From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid....
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The Mermaid Reviews
'The Mermaid' has immediately gone onto my favorites list, so I can tell you right away that this book is an absolute treat.
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
I really enjoyed this book and am contemplating whether I think it should get over 4 stars. Maybe 4.25 out of 5. This is ultimately a story about a mermaid and what happens to her after coming onto land in the 1800's. She starts working for Barnum and starts to feel trapped in a world where women ultimately have no say. Coming from such a free place she's not really used to the way Americans thought and acted during those times. She was such a strong and independent character. I loved her wit, h ...more
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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 this wa one of my most anticipated reads this month and it didn't let me down, it was really really good.
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.
Ohhhhhhh my, this was so freaking amazing.
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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.