Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Aster a strange thing happened.
They say the prince married a girl who was not what she appeared and that another girl who saved the kingdom vanished without a trace. Some said it was witchcraft. Some said it was only a legend. For those who knew the truth, it was magic….
Rescued from the sea at an early age, Pearl grew up within sight of the water…and the castle. With her pale skin and silvery hair, she was an outcast in the village. Her only friend was a boy she met on the beach — a young prince named James, who understood Pearl’s desire just to be like everyone else.
Their friendship is viewed from afar by many: a disdainful king, Pearl’s worried foster parents, a jealous young mermaid, a lovestruck merman, and the powerful sea witch. Now a storm brews in the kingdom, with a tidal force that could keep Pearl and James apart.
Midnight Pearls is the other book my best friend lent me in the Once Upon A Time series. Even though i have read it before, i still enjoyed it.
The book is based on the fairytale, The Little Mermaid. It is a darker story compared to Beauty Sleep. Not that it’s terribly depressing or anything, the conflicts that arise are just more intense. It grips you more tightly, your breath held as you turn the pages despairing the next situation and what will happen.
It is a great twist on the traditional fairytale, a little less obvious and predictable compared to Beauty Sleep.
I would definitely recommend Midnight Pearls, especially to those who like anything fantasy or fairytale. I would read it again, however maybe not as much as i would like to read Beauty Sleep. Knowing the ending does not stop the high state of anxiety i get myself into during the course of the book and its conflicts. It’s an easy read but not as lighthearted.