Review: Swimming with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid #1) by MaryJanice Davidson

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She’s not blonde. She’s not buxom. And she’s definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn’t help matters that her hair is blue.

While volunteering at the New England Aquarium, Fred learns that there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her merperson ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You’d think it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again.


 Chick and Brain Rating 4 out 5 stars

I began this series under the strong recommendation of my librarian friend (yes she is an actual librarian) Beth, after starting the Alaskan Royal Family series by Davidson, so when I found it in the library I grabbed it. Let me just start by saying that Fred the mermaid is who I want to be when I grow up! She is smart, funny, and takes crap from no one and not to mention she is a MERMAID! Davidson’s writing style makes you feel as if you are standing right next to her characters, well I want to be best friends with her characters, so what does that say about me?

Fredricka Bimm, or Fred to her friends, is a marine biologist for the New England Aquarium. She has two hippies for parents, the most metro sexual man in the history of the world for a best friend, and is probably the most intelligent person she knows. However, the one thing no one knows about Fred is that she happens to also be a mermaid, well half a mermaid. Her fun-loving mother happened to have a one night stand with a mermaid back in the day so whenever Fred hits water she sprouts a tail and can talk to fishes, but other than that Fred is just like anyone else. However, when Artur the prince of the Black Sea comes knocking at her door demanding that she help her king discover who is poisoning the ocean as well as Dr. Thomas Pearson an undersea fellow tracking the pollution in the ocean, Fred’s little safe and happy world is turned upside down. Hilarity ensues and everyone has just a jolly good time, well accept Fred but it seems she never has any fun.

Dickerson did an amazing job with this book of introducing us to a new series. We are entertained and hooked (no pun intended) from page one and by the end we are definitely begging for more. With being a fan of the paranormal series, it is refreshing to find a book about something other than a werewolf or vampire. Davidson also takes the time to poke fun at her the mermaid genre as a whole with commentary on the movie Splash and The Little Mermaid to demonstrate how Fred really is unlike any mermaid we will ever meet. Fred is unlike any other character I have read, or probably will read in the future. Although foul mouth and slightly jaded, Fred is a very realistic female lead however we are either going to love her or hate her. Lucky for me I love her so I can not wait to finish the series!

This is a fast humors read that took me all of a day to finish! I will definitely be recommending this to friends in the future. If you are looking for something light and fun to read to pass the time, this is the story for you.


Until next time,





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