Amazon.com Customer Review - Review by L. Allen, 5.0 out of 5 stars:
WOW, April 14, 2013
Normally I wait to read other people's review before I buy any fantasy or paranormal books. But when I bought this one there wasn't any yet, but I decided to go for it. I was expecting a somewhat typical Little Mermaid story with some slight variation. But when I read it I was blown away by the depth, amount of information, and details in this book.
The book starts with the original Little Mermaid who is Helmi, the ninth and last daughter of Poseidon and Amphitrite (hence the `little' mermaid). The story then jumps to the present and talks about a young girl named Pearl, who unknowingly is Helmi's granddaughter. The story takes off from there. There were a few spots where I thought the story was starting to get slower, but the author jumps the story again, keeping you involved in the book and keeping it from getting too slow. Then it starts expanding from there and more story lines are added. More people's viewpoints are added later (ie: Helmi's husband, Helmi's daughter Miranda, and a few others). By the end, most of the story lines have merged together.
I was amazed at the amount of imagination and research of history that went into this book. The author also researched various myths around the world about mermaids and the various Greek, Roman, and Norse gods and even gives his version of what happened to Atlantis.
When you think of Disney's Little Mermaid, the story took place in Eric's kingdom and under the sea near Eric's castle. But this book takes place throughout the oceans and in several places on land in various parts of the world.
This book has some romance in it but the majority of it is adventure. There is also the mystery of how Pearl, daughter of Mermaid Princess Miranda and granddaughter of Mermaid Queen of the Oceans Helmi, came to be on land and what happened to her parents. And of course what is a little mermaid story without the sea hag or witch. She is in here along with several other `bad guys'.
This was a wonderful story. It can be read as a single book, but at the end the author tells you that there are two more full length books planned. This is a long, but very well written book. Warning: this story is not for little kids. Although it is not a `mature' book, I would recommend it for teens and older.
If you're the type who can get lost in a book and can't put it down, then I suggest that you start this book early in the morning, because I wish that I had!
Book 2: The Mermaid King of Krakatau
Book 3: The Pearls of Wisdom
Spin off series: Mermaid Kingdom adventure series from Oceanus Books (possible children's books?)
Pearl, A Modern Day Mermaid: Vol. 1: Attack of the Giant Vampire Lamprey
The Mermaid Adventures of Princess Miranda: Vol. 1: Legends Take Flight
Amazon.com Customer Review - Review by Christa R. Brooks, 5.0 out of 5 stars:
I really didnt mean to read this in one sitting, April 5, 2013
I found this novel listed for free download. I didn't intend to read this today, but found that I was sorta stuck wanting to know what happened next. And so I just kept reading until the last page. Thank you to the author for an interesting story appropriate for all ages. This feels like a fairy tale but it isn't. The story is about generations of mermaids and almost defies categorization. I liked the story very much. (just finished reading it) Really I am surprised that the hours flew by and the story is completed. I feel like I was dreaming the whole story and just woke up. This review doesn't do the author or the story justice. I suggest that you start reading the first few pages and see if you aren't pulled into the story as I was.
Amazon.com Customer Review - Review by SparklyD, 5.0 out of 5 stars::
Enchanting tale for mer-fans of all ages, 8 Dec 2012
I am so glad I bought this novel. It is really enchanting and vivid. It is the best mer-novel I have read (and I've read a fair number!).
The story follows three generations of mermaids. Helmi is the original Little Mermaid and in this version she returns the shipwrecked prince to land so that his political marriage averts a war. Many years later he fakes his own death in order to return to Helmi. The story of Helmi gives the backdrop to the lives of her daughter Miranda and grand daughter Pearl. It is the stories of Miranda and Pearl that take up most of the book, although there is a twist towards the end of the novel that brings Helmi's story back to life.
The author weaves a detailed and convincing story about how merfolk came into being, being descended from the Greek Gods. The Sea Hag in this version is Medea of Greek legends. Without giving any plot spoliers, Pearl is "outed" as a mermaid in the most public way and becomes the subject of a hunt to capture her.
Of the three mermaids, the vivacious Miranda is my favourite and lights up the pages. Pearl is enchanting and thankfully stops short of being too sweet as she shows much of her mother's spirit in outwitting the "bounty hunters." Helmi comes into her own towards the end of the book.
The human men in the novel are also strong characters. I especially liked the marine biologist twin brothers Holgar and Halder and how strongly their bond was portayed.
The novel is an enjoyable, compelling read. An adult can read it and be enchanted. It is also suitable for younger readers as there is nothing graphic in it - the relationship of Miranda and Halder has affectionate banter and they are smitten with each other so the emphasis is on love. Miranda's first relationship with one of the descendents of the Knights Templar is also very touching, both in the understated but real affection and his fear of the sea.
I also liked the fact that the chapters are fairly short and could be read as a bedtime story in instalments for older children.
The Parsons' Rant - Review by Howard Parsons, Jr.: Robert Cabell’s brilliant novel, All The Mermaids In The Sea is a wonderfully charming story which takes the reader on an exciting journey through both time and the oceans. In many respects, the story is “Potter-esque” in that it does have a natural appeal to fans of Mer-Fiction that goes well beyond the target audience.
H.H. Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe,
Cousin of H. M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark:
"All The Mermaids In The Sea" is a remarkably lovely tale that pays homage to and expands the kingdom of Denmark's treasured and beloved Little Mermaid. Robert W. Cabell has created an epic new world of mermaid adventures that will bring every child sweet dreams and every grown-up secret smiles. A unique fairy tale!
GoodReads - Review by Gail Welborn: Washington author Robert Warrington’s debut children’s book is an imaginative narrative wrapped around God’s latest created angel and the issue of dyslexia. The delightful tale, just in time for Dyslexia Awareness Week, Oct 8th through the 14th, captures the difficulties of dyslexia from a youngster’s perspective.
Portland Tribune - Review by Raymond Rendleman: Written and illustrated by Robert Warrington, "The Little Dyslexic Angel" is the story of a new angel who must read her name and learn her lesson before she can earn her wings.
Reader Views KIDS - Review by Zoey Crane, age 7: I loved this story. My mom teaches dyslexic kids and they sometimes turn their letters around. I used to do that when I was first learning to read and write. But now I am better. This beautiful angel has to first learn what God is asking her to do and she doesn't think she can do it. It hurts her feelings. The other angels all try to help her and want her to get her wings. They tell her what she should do and she tries, but it is hard and she cries. Finally, with the help of Santa she gets her letters right and can read what God wanted her to do to get her wings. Everyone is very excited. I still change some letters around like "d" and "b" but I am getting better because a teacher helped me.
Dyslexia Headlines, by admin: The Little Dyslexic Angel is about hope, making your dreams come true, and having faith in yourself. It is the story of God's newest little angel who must read her name and learn her lesson that He has written on the wind and hidden in the rainbows before she can earn her wings and fly to Heaven. But all the little angel sees are dots, lines, and curves. With help from the angels of serenity, courage, and wisdom, and a magical sleigh ride with Santa, she learns to read and earns her wings.
Dyslexic Kids: This is Mr. Warrington's first children's book, which was inspired by his youngest niece. He was truly moved by her struggle to learn to read. She told him that when she looked at a page in a book, the letters moved around and looked like a bunch of dots, lines, and curves.
Neufutur.com, posted by James McQuiston: Angels are for everyone and so is Dyslexia; which is why Gazebo Books has decided to publish two versions of Robert Warrington's charming new picture book, "The Little Dyslexic Angel." For those of the Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrianism, Buddhist, or Hindu faith, Gazebo Books presents "The Little Dyslexic Angel--All Faith" edition. For the traditional Christian market "The Little Dyslexic Angel -- Christmas Edition" which includes 14 additional pages illustrating a glorious Christmas Eve ride in Santa's sleigh that display legendary landmarks below as they circle the world together.