What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula?
Since getting As Old As Time as a Christmas present from Chris’s mum a few years ago, I’ve become obsessed with the Twisted Tales series, to the point where they now take up over half a shelf on one of my bookcases.
As you can probably guess by the title, Part Of Your world is the Twisted Tales version of The Little Mermaid, which unlike As Old As Time, takes place a few years after the events of the original Little Mermaid story; but with a few twists thrown in.
Ariel never managed to get Eric to kiss her, so she never got her voice back. Triton sacrificed himself so his daughter could go free, and Ursula married Eric and is now ruling the human world as his wife.
Basically, Ursula’s plan worked and the bad guy won for once!
A few years have passed since then, and even though she tried to attack Ursula and get her voice back at first, Ariel has since given up hope, become the Queen of Atlantica and tried to move on with her life.
However, Scuttle finds out that Triton might not be dead like they all assumed, so she uses the Trident to turn herself into a human and try to rescue him.
As with all my book reviews, I’m keeping this as spoiler friendly as possible so I won’t cover too much more of the story.
However, the story is really well thought out, stays consistent with the original story and even includes little touches of traditional mermaid folk law.
As well as getting to know some original characters in more detail, there are also a few new ones introduced too which really add to the story and help you see things from other perspectives – not just the main characters.
This is yet another book that I finished in a day (which if I’m being honest, I have done with most of the Twisted Tales books) as I just couldn’t put it down!
Losing her voice, her father, the guy she loved and being made Queen has matured her quite a lot, which makes this a great book to read no matter what age you are.
I also love that, since she lost her voice, she uses a mermaid version of Sign Language to communicate.
I grew up learning BSL with a few members of my family, and when I was 15 I actually campaigned to have it as a language option in my school.
Not that I got very far with it, unfortunately, as for some reason I’ll never understand, the school insisted that learning German would be more beneficial to us.
To this day I’ve never spoken a word of German since leaving school, but there have been plenty of situations where I’ve been able to help people because I knew the basics of British Sign Language…
But, that’s a rant for another day!
Unlike As Old As Time, you would probably be fine letting kids read this one as it doesn’t really have anything too freaky in – although come to think of it, Ursula’s end plan might not be exactly PG…
I would easily give this 5 stars as I’ve reread it so many times, and even given it as a gift to a few people; who have all ended up loving it themselves!