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Son of a Mermaid (Mermaids of Cape Cod #1)

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Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated.

After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan is whisked away to Cape Cod. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he’s trying hard to deal with feelings of abandonment… and the emotions stirred by a girl he meets along the shore.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. T...more
Published May 2013 by Crescent Moon Press
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Lindsey
I want to be a mermaid when I grow up. The world that the author has created both outside and inside the ocean sounds gorgeous and full of secrets and intrigue. The descriptions make me want to crawl inside the book and live there. The characters, even most of the minor ones, are fully developed people. Shea is a sweetheart who picks up trash along the coast even though he's obviously not thrilled with his new living arrangements. But he makes the best of it while he discovers who he really is....more
Seeing Double in Neverland
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5 out of 5 Stars

This is a great, fun, romantic read for young readers!
Jonel Boyko
This novel is heart achingly intricate. O’Sullivan jumps straight to the heart of the story and keeps you there throughout. You flow through the story caught on her tranquil writing style that has the hint of a storm brewing just beneath the surface. The novel is simultaneously calm and intense. O’Sullivan’s entrancingly imaginative storyline blends together legends, imagination and fact to create a uniquely seamless whole.

O’Sullivan brings this story together with larger than life characters....more
Jody
***Absolutely love this novel! Fun, Imaginative, Excellent Writing, Five Stars ***

This book filled me with daydreams about lying on sunny beaches and swimming in the cool Atlantic waters.

The mysteries and intrigue start from the very beginning as tragedy strikes fifteen year old Shea MacNamara and takes his father, and only parent, away from him. Shea leaves Oklahoma to move in with his Grandmother in Cape Cod. Shortly after Shae's move he meets Kae, a peculiar and somewhat different "girl" earl...more
Wendy
In Oklahoma, kids become accustomed to storm drills. Having lived there all his life, Shea MacNamara should be used to them. Still, the strange anxiety he has during the drill remains after its over, despite the blue skies overhead. He and his best friend, John, talk about seeing a baseball game in St. Louis. Two girls fawn over the richest kid in school. From the outside, everything seems normal, even as something potent within him insists that something is very wrong. That intuition is proven...more
Howard Parsons
Most of us are familiar in some way with the ballet, Swan Lake; lots of female dancers in white and a couple of token male dancers. In 1995, Matthew Bourne launched his own adaptation in which the female corps de ballet is replaced by male dancers and the focus is shifted away from Odette and towards Prince Siegfried. Since its debut, this ballet has not been off the stage – somewhere in the world – for more than a few months and was the longest running ballet on Broadway and London’s West End.

K...more
Louann Carroll
Simply Charming

Shea MacNamara, fourteen going on fifteen, is torn from land-locked Oklahoma when his father disappears from the family farm during a tornado. Under the care of his grandmother, Shea is transported to Cape Cod where he meets a beautiful young lady on the beach. Shea likes to pick up the trash, counting each item in his head. From out of nowhere she appears, dripping wet and wearing a bikini.

Kae, a mermaid turned into a land-walker with the help of a special stone,sees Shea and wa...more
Rebecca
I feel lucky that Katie provided me an ARC of Son of a Mermaid. This is an enchanting book for all ages. Lately, everything I've read has been from the female perspective, and while that is always interesting it was refreshing to read about a male character that is searching for his true identity.

Shea is an Oklahoma farm boy with haunting dreams. When his father is killed in a freak tornado he moves to Cape Cod to live with his grandmother, Martha. This is his first experience with the ocean an...more
Tina
Son of a Mermaid is a very enjoyable book filled with vivid descriptions of Cape Cod and the ocean. I love how Katie describes the ocean life and gives the reader a whole new outlook on life in the ocean. I could picture myself swimming side by side with the fish and Kae. I could also smell the salt water and feel the breeze as if I were laying on the sand letting the sun warm my cheeks. Beautifully written for a YA and the young at heart.

Original storyline and loveable characters. This book ha...more
Aishwarya
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Shea MacNamara's life just got complicated. After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan is whisked away to Cape Cod. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he's trying hard to deal with feelings of abandonment... and the emotions stirred by a girl he meets along the shore. Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned...more
Morgan Faufaw
This is a great, fun, romantic read for young readers! It was clean and I would recommend it for my 11 year old daughter! I really enjoyed the story-line and can't wait to see what happens next!

Shea is a young man living in Oklahoma. He is a farm boy in middle school and is not popular or rich. The kids at school taunt him about his mom leaving and not being around anymore. He starts feeling a tingling in his legs and he wonders if it is just shaking from the storms. Shea has been having nightma...more
Jessica Hawke
Son of a Mermaid is a real “whale of a tale” about sixteen-year-old Shea McNamara. Much like the open sea which is lovingly detailed and ever-present in this novel, there are many secrets below the surface of Shea’s seemingly normal life.

One of the things that struck me early in my reading was how snappy and crisp the writing is. I felt like I was sitting on a beach, looking out on the waves crashing on the sand. The ocean is almost a character of its own in the story. The descriptions are beaut...more
Chris Summers
I received this book through goodreads for an honest review. Spefically through the "We ♥ YA Books!"
group.
I generally liked this book. It's my first mermaid book and I like that it jumped right into the point. I liked the plot and the pretty much all the characters. They may be 15-16 but they don't act like spoiled brats but like normal teenagers. I like some of the dialogs, especially Hailey's because she is one of those people who talk a lot and O'Sullivan's writing made me read it the way I...more
Alice Kaltman
The back cover copy of Son of a Mermaid starts with this line: "Shea MacNamara's life just got complicated."
Well too bad for him, but Shea's complicated life is a pleasure to read about. Katie O'Sullivan does a great job transporting this unusual young man to Cape Cod, where the people and merpeople he meets on land and in the sea introduce him to a level of complication he could never have imagined back on his quiet Oklahoma farm.
One of my favorite things about this book is that the main chara...more
Jessica Jett
This book was given to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review, and may contain spoilers.

Shea MacNamara, is a teenage boy close to his fifteenth birthday, living on a farm in Oklahoma when his father disappears suspiciously during a tornado. His father is assumed dead and he has no other immediate family in the vicinity so his grandmother comes to take Shea back to Cape Cod to live with her. Shea misses his friend back home in Oklahoma but he acquires a new buddy in the...more
Sherlyn
Review originally posted on Mermaid with a Book

Son of a Mermaid is such an adorable book. When Katie approached me for a review, I immediately agreed (because, as you know, I am such a mer-freak).

How interesting can a son of a mermaid be? Not many mermaid books have guys as main characters, but Son of a Mermaid does fairly well with one. Katie proves this by filling her book with likeable characters, especially Shea. A boy with unique traits, one of which is a brilliant memory (thanks to his me...more
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
The author's writing style is direct; almost naive. I would normally give this 2.5 stars, but since it's obviously for the young YA and even older elementary, I'll give it 3.5. There is some kissing and the use of the 'L' word between two 15-year-olds (which is ridiculous, although not done in poor taste, IMO); even so, everything is very tame. The fantasy undersea world is well-described and -imagined. Son of a Mermaid is overall a cute story with some heartbreak, some action, and some romance,...more
Jenn
As a kid growing up in the state of Oklahoma, I'm used to storm drills. But after this particular one something felt wrong; off a bit. After everyone settled down back into the routine of class, a knock came to the door. Warning bells went off as the state trooper walked in; looking directly at me. Shea MacNamara, I think you'd better come with me.

Nothing happened to the school. My home on the other hand was gone. My dad with it. I was told he died instantly by a freak tornado. Timber lay here...more
Zachary Flye
Originally reviewed for my blog, Zach's YA Reivews, (zachsyareviews.com)

Review:

Protagonists: Shea MacNamara is forced to move in with his grandmother after his father's disappearance and supposed death.While in Cape Cod, Shea learns more about himself and his lineage than he ever thought possible Kae lives under the sea and waits upon the royal family, more specifically, the princess of the Atlantic merfolk. The lives of these two individuals changes forever once they meet. While I liked both of...more
Courtney Farrell
Son of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan, is a fun, creative tale about Shea, a boy who discovers that his supposedly dead mother is actually alive - and a mermaid! The story begins with a slice from Shea’s interrupted life as an Oklahoma farmboy. A tornado destroys the home he shares with his single dad, presumably killing the father. Intriguingly, no body is found, which made me wonder if the missing Dad will return in a sequel.

Fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with his grandmother....more
Heather Wood
When I started this book, I was actually very surprised to realize I never read a book about mermaids. What a fun concept for a YA novel! I wasn’t sure if I’d relate to a male teen narrator, but I ended up really loving Shea along with the rest of the characters.

Shea really grew as a character throughout the book. He has to deal with a large number of obstacles, including the devastating loss of his dad and a move across the country. I liked how well he rolled with everything and tried to make t...more
Scott-robert Shenkman
I’ve read a lot of mermaid books. I’ve disliked a lot of mermaid books (so many authors just don’t seem to hit their target with this subject). My very favorite mermaid book is “Flukes” by Nichole Chase. Except…now I have two favorite mermaid books.

This book was really fascinating for the first third, and then I got past the first third and It turned magical. Not that the mermaids were magic, which they were. But the magic of when you realize that the book you’re reading is one that you will rem...more
Jackie
Son of a Mermaid is a wonderful tale…no pun intended. Shea is a normal teenage boy from Oklahoma. School is coming to an end and Summer is on the horizon. When tragedy strikes and unexpectedly turns his world upside down. He is forced to move with a grandmother he’s never met and live by the ocean which he’s never seen. He soon meets Kea who is a beautiful if not naive girl. But, Kea has a secret. She is a mermaid. She’s not just a mermaid she is a servant to a mermaid princess. Though Kea and S...more
Tracy
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Here goes...

So, overall this was a good read. I mostly enjoyed the underwater descriptions and the "gardening" concept. Something I honestly never thought of before.

I was a little annoyed at the relationship between Shea and Kae at times but I think it’s because they were young and naive. Things got somewhat cheesy here and there but I tried to just roll with it, lol.

I actually really liked Hailey. She felt more real to me...more
Constance Phillips
Shea is whisked away to Cape Cod, to live with a grandmother he doesn’t even know after a freak tornado destroys his family’s farm and takes the life of his father. In the days that follow he meets Kae, who has secrets of her own and seems to know more about Shea’s heritage than he does.

In this Young Adult novel, O’Sullivan paints a detailed picture, both on land and under the sea, where her world building is exceptional. When Shea is finally realizes he’s the son of a mermaid and accompanies K...more
Danielle
Katie O'Sullivan has created a world of mermaids that anyone would love to visit. Her description of the Cape Cod area makes the reader feel like they are there, or have visited it for themselves. I found myself wanting to walk along the beach with Shae every morning.

Shae MacNamara is a well adjusted kid, who just happens to have one heck of a family secret- a secret he doesn't even know about until he has a goof with a trip into the Ocean. Half- merman, well, growing gills would freak out anyon...more
Ellen
Good book

this is a good summer book. all mermaids lovers and ocean lovers will love this book. I can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series.
April
This book was a lot of fun. It had a good, summery plot, with the added fun of the familiar Cape Cod locales. I liked the characters, and especially enjoyed the changing perspectives between Kae and Shea. Their voices were distinctive and the juxtaposition of the mermaid and "dry lander" voices made this a smart choice on the part of the author. I enjoyed the plot, and liked that there were added layers such as the tension between the clans, instead of just a simple story of self discovery. Over...more
Dvora
Jun 08, 2013 Dvora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Dvora by: Katie O'Sullivan
My first ever mermaid book and I LOVED it!! The author wrote so beautifully about the Cape she made me want to move there! Have any room for me?? LOL I really loved the characters in his book as well. Katie's description of the sea life is vibrant and colorful. I love how she throws in that they are underwater because its easy to forget. One thing that left me hanging is about Gramma, I would like to know more about her past as well.

This was a fast read and beautifully written. I look froward t...more
Callie
Shea is your average teenage boy. He worries about fitting in, about how to talk to the girl he likes, about whether or not his dad will let him go out and have fun with his friends. Then disaster strikes, and his whole life changes. He moves to Cape Cod with his grandmother, and begins to piece together the mystery of his own past--namely, his mother's true identity and why she left her husband and infant son. He also slowly discovers that he's not so average after all. Rather, he bridges the t...more
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Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust.

She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, as well as working as an editor and magazine columnist.

Her debut YA novel, SON OF A MERMAID, made a big splash in the summer of 2013. The next book in the series will be released in May 2014. She hopes BL...more
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