I am a huge Disney fan, and when I was a kid, my favorite of the Disney princesses was (and still is) Ariel (although Belle the bookworm also holds a place in my heart!). I loved The Little Mermaid, but it was only when I got older that I realized that original Hans Christian Andersen tale is actually pretty dark. So today I wanted to compile a list of Little Mermaid retellings for adult fans!
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember: A mermaid falls in love with a maiden trapped on a glacier.
The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb: An opera student in Boston feels stabbing pains in her feet, unless she's touching the sea. I can highly recommend this one - check out my review here.
The Summer Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler: A singer loses her voice, but a potential new relationship may give her renewed hope.
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon: Close to the original story, this retelling focuses on a love triangle between the mermaid, prince, and another princess.
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama: A mermaid's decision to join her human love echoes through generations.
Do you have any other recommendations for Little Mermaid retellings? What's your favorite fairy tale retelling?
The Summer Chasing Mermaids is one I have and want to read. I think I need to check out the Mermaid's Daughter.ReplyDelete
The Mermaid's Daughter was really good, I highly recommend it!Delete
Ah beautiful post! I love Ariel too, and these covers are so gorgeous. I'm also a huge fairytale retelling fan.ReplyDelete
Another Little Mermaid retelling that looks cute is Hushed by Joanne McGregor. I haven't read it, but it looks really sweet :)
I'm gonna add these to my TBR! Thanks for the recs!
Amy @ A Magical World Of Words
I'll have to look into Hughed! Thanks, Amy!Delete
okay WHOA i love this post!! i have summer of chasing mermaids on my tbr for february, it sounds perfect for valentine's day! i also have monstrous beauty on my tbr for so long, i've heard amazing things about it!ReplyDelete
Tasya // The Literary Huntress
Great post! and the TBR list gets longer....ReplyDelete
Thanks! Haha, yep!Delete
I have The Seafarer's Kiss, but have yet to read it. Is it good? I loved The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I loved the whole idea of people supporting people and helping them achieve their plan B, when plan A falls through.ReplyDelete
I haven't read The Seafarer's Kiss yet. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is on my TBR!Delete
Ah I loved The Summer of chasing Mermaids so, so much, it was such a great book and the characters were incredible. So happy to see it on your list :)ReplyDelete
Awesome, hopefully I will get to it soon!Delete
Oh my gosh, I need to check out ALL these books. The Little Mermaid is still my favorite Disney film and I also really like the original fairytale as well. Such a great post!! :D ♥ReplyDelete
I definitely need to check a few of these out!! Great list!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this post. It's perfect for me! I adore The Little Mermaid and ever since I read the synopsis for To Kill a Kingdom and saw it's a kind of Little Mermaid retelling, I've been wanting to find more books like that.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Suzanne! It was actually a little harder finding Little Mermaid retellings than, say, Beauty and the Beast, of which there seems to be a ton!Delete
I did not realise these were all The Little Mermaid Retellings! TY for this list -- going to search them out now!ReplyDelete
Awesome, hope you enjoy them!Delete
I love fairy tale retellings and yet I never tend to gravitate towards retellings of The Little Mermaid, but the cover of Monstrous Beauty is lovely - I may have to check that one out!ReplyDelete
There doesn't seem to be as many Little Mermaid retellings as other fairytales! I don't come across them often, and I had to search for these.Delete
This is such a cool idea! I hadn't even thought of little mermaid-type retellings for adults. Also, the cover for The Seafarer's Kiss is /gorgeous/.ReplyDelete
I know, I love that cover, too!Delete
Well, I was just thinking that I wanted to read more mermaid retellings (I recently added To Kill A Kingdom to my TBR which started it all), so your post couldn't come at a better time! I read and liked The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, but the others not yet. They sound so good, adding them all to my TBR :)ReplyDelete
Yay for perfect timing! I hope you enjoy them!Delete
Thanks for sharing.. I loved The Little Mermaid growing up.ReplyDelete
Ariel is my favorite Disney princes too! I used to watch The Little Mermaid all the time when I was little. All these books sound fantastic. I've heard great things about The Mermaid's Daughter before, but I've never actually taken the time to find out what it's about. Sarah Ockler's books are usually hit or miss for me, but Chasing Mermaids does sound adorable. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
The Mermaid's Daughter was really good - it's a contemporary story with some magical elements!Delete
I haven't read a good mermaid book in so long! The Mermaids Daughter sounds like it would be a good one.ReplyDelete
It was really good, I highly recommend it!Delete
Ooh the one by Carolyn Turgeon sounds especially interesting! Gonna go check that one out :-) The retelling that comes to my mind (maybe the only one I've read for this story?) is Drown by Esther Dalseno. It was based on the original rather than the Disney one. And it had a fairytale feel to it. I liked it!ReplyDelete
Awesome, I'll have to check that out! Thanks, Kristen!Delete