Unlimited [Mystery Book] ↠ The Mermaid's Sister - by Carrie Anne Noble ✓

By Carrie Anne Noble | Comments: ( 403 ) | Date: ( Jan 18, 2020 )

2014 Winner Breakthrough Novel Award Young Adult FictionThere is no cure for being who you truly areIn a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen year old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie By day, they gather herbs for Auntie s healing potions By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies Clara s favorite story2014 Winner Breakthrough Novel Award Young Adult FictionThere is no cure for being who you truly areIn a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen year old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie By day, they gather herbs for Auntie s healing potions By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies Clara s favorite story tells of three orphan infants Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork Maren, who arrived in a seashell and their best friend, O Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister s skin She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid and knows that no mermaid can survive on land Desperate to save her, Clara and O Neill place the mermaid girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever weakening mermaid.And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I

  • Title: The Mermaid's Sister
  • Author: Carrie Anne Noble
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Carrie Anne Noble

In the wake of her checkered past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie now writes novels and short stories She lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania with her tolerant husband, charming children, two naughty cats, a not so bright dog, and seven really not so bright chickens The chickens do not live in the house You can read her blog at carrienoble.

Comments The Mermaid's Sister

  • Michelle

    First impressions do matter, and I couldn’t help being attracted to “The Mermaid’s Sister”. The cover art is gorgeous and it promises a good fairy tale-- one that weaves relatable, everyday humans with fantastical creatures. Unfortunately, the attraction faded when I was about 3 chapters through, and what's left was a feeling of ambivalence that lingered until the end. There is nothing original, nothing unique. The setting of an early 20th century fantasy rural America was charming, but [...]

  • Ben Alderson

    The Perfect Beach read! So unique and beautiful with an extremely interesting premise!

  • Althea Ann

    I love mermaids. This book started off with a charming and intriguing premise: Two sixteen-year-old girls have been raised as sisters by their adopted Auntie, a loving and wise witch who's taught them herbcraft and more. But now, on the cusp of adulthood, one of them, Maren, is showing her birth nature: she is transforming into a mermaid.Our POV character, her sister Clara, is emotionally torn by this irrevocable change - she doesn't want to lose her beloved sister. However, she recognizes the f [...]

  • Rob Slaven

    I chose this book as my Kindle Firsts selection for the month of February. Here are my notes from the read.General notes:* The text is clean and well written. I sense no textual issues and my grammar/spelling radar is not getting tripped so that's good. I would say that the writing lacks any real style or flair. It's all very straightforward and not terribly unique. Nothing reaches out to grab you about this.* Pacing is average to slow. The story takes a while to develop in any meaningful way. I [...]

  • Ellen Gail

    Unfinished at 30%I got a bad feeling at the beginning of this. Something in my gut told me in the first few pages that a vital element of the story was missing, that I was not going to enjoy this.I should have listened. There are so many things wrong with this, I could barely get through a page without getting annoyed at something.So, positives? Ummm, I liked Scarff? He was a pretty decent storyteller and named after one of my favorite accessories. That's a plus I guess.The writing is dullsville [...]

  • Kristina

    Let me begin by saying that I'm very happy I didn't pay money for this book because if I had then I may have forced myself to finishIt was on page 57 that the battle raging in my mind over whether to push through and finish this book or to give up and read another book on my mile long to read list finally ended. Needless to say the book lost, which was a shame because I love fairy tales and mermaids are my favorite mythical creature. My largest issues with this book can be explained in two ways: [...]

  • Shari Tapscott

    I finished The Mermaid's Sister moments ago, and though it's late and my husband is asleep, I got out of bed just to write a review. I can't express how much I adored this book. The story is lovely. In my opinion, the pace is perfect. I loved the characters and I detested--absolutely loathed--the antagonist. Noble's writing is beautiful and simple and crisp. It's a perfectly wonderful original fairy tale.

  • Kerry

    A lovely tale about two sisters brought up together on a beautiful mountain. One was brought by the stork, the other left in a shell. Their story takes them on a journey of magic, danger, captivity, adventure & mystery, as one sister tries to save the other.At times it felt quite young and aimed more at teen readers I felt, it was still enjoyable & magical though.

  • Claire

    The frustrating thing about this book is that it had so much promise. The set up and feel of the world and characters had the potential to be a beautiful and touching story. Instead I felt mostly irritation at the relationships between the characters which seemed slapdash and rushed. A wanted a story about loss and sisterly bonds. What I got was a poorly construed romance with a little villain thrown in. Even as an adventure story the scale is small and while I really wanted to like the characte [...]

  • Hannah Guha

    Excellent selection for a "kindle first"From the first page I was enchanted and absolutely captivated. Noble has spun a fine yarn with familiar mythological beings in an unfamiliar setting. Wyverns, mermaids, and faeries, in the U.S. during the time of curiosities and snake oil salesmen seemed a silly premise, but unfolded so magically with each page turn.Clara is a heroine to be admired. She is a refreshingly modest and dignified character where as our as-of-late, over-sexualized culture devalu [...]

  • ✨Susan✨

    3.5 stars. Three children who have special gifts are raised together and even though they are not siblings they are taught, that among themselves, love and loyalty are important above all else. Upon the verge of adulthood it becomes clear that they must embark on a dangerous expedition in order to save one of their lives. This was a good story with refreshing characters but for me it was a YA fantasy.

  • Elspeth

    To be honest I skimmed to the ending, and it was just so very boring.This book wasn't for me.I received this book from Netgalley in trade for an honest review.

  • Carrie Gulledge

    I received this book as a Kindle First selection through . Technically, I would like to give this book 3.5 stars (I need half star options, !!). Since I can't give it half stars, I decided it was closer to 4 than 3. The writing was clean and well-developed, with an easy flow. Sometimes, that's hard to find in debut authors these days. As for the story well, for the most part, I enjoyed the story. It had it's interesting twists, but nothing mind boggling. It was just that - enjoyable. You didn't [...]

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    A charming book that has a mermaid, yes, but is mainly a love story. I enjoyed it but I can see how other readers may have struggled with the pacing.If you enjoyed The Mermaid's Sister, you may also like The Moon and the Sun by Vonda McIntyre, another historical fiction with a mermaid, but this one set in France at the court of the Sun King- one of my favorite periods in history.

  • Brightness

    3 StarsI was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I downloaded it for free through the kindle first reads program. Maren and Clara are sisters - just not by blood. They came by way of seashell and stork, both delivered separately to the doorstep of the woman who would come to raise them. There is also O'Neil, their almost brother, who came into the world by way of an apple tree.Maren and Clara grew up on a secluded Pennsylvanian mountainside, an idyllic childhood, until Mar [...]

  • FantasyWorld_

    Cute, not really into the magic. Friend recommended the book.

  • Jo-Jo

    This a wonderful, delightful story full of magic, whimsy, love, and the sorrow that comes along with having to let someone you love go when you would rather keep that person close to you for all of your days. Sometimes, what's best for the other person, and their happiness is what is most important, and you have to put your wants aside to do what you know is right. (view spoiler)[That's exactly what Clara finds herself having to do in this book. When push comes to shove, she really shows courage [...]

  • autumn

    good: really beautiful, lovely fairy-tale style prose, pet dragon! (my all time fave)bad: poc as villains trope, use of "g**sy" a million times and the related stereotypes, bad bad resolution of abuse, exotification/fetishization of non-white cultures, disappointing end (obvi not as bad as the rest but still) also clara (main character) continually referring to her love interest, o'neill, as her 'almost-brother'?? i don't know if they would really be considered siblings since the families only s [...]

  • Nicole Pramik

    I was on the lookout for some mermaid-themed books that weren't the typical candy floss-esque teen stories. Hence, I stumbled upon this gem, which is Carrie Anne Noble's debut novel. If this is any indication of Ms. Noble's writing future, then I'd say it's an extraordinarily bright one indeed! (FYI: This novel is a stand-alone, so it is not part of a series, and it is not a retelling of The Little Mermaid, just in case you were curious.)In short, I loved everything about this novel, and I reall [...]

  • Lex

    This book is quite possibly the best debut novel (and one of the best books in general) I've read. The writing is flawless. I was crazy jealous the whole time, wishing I had written every line of this book. The world is so easily grasped. Her writing is so good that we are immediately familiarized with this world. The characters are well done. The character voice and tone of the book are perfect. The tension and stakes are sky high without being overdone. I don't even know where to start with th [...]

  • Jeff Wheeler

    I picked up The Mermaid's Sister through Kindle First and was delightfully surprised by the tale. It had interesting characters, a nice fairy tale fantasy plot set in historical Pennsylvania, and I pretty much devoured the book in a few days. There was a good Virtus angle in it (Clara trying to save her sister's life), a tension-filled love story, and an engaging cast of characters. It's mean for a YA audience, but I enjoyed it. My only criticism was the tension could have been more harrowing. I [...]

  • Anna (lion_reads)

    4.5This book was everything: adventurous, magical, whimsical, action-packed, lovely. A surprise find that's so worth it even if it did end a little too sweetly: with a marriage. This book game me similar feelings I got while reading The Night Circus and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

  • Nicole

    Absolutely the best read in years! Love her writing! Can't wait to read her next novel!

  • Latasha

    This was a decent fairy tale but sometimes Clara just got on my nerves.

  • Hayley Noble

    I debated between 2-3 stars for this book, because although this wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, it's all a bit dull and well, unexplained. I got sucked into this book by the blurb (obviously -that is what they are supposed to do!). It's a tale of 2 sisters raised on a mountain by their aunt (who is some kind of witch/fairy healer) except one of the sisters, Maureen, is slowly turning into a mermaid. If she does not get to the ocean, she will die. The second sister Clara must find a way t [...]

  • Soo

    Have you ever gone back to read your favorite book of fairy tales & fables and find yourself a bit disappointed to not feel the same sense of awe, delight, worry, fright and joy from reading the stories again? I've been there. When I came across this book on Audible, I hoped that it would be exactly what it sounds like: a fable with a bit of magic, danger, excitement and joyful ending. I am utterly delighted to have read and listened to this story because that is exactly what I gained. A sto [...]

  • Zoraida

    yabookscentral/yafictiA New Classic FairytaleThe Mermaid's Sister reads like a classic fairytale. It is an adventure centered around a family of teens with magical origins, and their quest of self discovery. The language is lyrical, poetic, and heartbreaking. I can just keep gushing about how beautiful the writing is. What I loved: The books is told from Clara's point of view. Clara is shy and modest, but loves her family fiercely. She's the quiet shadow to her charming sister Maren. Maren is be [...]

  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    3.5 starsHave to say, I love me a nice mermaid story. And this was a nice mermaid story.Sixteen-year-old Clara lives atop Llanfair mountain with her adoptive sister Maren and their Guardian Auntie. Auntie is kind of a white witch and she tells stories to Clara and Maren about three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.One day, Maren develops scales under her skin - she [...]

  • Hilcia

    The Mermaid's Sister by Carrie Anne Noble is a whimsical short fantasy novel geared toward young middle schoolers. There are elements of the fairy tale in it, but the story itself is not based on a fairy tale. Sisters Clara and Maren grow up happily with their Auntie on a small cottage high on a mountain. They help Auntie with her healing potions and she tells them fantastical stories, including their favorite of how Clara was brought to Auntie by a stork and Maren arrived on a stormy night in a [...]

  • Heather

    This was a total random pick, mostly because it's an bestseller and had thousands of reviews. I almost stopped several times while reading because it felt quite slow at times. But I stuck with it, and it turned out to be a very satisfactory read. I appreciated that it was told from the mermaid's sister's point of view and some truly bizarre legends and curses come into play--my favorite part. Not sure if this will be a series, but I could definitely see a prequel being well received about Clara [...]

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