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The Last Mermaid

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Shana Abe has entranced countless readers with her passion-filled novels of adventure, intrigue, and romance. Now the author of The Secret Swan delivers a gift from the sea: three hauntingly beautiful tales connected by a legend, a locket, and a love beyond time.

531 a.d.: The tiny island of Kell is said to be enchanted, inhabited by an extraordinary creature who comforts
Paperback, 581 pages
Published May 2008 by Bantam (first published June 1st 2004)
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Sep 08, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
3 Stars...

Goodness where to start?!...It really bothers me when I'm so torn on how to rate a book...Most of the time it's a clear cut rating but every once in a while one throws me for a loop.

This one did.

"The Last Mermaid" is a love story of souls that span the distance of time; from A.D. 531-2004. Both man and mermaid have to remember (without knowing to remember) and "get it right". This is a tricky one to read ladies...there will be NO skimming in this one... If you do, go ahead and expect
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Feb 20, 2012 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a love story
I have had this book sitting here for awhile because the concept of mermaids did not really appeal to me. I bought it because I love many of Shana Abe's books. I loved it! It was a fast read or I made it that way. It's a true paranormal romance, not true fantasy as I think of fantasy as having a pretend world and this one takes place off the shores of Scotland. I didn't read the synopsis on the back of the book and thus didn't realize this was going to be three tales...connected by a legend, a l ...more
Jun 13, 2015 kathalovesbooks rated it liked it
This were 3 different storys of mermaids and an ancient legend and a timeless love .. I really liked how it sounded and I really think I got that. The storys went on from 450 A.D. - 2004, and I must say I did not enjoy the last one as much as the rest, but maybe it was because I was missing the medieval and mystical parts.
All in all the stories were well written, however I must say that they were confusing sometimes because the "voices" of the characters sometimes seemd to change within a sente
Jun 06, 2008 Collette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, abe
I thought this was a wonderfully fun, sexy tale that went through three generations of mer people. I couldn't put it down. Abe tells a great story.
Nov 22, 2009 K. rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Not a bad book . . . just didn't grab me (as my particular reader tastes go) to finish up. I think this is probably a great read for many other types (less "romance" specific and more fantasy/faiytale type reader). I did make it through two of the three stories revolving around the legend, but then I just got a bit bored of the subject matter since the romance felt pretty much like a back burner to everything else going on.

Final verdict: DNF for me . . . but probably carries much more interest
Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
I found this in a stack of my old books that were never read. I never read anything from this author but this was good, but didn't knock me out. I really liked that three complete stories are included in this volume for the price of one. They all take place in different time periods but have a common thread that wraps up in the last volume.

The first story takes place in 531 A.D. and is about a siren of Kell and lost prince. Sirens or mermaids are pretty unique creature in PNR so that was really
Jan 13, 2008 Catherine rated it liked it
I've been disillusioned about romance novels for quite a while now -- can't seem to find a good one to read. And several people have recommended Shana Abe's stuff. This one was pretty good, but not really my style, I guess. It's very fantasy-ish and lyrical, sometimes to the point that I didn't really get what was going on. It wasn't very grounded in reality -- and it wasn't supposed to be, I suppose. It's three interlinked stories based on an ancient myth, so I guess it makes sense that it was ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Alicia rated it did not like it
Wow, there's 5 hours of my life I'll never get back. This book was stupid. Frankly I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I read kids bought it for me on my kindle (thanks guys) by pushing random I read it. The whole thing. It's a romance and it's dumb. Maybe if you're into that kind of stuff you'd like it.

It has 3 sections that are separate stories I think they are supposed to tie together somehow but they didn't quite make it. The middle story was the only one that held
Nov 02, 2011 Chani rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, romance, mermaid
Although I had not been impressed with Shana Abe's Drakon series, I gave this book a chance, mostly just because of the title and my love for all things mermaid. I was not disappointed. Abe's lovely descriptive writing sucked me in right away. This book is actually a collection of 4 stories based around the same myth/island. I enjoyed the first 3 stories. The last one was a bit... reaching. I think the writer just wanted to go through all the era's from past to present. But I still enjoyed the r ...more
Margaret Hardie
Sep 07, 2015 Margaret Hardie rated it it was ok
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Carrie Felton
May 25, 2015 Carrie Felton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story!

Shana Abe is the most amazing storyteller. She transforms wonderful myths into beautiful stories. I wasn't sure about this book at first, with its length and the three stories woven together but it was extremely satisfying in the end. The ending was surprising and lovely, with the role changes and the full circle connections that they make. It really was amazing.
The way that the stories are set up, you get the legend, a very early, medieval continuation of the myth and the curse.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Mermaids are one of my favourite mythical creatures. This is due to my absolute fascination with the ocean and love of scuba diving. I love being in water. Mermaids who can breathe underwater is my ultimate fantasy I'd love to be. In this anthology from Ms. Abe, we are treated to a lovely 3 stories regarding the island of Kell. Ms. Abe does another excellent job of weaving her spell over me. I'm captivated and left yearning to be a mermaid.
Jules Wan
Mar 04, 2014 Jules Wan rated it liked it
.....Three spins my curse I give,
The will to change, the hope to live.
Six lives shall come to be,
To end this spell, to set me free:
King's kiss to siren death, a soul retrieved;
Child of the sea unveiled, belov'd of his enemy;
Twin spirits lost, returned, to complete this destiny.
So say mote it be
Thus the legend begins ....
531ad: Prince Aedan falls for Ione, the siren who rescued him from sure death- but he has his duty and must return to his people. How will Ione continue to prot
The story spanned generations, it was set in Scotland, it told of an eternal love...So what the heck went wrong?

Everything, it seems. I just didn't feel the connection and though I persevered to the "bitter" end, that elusive connection never appeared. Me and the story just didn't click. It had everything to do with the writing style, the pacing, and the "voice". Nothing worked for me, which is a shame since the premise was great.
May 10, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
Incredible book. I absolutely loved it. I read it years ago for the first time and I could read it over and over again. Fantastic detail, story line, and unique characters. An amazing book.
Sep 14, 2013 Jynt rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-it
Ronan and Leila. The OTP of this book. Lovely. Also, I do believe that Shana Abe is the only author I've read so far that makes insta-love so alluring. Mad props.
Feb 22, 2012 Ladyvixen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
C'est franchement pas bon du tout :-(((((

je comprend pas dans quoi l'auteur s'est perdue mais de toute évidence elle a jamais retrouvé son chemin.
May 26, 2015 Monika rated it it was amazing
I had read most of Shana Abe's books, when I came across 'The Last Mermaid'. I wasn't entirely sure what stance she was going to take when it came to mermaids. But, knowing that Shana Abe had yet to disappoint me, I read the book. It is composed of three short stories, that all tie into eachother. The prose in this story is magnificently intertwined in the historical and the fantasy. History and fantasy are tied together by love in this novel. The stories will leave you smiling and in awe. You w ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
I liked enough to keep going but having three stories in one book and reading the entire set in a few days killed the mystery for me. I think I would have liked it more if the stories were individual books and fleshed out a bit more to make them individual novels. That being said, it is the first book series I have read about mermaids/sirens and thought it well done. Well enough that I obviously read it to the end. I loved this author's other books on dragons (smoke theif is my favorite) and thu ...more
Feb 12, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok
Started off magnificently, but the stories progressively got worse as I read on. :(
Feb 16, 2016 Mookit rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is divided into 3 stories which all tie in together. I would say that the enjoyability of the stories decreased from the first to the last. Even though I enjoyed the book as a whole, the third story was hard to get through and did not captivate me nearly as much as the first two stories. I found the individual stories more interesting than the overarching storyline, as the ending of the whole book was not very clear and rather underwhelming.

The author's style of writing, however, was e
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, read-2013
Mermaids are far from my favorite mythological being in novels, but I was hoping an adult romance novel would change my mind about the genre. While I did enjoy The Last Mermaid, it failed to wow me, and it didn't present anything new about mermaids/sirens. It sticks pretty close to the classic mythology, which is fine, but not altogether interesting and engaging. The Last Mermaid actually contains three separate love stories spanning from ancient times to modern, all linked together by the tale ...more
Cham Perez
Aug 01, 2012 Cham Perez rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Feb 14, 2014 Denise added it
Shana Abe's voice contains a haunting melody. Weaving together the mystic with the modern, she makes a journey for the reader that is timeless. Although I do like the older styles of language and pacing (having grown up adoring the writer, Saki), I find these types of fairy tales the perfect fix for the mortalities of modern life. I also admit to being partial to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales . . . and all things Selkie.
Thea Liwanag
I intentionally ignored this book and kept myself from reading it for a very long time. Yes, I have forever been fascinated by mermaids and the continuous speculations on their existence. Yes, I found the book's blurb quite catching but apparently not enough for me to have started it right away.

As I ran out of interesting books to read, I decided to open the pages of this book. You see, the beauty of being always preoccupied is forgetting the blurb. How is this a beauty? Simple. By forgetting th
Sam Kozbial
Jun 29, 2014 Sam Kozbial rated it really liked it
This is a 3-fer. You get three tales of mermaid love, set in three distinct time periods, and they happen to all be connected...hmmmmm. The stories are told with Abe's flair for painting beautiful images with words, plus a bonus for our romance readers.

Overall: Good, gooey romances with some "oh no he didn't" moments.
Jan 13, 2014 Evangeline rated it it was ok
Nunca me había dado por leer de sirenas pero bueno dado que me gusta el mar y bueno necesito libros variados para mi reto del año he decidido aventurarme a leer todo lo que caiga en mis manos.
Me ha gustado, sobre todo que esta dividido en tres libros y son tres historias en diferente tiempo que se relacionan, un amor que trasciende y busca llegar al comienzo de todo para liberarse por fin.
Esta muy bien para pasar el rato ya que es una rápida lectura sin tanto relleno y los mitos y leyendas son
Loved the first story so much I even cried while reading. The second was ok and the third I liked a lot but felt there should have been more to the ending. It left me unsatisfied as if something was missing from the story. But still, the book was unusual and highly interesting.
Juli Donoho
Feb 19, 2015 Juli Donoho rated it it was amazing
WHat a fantastic story. Three different related stories take you from the beginning of the Siren to present day. This novel would make a great Starz series with all of the interweaving stories along with history and legend. The well executed descriptions pulled you into the moment and the next thing you know it is 4am.
Jun 10, 2010 Eliza rated it it was amazing
Though I've had it on my currently-reading shelf for over a year, I haven't found time to update Goodreads, much less finish this book. And I want to finish it! Ms. Abé has a gorgeous way with words that is mellifluous, flowing like a melody, like a mermaid, evoking an ambience of beauty and harmony - the stuff of a good fairy tale.

The book is composed of three fairy tales, set in different times in history, about the same place. These are tales of adventure and suspense, love and loss, written
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Shana Abé was born in Texas. She spent much of her childhood living in Colorado, with a brief stint in Mexico as a foreign exchange student, and, at age seventeen, lived in Japan as a model. Throughout her childhood, Abé wrote, completing what she calls "The Silliest Romance Novel Ever" during her free time during modeling shoots. Her writing focused on romance, as those were the types of books th ...more
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