‘The days of my childhood kept turning over; dissolving like sea foam on the crest of the waves. I have been counting them; the days and the nights, the weeks, the months, the years. I have been waiting for this day.‘
I wasn‘t too crazy about the ending but I did like this story. It was dark, well written, and I absolutely loved the sea witch. Also, gorgeous cover art. Great for readers who love mermaids and fairytale retellings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Being a feminist retelling of the story we treasured I thought I knew what to expect, still I was completely thrown off guard at the ending. Its a beautiful retelling, you will be enamoured by the underwater life descriptions and awakened by the feminist undertones of it. This work is a proof of how much fairy tales have fucked up our sense of self-esteem. It teaches us to screw up other's expectation of you and live your life the way you like.
Under the surface of the ocean, there is no room for #BadGirls. Mermaids have to be docile, marriagable and dependent on their husbands. Even the daughters of the Mer King. However, Gaia, the MC, is having none of it, and does her part to smash the patriarchy 🙌
This feminist #fairytaleretelling owes much to the Grimm tales. There are some gruesome sacrifices made by Gaia, the ‘little‘ mermaid. She realizes her ‘Prince‘ is not so charming, leaving one patriarchal society for another, learning a lesson to be careful what you wish for.
And as she finally realizes her worth and her power, this tale has a very unexpected ending.
Enjoyed this for some lovely writing and its take on the classic.
Going through the summer catalogs from Scholastic.
I‘ll read any reimagining of The Little Mermaid and this one looks especially interesting. I‘ll have to see if I can hit up our rep for an ARC. 😊🧜♀️ #mermaids
Just about a pick for me. This is a feminist retelling of the little mermaid and it‘s not even a little bit subtle in hitting the reader over the head with the themes and messaging. I would have liked to see a little more complexity in the world created especially in the characterisation. The ending was very strong however and I appreciated what O‘Neill was trying to do. (And the cover is stunning)
This book is full of spells - the “witch‘s” spell which makes Gaia walk on land, Gaia‘s attempt at putting a spell on the man she saved from drowning to make him fall in love with her, and this enchanting cover 😍
Billed as a “feminist” reimagining of The Little Mermaid, this take offers interesting world building & a terrific ending, but it‘s not enough to make up for the underwhelming rest of the novel. While “feminist” in critiquing the patriarchy, the patriarchy it portrayed was broadly drawn & cartoonish. The heroine showed little agency until the end, & I couldn‘t get over the fact she was 15 & her crush 21. The rusalkas & Sea Witch rocked, though.
Like anything Louise O'Neill does, this book is amazing. It gives you an entirely different perspective of the original Little Mermaid's tale, while all the same changing very few things. I loved the character of Ceto, the Sea Witch. She was fierce and inspiring.
This book is full of wonderful quotes. Louise O'Neill rules.
Leave it to Louise O'Neill to give the Sea Witch a powerful monologue about body positivity.
One of these days I'll get into the knack of posting regularly here 😅 so I picked this book up whilst on holiday and I loved it to start with, but then....🙃 my full review can be found here ~ https://brooklynthebookworm.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/book-review-the-surface-bre... #bookblogger #yalit #ireadya #coverlove
Is it Me, or who's is weird as he'll??!!! Made me think of Trump... lol
Starting this now and am pleased to discover the mermaid scales hiding underneath the dust jacket. ❤️
Hey! I‘m awful at posting on here. Sorry 😬
I just started this one after hearing f some mixed reviews and it‘s pretty meh for me.
Have you read this one?
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This book has a gorgeous cover😍. I bought this just because of how pretty this is. As soon as I finish my current read, I‘ll probably start this.
I signed the contract for a new job today, which is great.
I will now work in walking distance of my favourite English bookshop, which is great for me but bad for my bank account 😅. On the other hand: What do I‘ve got the job for if not for buying books, right? 😏
Anyway, here‘s a beautiful book I didn‘t buy (yet 😏) but still wanted to show you.
This book was supposed to be a feminist retelling of the little mermaid but I found that feminism only in the last chapter.
I think that it would be great to have another book where the author deals with the feminism since the beginning.
And I also found some quite problematic comments about fat people. Idk, I expected something better tbh but the story is not THAT bad. I just think that a new book could solve the problems of the first one.
This is like the original tale. Too literal maybe. The only mystery at the moment is what happened to the mother 🤔
Gaia, the little mermaid, is in love with Oliver. So in love, that she leaves behind everyone she loves, gives up voice, and trades her tail for legs. All on the slim chance that Oliver loves her too. Gaia screams #lovemedo, but will Oliver notice before it is too late? And is life on land really as amazing as it seems from beneath the waves?
Loved this! If you enjoyed Madeline Miller‘s “Circe” pick up this feminist Little Mermaid. A good one to put into the hands of teen girls. Emphasis on recognizing your own value, the power of your voice, and not being beaten down by the labels of misogynistic society. https://cannonballread.com/2018/05/a-woman-needs-a-man-like-a-fish-needs-a-bicyc...
A feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid sounded like everything I ever wanted. And with a cover like that, I couldn‘t resist. But... it never got past just being okay. I really liked the how O‘Neill dealt with the silencing of women, and it had some hard truths, but the pacing felt off, at times rushed, at others too slow. I wanted Gaia, the MC to be stronger sooner, and I wanted to go deeper than just the surface 🌊🌊
This book is telling some hard truths 💔
Ain‘t that the truth 🙄🙄
We are having #thegreatest weather in Denmark at the moment, and it is supposed to last for quite a while (🤞🤞). I‘m spending every moment I‘m able outside, preferably with a book, and this is today‘s pick 🌞
Book Mail today! 💌
Have you ever seen a more beautifully perfect book cover?!?!?! The picture doesn‘t even do it justice- it took my breath away as I lifted it out of the box! This one will be displayed in a place of honor for sure 😍 🧜♀️
Just picked up this #bookmail from the post office, and I might have squealed a bit when I opened it 😍😍
Beautiful #bookmail today! Although I‘m really disappointed my copy of ACOFAS didn‘t arrive as well. 😭
Day 27: Fairytale
The other day someone posted about this book and it took me all of about 4 seconds to head over to amazon and preorder my copy! I‘m mermaid obsessed and can not wait to get my copy of this gorgeous retelling of my all time favorite fairytale!
A feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid by a brilliant author!! 🤩 Out May 3rd - I am tempted to preorder it 🙊