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Title: Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson (Fred the Mermaid #3)

Format: paperback

First Published: November 25th, 2008

Genres: Chick Lit, Mermaids

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Fred the Mermaid has taken the bait and chosen to date Artur, Prince of the Black Sea, over human marine biologist Thomas. And just in time. The existence of the Undersea Folk is no longer a secret, and someone needs to keep them from floundering in the media spotlight. Fred has all the right skills for that job, but has a hard time when her real father surfaces and tries to overthrow Artur’s regime.


I’d been looking forward to reading this instalment of Fred the Mermaid since finishing Swimming Without a Net a few years ago but couldn’t find a copy anywhere within my budget. Imagine how thrilled I was when I found a copy second hand for only a few dollars! I bought it immediately.

Dr Fredrika Bimm is just as sarcastic and snarky as I remember her being. She’s bad-tempered and grumpy and these are just a few of the reasons why I adore her as a character. The supporting cast as just as amusing as ever – Jonas is busy planning his wedding to Fred’s boss, Dr Barb, and Fred is busy being in the middle of a psuedo-love triangle with Artur and Thomas. Throw in an exiled absentee biological father and a pod of gorgeous mermaids (or to be more politically correct, undersea folk) and you get a rather amusing story.

It was a bit sad to realize that this is the last book in the Fred the Mermaid series. The appearance of Moon Bimm and Sam felt a little gratuitous and they didn’t add anything to the story. I felt they were included more because it was a nice way to farewell characters which had appeared in the first two books rather than adding anything plot wise.

This book was a very quick read – only 228 pages – and most of the drama that occurs happens in the last 30 or so pages. I got most of the way through the novel and realized that with the exception of Fred being grumpy, Jonas being over the top and Artur being royally dramatic, nothing had happened plot wise. But ultimately I think that this is one of those stories you read for the characters. If you’re reading this looking for a great story with plot turns and action – you won’t appreciate it. But Fish Out of Water does supply a few laughs and a happily ever after.


2.5 out of 5

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