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Swimming without a Net (Fred the Mermaid, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
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As I just read the first in this three book series OF COURSE I would then have to read the following two books.
And, as they go, ‘Swimming without a net’ is okay… not amazingly brilliant (sorry Ms Davidson) but it was good. We learn more about the mermaids, erm Undersea Folk, we learn more about Fred’s past… we learn far too much about what Jonas likes doing… all in all it was a fun read and definitely works well as the second book in the series.
But – and this is me being my usually brutally honest self – it really did just seem like padding between book one and three. Yeah, I know, how dare I?! I am a HUGE fan of Ms Davidsons and I know I am making this out to be a terrible story – but it’s not. But if I had read it as a stand-alone, rather than as part of the series, I wouldn’t have been that impressed.
It had its moments, but they were far and far between in comparison to some of Ms Davidson’s other works.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Despite my seemingly catty remarks above – yes I would! I am a fan of her work, I bought all three Fred the Mermaid books and do recommend people buy and read them too. I just REALLY recommend they don’t buy and read this book on its own. It will put you off the whole series.
Would I buy this book for myself?
I did, I have no regrets and have read it a few times now. The series as a whole is fabulous… this book on its own, just padding. Sorry.
In summary: A good second book in a series, don’t read on its own, buy and read all three as it’s a great story, up to Ms Davidson’s witty, clever high standards and something any fan would proudly own.
I've enjoyed some of her other books, so I'm not about to write Davidson off my list, but I don't know if I'll be back for Fred's third installment.
The characters are paper-thin and the writing uninspired and unimaginative. I didn't expect a whole lot when I picked it up, given the size of the typeface and the number of pages, but I was still disappointed at how little of anything substantial there actually was in this book. There are much better written paranormal romances out there, keep looking, dear reader.
I gave this book one star because I got a genuine laugh out of King Mekkam's 'biped dialect' that he learns from watching DVDs, and one star just because it was about mermaids and I enjoy mermaid stories. This was the first book I've read by Davidson and I do not think I will be picking up a second.
Only a year ago was Fred's world turned upside down when she met for the first time another Merperson, Artur, Prince of the Undersea Folk. Until that time only her mother and her best friend Jonas knew of her scaly secret. Fred helped Artur with a little pollution problem and in the meantime bewitched both he and Thomas, her co-worker, both of them falling for her, head over fins.
But it's been a year, and since then Fred hasn't heard from either one of them. She's been living her life as normal while forced to watch as her best friend and boss swoon over each other. Fred is getting crankier by the day, which thankfully equals big laughs for us readers.
Then one day she is visited by two more of her fellow Merpeople asking her to make a journey to the Caymans for some special meeting known as a Pelagic. Reluctantly Fred agrees and soon she and Jonas are in the Cayman Islands, at a private resort, with none other than Artur, Thomas and a ton of merpeople.
I don't know what it is about MaryJanice Davidson's writing I like the best, the witty dialogue, her sassy characters, her humor, or her vivid imagination. All I do know is book after book she has me laughing out loud and all consumed in the worlds she has created.
This was a wonderful follow up to the first book Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid, Book 1) and Fred is just as fierce and funny as before. Fred learns a little about her past and people, while making the usual waves in the wake of her abrasive but fascinating personality. MaryJanice Davidson makes Fred and her underwater world seem so natural and real, this is a book you can easily enjoy.