• Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling

  • Tales of Akatsuki, Book 1
  • By: Nicolette Andrews
  • Narrated by: Joanna Roddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling

By: Nicolette Andrews
Narrated by: Joanna Roddy
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Publisher's Summary

Rin is an immortal kitsune, or at least she was until a witch’s curse turned her human. To regain her yokai powers and avoid being turned into a fox, she must make the lord’s son fall in love with her before the next full moon. Her kind has been seducing humans for centuries, and it should be easy, as long as he doesn’t find out she’s a kitsune…except the curse also took her voice. 

Hikaru is betrothed to the daughter of a rival lord, and he will fulfill his duty, protecting his clan from others and from the yokai. But when he’s saved by a mysterious red-haired woman, he can’t forget her, try as he might. Then she turns up at his door....

Only it can’t be his savior, since this woman has ebony hair, but there’s something inexplicably bewitching about her. Yet his father’s treaty depends on his marriage to another, and even an innocent dalliance could ruin everything. 

Falling in love is dangerous for them both. Not only are they from different worlds, but their time together can only end in heartache. Hikaru’s marriage means security for his clan, and Rin must destroy it or be turned into a fox. And truly loving Hikaru means revealing she’s one of the hated yokai and an immortal. Will they risk it all for love? Or will their two worlds rip them apart for good?

Fans of fairy tale retellings, anime, and manga love Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling, an old tale retold from a fresh perspective. 

Dive into a rich world of intrigue and adventure, spirits and humans - get your copy of this heartfelt fantasy romance today!

©2015 Nicolette Andrews (P)2021 Nicolette Andrews

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Interesting

This was definitely an interesting twist of a retelling.
There is so much going on and still so much to learn, hoping for more answers in book 2.

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A Captivating Re-Telling

I really enjoyed how the author turned this into a new story of it's own. The characters were in depth & flow on point. The narrator was wonderful at bringing the story to life

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A Little Mermaid Retelling?

This was my first experience with Nicolette Andrews' work, and it was entertaining; however, it took me a period of time to recognize how this story was a Little Mermaid retelling. Once I broke down the Little Mermaid into a species transformed into a human being through the interaction of a witch at the cost of her voice, I could see the similarities, but I don't think that adequately described this story. Joanna Roddy's narration was fine, but I found her style lacking expressiveness at times. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Cute

it's a cute retelling of little mermaid. if you love Disney and grew up watching Disney like me this story is for you. listened to it in one sitting and loved it!

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Wonderful

The more I listen to books by Nicolette, the more I feel in love with her writing. This is a beautiful fairytale retelling of the little mermaid It was so well written and really kept my attention in the entire time.

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Interesting story

It was a nice story…. Part of the story was slightly confused… nice ending ….

Was not my kind of story….

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Baskerville Book Reviews

Much like the other books in this series, it featured a lot of Japanese words and cultural references that I have no prior knowledge of what they mean. While on the topic of my confusion, I’m all for women with tails, and then some. But I have no idea what the hell anything in this story has to do with mermaids. I have no familiarity with the original story, which means I can’t rate this as a retelling.

As a standalone romance, it was great. It’s been a minute since I listened to the other 2 stories, but I know at least 1 character “the Dragon” makes an appearance in this book, as well as the others. I enjoy the world-building and interconnectedness of the stories, despite being able to listen to them alone. The romance moves at a reasonable pace for a romance novel and the characters grow as people along the way. The side plots are equally as compelling and interesting, so there’s never a dull moment.

The narrator did a fine job of bringing the characters to life, as well as adding personality to them. It was never an issue to tell who was speaking and the audio lacked any issues.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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Fantastic

I absolutely loved this story. This retelling of the little Mermaid was special. With the Narrator’s help you’re drawn in and feel like you’re a part of everything.

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For Lovers of Japanese Folklore

A complicated, twisted tale about a fox yokai. Nicolette Andrews created a magical, complex world in Kitsune. Colorful and evocative. I listened to this tale while typing in data into a spreadsheet, and it made the dull hours pass by in a flash.

Narration excellent.

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Fun YA Japanese Fairytale Retelling

I found the Japanese Fae side of this story to be really interesting and beautifully described. The story draws you in, the world building and character development was very well done. Basically, Ren, our little mermaid character, is a kitsune which is a fox/person.... She can go between forms and has special powers. The love triangles are more like multiple overlapping love polygons, which of course got very sticky and problematic for the characters and the reader to follow at times. I really had major issues with the fact that the "prince" is married and Ren is cursed by a witch to start a war by seducing him and then must kill him or his wife. The fact that the story tries to make it acceptable for the adulterous relationship is my biggest issue. This is definitely geared towards a more adult crowd with the content.

Parents- PG13-R- more young adult +17 and up
Language: some but no f-bombs
Violence: moderate violence with murders and fight scenes but not overly graphic
Sexual Content- undertones and insinuations, heavy desires, seduction attempts, naked scenes and a few love making scenes (build up, starting and after)

The narrator was great although I thought it was better at 1.3x speed. She had good differentiation between characters and the overall acting was well done.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.