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Ripples & Waves: A Queer Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

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Colin Everroad should be dead, but after his lobster boat founders during a violent storm off the Maine coast, he wakes up on a beach. He’s cold, but unscathed… with strange memories of a face he can’t conjure and a voice he doesn’t recognize. No one can explain it, but a friend suggests Colin was saved by one of the mer. Except the mer don’t exist. Do they? But… that fac Colin Everroad should be dead, but after his lobster boat founders during a violent storm off the Maine coast, he wakes up on a beach. He’s cold, but unscathed… with strange memories of a face he can’t conjure and a voice he doesn’t recognize. No one can explain it, but a friend suggests Colin was saved by one of the mer. Except the mer don’t exist. Do they? But… that face. That voice. Someone was in the water with him. Someone saved him. If not a mer, then who? And whoever it was, Colin wants to see his face. Lir broke protocol by rescuing a land person, but he couldn’t just let the man drown. When he disobediently resurfaces to see his beautiful land man, he knows it’s only a matter of time before he’s forbidden to leave the depths again. One clandestine visit turns into more. Soon, Colin and Lir are meeting at the shore as often as possible, and the connection between them deepens. The only problem is that neither can live in the other’s world. Or can they? Then Lir finds a way for them to be together, but only for a little while… and at a cost. As time grows short, they have to choose: does Lir return to the sea and never see Colin again, or stay forever with the man he loves in a world that will never love them? Ripples & Waves is a modern, queer retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.


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Colin Everroad should be dead, but after his lobster boat founders during a violent storm off the Maine coast, he wakes up on a beach. He’s cold, but unscathed… with strange memories of a face he can’t conjure and a voice he doesn’t recognize. No one can explain it, but a friend suggests Colin was saved by one of the mer. Except the mer don’t exist. Do they? But… that fac Colin Everroad should be dead, but after his lobster boat founders during a violent storm off the Maine coast, he wakes up on a beach. He’s cold, but unscathed… with strange memories of a face he can’t conjure and a voice he doesn’t recognize. No one can explain it, but a friend suggests Colin was saved by one of the mer. Except the mer don’t exist. Do they? But… that face. That voice. Someone was in the water with him. Someone saved him. If not a mer, then who? And whoever it was, Colin wants to see his face. Lir broke protocol by rescuing a land person, but he couldn’t just let the man drown. When he disobediently resurfaces to see his beautiful land man, he knows it’s only a matter of time before he’s forbidden to leave the depths again. One clandestine visit turns into more. Soon, Colin and Lir are meeting at the shore as often as possible, and the connection between them deepens. The only problem is that neither can live in the other’s world. Or can they? Then Lir finds a way for them to be together, but only for a little while… and at a cost. As time grows short, they have to choose: does Lir return to the sea and never see Colin again, or stay forever with the man he loves in a world that will never love them? Ripples & Waves is a modern, queer retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

30 review for Ripples & Waves: A Queer Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio...5+ stars for Michael Ferraiuolo performance. Story....2 stars The romance was sweet, but the story a bit preachy at times. The other issue I had was with Colin. He made it sound like being openly gay was dangerous because most "land" people were homophobic. Too me it seemed like that topic kept coming up, and I got fed up with it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    If you don't mind a lot of sugar with your tea, this book will surely be your cuppa. It's loosely based on the Little Mermaid, but it's much sweeter than even the Disney version. I loved the slow burn between Colin and Lir, even if too many of their interactions and conversations were summarized. Two things bothered me: Colin tells Lir over and over how much humans hate same-sex couples. That is true for SOME humans (like Colin's despicable mother), but most certainly not ALL humans. Colin made If you don't mind a lot of sugar with your tea, this book will surely be your cuppa. It's loosely based on the Little Mermaid, but it's much sweeter than even the Disney version. I loved the slow burn between Colin and Lir, even if too many of their interactions and conversations were summarized. Two things bothered me: Colin tells Lir over and over how much humans hate same-sex couples. That is true for SOME humans (like Colin's despicable mother), but most certainly not ALL humans. Colin made this world sound far worse than it is. We are never told how two mermen fuck! UGH. The author throws in a couple teasers, but it's like she ran out of creativity and just decided to leave it a mystery. The perv in me was not happy. Other than that, I really enjoyed this romantic story, which features a forbidden love between a land man and a merman, a sea witch who wants to help, very little angst, and a beautiful HEA.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    I LOVED this modern day retelling of The Little Mermaid with some changes, twists, and a HEA! Colin and Lir were just so sweet together. I loved their friendship at the start and how it evolved into love. I love how they figured out how to meet, how to have a physical connection, their 3 days together, and then how they were able to have a HEA. I don’t want to say too much to give anything away, but if you’re a fan of mermen, fairy tale romances, and sweetness, you should try this story. Thank y I LOVED this modern day retelling of The Little Mermaid with some changes, twists, and a HEA! Colin and Lir were just so sweet together. I loved their friendship at the start and how it evolved into love. I love how they figured out how to meet, how to have a physical connection, their 3 days together, and then how they were able to have a HEA. I don’t want to say too much to give anything away, but if you’re a fan of mermen, fairy tale romances, and sweetness, you should try this story. Thank you whoever decided 2019 would be the year everyone writes merman stories!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    First dive into a mermen book and I loved this spin on The Little Mermaid!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    3.5 stars I'm ambivalent about this book. I'm Danish and grew up on HC Andersen's fairytales. As a child you're swept away into all of these fantasy world and even though they can be scary and sad, it is the magical and romantic understanding you are left with. As a grown up you realize that a lot of his fairytales are very gruesome and often ends in a sad way. You realize, that what is actually fantastic about Andersen, is his ability to make stories, that can be understood on many levels and ap 3.5 stars I'm ambivalent about this book. I'm Danish and grew up on HC Andersen's fairytales. As a child you're swept away into all of these fantasy world and even though they can be scary and sad, it is the magical and romantic understanding you are left with. As a grown up you realize that a lot of his fairytales are very gruesome and often ends in a sad way. You realize, that what is actually fantastic about Andersen, is his ability to make stories, that can be understood on many levels and appeal to all age groups. It is the dualistic meaning in his stories, that more or less consciously gets stuck inside your mind and heart. Then, when you get to know more about the person behind the stories, you learn what a lonely man he was. How much he hungered to be accepted and loved. There are theories that he might have been bisexual, and he longed to be close to a male friend, Edvard Collins. He might even have been in love with him. In a letter to the man, Andersen wrote "I languish for you as for a pretty Calabrian wench... my sentiments for you are those of a woman. The femininity of my nature and our friendship must remain a mystery." In his time that would never have been possible. Especially not because Andersen was so well known and the man was a Gentleman from the best society. The other man didn't accept Andersen's attempt to be "best friends". And Andersen wasn't invited to his wedding because Collins was afraid that Andersen would cause a scene. Andersen was so sad that he wrote the Little Mermaid and sent the story to Collins. So, knowing that, gives a whole other meaning to the fairytale. Disney's version change the whole morale and dual understanding of the original. No matter how you interprets the original, there is no happy-ever-after. And the story is heartbreaking in a lot of ways. This book is more a retelling of the Disney version than the Andersen version. Hence my ambivalence. Because I didn't read this book to have a sad ending. It was a short and sweet story with some attempt to paint a black and white world with a bit of darkness and a lot of candyfloss. But I, too, wanted them to be together forever. So I feel ambivalent. But sometime you just need a bit of Disney and fluff in your life. Still it wasn't a deep and fulfilling book, and I'm left with a bit of a vexed gratification.

  6. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    This was a lovely, entertaining retelling of The Little Mermaid. Instead of being set in the 1800's, it's set in modern day, and Lir is a merman prince who occasionally likes to go to the surface to watch storms, but for the most part has stayed away from the surface and that makes his parents happy because the merfolk have wanted to stay away from land people for a long time now because they feel that land people are dangerous. Colin is out on his friends' boat when the storm hits, and he is sa This was a lovely, entertaining retelling of The Little Mermaid. Instead of being set in the 1800's, it's set in modern day, and Lir is a merman prince who occasionally likes to go to the surface to watch storms, but for the most part has stayed away from the surface and that makes his parents happy because the merfolk have wanted to stay away from land people for a long time now because they feel that land people are dangerous. Colin is out on his friends' boat when the storm hits, and he is saved by Lir, who had come up to the surface to watch the storm - and got a little sidetracked when he noticed Colin. Afterward, Colin's friends happen to know how to call Lir to the surface so he can see him again, and Lir is hoping it happens too, and when Colin does, they truly meet face to face and start having clandestine meetings at the end of Colin's dock and begin to fall in love with each passing day. This doesn't follow terribly close to the original Little Mermaid, but it does have the sea witch - who is not evil, though - and Lir turning into a human for three days (interesting to see how it plays out) - and Lir not being able to talk as a human. While ultimately I enjoyed how this story turned out and how these two got to be together - the reverse, basically, of the Disney movie - it did bother me how much Colin made our world sound so dangerous. Like I get that things are not perfect, definitely, and there are still homophobes - and murderous ones at that - but also things have gotten so much better and while yes, the horrible ones stand out, there are more good people than bad - and slowly more and more people becoming less and less ignorant. But I also kind of understand with how Colin's family is and their own brand of homophobia and what Colin went through, why he was scared to have Lir live in his world, especially when Lir has lived his life in a world free of homophobia. Also! I wanted to know how the fuck two mermen fuck. Like where are the dicks - if there are any?? - and where do they go??? Inquiring mind want to know! Lol. But overall this was pretty enjoyable and sweet, I loved these two and their love and how cute, sweet, and hot they were together. Two thumbs up from me, definitely recommend for a great, fun M/M retelling of The Little Mermaid.

  7. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Witt

    Available October 1, 2019.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  9. 4 out of 5

    ~BookNeeds~

    Beautiful!! Yes, I FINALLY found a merman book that I adored. It’s very endearing, I could not put this book down it was so good. Took me completely by surprise!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    DNF ok it just isn’t working for me. I hate to rate a book I don’t finish, but this book is making me feel miserable.L. A. Witt is a great author and this sounded like a great idea. I hate it. Sorry

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    I'm having such a good run at utterly adorable characters recently! I highly recommend this retelling of The Little Mermaid. It was utterly charming.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    Cute and sexy m/m retelling of The Little Mermaid with - unlike the original - a real HEA! Michael Ferraiuolo is an amazing narrator but he was a bit off his game here with some distinctly dodgy accents; the English one he uses for Lir isn't bad, but there are a few of the giveaway pronunciations I often hear from American narrators doing English accents (elongated "a" sounds for instance) and because he's being so precise, Lir sounds like he belongs in one of those 1940s black and white movies i Cute and sexy m/m retelling of The Little Mermaid with - unlike the original - a real HEA! Michael Ferraiuolo is an amazing narrator but he was a bit off his game here with some distinctly dodgy accents; the English one he uses for Lir isn't bad, but there are a few of the giveaway pronunciations I often hear from American narrators doing English accents (elongated "a" sounds for instance) and because he's being so precise, Lir sounds like he belongs in one of those 1940s black and white movies in which people got "merried" and were "awfully" and "terribly" stiff upper lip about everything. Entertaining, but not one I'll be rushing to listen to again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    "...was learning how two merdudes fucked." And then she doesn't tell us, although she was quite graphic about how two human dudes fucked. That pretty much sums up the problems with this book. Lack of imagination + 2-dimensional characters + heavy-handed presentation of homophobia (+ a bad cover, but I know authors don't pick those) I mostly read fantasy and science-fiction and some historicals, but I love a good m/m romance with those elements, so I jumped on this when it came across my Bookbub. G "...was learning how two merdudes fucked." And then she doesn't tell us, although she was quite graphic about how two human dudes fucked. That pretty much sums up the problems with this book. Lack of imagination + 2-dimensional characters + heavy-handed presentation of homophobia (+ a bad cover, but I know authors don't pick those) I mostly read fantasy and science-fiction and some historicals, but I love a good m/m romance with those elements, so I jumped on this when it came across my Bookbub. Glad I didn't pay full for it. As a romance, it's okay. Not great, but it ticks the boxes. As fantasy, it's pretty bad. The world-building is really shallow. I never got any sense of how the mer-world worked, what the palace or mer city looked like, or much else. The merpeople are pretty much humans underwater, but idealized. When the main character is finally turned into a merman, that would have been a GREAT opportunity for her to talk about that world...and she totally rushes to the end of the book and slides over it all. "It happened, Colin is happy, end of the story." She could (and should) have done it in reverse when Lir became human, but doesn't really, except a few things about difficulties walking and his fascination with cat videos...and a lot of descriptions (which got old) of gay sex. But she never has Lir even compare it to how mermen fuck. Because she didn't think about it. And she has Colin choose to keep Lir at home probably so she didn't have to think too much about those elements. I actually put the book down at that point, as it was just sex, sugar, sex, sugar...whatever. I finally picked the book up again, hoping things might get better. It did, a little, but the whole thing felt really RUSHED. Slow down and actually describe some things, please. There IS such a thing as too much focus on the hero and hero and sex. Boring. I want a story along with it, and this book really didn't have one. Also, while I'm well aware homophobia hasn't disappeared, especially in the era of Trump, the society she describes felt more like the early 2000s than almost 2020 (it was published in 2019). Come on. Kids Colin's age are pretty nonchalant. My youngest sister is about his age and she and her friends (including the young men) don't care, even self-styled conservatives, of which we've got a lot in Alaska. But the author doesn't seem to get the generation divide on this issue. I could buy Colin's parents acting like that, but the young men? Okay, maybe some, but that was a dropped plot thread, too. They should have turned up at least once more, preferably when Lir was around. And I just couldn't believe that Colin didn't have real friends back in college. Speaking of...we get into August and September, and he's not back in school? Again, I think she made a lot of choices simply to make it easier for Colin to leave the land world (which presents no *conflict* or drama in the book), or because she didn't want to deal with it. Some readers will no doubt enjoy it, but if you're there for fun fantasy merworld elements, skip it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Sweet but slow, flipped to finish.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karma Queen

    I really loved this story based on The Little Mermaid. The author did a good job of bringing the setting into modern times and incorporating all the very real challenges that same-sex couples face. Lir is a mer who saves Colin during a storm. He's not supposed to surface as the mer want to keep their existence secret from the terrible, hateful land people. Colin does not remember much about how he survived except flashes of someone saying, "My name is Lir." Colin's parents are not happy with his I really loved this story based on The Little Mermaid. The author did a good job of bringing the setting into modern times and incorporating all the very real challenges that same-sex couples face. Lir is a mer who saves Colin during a storm. He's not supposed to surface as the mer want to keep their existence secret from the terrible, hateful land people. Colin does not remember much about how he survived except flashes of someone saying, "My name is Lir." Colin's parents are not happy with his "lifestyle choice" and want him to get over it and find a nice girl and settle down. Colin learns how to call to Lir. They start spending lots of time together and fall in love. How can they be together when they cannot survive in the other's world? Through love and sacrifice, things work out. I almost cried at some parts when I thought I might not get the HEA I wanted for them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carvalho

    L.A. Witt at her best! This is a total turn feom everything I've read from her: zero to no angst, fluffy, sweet! And yet, one of the best she ever wrote! Loved her retelling of the Little Mermaid, and how she paid attention to every detail, even on the hot steamy scenes. This one will definitely be on my reread list!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tad

    Oh, this book is really lovely and quite unexpected. I didn't know I needed a queer version of the Little Mermaid but apparently, I really did. The story of Colin, a human, and Lir, a merman is a slow burn. Quiet and powerful. I really enjoyed this version of the story and thought it was a beautiful retelling of a story that we all know too well. A great read for Valentine's Day.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️

    Overall rating: 2.5 Stars Audio book: n/a Book Cover: 3 stars MC1: Collen MC2 Lir - Merman I really tried my best to love this story but, sorry to say I did not. It could be my just my mood but it just did not work for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    PaperMoon

    Interesting M-M retelling without the morbid drama associated with the sea-witch's transformative potions. A nice cozy bedside read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ette

    Nice romance

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lenore Kosinski

    https://celebrityreaders.com/2020/04/... 4 stars — This was a solid emotional and entertaining Little Mermaid retelling. Thankfully without the tragedy of the original (sort of spoiler, but I’d want to know). I loved the way that the Mer were portrayed, especially that they didn’t look exactly like humans with tails — just little things like the gills, and the eyes, and the skin…and the extra fins. It didn’t make them creepy, just more realistic. I also appreciated the way the folklore surrounding https://celebrityreaders.com/2020/04/... 4 stars — This was a solid emotional and entertaining Little Mermaid retelling. Thankfully without the tragedy of the original (sort of spoiler, but I’d want to know). I loved the way that the Mer were portrayed, especially that they didn’t look exactly like humans with tails — just little things like the gills, and the eyes, and the skin…and the extra fins. It didn’t make them creepy, just more realistic. I also appreciated the way the folklore surrounding Mer was explained — ie that humans used to know about them and interact with them, but they broke off and were happy to be thought of as myth. The way Lir’s appearance was described sounded beautiful and enchanting. I loved how free-spirited he was, and how he wasn’t obsessed with the land folk, but rather he just came upon Colin and became enchanted with him. I LOVED the connection between Lir and Colin, it felt so real, and I loved seeing them get to know each other over the summer. It really made their relationship more solid. I ached for what Colin lived with with his homophobic family. It was an interesting twist on not belonging in the world in which they were born. I loved all the little nods to the original story, but at the same time it wasn’t overwhelming and had its own take. I especially loved the take on the sea witch. I definitely anticipated the way the story would end up, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the journey. About the only thing that bummed me out (in a weird way) is not getting more description of the Mer, in particular how they “couple” as Lir put it. I don’t want to use my imagination. *snort* So yeah, definitely a fun escape with enough depth to have my tears flowing at times.

  22. 4 out of 5

    thebloggerandthegeek

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mermaids are the best! This book was a lovely read. First, I loved the backstory of merfolks and their relationship with humans. Humans used to know about them but merfolks were not interested in the power roleplay so they went back to hiding into the ocean. By doing this, they agree that if they come up from the ocean, on land they will not be able to speak. So, back to the present: Colin almost drowns on the ocean and is saved by Lir - a merman. Lir is the youngest son of the Queen of the merf Mermaids are the best! This book was a lovely read. First, I loved the backstory of merfolks and their relationship with humans. Humans used to know about them but merfolks were not interested in the power roleplay so they went back to hiding into the ocean. By doing this, they agree that if they come up from the ocean, on land they will not be able to speak. So, back to the present: Colin almost drowns on the ocean and is saved by Lir - a merman. Lir is the youngest son of the Queen of the merfolk and enjoys watching humans, going to the surface, seeing storms, and not being stuck at the palace. His siblings are always after him, watching and making sure he doesn't go to the surface, afraid he will be caught and killed. When Lir saves Colin, he gives Colin his name which allows Colin to call him whenever he wants. From there, they establish a friendship that becomes longing and love. Colin is gay, he is not supported by his family and his town (except for his bosses at work), Lir on the other hand is bisexual, for merfolk they don't see if a person is male or female they just accept everyone. When Lir gets his legs for 3 days he cannot talk but he wishes to stay with Colin and support him above all because he sees how lonely Colin is surrounded by people who don't love or understand him. But Colin doesn't want to force Lir to live as a human, oppressed by the town, the people who won't accept them, by his own family and so he sends Lir back. I loved this, this angst was justified, non-selfish, and real. I won't go further on how much I LOVED this book because I will continue spoiler the book but please READ IT. L.A. Witt is an amazing writer <3

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jhoy

    What can I say without saying too much? Despite anything else that I may say later in this review, I like the story. I download books after I read the summary, and then weeks to months later I get around to reading it. So I didn't remember what this story was about until Colin remember Lar’s voice. This story is to be read for the surprises. One of them shouldn't have been a surprise for me, but since we were going down only a slightly altered version of the little mermaid, my mind expected someth What can I say without saying too much? Despite anything else that I may say later in this review, I like the story. I download books after I read the summary, and then weeks to months later I get around to reading it. So I didn't remember what this story was about until Colin remember Lar’s voice. This story is to be read for the surprises. One of them shouldn't have been a surprise for me, but since we were going down only a slightly altered version of the little mermaid, my mind expected something. With that being said, I felt surprised, to varying degrees, about 4-5 times. This story is set up for a short read. At one point you, maybe sooner than I did, will realize how this story is going to end. How you actually get to that point is were one of the surprises come in. Do I honestly like this story? Yes. Would I have liked a few things to be different? Maybe. Would I tell anyone else to give this story a read? Sure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ken Cook

    A fantasy at sea My first thought is that I now need to read the Andersen story again. A lovely retelling, alternating POV of young men who find love and the trials to get there. The characters are drawn well, the borrowed plot woven well. As I am a gatherer of books, I collect books and ebooks from a variety of sources: Goodreads wins, Bookhub, BookFunnel, emails from authors and publishers, and others. I do lose track of their sources. But, as a reader, I feel I should give an honest, unencumber A fantasy at sea My first thought is that I now need to read the Andersen story again. A lovely retelling, alternating POV of young men who find love and the trials to get there. The characters are drawn well, the borrowed plot woven well. As I am a gatherer of books, I collect books and ebooks from a variety of sources: Goodreads wins, Bookhub, BookFunnel, emails from authors and publishers, and others. I do lose track of their sources. But, as a reader, I feel I should give an honest, unencumbered review for all I read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Didi Ps

    Wow! Wonderful story, long overdue... “... I couldn’t make him live in silence in exchange for being together. Wasn’t that what my family wanted from me? To stay quiet? Seen but not heard? Here but not queer? After Colin & Lir were each alone after that weekend... that was just heartbreakingly sad... As I was reading this story, it reminded me of the original (which had faded from memory). However, this version is one I will remember & want to reread... Nice epilogue, too. Very nice... Thanks! Wow! Wonderful story, long overdue... “... I couldn’t make him live in silence in exchange for being together. Wasn’t that what my family wanted from me? To stay quiet? Seen but not heard? Here but not queer? After Colin & Lir were each alone after that weekend... that was just heartbreakingly sad... As I was reading this story, it reminded me of the original (which had faded from memory). However, this version is one I will remember & want to reread... Nice epilogue, too. Very nice... Thanks!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendell Hennan

    A gay version of The Little Mermaid, Colin is out in his bosses boat in a storm and wakes up on the beach with vague memories of what happened. He can recall a voice, that of Lir, the merman who rescued him and left him on the beach to survive. One of his bosses, has some knowledge of mer people and suggests that he put his hand in the water and call the name of Lir, which he remembers. Their friendship begins. A charming little story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Marshall

    I listened to this book on audio and absolutely loved it. This was also my first book but this author. I will definitely read/listen to more. Lir saved Colin from drowning or freezing to death in the ocean. They had an immediate pull towards each other. Their relationship grew naturally. Both men are super sweet. They have great chemistry and hot sexy times. The end was perfect! I haven’t read many books like this but I do enjoyed it. Michael Ferraiuolo did an amazing job with the narration.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaffey A Hinds

    Mermen Love Colin was living a life of misery, due to the fact his parents and most of the township hated that he was gay. Out on a boat, he becomes stranded in a storm, and is rescued by Lir, a mer-man. Returning to land Colin doesn't have any memory about what happened. I loved their story. I hated that his parents couldn't love him for who he was. I would recommend this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    MR PAUL FOSS

    Entertaining and very readable though some of the Americanisms are beyond me - not that it matters terribly as they do not form any important part. The descriptions of the family are wonderful, with Mother more deeply concerned about her social image and Father unbelieving that a son of his could be 'like that', they are horribly familiar.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M'rella

    4.5 stars Great retelling of the Little Mermaid. Loved the sea witch, want to know her story! My only issues are: - the villains were never punished - too much sex for my liking Can't fault the author for either, tho, because those I my personal pet peeves.

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