Son of a Mermaid

Son of a Mermaid

by Katie O'Sullivan


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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. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. But two things stand in the way of lasting peace: the ambitions of the foreign King's regent, and rumors of the Princess's bastard child.

Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?

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ISBN-13: 9781939173294
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was Awesome!!! Shea is a boy whose life is turned upside down when a tornado strikes and kills his dad and destroys his Oklahoma farm.  He has to go live with his grandmother who he does not know in Cape Cod.  While there he tries to find a way to fit in, but realizes he is different.  He meets a girl who helps him discover a whole new life, and helps uncover secrets about him and his family. I loved reading this book and just could not put it down.  It deals with struggles a young person faces while also adding some fantasy into it.  I loved reading about Cape Cod and the adventures he encounters as he discovers who he really is.  I hope I can read more of Ms. O'Sullivan's stories.
CMPhillips More than 1 year ago
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 Kae below the surface to help his family, we are treated to a rich and meticulous backdrop by this talented author. At its heart, this is a sweet tale of finding one’s place in the world and learning to accept others – and ourselves. Our differences make each of us unique and special, and O’Sullivan brings this across in a very entertaining tale. Highly recommend this fun read.
joakess More than 1 year ago
***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" early one morning on the beach. Their attraction to each other is instant and very sweet. The relationship is engaging, cute, and perfect for a YA novel. The story switches between these two characters so the reader is above water at times and below at others. Kae is a servant to Princess Brynn. The reader gets to know all the Royal family members and Kae's family as well. The Mermaid history and hierarchy is explained clearly and was fascinating to read. There is much strife and dissension among the Royalty living underwater. If you like family secrets, treachery, and ferocious bad guys, you won't be disappointed by Son of a Mermaid. This novel really resonated with me. I loved the ocean and beach scenes. Maybe it's because I'm a Pisces and have always loved the water, or maybe it is because the author paints vivid and realistic scenes. I could easily imagine every detail about the ocean, the undersea mermaid world, and envision the neighborhood in Cape Cop with perfect clarity - thank you Ms. O'Sullivan! This was a fantastic beach tale filled with depth, wonderful characters, mystery, betrayal, and tender first love. Katie O'Sullivan writes great descriptions with attention to detail where it matters. Every page was enjoyable, sparked my imagination, and had just the right amount of tension. Although this novel is considered young adult, I think it is a great book for any age! I highly recommend this story and I would read anything written by Katie O'Sullivan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever read a mermaid book before. I remember watching the original Little Mermaid movie (long before the Disney movie came out), but as far as books go, mermaids were new territory for me. That said, I really loved this book. Shea's character is someone the reader can immediately sympathize with. A tornado claims his father, and because his mother "abandoned" him when he was young, Shea needs to move to Cape Cod to live with his grandmother. That's when he meets Kae. Soon things move forward until Shea discovers not only is Kae a mermaid, but he's the son of one. But the plot goes deeper when Shea discovers there's a secret war taking place below the ocean's surface. O'Sullivan's description of an underwater world was intriguing, and I felt as though I was right there swimming along with Shea and Kae. I love the image the writer's words created in my mind when the two main characters' legs transformed to mermaid tails. There's plenty of drama and tension too, as the main characters attempt to disrupt the betrayal and scheming taking place in the royal underwater kingdoms. This was a great read, and I can't wait to read the sequel. I recommend it to anyone who's into mermaid tales (pun intended) and those looking for a different spin on a paranormal read.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
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.  Her extremely vivid descriptions combine with her well thought out character descriptions to create a full cast that you can’t help but picture and get to know personally.  I really appreciate how O’Sullivan keeps her novel firmly planted in the YA genre while making it entertaining for all.  Her characters are never faced with situations they can’t be expected to deal with at their age (or if they are, they have adult backup).  At the same time, they aren’t childish either. Overall, this was an amazing introduction to the story, the series, and the world beneath the sea.  It was an enchanting tale that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.  Would I read more by this author?  Definitely!  Both in this series and otherwise.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.