More good stuff from Mermaid Sherlyn! This book is the sequel to Son of a Mermaid that we featured in early March. Sherlyn’s reviews are lots of fun with plenty of entertaining gifs and a peppering of clever fish puns. Head over to Mermaid with a Book and check out her blog!
When Shea MacNamara fell into the ocean for the first time, he found he could breathe underwater. The son of a mermaid, the sea is in his blood. Literally. The best part of Shea’s new life? His girlfriend Kae, who also happens to be a beautiful mermaid.
But darkness lurks under the sea. When evil mermen kidnap Kae, the king reminds Shea that having royal blood means making tough choices.
An Arctic dungeon, a fiery plane crash, the legendary halls of Atlantis…and narwhals?
Having mermaid blood just got a lot more complicated.
Just when you think this series couldn’t get any better, Katie O’Sullivan proves you completely and utterly wrong (and here I thought the first book, Son of a Mermaid, was fintabulous enough already). In Blood of a Mermaid, the evil Prince Demyan from the Adluo clan is back with a plan for total domination of the oceans. Expect new characters, plot twists, plus more romance and action. I found it pleasantly surprising how easily I settled into the story even though I’d read the first book months ago. I guess some stories never really leave you no matter how long ago you’ve read them.
From the first chapter, Katie introduces a ‘new’ main character’s third-person-POV – Zan (aka Xander). Zan appeared in the first book, but his name was mentioned only twice. We already know how evil and ruthless Demyan is, but less is known about Zan, his right-hand-man right-fin-merman and sorcerer, so I totally appreciate how Zan’s character is expanded in this novel. Katie ensures that a small part of your heart doesn’t have a choice but to root for Zan. He’s a character who’s torn between his loyalty to Demyan, wanting to protect Kae and answering his conscience. There were times when I wanted to slap Zan, yet there were moments which called for a need to hug him.
Which brings me to the topic of how amazingly brilliant Katie manages to tackle the issue of trust and conflicting feelings in romantic relationships. Zan is drawn to Kae, and Kae can’t help but care for Zan. With her safety compromised and Zan being the only one she can trust in her situation, will her affections for Shea waver? I was probably more torn than Kae while reading this book. To put it figuratively, it was like I had this meter and throughout the story the arrow would teeter towards either guy:
As for Shea, he’s grown more in this book. In the beginning, it seems like everyone is leaving him alone in Cape Cod – Kae’s leaving for the Southern Ocean, Hailey’s leaving for Greece. Even though he seems to be throwing a childish tantrum about being stuck at Cape Cod, I don’t dislike that because Katie fully shows how lonely Shea will be for me to understand his frustration. As the story progresses, his feelings towards Kae are surer and he’s able to think quicker on his feet (and fins).
Kae’s rivalry with Hailey is evident. Hailey vies for Shea’s attention, especially given how Kae is kidnapped and far away from Shea. However, Katie finds a heartwarming way to bring the two girls together in the most unusual situation towards the end of the novel.
Kae’s father, Lybio, plays a larger role too, whereas Brynneliana doesn’t appear anymore after the start of the novel. And then there’s Martha, Shea’s grandmother. I am soooooo glad that we get to know more about her past! I won’t spoil anything, but there was a point when I did a fist-pump and mentally did the Futterwacken while yelling, You go, Gramma!
Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes. Her YA mermaid series begins in Nantucket Sound with SON OF A MERMAID, and continues the undersea adventures with BLOOD OF A MERMAID, coming from Crescent Moon Press in May 2014. Her latest contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press is MY KIND OF CRAZY, a Cape Cod story of second chances and starting over.
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