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Fathom (The Chronicles of Crescent Moon Bay #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes h ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ruby Slippers Press (first published September 24th 2012)
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Mags~CVAddikt~Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate
3.5 stars

Books with sea creatures and I didn't get along. Last year I read a book about mermaids and ... no ... I promised myself I would never subject myself to that torture again, I would never, ever read another YA book about mythological sea creatures (mermaids and the like).

I'm so glad I broke the promise!!

The first thing that got my attention was the title, Fathom. It reminded me of a comic I read 15 years ago (damn! I'm getting old), by the amazing artist Michael Turner (R.I.P) ... here i
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I am so glad I had an opportunity to read this book, because two days ago, I had no idea what Selkies are. I have never even heard of them before. And now, I can show off with my expanded knowledge.

this story is written in two POVs: Caleb's and Kira's.
Caleb is a Selkie and Kira is a normal everyday girl who turns up not to be as normal as she thought she was. She finds out that her mother was a Selkie.
But that is all I will tell you becau
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A small town girl falls in love with her best friend and finds out Celtic mythology is alive and well in Crescent Moon Bay.

Opening Sentence: I never believed in ghosts.

The Review:

At first I was a little leary — what with the first sentence being on ghosts. But as I read more, I realized it’s not about ghosts; it’s about Celtic myths, specifically Selkies. Kira Callahan is just a normal girl. With a mother who murdered her sister then commit
Wow! Every book Merrie Destefano writes is even better than the last. I loved the books she wrote before, but Fathom is unquestionably my favorite of her stories. The characters, plot, and world are all well-developed and they sucked me right in. I spent almost an entire day immersed in Fathom, and I didn't want to leave when it ended.

Fathom's characters feel real and true-to-life. They're complicated and fascinating, and their interactions are full of life and depth. I like that Fathom avoids c
Book Chatter-Cath
Original review here:

Fathom is a story steeped in mystery, legends, and the ghosts of a tragic past. And although it has been written with a YA audience in mind, I have fallen in love with with beautiful and charismatic tale.

I fell in love with Kira straight off the bat.
Kira is a great girl, her determination and love for those around her is an attribute both admirable and foolish, no more so when faced with a choice between her own happiness, or fulfilli
I got this book free in exchange of an honest review.

This book is about 16-year-old Kira with a troubled past/family history, who starts experiencing weird things about herself and some people she is worund with act in a weird way when they are with her... she has to come to terms with that she isn't what she thought she was, and the world around her and her life (like the history of the death of her mother and sister) are also far from what she knew as truths, let alone the bunch of new kids in
Lacey Blauser
First, I would like to say that I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, so thank you Merrie Destefano!!! Fathom is a dual point of view book about a sixteen year old girl named Kira who is trying to figure out who she is and what happened to her mother and sister, while trying to fit in at high school. The book is told from Kira's perspective and Caleb's perspective, who is another main character that knows what Kira is and what her destiny holds.

I enjoyed this book, it
Genesis Blue
There had better be a sequel to this book, is all I have to say!
I love Merrie Destefano's adult urban fantasy fiction and when I learned that she was writing a full-length young adult novel I just knew I had to read it. With her flair for writing unusual characters and plot lines with unexpected twists and turns she never disappoints and her new book Fathom is no exception - in fact it's my favorite book from Merrie! She combines the struggles of a girl struggling with fitting in in high school with a dash of mystery and a spooky Celtic legend that makes thi ...more
It's no secret that I love Merrie Destefano's books and stories. Her writing has a beautiful flow to it, bringing the reader inside the story to experience it with the characters. Fathom is the first Young Adult story I've read by Merrie, and my summer was so chaotic I had fell behind in book news, and didn't know much at all about her new novel. I dived into the unknown and was captivated by the end of the first chapter, wanting to know what was going to happen to Kira. Was her family evil? Hmm ...more
Kat Heckenbach
I'll start with the negatives, just to get them out of the way:

-There is a love triangle.

-The main character, Kira, is a Twilight fan :P.

-There are a few places where I thought reactions Like, a little more angst than necessary in a place or two, and two places where I really thought there should be more emotion/description and a bit of freaking out.

That said....

I was happy dancing through this whole book because I loved the voice. Kira is smart and just a little snarky, but it's *n
Oct 02, 2012 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I love everything Destefano has written so far, so when I got the chance to read Fathom I jumped at it of course.

And Fathom didn't disappoint.

I liked Kira (who's one of the two narrators of this story) from the start. She's haunted by the memory of her mother and sister and still has to find a way to cope with the loss. This makes her vulnerable, but it also made her strong in other ways. I very much enjoyed getting to know her and I wanted her to find happiness.

The other narrator in this story
Erica Marie
What a fantastic story. I loved both Kira and Caleb's voices. There was so much emotion in this book. And celtic legends? YES! I loved it. I loved the moments when Kira found out what she was and what her mother had been. I felt so connected to the characters, I felt what they felt and that's definitely something I always look for in a novel. This book was so beautifully written and mysterious. The twists and turns, the heartbreaking climax and the heroines certainty at the end that there was on ...more
I have a weak spot for mermaid stories and alternating POVs. This book had both. It was a quick and engaging read with some really memorable characters. I loved the relationship between Sean and Kira. It was sweet and seemed natural for their friendship to bloom into something more. However, the quick, spontaneous relationship between Caleb and Kira seemed less when compared with that friendship. This insta-connection was important for the end of the book, but I wished that there had been a buil ...more
I enjoyed this book, I got side tracked while reading (with mundane life) but there was something there that made me want to get back and finish it. What I really liked was that it was not predictable, but it still ticked the boxes to give me my YA kick.

The main character, Kira, is likeable, she's had a hard life and she isn't depressing and she isn't annoyingly cute. Her main man (i am not revealing any spoilers) is absolutely adorable. Their interaction and conversations gives you that little

I would like to thank the author for gifting me this book for a honest review, Thanks!!

We are taken to the small town of Cresent Moon Bay, Kira is a sixteen year old girl living with her Dad and Grandma and trying to live life as normal a possible. Kira is still trying to cope with the deaths of her mother and sister, she doesnt have many frineds, just her best friend Sean, who has always been there for her. Then there are some new visitors to the small town and group of teenagers, one them bein
Lara Hulzen
Ten years ago, Kira Callahan’s mother supposedly killed Kira’s younger sister and then threw herself off a cliff into the ocean, never to be heard from again. Now at sixteen, Kira wants nothing more than to hang out with her best friend, Sean, and swim in the ocean, the one place she can drown out the voices from her past.

Kira lives with her father who still mourns his lost love and her grandmother, a strong-willed Gaelic woman who tells Kira tales of her heritage and myths of the sea. But are
*review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest view

Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 Stars

Fathom is a beautifully crafted tale of ancient Celtic legends and the difficulties of growing up with emotional scars.

An awful family tragedy has both literally and figuratively haunted 16-year-old Kira Callihan for most of her life. Growing up in California with her father and grandmother, Kira finds it difficult to live with the memories of the night
First of all, I have to let you know that this review will be short. I can't use English very well so i can't write long texts.
Fathom is the story of Kira, a girl who lived her entire life as an outcast after her mother's and sister's death. After her sixteen birthday, a strange group of teenagers appear in Crescent Moon Bay. When Kira is been kept underwater by the girls of this group she changes into a Selkie. That's when it all begins. Kira has to look back her whole life from a different
Oct 09, 2012 Sharon marked it as to-read
Fathom is Merrie’s first foray into the young adult genre. I have read both her adult books, Afterlife and Feast, and loved them. You can find my reviews here and here. Merrie has a certain style of writing that sets her apart from other writers. Her prose has a rich dream like feel with dark undertones. I was glad to see she continues this style in her Y.A.

There is mystery and suspense, like you would find in a ghost story, and a monster, but I really can’t talk about the plot without giving aw
Brenda Ayala
This is definitely one of the better mermaid/siren/selkie books I've read. It was fun to have the Celtic mythology, one that isn't quite as popular in today's literature (at least that I've come across) so I loved having that to teach me while I was reading.

First off, I want to say how much I got frustrated with Kira. She was such a pushover! Literally whatever anyone wanted to do to her they could and she would just passively let it happen. It was the case with the Paper Dolls, Lucy specificall
so far I am Loving this book full review to come soon but really so far I definitely recommend it!
Alright! finally have some time to write a review for this Amazing book.
First things first: WoW. I am not traditionally into mermaid tales, not that i am against them but I have never thought "hey, this looks good" about any books that pertain to them. This book has really won me over. I read another book called Surface not to long ago that was about mermaids and it gave me the incentive to read th
Alana Austin-payne
I got this book as a read for review and would like to thank the author for the opportunity.

I really liked this book! I really felt for Kira. After losing her mother and sister, everyone treats her badly at school. Sean was really sweet! I loved that he stuck by her. He was appropriate that he became her familiar. I had my fingers crossed that she would end up with Caleb! I almost cried at the end! I wanted to reach through the book and slap Riley silly! I'm glad she got her family back but to
Fathom is a beautifully expressed story about a girl discovering herself and her recently uncovered selkie heritage. Even that description lacks the overall experience of Kira's plight. Her life has been filled with tragedy and social stigma that shape her rather unique personality. The story itself is told from Kira's and Caleb's, a selkie, perspective that give a well rounded view of events. I was more than a little impressed with this book. Not only does it surpass ALL my expectations for YA ...more
There's a dark, almost haunting quality to this book. I enjoyed it, and yet, the ending left me feeling sad and vaguely dissatisfied. Poor Caleb. Talk about getting the short end of the stick.

I hope the author has a sequel planned, because the story doesn't feel complete the way it is. There has to be more.

3.5 stars.
Andrea Verde
Destefano takes me to places and settings that are beyond my imagination and I love the journey. Her characters are real raw at times evoking feelings that touch my spirit. I lose myself in her books, her rich use of language and intriguing story lines pull me in every time.
B.J. Taylor
Merrie Destefano's work is indeed intriguing and that's why the cover of her newest book fits her and her writing so well. I am eager to read and absorb the newest depths Merrie leads the reader into. An exciting journey, to be sure.
Merrie Destefano owns this genre, too. Her transition from adult to YA urban fantasy is flawless.
Thiss is much more than the ghost story she teases you with, and much more satisfying as well.
This was a very surprising great read. I can't wait for book two to come out!
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