Just cause Fairy tales are the best, and let’s be honest, we’re all probably a tiny bit curious as to what would have happened if Ursula had indeed won and Ariel had lost.
Publication: September 4th 2018
Synopsis: What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? Five years after the (twisted) events of the film, Ariel is now the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric’s kingdom on land. But when the sea witch threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel finds herself returning to a world (and a prince) she thought she’d left behind forever.
Review/Thoughts: The first 20-40 pages of the book rips apart Ariel’s happy-ever-ever. She doesn’t marry Prince Eric. She doesn’t get her voice back. None of that. She literally doesn’t win. Her father trades his life for her and she goes back to Atlantica to rule as it’s silent Queen of the Sea. Venessa/Ursula; she wins. She keeps Ariel’s voice, get’s her father, marries the prince and becomes Princess Vanessa over Tirulia. “Ripped to shreds” is an excellent way of describing it. However, it’s still worth the read.
I’ve read a few other Twisted Tales, and in the ones I’ve already read, they follow the story and then take a moment in the Disney film and twist it. (Hence the name.) This books starts five years after the events of the film, yes they made Ursula win, but I wished they would have started the book on the Wedding day, and not five years after that. I just think I would have enjoyed a bit more if they did add 5-10 more pages in the beginning starting on the Wedding day, the day when Ursula won…instead of 5 years later.
In five years people/characters can change…a lot. Ariel is no longer the mermaid she once was. She’s now a little wiser. She’s thinking things through. She’s not off collecting “Gizmos and Gadgets galore” but then again, I guess running a kingdom for the past five years as a mute Queen of the Sea might change you a little.
Eric is…he’s lost his love for the sea and not paying attention to his royal duties, but being under Ursula’s spell and the fact she wants him pre-occupied, I can see why he would be this way. But, yes there is a but to all this, I loved how he was written. I feel like in the animated we don’t get enough time with him, and in this book we do. This book made me like Eric a whole lot more. I wasn’t his biggest fan in the animated (I don’t know why) but he really did grew on me in this book. I was much more attached to book Eric then movie Eric.
Ursula was kinda bland for me. She felt kinda laid back and didn’t care to much to about Ariel and whether she’d show up again at some point. I mean, why would you wait 5 whole years to set your plans in motion? Why not right away? Why wait? If you wait there’s a risk of something interfering/backfiring and your plans not working out. I just don’t get it, or maybe I just missed something, but I don’t get why you would wait 5 whole years. I just felt like Ursula lacked in the book.
And last of all, Vareet. I loved this little maid, and I felt so bad for her at times, being as she was assigned to Ursula. She didn’t deserve to be put through what she did, but she was such a strong girl through it all. I’m so happy she was included. I lived for the moments when she came into play. I found her so intriguing. I just wished I could have seen her more.
Anyway, despite all the ups and downs, I still enjoyed this read. I don’t know when I’ll read it again (’cause I got a lot of books to read.😅) but I enjoyed reading this Twisted Tale. If I were to go watch the animated movie, as soon as it’s done I’d probably be wanting to read this book again.😂 It’s not one of my favorite books out of the year so far, but it was still worth the read. I don’t regret reading it this summer.
~Till the next chapter~