There are two winners in this giveaway due to a technical glitch (either a problem with Rafflecopter or a lack of sufficient caffeine for my brain…guess which one was the actual cause). Congratulations Mary P. and Sherry S.! I hope that you’ll enjoy reading Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon as much as I did.
Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered.
As I child I loved having fairy tales read to me until I was old enough to read them on my own. The Once Upon a Blog Hop giveaway celebrates that love of fairy tales. Thanks are given to Natalie-Nicole of Natalie-Nicole Bates and Holly of Full Moon Bites for organizing this wonderful blog hop.
I’ll be giving away a paperback copy of Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon via the Book Depository.
This giveaway is open to international residents but you must check to ensure Book Depository ships to your country (The Book Diva’s Reads will not be held responsible for invalid entries). To enter this giveaway please click here and use the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on December 7, 2012. The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 8, 2012 by 9:00 AM ET.
The subtitle “A Twist on the Classic Tale” provides the reader with just enough information that you’ll now this is not the old tale. There are just enough similarities to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid to make this recognizable, but Ms. Turgeon provides the reader with just enough “twists” (including more of the romance angle) to provide the reader with renewed interest in this classic story…well, at least for this reader.
There are definite unique aspects to this story as we see more into the mindset of Lenia, the mermaid Princess. The reader is also introduced to her rival, Princess Margrethe, daughter of the Northern King. They are not rivals in the true sense of the word in that they do not hate one another, but they are both vying for the attention and love of Prince Christopher, son of the Southern King. Both princesses are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, and even their concept of personal sacrifice is different. Nonetheless they are both willing to do so for love and the greater good.
I rather liked the characterization of the Northern King being as cold, hostile and foreboding as his northern kingdom, whereas the Southern King is somewhat kinder, gentler and sunnier much like his southern kingdom. A great story that is well-written and captivating, perfect for a weekend or vacation read.