Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (2022)

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

“Every being has a soul.”

What a romantic, dreamlike fairy tale!

Move over Little Mermaid, I have a new favourite under the sea fairy tale. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is based upon the Korean tale, The Tale of Shim Cheong. Now, I’m not familiar with the original tale, so I don’t know how much this aligns or diverts, but I must say this story is simply delightful. Listening to the audiobook (I recommend the audiobook completely!) is like watching a cosy animated film in your mind. A lot of reviews have mentioned Studio Ghibli vibes, and I totally get the vibes from that, too. Or perhaps like a Disney Princess tale. It’s a book that feels colourful, if you get me. It’s a little bit Little Mermaid and a little bit Howl’s Moving Castle and maybe a little bit of Ever After and The Chronicles of Narnia and Atlantis. It’s wholly it’s own, it’s wholly beautiful and enchanting, but it feels familiar. A tale that’s bright and romantic and kind. I definitely think I will be revisiting this one. Like all good fairy tales, it deserves multiple reads.

“I am like the other brides. I know what it is to love someone you would do anything to protect. Who are you to say what my fate is—if I am to fail, or if I am to succeed? My fate is not yours to decide. My fate belongs to me.”

Mina and Shin are adorable and precious, and I really liked Kirin and Namgi, too! Honestly, the whole cast of characters are great! But Mina cares so much and I just loved her \o/ What a good person. Truly. Her indignation at the treatment of those she encounters was so raw and I appreciated her characterisation so much. It’s hard to get all the great quotes down when you’re listening to the audiobook, but there were some just jaw-droppingly good lines about Mina’s morals and I just totally became her cheerleader.

Don’t chase fate, Mina. Let fate chase you.

THIS WHOLE BOOK IS JUST WHOLESOME AND LUSH AND LOVELY 🖤🖤🖤 If you haven’t added it to your reading list, absolutely do!

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