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When, At Last, He Found Me

(Memoir of a Mermaid #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Seraphin Shedd wanted her high school graduation day to be different, and by different, she meant ordinary. In a life led by tragedy, a break from the flashbacks would have been a welcomed relief. Instead, after the disappearance of her beloved teacher, Ms. Dorah Zebedee, her memories became increasingly more vivid. Only one person, Joseph Merrick, knows where to find Ms. ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 340 pages
Published January 29th 2012 by ACS (first published January 28th 2012)
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Nicole Peterson
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is something that the author kindly offered out for a review on Goodreads. And of course I snagged it. So my thanks, to Adrianna for letting me read this. Normally I'm a vamp girl but lately, there has just been something very appealing about Mermen.

The book starts out with Seraphin, walking up to get her high school diploma. In line she gets a bit nervous and blacks out. It's her bodies response to any time she's gonna go in to freak out mode. After the ceremony she really has no plac
 Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Adult Reader of all ages
Recommended to Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf by: Adrianna Stepiano

Adrianna Stepiano

Welcome everyone to Q&A with Adrianna Stepiano!

First we want to thank Adrianna for taking time to answerer what may seem like a million silly questions. THANK YOU!! Have no worries if the question you dying to ask her is not here; I am sure we will see more from this very talented Indie Author.

1. (Q) The first question Diane and I had to ask and I am sure what most of us are eager to know is...What inspired you to write the book(s)?

(A) The inspiration to write Memoir of a Mermaid came fro
Dixie Goode
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-shelf

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Mermaid with gumption, grace and courage,

This review is from: Memoir of a Mermaid: When, At Last, He Found Me (Kindle Edition)

I may be prejudiced toward this book a little, although I do not know the author, she speaks directly to my fondest wishes as a child. When I was somewhere in the preschool, pre-pre-school years, growing up in land locked Wyoming, I grew irritated that my parents hadn't made me be a dolphin, and I refused to answer to any name but "Flipper." Once I wa
"Ms Z, what’s wrong with Joseph? I mean—I don’t know him but—well, I get the feeling he hates me.”
“Joseph is a very sweet young man—”
I cut her off. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said anything."

Gosh you're infuriating,
and stubborn.
Although, you are strong minded.
I actually agree with the marriage part thingy.
I don't know what it'd feel like to have no family,
though I don't want to experience it either.
I liked how you developed throughout the book, sort of.
To have your power..oh man.
You ne
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal, YA, Adult Paranormal, Fantasy-Myth-Legend
Recommended to Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri by: Adrianna Stepiano
Shelves: march-2012-reads
When Seraphina Shedd graduates high school, she is handed the keys to her Grandmother’s home. She’d lost her dad when she was ten, rescuing her from her sudden inexplicable disobedience, and was reared by her grandmother until the latter’s death. Now she’s free of the family friend who despises her, but is still fearful of moving on, into the unknown. Unbeknownst to her as yet, Seraphina is venturing into a much greater unknown than just the anxiety of leaving her Bar Harbor high school, of retu ...more
Sherry Fundin
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Seraphin had always felt responsible for her father's death and her dreams seemed to enforce those feelings. When she met her teacher, Mrs. Z and was introduced to Joseph. life seemed to take on a direction of its own. Her father had instilled in her a fear of water, yet she could not resist being drawn to it. When Joseph made her realize she was a mermaid, she finally found her place in life.
I was captivated from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down and didn't quit til the wee hours of the
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first Mermaid book, and I did not know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I did enjoy this book, I liked the way the story was told, the characters are well developed, and there were so many twist and turns that it kept you guessing till the very end. The suspense is just enough to keep the readers interest and the cliffhanger ending is certainly why I am going to be looking for the next installment.
I was never a reader of mythical stories, but this book caught my interes
Amos Cassidy
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A refreshing read.
I loved the world building around the mer-people. Seraphin was a great female lead and I liked the fact that Joseph wasn't perfect, and that there were more than a few moments where he acted like an arrogant idiot; it made him all the more real. The plot was good and kept me guessing and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay i loved this book! Wasnt too sure at first but by like chap 3 i was captivated! Such an amazing story. I cant wait to find out what happens next! Definetly going to recommend it! Phin's groupie cracked me up! ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice easy read

This book is clean and entertaining. Although the characters are are young and have teenage emotional roller coasters, they aren't annoying. I definitely will read the next book when I get a chance.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
This was not very good. I haven't read many mermaid books (or any I can remember), but this was all so very predictable. On top of that, the story as well as the characters felt very inconsistent to me. Also the little mermaid was not originally Dutch but Danish... ...more
Sharifah Nurzalikha (Zalikha) Syed Othman (Othman)
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Howard Parsons
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As part of the research for my great and probably never-to-be-published novel, this reviewer has become quite a connoisseur of mer-folk fiction. There has been a tidal wave of this theme in Young Adult Fiction over the past year or two and a notable uptick in such books for adults. So far, I have tended to favour the former as most of the latter often seem to be a rather thin story line wrapped around a bumper serving of soft - and not-so-soft - porn. This reviewer has nothing against Adult them ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people in love with fictional jerks and formulaic paranormal YA
Recommended to oliviasbooks by: the author
'Get in.' He demanded. [...] I got in the car, against my better judgement, because I didn’t want to cause a scene. [...] 'You understand that I just met you, right?'
'Yes. You understand that the woman you were about to have lunch with is my aunt and she just disappeared in a matter of minutes, right? You understand that perhaps there is more going on than you could possibly comprehend, right? You understand that I am trying to get you home safe, right?' His blue eyes pierced me and my body felt
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Wow, I really enjoyed this book! There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot and I never guessed what was going to happen next. It definitely held my attention because I really wanted to know what exactly was going on. Poor Seraphin was clueless, but it was fun to learn along withe her. Although I was frustrated when people didn't tell her what she needed to know. Joseph shouldn't have kept things from her becasue it just made things worse, it also made me want to smack him sometimes, lol! ...more
Elsa Carrion
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG, I can not believe the cliff hanger on this one!!! But I’m getting ahead of myself, first things first.

Memoir of a Mermaid is a YA novel. The first book in what I hope is a series, and with that cliff hanger there has to be a second book. This is the second book about environmental concerns that I’ve read in as little as a month, not bad in fact I enjoy reading about the environment I understand that certain things are make believe (merpeople) but some of the facts are real and true environ
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: The fact that the author has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Originally posted in Moosubi Reviews!

I think what stood out the most in this book was it's characters. I'm a fan of Phin - she thinks for herself and isn't afraid to speak out and walk out. For example, when Joseph (view spoiler), Phin isn't afraid to speak up and stand up for them. I fo
Roxanne Kade
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Memoir of a Mermaid reminded me of why I love YA Paranormal Romances so much. It delivered everything I love about the genre and so much more. Reading it, I felt the excited giddiness rising inside me as the story developed and there was no way I could stop myself from loving the characters. Well, most of them anyway.

This is the second mermaid novel that I’ve read and I love the uniqueness that comes with the myth. As with any other paranormal being, authors are free to put their own spin on the
I had the pleasure of getting a copy from Adrianna Stepiano.
The story is about Seraphin a normal typical high school outcast. She suffered the loss of her father as a girl and grandmother before she graduated from high school. She is prone to blacking out when she gets stressed upset like a defense mechanism. When her beloved science teacher goes missing it's up to Seraphin to find out what happened to her, she has several run in ins with Joseph the nephew of her teach but never seems to get th
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The original review can be found here:

Seraphin ( Phin) grew up losing her family members one by one. She lost her mother when she was a baby, her father when she was ten, and her grandmother when she was a teenager. The strikes of the life just made her stronger. She lost her beloved teacher, another loss. She found out that she was a mermaid, one more turnover. Everything that happened in her life, only made her stronger as a person. Person who doesn't li
Heather Boustead
When, At Last, He Found Me
Memoir of a Mermaid Book One
By Adrianna Stepiano

All Seraphin wants to do is make it through graduation and get the keys to her family home, after the death of her father Seraphin has been troubled by visions and randomly blacks which has led her to become an outcast. But after graduation she realizes that the black outs are only the tip of the ice berg where her life is concerned and when a mysterious man comes into her life she realizes she has been lied to her entire
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The flow of events is spectacular and I love Adrianna Stepiano’s writing style. This book has a bit of everything – romance, humour and action (not the blood and guts type). This novel is not what I expected at all.

Seraphin is a strong willed chick that doesn’t sit back and watch from the sidelines – she is upfront and centre. She really blows me away with how she handles events and people. Seraphin is lied to on many occasions and yet she still comes out st
Elly Helcl
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book and read the synopsis I thought...Oh lord, this is going to be another rip off of the Little Mermaid!

It wasn't.

This book is the story of Seraphin. She is a young girl who was abandoned by her mom when she was two days old, her dad died when she was (I'm guessing...I don't remember exactly) ten years old, and then her grandma passed away when she was 17. She was seemingly all alone in this world, other than her favorite teacher, Mrs. Z.

Seraphin is a character you can't
Cindy Rawlings
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

Seraphine, Phin for short, is your normal every day outcast girl without a family. She is staying with another family until she graduates who cannot stand her presence in their house, except for Ethan in whom she finds an unsuspected friendship. Since the death of her father, Phin has been known to black out when emotions run high as a safety switch her mind throws.

Things change quickly when she is thrust into a secret world of mermaids by her teacher, meets a guy who turns out to be
Larissa :) [HIATUS]
3.75 :) Just to be different..

Second ARC! *dances like a crazy person*
Thank you so very much Adrianna, so very much appreciated :)

This book was actually really good! I really liked it.
The romance seemed a bit out synch at times, it would have been nice to have seen that developed a little more clearer. It was sort of a one step forward and then three steps back kind of relationship, we know that you like each other, but then you don't, but you need each other, it was a little too all over the p
Casi K.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
For some reason, it felt like it took me a long time to get through this book. It's a good story but the writing style is more suitable for a much younger reader. The language slips back and forth between active and passive throughout the whole story. Also, the characters' ages are hard to discern. At first I thought Joseph was a teenager based on the way he reacted to Seraphin when he first met her, then it turns out he's a top researcher with CORE, then I find out he's still a college student. ...more
Scott Collins
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wasn't quite sure what to expect when I read the synopsis on this book, but I figured I would give it a go. I'm very glad I did. I found it to be quite a pleasant read. I found the characters to be well fleshed out, though at times I think the behaviors might have been slightly off (protagonist is very trusting), though not outlandishly so. It didn't take me out of the story, I just wanted her to press with her questions sometimes. The plot was fantastic. It kept me engaged and turning the pages ...more
Alyssa Greatbanks
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't like Seraphin's blacking out, it was kind of annoying to keep reading and started getting repetitive after a while. She did have a lot of growth as a character throughout the book, which is nice to see in teen books. I did enjoy the characters, the writing was probably a bit blunt. It definitely could have been fleshed out more, but overall I enjoyed reading it and following Seraphin through her journey.

If you are a teen, or like reading teen books then you will probably enjoy
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Well... Im not really great at reviews. I have never read a mermaid book before and I was really really looking forward to this. I might just not be a mermaid kind of gal after all. I found the book to move slow to me, dont get me wrong it did have interesting parts but it was just not for me. I was not written badly, I just think I should stay with my normal realms.. thank you for the read.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like the characters in this book, they are easy to know. The main character Phin is a little annoying but she has reasons to be so I don't mind it so much. Joseph is mysterious, so I really wanted to know what his deal was.

I think the age fits readers of teen fiction. The attraction scenes are not too intense. Okay for a younger teen reader but still interesting.

Good job for a first novel.
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Adrianna Stepiano is the pen name of Adrienne Trupiano, a fine and performing artist and poet, living and working in the Detroit, Michigan area.

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