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The Mermaid

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  116 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped he
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Berkley
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Miranda Reads
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
The fisherman loosed her and she dove back into the water the way a wild thing returns to a wild place, and he watched her go.


But...his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it, for that loneliness caught her more surely than the net.
Amelia - a young, restless mermaid - spent her entire life in the ocean with her family. Yet, despite the security and safety the deep ocean offered, she couldn't stand it.

So, she swam off to discover the mysteries of this world...only t
Mohammed Arabey
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, half way through...and I'm totally “Hooked” !

Smooth writing style, mixing fairytale with historical 19 century life, criticising society that fits even these days...
And just great paced...not ranty..which is a rarity..
If the first chapter which told the 'Origin' story in a "storytelling" style didn't hook you up..don't worry, you'll be caught hard in the "Net" of the next couple of chapters that it will be too hard to put the book down.

Mohammed Arabey
From 13 May 2018
To 15 May 2018
destiny ☠ howling libraries
Buddy read with the amazing Kayla! ♥

Thank you to Berkley for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for an honest review!
Review to come on release date
The ocean has a rhythm, but it has no heart.

This was leagues away from what I thought to expect of the author that wrote ALICE, a bizarre twisted dark ALICE IN WONDERLAND retelling. This wasn't dark or twisted or bizarre. It was instead just painfully sad. Mournfully bittersweet. Achingly tragic.

"Do not mistake the revelation of my body for the revelation of my heart. My heart keeps its own secrets, and they don't belong to you or anyone else just because you've seen me with a fish tail."

Like th
Katherine Moore
'The Mermaid' has immediately gone onto my favorites list, so I can tell you right away that this book is an absolute treat.
When I grabbed my early copy of it at Emerald City Con at the weekend, I hadn't heard it was coming out, so I certainly didn't harbor any expectations for it, and to be honest, I'm not even a big fan of fairytale retellings. Plus I had to dispel any recent images of killer mermaids I still had in my head after reading 'Into the Drowning Deep, and I thought this would be th
Sarah Marie
The Mermaid by Christina Henry

5 stars

“Freedom was far more intoxicating than safety could ever be.”

The mermaid swam in the oceans and enjoyed her freedom. Then a fisherman’s net captured her and the eyes of sad and lonely Jack stuck with her. Thus, began her decision to go onto land and shift from the horrifying alien creature into a woman with gray eyes. The transformation is not easy and it comes at a price that nearly cripples the mermaid, but she crawls into the fisherman’s house and finds a

I won an ARC of this book in a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. So, here we go:

I find it kind of ironic so soon after seeing "The Greatest Showman" to be reading a book with such a wildly different perspective of P.T Barnum. XD And honestly, despite the author's note at the end, I am far more inclined to see this book as a more accurate representation of the man, despite my love for the musical.

I'll start with the good. This book is very lovely in its prose and it's story. It
Jillian Doherty
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christina Henry does it again - I loved and devoured this book!
Based loosely on B.T. Barnum and his mermaid side show, this story courses through history and a familiar Splash story that is as craveable as it is hauntingly beautiful.
The heart of this incredible read is Amelia - the gray eyed, magical creature you love from page one. The pace of the narrative is as refreshing as its original storytelling.
Each of her books is better than the last!
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and am contemplating whether I think it should get over 4 stars. Maybe 4.25 out of 5. This is ultimately a story about a mermaid and what happens to her after coming onto land in the 1800's. She starts working for Barnum and starts to feel trapped in a world where women ultimately have no say. Coming from such a free place she's not really used to the way Americans thought and acted during those times. She was such a strong and independent character. I loved her wit, h ...more
Samantha Colwell
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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We all know this fairly predictable mermaid myth. A sea maiden is caught by a sailor, falls in love with the land and abandons her tail for two feet. Though The Mermaid follows this same formula, Christina Henry gives us enough unique turns to make this novel hold its own among the recent influx of mermaid fiction.

Amelia is more a wild thing of the ocean than a stereotypical half-fish-half-maiden. She clings to love and land, but when her sailor husband disappears on hi
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhhhh my, this was so freaking amazing.

The following review can be found at

Disclaimer: I received this book from Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't influence my opinions and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

5 out of 5 Stars

Wow where do I begin. Christina Henry has done it again. She is one of my favourite authors and her books never disappoint. Christina Henry has a gift for taking tales and adding her own dark twists to th
Morgan Tallman
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly probably closer to 4.5 stars -- Christina Henry with another hit! She's definitely found her niche and I'm so excited and sad that I won't get another new book from her for another year and a half at least, since I got this early! Henry knows how to spin fairytales and folk lore, and the Mermaid was a quick read that sucked me in and that I fell in love with! The Mermaid follows Amelia on her quest to find herself and achieve all of her goals. I would love a prequel or a sequel to this ...more
Carrie Templeton
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-tbr
I already knew I loved Henry’s fairy tale spin offs, but this one was exceptional.

Lots of currently relevant topics (feminism, civil rights, religious zealots, etc.) combined with a coming of age/self discovery story, based in American history but unfortunately ageless. The wonders of the little mermaid, with the bite of true life terrors.

I can’t wait to see what Christina Henry comes up with next!
Andrea Wahle
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review.

I have never read any of Christina Henry's books, but I am looking forward to discovering her backlist now. This is a beautiful story that you could say is a very loose retelling of The Little Mermaid. A very adventurous and curious mermaid is caught in a fisherman's net. He lets her go, but she recognizes the sadness and loneliness in his eyes and swims to find him. She undergoes a painful transformation to human form a
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this arc thru Goodreads from the publisher and I couldn't be happier! I finished this rather quickly, as I couldn't put it down. Loosely based on P. T. Barnum's Feejee Mermaid, Henry gave Amelia a very convincing life. very enjoyable story and I highly recommend it!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic tale from Christina Henry in which she takes an iconic figure and rewrites their story in a refreshing way!

This one takes a look at P.T. Barnum's Feejee Mermaid and sparks the question "What if that was a real mermaid who came to land because she fell in love with a human?" The answer is a great tale about a strong woman (mermaid) named Amelia. After the loss of her human husband, she loses her direction in life and seizes an opportunity to be a part of P.T. Barnum's American
Cindy Roesel
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once there was a fisherman ...
Christina Henry's new novel, THE MERMAID (Berkley) is a fantasy about a mermaid who is able to turn into a human and walk and talk among people. She considers herself first a mermaid, a woman of the sea. If that sounds preposterous, trust me I totally believed in Amelia Douglas and her wise ways, shortly into the novel through to the ending.

"It was her eyes. Those eyes were not human. and they never would be, no matter how long she lived among them."
Henry creates a
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I finished this book days ago, and since then have been trying to put into words all of my feelings about this book. I should start off by saying I was super lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this through the Penguin Random House booth at Emerald City Comic Con back in March. What follows is my honest review of The Mermaid by Christina Henry.

This is my second book by Christina Henry, and I can say I'm a huge fan of her writing style. She has an amazing way of telling a story that
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this novel via the First to Read program by Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review.

Once upon a time there was a mermaid who longed for adventure out of the sea. A lonely fisherman who loved the ocean captured the curious mermaid in his net. He loved her instantly but knew that she was a wild thing, not meant to be held captive, and so he released her. His kindness touched the young mermaid’s heart and so she returned to him. He called her Amelia and the s
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Somehow, this book just didn't capture me- I never grew to care about the characters enough to be completely engaged. The book tells the story of a mermaid, eventually given the name Amelia, who is caught by a fisherman named Jack, released, and then, because of that release, drawn to Jack. But mostly, the story is about Amelia's desire to explore the land- but she needs money. To get that money, she agrees to be an exhibit in P.T. Barnum's museum.

As someone who recently watched and
Penguin First-to-Read ARC.

I have only read Christina Henry's retellings. But after reading all of them. I'm definitely interested in reading her urban fantasy! But that's so different from retellings!

I liked this one very much. A bit of The Little Mermaid retelling but not quite. It's a story all on its own and it was delightful! I would've liked it to have been longer, I felt the ending was quite abrupt. She stayed at some parts much longer than others and I wanted more time on the "tour" befo
Jill Elizabeth
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely, surprising story this was! I quite enjoyed Christina Henry's rather sparse writing style - it suited Amelia's personality perfectly. I have had trouble with her books in the past; the writing doesn't always appeal to me/hold my interest. That was absolutely not the case here - from the first pages, I was drawn into the story and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the fictionalized Barnum also - he was a great foil to Amelia, and their interplay was very well ma ...more
The Farmer’s Daughter Reads
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

Let me start off with saying I have an intense obsession with mermaid books, I just adore the concept. This one certainly did not disappoint.

Loosely based on PT Barnum and his mermaid sideshow, Henry's historical fantasy tells the tale of a mermaid who left the wildness of the sea but the wildness of the sea never left her. Amelia is still reeling from the loss of her husband, Jack, a fisherman that loved her and never tried to change her, at sea. She agrees to become Barnum's mermaid
Sarah Combs
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Henry's writing style pulls you in so that you are fully immersed in her world and are emotionally invested in her characters. From the first page the story of the mermaid, Amelia, flows like the water she swims through and each of the other characters that she introduces has a voice of their own. It is very obvious that Henry has done her research on the subject (the Feejee Mermaid and Barnum's Circus) so that, even though this is a fictional story, there is a realness to the ...more
J.L. Humphrey
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book. It’s described as a historical fairy tale, and I think it delivered! The storyline follows a mermaid who falls in love with a fisherman, but when the fisherman dies and she becomes a widow, the mermaid decides to go on a human adventure. She lands herself in the midst of P. T. Barnum and all his schemes, becoming his next exhibit: the Feejee Mermaid.

Though the storyline takes place in the late 1800s, so many of the difficulties the mermaid (Amelia) faces are not so mu
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book well enough, but was not overly excited by it. The concept of having a real mermaid and P.T. Barnum was interesting, but something fell a little flat for me. Overall not a bad read or a waste of time, just not something to write home about.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this from a Goodreads giveaway for an honest review.

From the very beginning The Mermaid read like a fairytale which I absolutely loved! I did have some unanswered questions by the end but over all really enjoyed it!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I received an ARC from the publisher, and I am so glad I did. I had never read anything by Christina Henry previously, and I can already tell I need to go read her other work.

Fabulous characters, great story, and an amazing strong female lead. Absolutely fantastic!
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won an ARC of this from Goodreads First-Reads program. This novel tells the story of Amelia, an actual mermaid, who is captured by a fisherman in Maine, whom she comes to love and lives with for many years. Later, P.T. Barnum hears about her and sends his assistant to persuade her to come perform at Barnum's Museum in NYC. The book was well written and enjoyable, but I don't think it will stay with me for long. It had a slight YA feel to it, though I wouldn't put it in that category. For some re ...more
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CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B
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