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Son of a Mermaid

(Son of a Mermaid #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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
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Published May 2013 by Crescent Moon Press
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Hirdesh
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and respective publisher.

Stunning, Supernatural ! ! !
Well,It's my first Paranormal books of year, but utterly it was splendid and more what I had expected before reading.
Even paranormal is not my class, but in beginning somehow I had managed myself but, after some chapters, It was flowing like water in lakes so purely.

*Highly recommended for Paranormal lovers.

I never write about storyline, I don't like to be spoiler nor read spoiled reviews.

It's pretty well written and narrat
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Alissa Haley
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book!
[Regrettably my original review was accidentally lost during rebranding. I forgot to back it up! Oops! However I'll comment on what I can recall over 3 months later.]
I was not a fan of this one at all. What could have been an interesting take on the world of mermaids and mermen, turned out to be rather clunky. With plot points (such as the main characters eidetic memory being mentioned for the first
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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.
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Aishvarya
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
*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
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Jody
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely love this novel! Fun, Imaginative, well written ~ 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 and moves in with his Grandmother in Cape Cod. Shortly thereafter Shae meets Kae, a peculiar and somewhat different "girl" early one morning
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Lindsey
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Maxine ❃ etherealpages
DNF at 10%

Tried reading this a while back and I don't recall much but I do remember being bored as heck.

Super late but thank you to Wicked Whale Publishing and NetGalley for giving me access to an eARC.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I received a copy from Patchwork Press - Cooperative via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

With the ocean covering seventy percent of Earth, the deepest part of the ocean reaching eleven kilometres in depth and most ocean species have yet to be discovered, the ocean is the perfect place to craft an imaginative and mysterious world uniquely different to our own. And mermaids. Everyone knows about mermaids. When I was young, after watching The Little Mermaid, I wanted to be a mermaid.
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Jody
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***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
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Lindsey
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Goicea
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
It was like things suddenly snapped into place.
He had a mom.
He had mermaid blood.
He had a tail.
Nothing felt impossible. Not even saving the ocean.

Something about this book didn't click for me. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, the characters, the premise, the insignificant climax, or a little bit of each. While this is undoubtedly a quick and easy read, I felt that I breezed through it without a w
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Wendy
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
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
Louann Carroll
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Take Me Away To A Great Read
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
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Jody
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
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Amanda
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I found Descent to be refreshing. With the NA genre taking the book world by storm I was so glad to read something a bit softer and on the YA side.

Not only was the genre a breath of fresh air, so was the point of view. I loved that we got to view this story through Shea, not many novels use the male character as a main voice. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

The under water world that O'Sullivan built was captivating and vibrant. I wanted to dive into the book and experience the world firsthand.

The
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Heather Wood
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son of a Mermaid 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 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 and he is lonely for his old "landlocked" life.

Shea finds sol
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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
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Danielle
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tina
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Veronica
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this because there are so many books on mermaids but there seem to be few on mermen. I found the book to be okay but I kept losing interest for some reason and had to force myself to continue finishing it. I am not sure why I had trouble reading it (I think it was just me) but I know others who have read it and enjoyed it more than I did.
Sherlyn
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pete Tarsi
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mermaids, young-adult
As an author of a Young Adult mermaid story, I decided that I wanted to see what else was out there in the genre. The first book I chose to read was Son of a Mermaid by Katie O’Sullivan because, like my book, it was set on the coast and surrounding waters of New England. I’m thrilled that my exploration into the ocean of YA-mermaid-stories started here because it was an absolutely delightful story.

The story starts in Oklahoma—perhaps the most unlikely place in America to begin a story that invol
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Zachary Flye
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessica Jett
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review, ebook
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
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Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from Wicked Whale Publishing via NG in return for an honest review

This story went on swimmingly! (sorry i had to make a pun there, you saw it coming!)

let's chat about the plot.

Shea MacNamara is a simple country boy.
He tends the farm with his dad, goes to high school, has a best friend named John, you can't get more normal than that.
Until the day a tornado devastates his town. Until strange and bizarre sensations makes his skin crawl. Until he loses his Father- the only pa
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Rebecca
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: merman
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
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Katie O’Sullivan is an award-winning writer, whose ten novels include the best selling My Kind of Crazy, Ghosts Don’t Lie, Crazy About You, and the Son of a Mermaid series for teen readers: Descent, Defiance, and Deception.

A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now lives on Cape Cod with her family and big dogs, drinking way too much coffee and working as an e
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