For those of you who don’t know, the story of The Little Mermaid has always had a special place in my heart and always will. So when I heard that this book was a retelling of that story, I knew I had to read it. My only regret is waiting as long as I did. This story more than did my childhood justice. I love how Alexandra Christo took this story and really made her own out of it. She managed to keep the classical tale alive while keeping it original. That’s no easy feat.
It truly amazes and leaves me in awe how Christo managed to develop her own fantasy world while still staying true to the fairytale that inspired the story. I always worry with retellings that the author will be too influenced by the actual story and lean too heavily on it. This story, like the Lunar Chronicles, defied the odds. It was unique and developed and I loved everything about it.
The character development in this book was on point. They had depth and background and their emotions were always clear and grew throughout the story with the circumstances. Sometimes authors who have multiple main character’s forget to properly round their characters, but that was definitely not an issue for Christo.
Surprisingly, I think the fact that it was a dark retelling drew me in to the story even more. It was gripping and intense and I loved every bit of reading it. It also made it possible for this to be an enemies-to-lovers story which we all LOVE! 😉 It was perfectly executed to have me swooning and grinning and rolling my eyes while waiting not-so-patiently for them to realise they’re clearly made for each other. They’re obviously both stubborn and it takes a while 😂 BUT, when they do realise, it is 1000000000% worth the wait and honestly, that ending killed me with how amazing it was. KILLED. ME. This book is enemies-to-lovers at its finest.
In the movie, Eric’s character was rather flat. In this book, Elian could not have had more personality. I adored his character. He reminded me of Nikolai in some ways, with his sassiness and pirate lifestyle 😍 He was full of charisma and sarcasm and kindness. There honestly couldn’t have been a more perfect leading male character. I’m super happy it was a divided narrative between him and Lira and that we got our fair share of him.
Lira definitely made for an exceptional main character. She had all the fierceness and motive to carry this story forward at all times. This might sound terrible, but I kind of loved how stubborn and strong-headed she was. She did not take anyone’s crap. Ever. And she had no fear when it came to humans. She hated them so much it was almost comical 😂 That was perhaps why her change in this book was the most satisfying to witness. And beautiful.