The Mermaid by Christina Henry

The Mermaid

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 her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and ca...

Details The Mermaid

TitleThe Mermaid
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mythology, Mermaids, Adult

Reviews The Mermaid

  • Miranda Reads
    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 of...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    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....
  • 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...
  • Donna
    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 b...
  • Jillian Doherty
    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 las...
  • Lauren
    Ohhhhhhh my, this was so freaking amazing. The following review can be found at https://literarywisdom.wordpress.comDisclaimer: 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 StarsWow 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...
  • Morgan Tallman
    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 ...
  • Samantha Colwell
    More at Hello Yellow RoomWe 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 ...
  • Carrie Templeton
    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
    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 ...
    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!
  • Virginia
    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 o...
  • Cindy Roesel
    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 matt...
  • Kayla
    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 styl...
  • Erica
    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...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    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 fo...
  • The Farmer’s Daughter Reads
    4.5/5 StarsLet 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 ...
  • Sarah Combs
    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 thi...
  • J.L. Humphrey
    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 d...
  • Brooke
    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.
  • Haileyreads
    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!
  • Markie
    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!
  • Daryl
    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, thou...
  • Laura Williams
    A curious sea creature. A mysterious and beautiful woman. Or both? When she meets a driven showman, her life will be changed. Their story will grab you from the first page and you won't be able to put it down. I hope you enjoy this great read as much as I did.
  • Carmel
    I received free books from Penguin Random House in exchange for this reviewThe book caught my eye since the Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney fairy tales and PT Barnum has started to intrigue me lately.It was a little hard for me to get used to Christina Henry's writing style, it is a little more prose than I'm used to reading and her descriptions sometimes took two reads at the beginning. But I was definitely drawn in by the story and ...
  • Kristi
    I received the book via the publisher in the mail from a sweeps win. There are times I just want to read for the sheer joy of it, and I prefer that books are simple and beautiful and leave me feeling happy. This one certainly was all that, and the ride to the end was entertaining and easy too.What if mermaids were real and didn't hide, and humans knew they were real? Take that question, add an 'Opportunist Maximus' named PT Barnum, and a lonely, ...
  • Amanda
    I received free books from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review.I am a sucker for fairy tales and I am all for retelling of classic fairy tales. The book kept my interest and I enjoyed the character of Amelia and even the not so pleasant Barnum. Amelia tackles the whole new world and a strong yet complex character that I found challenges many ideals of the 1800s. The other character that seem to have center stage was P.T. Barnum, whic...
  • Margaret
    i received this free book from Penguin RandomHouse in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book, but not as much as Lost Boy. The depiction of Amelia was very interesting, a mermaid not familiar or interested in the limitations of women in that era. Her interactions with Barnum made me want to jump in on her side of every single discussion, as he treated her like an object, a thing, an animal. He also treated his wife as a lesser being, so...
  • Melanie
    I won an ARC of this book for review from Goodreads.I adored Amelia's outspoken and extremely frank nature, especially since the book is set during a time when women were expected to be seen and not heard. She doesn't take any mess from P.T. Barnum (or any man for that matter). Plus, she's a mermaid! She has to go through so much, from the general public wanting any piece of her they can get to religious fanatics claiming she is an abomination th...
  • Dgordon
    A lovely little story of Amelia a mermaid who leaves the sea for Jack a human who caught her in his net. Amelia is released but has fallen in love with Jack and gives up her life in the sea to live with him. Upon Jack's death Amelia is lost, Mermaids aging differently pines away for years until one day she is approached by Levi Lyman, an emissary for P. T. Barnum to go on exhibit in his museum.Christina Henry has again brought us a wonderful that...