Author: Jackson Pearce
Recommend: If you are a fan of stories very loosely based on fairy tales and set in modern times.
I picked this one up because somehow I hope someone will write a decent mermaid book that won’t feel cheestastic (yep, it’s my own made up word, I know). This one was actually not half bad although there were some issues that kept it from being something that completely leaves the realm of cheesiness.
The story centers around a girl named Naida/Lo who lives in the sea. She desperately wants to return to her life on the land but cannot without killing someone else and taking their soul because she doesn’t have one. She meets a girl name Celia who has secrets all her own when they save the life of a boy named Jude from drowning. Then this follows more along the lines of Anderson‘s original tale as the two girls try to help each other all while falling for the same boy.
Yep, most of the story is really good. I do mean really good. The idea behind how these two girls end up thrown together and the fight of both of them having feelings for Jude is great. However, The Little Mermaid should NEVER have a happy ending. This needed to end the way the fairy tale does originally instead of the bizarre twist the author throws in at the end. The whole idea of them becoming some other kind of monster really ruined the ending of the book for me. I actually wanted to see Lo sacrifice herself believe it or not. It needed the slightly tragic ending in my opinion to ring true. The ending of this book feels completely forced and honestly ruined the story for me.
So close to having a good modern take on the Little Mermaid and yet so far due to the ending. I was glad this one was a library find honestly