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The Mermaid's Pendant Paperback – March 8, 2010
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In volume 1,we meet John (though he's certainly no Prince Eric!) and Tamarind (she's really as close to Ariel as one can get!), the characters of Reilly's adult version of The Little Mermaid. This version is a bit more pronounced and lively than the story we know from Disney. Oh, don't get me wrong. There's a mystical side to the story through Tamarind, who's del mar (of the sea) and Ana(much like Ursula, the sea witch, in the movie), the "witch", but it's different than the classic fairy tale version. In volume 1, Reilly tells of how Tamarind and John must fall in love and bind themselves together in bed to seal Tamarind's transformation into a permanent human and be with John forever. Tamarind and her "Goddess" pendant that she made with a magical moonstone given to her by her dear friend Valerie, depend on John's love to have a happily ever after life. Simply put: The Little Mermaid, adult style.
In volume 2, Reilly tells of John and Tamarind's marriage. What life is like being married. It's wonderful for John and Tamarind...that is until the Goddess pendant is missing.Read more ›
In the beginning, I did not like John at all. He was so weak and taken with everything thrown at him. Quite frankly, Tamarind is too good for him. She does get what she wants - John and you are happy for her in that respect, but still waiting for life to bite her back (or at least Ana to do so)
The normal human life is where it gets confusing. The reader isn't sure what is going on most of the time, but finally gets a sense towards the end. Essentially, this is a book about self-discovery and finding out who you are and who you define yourself with your partner. One needs to determine what is a priority and stand for that priority no matter what the cons of that is going to be.
I liked John by the end of the book and I still think Tamarind is still too good for him.
The characterization was also pretty good. I felt like I knew John and Tamarind on a deeper level than the other characters because I understood much of their internal conflict. On the flip side there were too many points of view, though there was thankfully no head hopping. That would've driven me crazy. I don't think it was necessary to be in so many people's heads. Maybe Ana's, John's, Tamarind's and Zoe's. The rest seemed to bog things down. And while I liked Lucy, I am not sure why she was in there as deeply as she was toward the end. Yeah, she was a good version of an old mentor, but all of the complex stuff with her kids and grandkids seemed to take away from the overall story.
I did like the subplot with the medicine and the crooked doctors at John's company, though I'm not sure I needed that much detail either, or any of the points of view. It would have been just as enjoyable with less. Their were spurts of faith in Jesus and God mentioned in the book, but more from a religious perspective. I was surprised (in a good way) that a few characters prayed once or twice. I didn't really get the magic part of the story or the reason that Ana was so set on messing with Tamarind's life.Read more ›
Tamarind couldn't just leave the poor creature to flounder in the waves. If left to Mother Sea, his fate most certainly would be death. Choosing to rescue this unknown; Tamarind marvels at the feel of his skin, the heat of his breath, even the look of his strange feet. She's too curious. She must leave at once! But, she can't let this encounter be. Later, she feels she simply must find this man and learn more about him. There is something inside of her telling her that this human is meant to be a part of her. There is a tug at her heart that won't be unheard. With the naivety of the young, Tamarind follows her heart. She chooses to walk among the humans, to take this adventure to its end. But, will the "end" be worth it?
John, a tech savvy self-proclaimed geek has fallen for the girl who saved his life. She haunts his dreams, enters his every thought. Her fiery-red, untamed hair is all he can think about. The locals tease him; tell him that maybe his mystery gal is a mermaid. He scoffs at the idea, believing that they are simply poking fun at the gringo. But, are they? Could this "girl of his dreams" really be a creature of the sea?
Being human isn't easy at the best of times...even for us humans. Imagine being thrust into a world so foreign to you that you choose to simply go blindly, trusting that your Goddess will protect you. But, your life as a mer; your total lack of comprehension when it comes to human emotions, only serves to help stack the cards against you. Then, your Goddess becomes broken.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first half of this book was good, or Vol 1. She was a mermaid, we saw mermaid traits, old and new, subjects like lust, jealiously, fear, love were all touched on. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Channing
this story, though it was good was very long and at times seemed like it almost drawn out. it started out strong but then it became dull almost.Published on February 11, 2013 by jacqueline
The Mermaid's Pendant is a retelling of the classic The Little Mermaid with a more real world view and experiences. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by JM
The Mermaid's Pendant is a fascinating blend of Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Mermaid and what "happy ever after" looks like after the characters have their sugary... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Kate B.
All our lives are a mix of the magical and the mundane. The Mermaid's Pendant, a superbly imagined tale of a mythical creature come to live among mortals, takes this thought not... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Matthew Jameson
The Mermaid's Pendant opens with John heading to a beautiful island for a little down time. His girlfriend, Zoe, plans to join him in two weeks. Read more
The beginning of this book is a retold tale of The Little Mermaid. More the Disney version rather than the Grimm faerie tale. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by Melissa Books and Things
The Mermaid's Pendant is a captivating read from its start on a tiny Caribbean island to its conclusion in the more ordinary setting of coastal Massachusetts. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Mary A Flanagan