me to this blog, but the mermaid component was purely accidental. I never even dreamed of touching fantasy fiction after Stephanie Meyer's Twilight had such great success, but the book seems to be writing itself, and so, my main characters are in fact mermaids, and I would like to know what readers expect. What is so great about the mermaid fiction that is already out there? Are there any YA mermaid novels that I need to check out?

  6. Tiffany - The only other current mermaid YA book that I can think of is Forgive My Fins which I haven't read yet.
    What I like about Mermaid's Madness is the twist on the old fairy tale. I love those kinds of books. It is also second in a series and I liked the first one enough to read the second one.


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