Midnight Pearls

Midnight Pearls

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by Debbie Viguié
     
 

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Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Aster a strange thing happened.

They say the prince married a girl who was not what she appeared and that another girl who saved the kingdom vanished without a trace. Some said it was witchcraft. Some said it was only a legend. For those who knew the truth, it was magic....

Rescued from the sea at an early age,

Overview

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Aster a strange thing happened.

They say the prince married a girl who was not what she appeared and that another girl who saved the kingdom vanished without a trace. Some said it was witchcraft. Some said it was only a legend. For those who knew the truth, it was magic....

Rescued from the sea at an early age, Pearl grew up within sight of the water...and the castle. With her pale skin and silvery hair, she was an outcast in the village. Her only friend was a boy she met on the beach -- a young prince named James, who understood Pearl's desire just to be like everyone else.

Their friendship is viewed from afar by many: a disdainful king, Pearl's worried foster parents, a jealous young mermaid, a lovestruck merman, and the powerful sea witch. Now a storm brews in the kingdom, with a tidal force that could keep Pearl and James apart.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Finneas has a bizarre experience one day while fishing at sea. When he draws up his net, he finds a naked little girl of about four entangled within it, clutching a midnight-blue pearl in her fist. Finneas takes the child home to Mary, his wife, and they name her Pearl, adopting her as their own. Pearl is an unusual looking child with silvery white hair, transparent skin, and unnaturally long legs. She grows up with a fear of the sea and the vague consciousness that a "voice" beckons her back to the waters from whence she came. Strange dreams fill her sleep at night and she is convinced that happiness lies in the message of the dreams. Welcome to the modern-day version of the medieval romance, fantasy story and fairy tale, all wrapped into one. This story comes complete with king, princes and princesses, a castle, a wicked witch and plenty of magic. Pearl, the mermaid princess of the mer-kin, has secretly been meeting James, prince of the human kingdom. By the time she is a young teen, he has become her only true friend. Their relationship becomes complicated when James coaxes Pearl to join him on a boat ride. The vessel fills up with water, and James and Pearl are forced to swim to shore. Each is conscious of a presence just below the surface of the water and of eyes watching them. Action then shifts to the underworld where Kale, prince of the mermen, and Faye, his sister mermaid, share their excitement over recognizing Pearl. She is really the long-lost princess who had been betrothed to Kale as a child. Both Kale and Faye know that they cannot leave the sea for the human world unless they receive permission from the wicked Sea Witch. She grants both Faye and Kale permission to leave,but they are forced to pay a heavy price. Upon reaching land, their tails split into legs. Kale becomes blind and Faye is unable to speak. This is just the beginning of complications as their lives mesh with the lives of humans. Many younger readers will find this whimsical romantic tale appealing. Emphasis here is more on fantastic and imaginary events than on character development. The prevalence of a dream motif might suggest that if one hangs on to dreams, they may well come true. KLIATT Codes: J; Recommended for junior high school students. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 197p.,
— Phyllis LaMontagne
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Pearl is rescued from the sea during a storm by a fisherman; he and his barren wife take the child in, lovingly raising her despite her silvery hair, translucent skin, and too-long legs. Pearl lives a lonely life with only a young prince, James, for a friend. Years later, when she is 17, her true identity is revealed. When their boat capsizes, Pearl makes her way to shore, but James must be saved by Faye, a mermaid who instantly falls in love with him. Looking on from the waves is Kale, Faye's merman brother, who realizes that Pearl is actually Adriana, his betrothed who was kidnapped years before. After the Sea Witch becomes involved, Faye becomes a mute human charged to get a marriage proposal from James or die, and Kale becomes a blind human charged to attain the love of his beloved or meet the same fate. Too much of this story is borrowed from other mermaid tales and lends to the predictable nature of Pearl's tale. The language is stilted and there are far too many instances of chills going up or down the spine of one character or another. For a mermaid story that is far better written, recommend Donna Jo Napoli's Sirena (Scholastic, 1998).-Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439104514
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Series:
Once upon a Time Series
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
244,841
File size:
324 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once upon a Time Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was great...until the ending...they fell for the wrong people. That's just my opinion. Still a great book =)
Lachelle Rivera More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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awesome
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Merfairy613 More than 1 year ago
Very good with an interesting twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very different take onthe classic LittleMermaid story! Truly unpredictable, this was a very enjoying read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the BEST book in the whole series! Its the best book ever!! I highly recomend it. READ IT!!
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Loved snow, is this great too
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escapes_in_books More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!