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Beautiful to Me E. L. Tenenbaum


When the sea witch summons Ariel, she hardly believes what comes next; Siena, the beautiful, charming, most favored princess has traded in her tongue and tail for a pair of legs and a chance to live a human life. The sea witch fears that if the king finds out about Siena's life on land, he'll flood the earth with the oceans. All of Merdom has shunned the princess, but Ariel, who has never been more than unremarkable, is deemed the right candidate to go after her.

Ariel sets out after Siena, determined to bring her home. However, on land, Ariel's regular mermaid magic makes her a human with unique abilities, ones that get her noticed by the royal family. Ariel tries to remain focused, but, in time, she realizes that instead of saving Siena from life on land, she may be taking the one she gave up everything to have.


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3 comments on "Beautiful to Me"

K.L. Andrews on Nov. 5, 2017, 2:47 p.m. said:

K.L. Andrews

This story was enchanting, I truely enjoyed Ariel and her prince falling in love and the sweetness of her character. You have a gift for flowery words and it read exactly like a fairytale. Near the beginning her reiteration of Siena’s character did become a bit repetitive, but I was able to move past it and enjoy the rest. I was worried that the ending would be sad, as it had seemed so in the beginning, but it was bittersweet. I enjoyed this enough to finish it in a day.

The way in which it is written reminds me of Beauty by Robin McKinney, not just because they are both based of fairytales.

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K.L. Andrews on Nov. 5, 2017, 1:37 a.m. said:

K.L. Andrews

I normally don't like first person POV, but you have a very good way of roping people in. Your descriptions are lovely and I am intrigued by what you've changed with the story. So far so good!

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Katarzyna Wu on Oct. 30, 2017, 10:44 a.m. said:

Katarzyna Wu

Dang, the last sentence in the first chapter was an incredibly great hook. I love it!

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