The Mermaid by Christina Henry

The Mermaid

  • Author: Christina Henry
  • Published: June 19th, 2018
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Ratings: 4/5


Lost Boy –  ♥♥♥♥♥

The Girl In Red ♥♥♥♥♥

Book synopsis:

Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all it’s wonders, and so she came to live on land.

once there was a man called P.T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.

Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes.  But Barnum has never given up a moneymaking scheme in his life, and he is determined to hold on to his mermaid.

My thoughts

When I found out this book was going to be release I knew I had to have it.  I fell in love with Christina Henry’s writing when I read Lost Boy last year, I have been slowly picking up some of her other books, I love her re-tellings they way she makes an old story feel so new and different and this story was no different.

when I saw this was going to be a re-imagining of The little Mermaid I immediately had to get my hands on it and I started reading it as soon as it came in the mail.  I have to let you guys know that maybe the first half of the book does feels like the little mermaid story but the second half is more about P.T. Barnum “The Greatest Show on Earth” historical fiction. I still loved the story enough for a 4 stars rating and I will recommended if you like a mix of both worlds.

My favorite part of the book was the first half where we have a lonely fisherman wishing he had someone to love and a mermaid who wanted to know more about the human world.  Without giving any spoilers and I’m sure you already know how the story goes this part of the story was very sweet and so many feels with these two characters that I never wanted it to end.

The second half of the book is a re-imagining of P.T. Barnum and the Feeje Mermaid scan that happened back in the 1840’s.  I had known about the name P.T. Barnum because of the circus but I never really cared about his story until after I read this book I went and googled it and found some interesting stuff about the Feejee Mermaid

I love how this story is about love, loss, a little bit of historical fiction and fantasy.  This is not one of Christina Henry’s dark re-imagining if that is what you’re looking for check out the Lost Boy and Alice definitely both great reads for me.

Overall, I do recommend this book especially if you are a fan of re-imaginings.


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Thank you to Berkley publishers and Christina Henry for the finished copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

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