Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416940166
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Series: Once upon a Time Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 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 =)
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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.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love all things Little Mermaid (except maybe the traditional tragic ending) and I was eager to read Midnight Pearls, a retelling of the story. I've read a couple other books in the "Once Upon A Time" series so I knew to expect only the unexpected in these fairy tales. In this particular story, a fisherman catches a young girl in his net during a terrible storm. The child looks different but they raise and love her as their own. But Pearl is avoided and whispered about because she is so different. Her skin is so pale its nearly see through, her hair is silver, and her legs are much longer than other girls. But she has secret friend she met on the beach as a child. He is James, the royal prince and heir to throne. He sneaks away to meet her at the beach for years. When Pearl's peasant parents try to find her a fiancé and James father tries to force him to find a bride, their lives will forever change. The book offers plenty of turns and I figured a few of them out before their conclusion but it was still so charming and fun that it didn't detract from the story at all. I have read some reviews that say the book feels rushed toward the end. I didn't feel that it was rushed as in missing parts or that the author was just trying to get it over with. The story is complete and I was satisfied after the final page. However, I was disappointed at the short length. I feel the author missed an opportunity to flesh out the characters more thoroughly. They deserved it. Still this was a really good book. Read it and embrace the similarities AND differences from the version we all know and love.
katfusion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read, but a good one. I liked the re-take on an old tale, enough that I think I'll check out a few more stories from this author. Very creative and worth a look.
abella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A retelling of "The Little Mermaid"
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my second foray into the 'Once Upon a Time' series of retellings, and after Belle, this one had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it didn't quite make it for me. I realize that the original story had few details and could be easily re-imagined in a variety of ways, but I thought Viguie took it too far and was unable to capture the magic and tragedy of the original fairy tale. Too many secondary characters who seemed forced into place, combined with a happy ending that felt far too Disney-esque (in fact, there were many occasions when I wondered whether she was retelling the original version or the Disney version, which was frustrating), made this one less than outstanding for me. I would have liked to see an element of the original tragic ending, but somehow refined to be wondrous and optimistic... oh well.
meyben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book. Little different than others with same story line. More suspenceful.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful take on an old classic. I have never heard The Little Mermaid like this before.I really liked the characters and time period. I loved the mermaid people. This is a wonderful story.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This retelling of "The Little Mermaid" almost becomes confusing because there are three mermaids (two of whom are brother and sister, a prince, a sea witch, an extra aristocrat, and pearls. As all these elements blend together, however, the story becomes more and more entrancing. At first, I was pretty confused about it all, but the story really drew me in by the end.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is part of the Once Upon A Time series, each book retelling a classic fairy tale. This was a clever reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It has all the base plot points of the original fairy tale, a mermaid who falls in love with a human, a sea witch who grants a human form to the mermaid in exchange for her voice, etc. However, Viguié creates a much more involved story, including a love triangle of sorts, and plenty of court intrigue and conspiracy. Finneas is a fisherman, and one night he discovers a child floating in the water. He and his wife Mary raise the child, whom they name Pearl, as their own, even though she is clearly not quite human. As Pearl grows up, her family overlooks the things that make her different, but the villagers are always leery of her. Unbeknownst to everyone, over the years Pearl has become best friends with Prince James, and their friendship may be growing into something more. However, on a boating trip out to sea, an accident occurs, and Prince James is saved from drowning, not by Pearl, but by a mysterious girl in the ocean. What is the mysterious girl's connection with Pearl? What lengths will the mysterious girl go to find her true love? Read the book and find out!A fun retelling that keeps enough of the essence of the original story to make it recognizable but still creates a new, fresh story. I might pick up another of the Once Upon a Time series someday.
CornerDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a retelling of "The Little Mermaid", and it is passable. Last I checked it was out of print, and I wouldn't recommend paying over $5 for it - check it out of your library if they've got it, though. It's interesting to read, if only because "The Little Mermaid" isn't a fairy tale that gets retold very often. But the characterizations are poor, the love story is trite and unrealized, and there's hardly and pure emotion to be had in its pages. A fun read if you can pick it up used or for free, but don't go out of your way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of potential but fell short. 6.99 for 125 pages
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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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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.