Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié

Midnight Pearls

"ONCE UPON A TIME"IS TIMELESSIn 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 gi...

Details Midnight Pearls

TitleMidnight Pearls
Release DateOct 24th, 2006
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Romance, Retellings, Mythology, Mermaids

Reviews Midnight Pearls

  • Echo
    Being a fan of the original Anderson fairy tale, The Little Seamaid, and the Disney cartoon, The Little Mermaid, (and also enjoying the occasional young adult novel) I decided to take a chance on Midnight Pearls. Though it's not my favorite retelling, it was a good read. The author put an interesting twist on the story, adding in a little more adventure than other versions of the fairy tale. The beginning of the story especially is fascinating an...
  • Elevetha
    She came from the sea..... A retelling of "The Little Mermaid." Started out promising and then dissolved into Insta-love between characters that didn't and still don't know each other at all, bland storytelling, and a completely anti-climatic end to the struggle between Pearl and the Sea Witch that took all of, if I was lucky, 3 pages. Arrrrrgggh. James: So there's this girl. And I really like her. I think I'll propose.Pearl: So there's this guy....
  • Beth
    Very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Midnight Pearls is the story of a girl found on a beach, taken in by a fisherman and his wife and claimed as their own. Truly a fish out of water, pale-skinned Pearl with her powers of premonition has few friends, except for Prince James, with whom she developed a friendship as a young girl. Just when she thinks they will marry, mermaid Faye (who has sold her voice to ...
  • Katherine
    ”She looked back upon her life and saw how every step had led her here. Where had it all gone wrong? What could she have changed?She closed her eyes again and prayed for death.” If only that book had been as awesome as that first line.OK, OK, I’ll admit it; this wasn’t as bad as Before Midnight, but that still ain’t saying much. Because instead of being bad, it was just sheer corniness.Pearl has always been different from others in her ...
  • Cindy
    I am a big fan of the retold fairy tale, so I was happy to find this series of familiar tales and fables rewritten for teens. I just finished this one yesterday, and I enjoyed it. Finneas is out fishing one night when a terrible storm blows up. Just when he is ready to give up and surrender to the sea, he spots a child floating in the ocean. He rescues the girl and together with his wife, they raise the girl as their own. They name her Pearl. It'...
  • Jenny
    During a storm, a fisherman pulls up a little girl in his net instead of fish. She's odd, with too-long legs, nearly translucent skin, and white hair. And as she grows, her oddities don't fade... but the prince doesn't seem to mind. I had high hopes for this one, thinking that perhaps the author would return to the original roots of the Little Mermaid fairy tale. But she didn't, and what she did give readers was clunky and awkward. Instead of sho...
  • Alexandra Ray
    So, the prologue was fantastic. And then the story actually began...I can sum up the plot of the entire book with one gif.That was pretty much it. The two main characters (that the summary on the back makes you want to ship) meet two other characters and fall in love with them for no apparent reason. I would like to start by saying that Disney's Little Mermaid is my favorite disney movie of all time. That being said... ***too many spoilers ahead ...
  • PurplyCookie
    Peal was discovered by a fisherman in the ocean on the day of a huge storm. She was about four years old, naked as a bluejay and clutching a large, dark pearl. The fisherman and his wife raised her like their own for they had been praying for a child. Many years later Pearl is all grown up. She still has long, ungainly legs pale translucent skin, silvery hair and won't eat fish. She stares and stares at the sea but never goes in because she has n...
  • Loraine
    SUMMARY: 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 husba...
  • Faith
    I was disappointed with this retelling. I think, first off, that it was too short. Some stuff happened so fast I kind of sat there staring at the pages thinking "Wow, that was a lot of new info way too fast." And secondly, this book seemed to have nothing to do with real love. Pearl and the prince seemed just right for each other, and all of a sudden he sees a pretty mermaid and falls head over heels in love with her, even though he didn't even h...
  • Kathryn
    I really enjoy this kind of fairy tale re-told genre. This one intrigued me from the start and I spent the evening reading it instead of folding laundry. There was a lot more action in this version of the Little Mermaid, which was exciting, but I have to admit I think Pearl ended up with the wrong guy at the end! I loved Pearl and her friendship with Prince James. That is exactly the kind of friendship that grows into true love and I was waiting ...
  • Kylie
    his fucking name is KALE
  • Lula McCuela
    A two star rating from me usually signals the end of me reading a series. I’ve read quite a few of these books before, and while it has been a long time since I’ve read one, according to my rating I enjoyed them enough to continue with the series. This has put me off of the for good.Absolutely no character development, nothing much in the way of a plot, and I honestly didn’t care at all what happened to the characters. I’m disappointed to...
  • Reading Faerie
    5 stars.I loved this so much, I couldn't put it down!
  • Traci Brown
    fun story, but I was underwhelmed by the writing style. a lot of the book could have been made more interesting with more description and details. the story was simply told. I realize it was written for teens, but it also seems like it could have been written by a teen.
  • Jojobean
    This was a really good, interesting and different retelling of the little mermaid. Its basically has the same events as the original tale but instead there are two princesses and two princes. It was really cool how the story was split up into between all the characters with each taking some aspect of the story. Pearl is the main character of the story. She is found in the ocean at the age of four during a storm by the fisherman Finneas. Finneas t...
  • Kami
    1.5 Stars because it was almost an okay read.Growing up, The Little Mermaid, was my all time favorite fairytale. I love the ocean as much as I love living in the mountains so mermaids were appealing because in some stories, they could truly have the best of both worlds. Lately, I have found a few different mermaid based stories to indulge my little childhood fantasies and this is one of them. Unfortunately, the story falls excessively short of ...
  • Sara
    SPOIL ALLERT: I spoil the ending in my review!!I really liked the book, until the last 3 chapters. In the end everyone decides to marry a stranger they had met within a week and, in Pearl's case, had haunting nightmares about her whole life???James quickly turns out to be shallow and a blind idiot and unapologetic to his best, truest friend. Faye appears to be no more than a complete foolish irrational teen head over heels for someone because of ...
  • Angie
    Synopsis: "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 h...
  • Melissa
    I wish this system allowed half stars, because I would have given this book three and a half stars. I love fairy tale retellings and this one had the requisite plot/character twists. It was a quick, fun, very easy fast read. My main problem is with the two new "love interests" for Pearl and James. These two have been best friends for years and as friendships sometimes go, they start to discover their true feelings for each other run much deeper a...
  • Kayla
    I love the concept of modern or retold fairy tales, but this one didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. The plot line was fantastic, and I liked how a new spin was put on The Little Mermaid-definitely one of my favorite classic fairy tales!The writing style, however, seemed dry and forced, as if attempting to take on the cadence of old tales instead of opting for a new voice. It left me wanting more substance where there was none to be ...
  • Lore
    This could have been AWESOME .But it, for lack of a better word, sucked.I do love the little mermaid, it's a great tale, even if I haven;t read the orginal, I've seen some pretty good interpriations.AND NO, I'm not talking about The Disney one, even thiugh I did live that, I'm talking about this kinda anime version, not sure what year exactlty, but it was good.Anyway, THIS however was not like the others. It did have potential, mind you. But it ...
  • Laura
    The book is based on the fairytale, The Little Mermaid.It's not terribly depressing or anything, however the conflicts that arise are quite intense. It grips you tightly, your breath held as you turn the pages despairing the next situation and what will happen.I would definitely recommend Midnight Pearls, especially to those who like anything fantasy or fairytale. I would read it again as knowing the ending does not stop the high state of anxiety...
  • Erin
    Nope. Nu-uh. This is not how you tell a story--this is not even remotely in the realm of how you tell a story. I seriously put this down (skimming the rest) after about halfway through because of the clumsy, amateurish handling of the love interests.Harsh? Maybe. But you don't introduce a couple, have them in love and the guy start to propose and then suddenly introduce new love interests for both members of the couple. And you ESPECIALLY don't h...
  • Gretchen
    This book started out as an enjoyable read, but the writing style seemed to change abruptly at the halfway point. ***** SPOILER ALERT *******I understand that this is not the Disney-ized version of The Little Mermaid but the way it changed direction in the middle was very upsetting to me. Even though there is a happy ending, it wasn't anything near what I was expecting or wanted for the characters. Everyone just seemed too quick to accept the twi...
  • Joanna
    I thought this book was alright. It's a re-telling of The Little Mermaid, but the only thing even similar between the two was that she was a mermaid. In this book, she was kidnapped, and turned human as a child so that she doesn't remember anything when she grow up. Then, I thought the ending was all wrong! Personally, I think that the characters Faye and Kale should have come in, but not have helped to end the book in such a way.
  • Kate
    Interesting twist on the Little Mermaid story. Added new elements that I'd never considered before. I love the Once Upon a Time series because I love seeing fairy tales told another way. The one thing I don't like about them is that they are so short. You don't get to see a lot of character development in them. That's the only disapointment I had with this story. You find characters you like, but then you don't get to see them very long. It's sti...
  • Tessa
    This was such a cute retelling of the little mermaid but if you have seen both of Disney's little mermaid movies you will find that one daughter wants to be human which is the first one and the second one she wants to be a mermaid that is the one major similarity I saw in the book but the book took it and twisted it up and changed it but kept to the story line which i really liked
  • Anita
    I really enjoyed this retelling of the Little Mermaid. The main character is a girl looking for a sense of belonging, and finally finds it. Surprisingly "the little mermaid" is not the main character. An enjoyable read!
  • Mariama
    Read the review on my blog, Behind the Secret Bookshelf.