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Dark Water (A Little Mermaid Reverse Fairytale Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07C8GHWG6
- Publication date : June 19, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3397 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #579,853 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hayden tipped his head toward the ship and mouthed “Do it”, knowing how Erica wanted to be on her ship. Without further thought, she broke away from her parents and jumped from the dock. But she miscalculated and plunged under the water! The weight of her dress pulled her down. Then the crew of the ship threw a life ring to her and hauled her aboard. A squall was coming and Captain Jackson had hoped to get ahead of it; but now he would have to turn them around and head back to port. But as the storm worsened, the shore got further away! The ship was tossing violently and Erica was led to the Captain’s cabin for safety. Items were crashing and water came in under the door. As she turned, she saw the porthole was under water – they were SINKING!!
Erica opened her eyes as someone was breathing into her mouth. He turned her to her side as she brought up ocean water. When she looked up, she saw a gorgeous man in front of her. Up on the cliffs, she heard someone call “Princess”. She passed out and woke again in the palace infirmary. Why will no one believe her when she tells them of the man who saved her life?
As her parents prepare her for the ball in her honor, Erica again meets the handsome stranger, there to greet her with all the honored guests. When she finishes dancing with Hayden, she seeks the stranger, finally going outside where she sees him on the beach. She joins him and he kisses her and dances with her. Then he mysteriously disappears. Who is this man? Why does he draw her to the sea?
This was an excellent retelling of the Little Mermaid, with appropriate twists and turns for our enjoyment! The pacing of the story was perfect, giving the reader the tension of the storm experience, and the relaxation of the grand ball, at which Erica meets the handsome stranger again. I couldn’t stop myself from sighing deeply at how I imagined them falling in love. Don’t miss this wonderful book! It will take you back to your childhood with an adult’s perspective. You’ll love it!
The writing isn’t horrible, but Armitage has this annoying habit of recapping and explaining what we just read. And the redundancies. I lost count of how many times Erica said she and Hayden were only friends and had no romantic feelings for each other.
The further I read, the more convoluted the story became, probably because Armitage was trying to insert a fresh twist. I suspect she was heading toward Erica's mother being Disney's Ariel, but I quit reading in chapter 19. That’s when Armitage dropped her first F-bomb. The book is listed under Teen, but I wouldn't recommend it for that reason. Up till then, it had been relatively clean.
But I’ve read stories all the way through despite F-bombs, so I suppose the real reason I quit is because I lost interest. I might have skimmed just to see how it turned out, but I kind of prefer my own ending. In my version, the sea witch takes Erica’s beautiful body as her own, kidnaps Hayden, and turns both him and Ari-El into her love-slaves. And they all live happily ever after.
The book is fast-paced and witty. There are some humorous moments and some unbelievably tense moments. This is everything a fairy tale should be and more. I can't wait for the sequel Blue Water.