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

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.



Chick and Brain Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Oh No! It is the final installment in the Fred the mermaid series. I am very sad that it is over. I was not ready to leave Fred and the gang. Who else is going to satisfy my foul mouth mermaid needs if not Fred. Guess I am just going to have to plan a re-read in the near future. Davidson does an amazing job wrapping the story up for us. Although we want to know what else happens, it is not because Davidson did not finish the story correctly, but more because we are all not ready to leave these characters behind.

This story picks up a few months after the last installment. Fred has agreed to marry Artur and become Princess of the Black Sea while also becoming the new face of the Undersea Folk. She is to handle all the interviews and answer all the questions that humans might have. Did I forget to mention that Jonas and Dr. Barb are getting married, at Fred’s house in the Caymen Islands. If Fred doesn’t have enough to deal with the King has also asked Fred to help him discover why a large number of his subjects have gone missing, not dead but missing. To make matters worse, Fred’s long-lost father decides to show up to the party as well. If Fred doesn’t kill someone it will be a miracle.

Davidson does and amazing job of finishing up this series. We are kept guessing all the way until the end of the story. We have our suspicions, but every time we get close to a final decision the tables are turned yet again on everyone and we are back to square one. The same as in the other two books in the series, Davidson keeps everything up beat and light-hearted through the entire story. .This is the only poirt of contention I have with this series. Fred goes through some major life situations in this book, but she has no comment or feeling about any of them. Everything seems to just roll off her back and she keeps moving forward. When ultimately the decisions she made were the right ones, there should have been some feelings or emotions to go with them. Davidson chose to just gloss over them or ignore them all together. It does seem very Fred like, but it also makes her seem more like a robot than a living and breathing merperson. We are missing out on a new aspect of Fred’s character that could have easily been explored in a few paragraphs.

I am now a Davidson reader for life! Although I do have some hang ups about this book in particular it does not take away from how much I enjoyed the series as a whole. Again this is the perfect easy beach or pool read for the summer.


Until next time,




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