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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once upon a Time Series)

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from — or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always ...

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Overview

"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from — or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.

But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom — a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Stephanie Squicciarini
Part of a series that retells fairy tales, this entry offers a new look at Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Viguie relates the story of a fisherman caught in a sudden and severe storm who finds a young child in the turbulent ocean. Believing he was meant not only to save the child but also to be saved by her, he and his wife, who cannot have children of their own, adopt the girl and name her Pearl for the single pearl with which she was found. After this introduction, the story jumps to Pearl as a young woman struggling with her obvious physical differences and her extreme fear of, but fascination with, water. Over the years she becomes a close, secret friend of Prince James. This friendship develops into something more when each begins to have feelings neither can explain. Each chapter opens with a quick look at Pearl's wedding, and readers are treated to a story of love, betrayal, murder, and destiny as they are kept wondering if this wedding will ever take place. While some of the plot unfolds predictably, there is enough suspense and drama to keep even the most reluctant readers turning the pages, and the ending will leave readers satisfied that each character ultimately lives happily ever after.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416940166
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Series: Once upon a Time Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 237,203
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Viguié’s Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels Violet Eyes, Scarlet Moon, and Midnight Pearls. She lives in Florida with her husband, Scott. Visit her at DebbieViguie.com.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    NO MORE SPOILERS!!! >:O

    I'M TIRED OF PEOPLE GIVING AWAY THE END OF A BOOK !!! IT'S NOT RIGHT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T READ IT YET AND ARE JUST BROWSING THE COMMENTS TO SEE WHAT OTHERS THINK OF IT. THIS IS A REVIEW SECTION NOT A PLACE TO SPOIL THE STORY FOR OTHERS!!! >:O

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Good

    I loved it! It was great...until the ending...they fell for the wrong people. That's just my opinion. Still a great book =)

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    A bit depthless...

    I have to be honest. I found this book rather shallow. The characters and the story didn't have any depth. This is probably due to the fact that the novel was rather short and rushed, not giving enough time to really connect with the characters and understand their persons. The story, as well, was rather convoluted and jumbled. It seems as there were were many unnecessary scenes and one too many characters and plotlines introduced considereing the length of this novel. It seems as though several plotlines have been tangled into a short, depthless novel. I don't mean to be cruel. The story could have been wonderful if the plotline was simplified, and if the story was lenthened so there would be more time for exposition. If you want a short, sweet, bit of romance, then it would be a good one. But if you're looking for something more in depth, I'd look elsewhere.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Beautiful story

    It was a beautiful book, pretty much full of everything. It had many twists here and there, so much more to the original. I thought during some parts in the middle and end were ironic that James proposed to, and fell for Faye, instead of Pearl. Pearl and James never even got a chance to kiss, even in her dreams! That, to me, was dissapointing =' I even cried that Pearl was broken hearted with James, but it seems the story is trying to tell us that maybe they werent meant to be. I thought they were. But who else would Faye and Kale marry, they'd obviously die if Pearl and James got engaged. I still thought it was the most captivating story ive ever read, so romantic, sad, but all together beautiful.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I have never read this book but I was thinking about buying it a

    I have never read this book but I was thinking about buying it and I was looking through the comments to see what other people thought of the book and then I come across TWO comments that hint at or say what the ending was and that it was bad. Guys I would understand if you just said that you didn't like the ending but just saying what happens? NOT COOL!!!!!!!!! Please no more spoilers! Ok? Thank you!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Awesome retelling

    This was a great retelling. I could still see the little mermaid within this story. I wish Pearl would have ended up with James though.:)

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book was great!!!I could NOT put it down,and when i was finished i missed reading it so much!I just loved all the emotion and romance in it.I would soooo read it a million times agian.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Thx....

    You just made me NOT want to buy nor read it..thx for messing up the ending...and many of my friends wont be buying it either

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Sad----ish=(

    I felt that the story was over too quickly. I really loved the way Pearl and James were besties! But I can't help feeling that they needed to be together!!!! Faye rushed into love with James............ she didn't need to step between them. Also.... Kale in my mind,was depicted as a sickly pale, silver haired freak. I truly wish Kale and Faye had NEVER even MET Pearl and James...... they would've been so wonderful together!!!!!!!! But I couldn't put this book down. That was cause I thought James was gonna marry Pearl =( =(

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    i liked this book a lot but think Pearl should have been with the prince.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    good until the end

    this was a really good book but i agree with some of the others, they fell for the wrong people, i think it should have ended differently

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Awesome

    I love the Once Upon a Time Series, and this one was awesome! it was a great story, but i didn't really like the ended. I think Pearl should have married Prince James, not Faye.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    I have a question?

    So in what order do the once apon a time searies go or does it even mater? Oh and is the tv show based on this book searies? Anyway please answer! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    awesome

    awesome

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    Very good with an interesting twist

    Very good with an interesting twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    AMAZING!!

    A very different take onthe classic LittleMermaid story! Truly unpredictable, this was a very enjoying read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Horribl book DO NOT BUY!!!!

    I giv this book no stars. It had no plot, no charachter development, and a highly insipid and unrealistic romance. I dont know why i bought his book but it was a hugw mistake. If you're looking for a romance adventure novel read anne mckinley or shannon hale or even cinda williams chima, but dont make the mistak of buying this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Excellent book

    This was a great book and although it was a short book i got so attached to it that i finished it within a couple of hours. The only thing more that i wanted was a longer final battle. The story had a lot of interesting twists in it and had unexpected loves and truths. An epilogue would have been cool in this story to see what results of the main characters. It was easy to get attached to pearl and some of the other characters too. Overall really great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Seriously? (Spoilers)

    This is a total ripoff. The characters were underdeveloped and the ending was awful. Both James and Faye, and Kale and Pearl's romance was fake. The plot was SO predictable. It was obvious Pearl was Adriana. I could barely see the Little Mermaid. If Midnight Pearls was a) lonber, b) had James and Pearl together and c) actually was based off the Little Mermaid, it might actually have been good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    I love these kinds of books but this one is one of the best!

    These kind sof books are my favorites and they are all spectacularlly written but this one in particular is amazing! It's one of the best books written in this series. Another great book of the sameness is The Storyteller's Daughter. Anyone who likes this book should read that one too!

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