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Princess Reads: The Little Mermaid

Some of these are directly inspired some of them just remind me of the basic story, such as To Kill a Kingdom, which is sort of a reverse Little Mermaid situation.

Sea Witch

Sea Witch by [Sarah Henning]

Summary

A cross between Wicked meets the “The Little Mermaid” this is the captivating origin story of one of literatures most iconic villianiness.

After losing her best friend Anna, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing village. She’s had to hide her talent all the while mourning her loss and deeply feeling her guilt.

But when she meets a girl who looks almost identical to her lost friend and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes Evie feels like her life is finally turning around, and that she might have a chance at a happily ever after.

But magic isn’t always fair and her new friend can’t stay with her, or on land, without Evie’s help. When Evie uses the power of her magic to save her friends humanity and her princes heart. She discovers too late that some bargains aren’t worth the price.

Why I Picked It

Got to love a good villian orgin story

Amazon: Sea Witch

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch 

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains Book 3) by [Serena Valentino, Disney Storybook Art Team]

Summary

The third novel in Serena Valentino’s (Fairest of All, Beast Within) “VILLAINS” trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.

Why I Picked It

Same reason gotta love a good villain story.

Amazon: Poor Unfortunate Souls

Fathomless

Summary

Celia Reynolds thinks her power is pretty much useless. She’s the youngest in a set of triplets who can see the past present and future, being the youngest, Celia is stuck seeing the past. She thinks her power has no use until she meets Lo.

Celia doesn’t know who Lo is or more accurately who Lo was, once a human now almost completely a mermaid, a term too pretty for the soulless monster she’s becoming.

Lo is having a problem figuring out who she is or who was. Now almost entirely a mermaid she clings to the shards of her former self, even though she’s just as tempted to not fight being a mermaid even though it mean a dark sort of immortality.

When a boy named Jude falls off a pier into the ocean Celia and Lo work together to rescue him. Celia and Lo form a friendship with Jude but they soon find themselves competing for Jude’s affecting.

Lo realizes she needs something more if she’s to regain her humanity. She needs Jude to fall in love with her so she can steal his soul.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

Why I Picked It

If you include mermaids you have to include sirens. Plus Lo needs a mortal to fall in love with her like Ariel does.

Amazon:Fathomless

To Kill a Kingdom

Summary

Kind of a reverse Little Mermaid, Princess Lira is leathal siren royalty who hunts the hearts of princes. She’s revered across the sea. But when she’s forced to kill one of her own, her mother the Sea Queen, turns her into the thing she hates most, a human.

Now with her song taken away from her she must deliver deadly siren hunting Prince Elian’s heart to the sea queen by the winter solstice or remain a human forever.

Why I Chose It

The story just reminds me of a reverse little mermaid.

Amazon: To Kill A Kingdom

Atlantia

Atlantia by [Ally Condie]

Summary

Rio has always dreamed of leaving her artifical city of Atlantia behind, but when her twin sister makes a choice that strands her below, her future of seeing the world above is ripped away from her. Now with the last person who knew about her siren nature gone Rio embarks upon a dangerous path, after all she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by an unlikely mentor Rio formulates a plan that ends up with her asking questions about her mother’s death, her destiny, and the systems that divide the land and sea. But if she and her city are to survive she must find and speak the long hidden truths.

Why I Chose It

Again any story with mermaids ends up reminds me of sirens.

Amazon: Atlania

Pokémon for Little Mermaid.

Seek

I chose this Pokémon because seals were often confused for mermaids.

Brionne

I picked this Pokémon because one of its signature moves is dancing and Ariel wanted to be a human and dance.

Seadra

This little Pokémon reminded me of Flounder.

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Princess Reads: Cinderella

So I figured out why I’ve been having such a problem with these Princess Reads. I’ve seen so many people do lists of retellings. Instead, I want to do things books that remind me of the story in a series of different books, for example, things for Cinderella-like dresses, shoes, pumpkins, and singing. I’ll include some retellings but I want expand on it a little bit. I’m also including favorite Pokemon at the end that remind me of the story.

Mechanica

Mechanica by [Betsy Cornwell]

Summary

Nicolette’s stepsister’s call her “Mechanica” to try and insult her. But honestly the name fits. When her mother was alive she learned to be an inventor right next to her mom. Even though her mother is gone now and her step sister have pushed her into a life of servitude she can’t forget those days of inventing.

Everything changes for Nicolette when she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday. She soon befriends a magical horse named Jules. With the new discoveries she starts to imagine a new life for herself. The timing is also perfect. There is technological exposition and royal ball coming up.

Not content to wait around for the prince to pick her Nicolette is going to invent her own happy ending and show both the prince and the entrepreneurs what she can do.

Why I Chose It

The Cinderella in this story doesn’t care much about princely approval and is focused on making her own future for herself.

Amazon: Mechanica

Cinderella is Dead

Cinderella Is Dead by [Kalynn Bayron]

Summary

A twisted tale of Cinderella’s happy ending. In Sophia’s world 200 year’s ago Cinderella supposedly found her prince. But now the fairy tale is over for everyone else. Teen girl are now required to appear at the annual ball. Men in the kingdom select wives based on a girls display of finery, if you don’t find a match. Well the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sophia doesn’t want anything to do with the Annual Ball, she’d much rather marry Erin her childhood best friend, than go on parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia flees and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb, where she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her stepsisters. Sophia and Constance both have the same goal, to bring down the king and the tradition of the annual ball once and for all.

Why I chose It

A black and queer Cinderella written by a black woman author, this had to be on the list. I don’t think I have to add any other explanation.

Amazon: Cinderella is Dead

Stepsister

Summary

The Cinderella tale told from the perspective of the ‘ugly’ stepsister. This version harkens back to the original where the stepsisters tried to cut off their toes to fit in the glass slipper.

It explores the true nature of beauty, the ugly stepsister Isabelle is a plain girl who was cast aside for Cinderella in a world where beauty is the most important virtue. But she’s a bold girl in a world where girls are supposed to be quiet and demure.

She’s tried to be more like Cinderella, even cut away literal pieces of herself to do it. But it’s only made her bitter, now with a chance to alter her destiny she will have the chance to have her happily ever after and score one for all the ugly stepsisters in the world.

Isabelle will go on journey of empowerment and redemption and find her own meaning of beauty.

Why I Chose It

I wanted a book that mentioned one of the other characters in the original story. I also appreciate the fact that Cinderella’s story on its face can be a shallow one about beauty alone and love to see it turned around or told from different point of view that leads me to my next two picks.

Amazon: Stepsister

Fat Girl on a Plane

This is a bit of a strech but Cinderella has always been about the dress too, and so I found a few books that focused on fashion and young women finding their happily ever after.

Summary

Cookie Vonn just wants to get out of Phoenix and become the next great fashion designer for people of all sizes. But she’s fat, something that’s utterly frowned upon in the world of fashion. It doesn’t help that she’s named after a snack food or that she’s constantly compared to famous supermodel mom.

She scores a chance to pitch her portfolio for New York Designers, but after numerous trials, she finally gets to New York only to find herself replaced by an ultrathin rival. She ends up getting an offer to stay and design clothes like she wanted but it’s nothing like she imagined it would be the fashion designers are more interested in putting women down, no matter their size.

Her designs make waves but her dream of making clothes for people of all sizes seem further away from ever?

When will she realize she’s always had the to make her dreams come true?

Why I Picked It

While it’s not an exact match to the Cinderella story it definitely has the elements, plus I love stories where fat protagonists are featured.

Amazon: Fat Girl on a Plane

A Dress for the Wicked

A Dress for the Wicked by [Autumn Krause]

Summary

Emmaline Watkins is from Shy a town in Avon upon Kynt, it’s a place where nothing much happens. Emmiline always thought her future held much the same nothing much in particular.

But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country open her prestigious design competion to young women from outside the stylish capital city Emmy’s dreams seem like they might actually have have a chance to come true.

But as the first “country girl” to compete Emmy knows she will have to deal with extra hurdles on her way to the top, but as she deals with the twisted world of high fashion, will she be able to tailor herself to fit into the dark courrupted race, and what’s more, will she want to?

Why I Picked It

It it reminded me of the ball from Cinderella and how Cinderella was a country girl who had to change herself. It just had a few similarities that made me want to add it to the list.

Amazon: A Dress for the Wicked

Pokemon That Remind Me of Cinderella

Azumarill
Azumarill reminds me of Cinderella because of the mice that are sometimes associated with the story.
Delcatty
Delcatty reminds me of Cinderella’s stepmother’s prim cat.
Pumpkaboo
Pumpkaboo reminds me of Cinderella’s enchanted carriage.

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Princess Reads

As I finish up the Pokemon Reads tag, I needed to decide on a new project to lead me into the spring. So I decided to combine something I liked just like I did with Pokemon and reading, Disney and reading. I’m going to do some posts based on some of the different princesses, some that Disney has covered as well as a couple of originals.

The first one I’m going to cover is the first movie Disney came out with Snow White! I’m going to do retellings as well as books inspired by the spirit of the book.

These should start on off days such as Tuesdays in April and continue into May, I’ve also got another project in the works, still based on Pokemon. You all will learn more about that project later this week.

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