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Monday, 3 April 2017

Book Review: The Little Mermaid and Goal Hop Update

Hey guys. Today I have a lovely graphic novel to share with you. I believe it will entertain both children and adults alike. It takes an old tale and turns it into a true wonderland of imagery. I have decided to not go on hiatus. But I will not be taking part in any hops or promos (unless already arranged) this month including no Insecure Hop post. I will be back to IWSG and everything else in May. This week I'll be posting a book review every day (minus weekends).

Title: The Little Mermaid by Metaphrog

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary: The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen's most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, and authors of the acclaimed The Red Shoes and Other Tales.

The Little Mermaid lives deep under the ocean and longs to see the world above. When at last she is allowed to rise to the surface at age fifteen, she falls in love with a young prince. In order to become a human and to be with him, she makes a dangerous pact with the Sea Witch.

Book Review

This version of The Little Mermaid is perfect for both kids and adults. The imagery alone is breathtaking and you will want to turn the page to read the story but also not because of all this spectacular eye candy. The sad tale of the mermaid (yes this is the original, not the Disney version) is told in under a hundred pages but masterfully so. The words are somewhat eclipsed by the beautiful art but only because it has been done so perfectly. The duo who created this masterpiece are award winners and I can see why. If you have heard of the tale of the little mermaid, then you know how it ends with the sea foam. But I truly believe the way that it's done here really emphasizes the heart of the story and this ill-fated mermaid. The themes of love, family, and sacrifice are well explored in a way appropriate for both children to read and adults to understand the deeper meaning. I highly recommend this book both for it's touching take on this old tale and for the captivating artwork. I got this e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

Goal Hop Update

The Goal Bloghop is a hop where you sign up with the goal you have in mind. It can be a small or big goal. Either way after joining you share your progress the last Friday of each month. Started by Misha, it is now co-hosted along with Jen and Brittney.

I had decided to go with a new goal for the new year. One hundred submissions a year. Well, I can say that so far that I have made one submission. It was for a small online contest for flash fiction under 100 words. Don't know the results yet but I'm hopeful. Admittedly I've been procrastinating on my poetry submissions. Perhaps I'm just nervous since I haven't sent in poetry for a long while. Either way this month I'm determined to get my numbers up. I am excited to see where this new goal takes me by the end of the year.

99 more submissions to go.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.


  1. Like ripping off a Band-aid - just do it and submit more! Don't make us sing ninety-nine bottles of submissions on the wall...

  2. I've never read a graphic novel before, but this sounds good. One of my critique partners has just started to write one, so maybe I'll try the genre. Awesome goal on submitting. Good luck with it.

  3. It's not too late to catch up on your goal.

    Graphic novels are so popular now.

  4. I really love the colour scheme on that cover!

  5. Wow! That's some number to set as a goal. Good luck. And thanks for the graphic novel today. That story is one of my favorites.

  6. That's a neat book you've featured here. Hey Sheena, how excited are you for May movies when we get both Alien: Covenant AND Guardians of the Galaxy 2 within two weeks of each other?

    1. I'm extremely excited for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Thanks for stopping by Michael.

  7. Good luck with your goals and glad you liked the book so much!

  8. I've never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds really good. I much prefer HCA's version; it's a poignant memory from my childhood. Now that I have osteoarthritis in my feet, some days I feel like the little mermaid walking on land. Good luck with your goals ~ oh my goodness 100 submissions in a year!

  9. Holy cow! 100 submissions a year is 2 a week. Shoot, I'm lucky if I work on a chapter every week. Keep up with the subbing - you rock!

  10. There is a chance you are eligible to receive a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.


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