Published by Disney Press on July 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fiction
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Reading Challenges: February 2020 To Be Read Pile Challenge
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.
Growing up The Little Mermaid was one of my favorite movies. Poor Unfortunate Soul is a retelling from Ursula’s point of view. I wanted to really love this book, but it just felt that there was something lacking.
Poort Unfortunate Soul glosses over the parts of the Little Mermaid from Ariel’s point of view. Instead, watching from Ursual and the Weird Sisters points of view. I really like the introduction of The Weird Sisters as another outside power.
It was interesting to see how each of the different Disney movies were connected. Again The Weird Sisters were connected there. But in the book Ursula sought out their help and they had other reasons as well.
But as with most villains, each has their own agenda. In Poor Unfortunate Soul it follows the same path. The Weird Sisters are looking for their sister, but what they do not know if that Ursula has here.
Overall I found Poor Unfortunate Soul lacking in detail. While I understand the book is geared towards children, it would have been nice to get those extra details. The book was a quick read which is great for early readers.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: