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Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid #3)

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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 270 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Jove
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 20, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
OK. I confess. I love Fred. She's sarcastic, caustic, and bad-tempered. She's almost sex feet tall, has green hair, and grows a tail when in water. If you haven't yet read MaryJanice Davidson's series about Fredrika the Mermaid, you don't know what you're missing.

This trilogy is very funny, and "Fish Out of Water" is the final book in the series and a fitting ending for Fred. She finally has to choose between Artur, the hot and sexy Prince of the Undersea Folk, and Thomas, the hot and sexy doct
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Jennifer
Apr 02, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with a little smart-ass inside of them
The final book in the Fred the Mermaid series - and I have to say I am quite sad that it's over. I love Fred and her gang of motley friends. I love her foul mouth and I just really enjoyed reading these books. They go quick and they are light and fluffy - but there is just enough story to keep you from getting ticked off at the fluff.

Plus - the cover art is awesome. It sparkles - and I am such a sucker for sparkles.

I do struggle a bit with how cavalier Fred is with ... well - everything. She i
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Jen
This is a highly enjoyable conclusion to a fun trilogy. After the mer-people decided to (view spoiler) in book two, Fred rents a mansion in Florida, where King Mekkam has his "headquarters" offshore. I'm rather disappointed that we never get to see the true headquarters in the Black Sea, but this book was still fun to read despite the fact that we were in and off Florida the whole time.

Chapter One has us with Fred as she's looking over a potential mans
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The UHQ Nasanta
Fred remained her abrasive and socially-awkward self. I really like that about her. It made her a fun character to read about, especially in a genre (romance) that is inundated with heroines who are universally beloved by all except (or in some cases including) the antagonists. Instead, we have a half-human, half-mermaid who does not get along that well with humans, and had Undersea Folks who didn't know her hating her on sight - or did. It was great also to see that Fred were quite aware about ...more
Jacqueline
May 11, 2009 Jacqueline marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: read-in-2009
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Corina
Jul 14, 2010 Corina rated it really liked it
I loved all three of these books :-)
Eileen
Aug 26, 2009 Eileen rated it liked it
Ahh... it is time to bid adiós to Fred as Fish Out of Water is the final book of the Fred the mermaid trilogy. A true shame really, as I feel I am just warming up to the brash green-haired Fredrika. I am an absolute sucker for happy endings and I can't complain about this one. I had hoped Fred would pick Thomas (the human one) eventually, and even though it only finally came about in the last book, at least I got the ending I wanted. I also like how MJD extracted Artur from the love triangle; su ...more
Anne
Feb 16, 2009 Anne rated it it was ok
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Echo
Jan 04, 2009 Echo rated it really liked it
A satisfying end to the series. I was wondering toward the end how on earth she was going to wrap the story up in so few pages, but it worked out. I'd say this one was on par with the first two books in the series, so if you liked those, pick this one up.
I am a little sad to be leaving Fred behind (though it is a good ending point for the series, and it was well done), and I'm not sure I'll continue with this author now. Her writing is fine, but vampires hold little interest for me. (And yet the
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Amanda
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Barbara ★
Fred is finally engaged to Prince Artur (of the Underwater Folk) but secretly pining for Dr. Thomas Pearson, marine biologist and romance writer. Her long lost biological father (the merman traitor) shows up unannounced and they get to know each other. Once again, Fred, Thomas and Artur get embroiled in a plot against the royal family and work together to unravel the mystery.

Lots of surprises in this installment. The usual zany, wacky dialogue between Fred, Jonas and Thomas. I really enjoy Fred'
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Erica
Jan 08, 2009 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: trashy-fiction
Another disappointing short-change from Davidson. If the font weren't so huge, and the spacing so absurdly stretched, this would barely qualify as a novella. At this point, Davidson is probably as stupidly rich as her unrealistically, and uniformly wealthy characters. I don't understand why she can't spend the time to actually write a full novel, a fully developed story. Is she really so greedy that she can't invest the time to create a complete story? It's too bad, because I do so like Fred the ...more
Jenifer
Jan 05, 2016 Jenifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Final Book in the Fred the Mermaid series. Review does contain some spoilers.

Fred finally made a choice to date Prince Artur, but she still can't get marine biologist Thomas out of her head. In addition to still being confused about what her heart wants, Fred has also been chosen to play media spokesperson for Undersea Folk now that they have come out in the open. Throw in her long-lost father suddenly popping back into her life and her best friend planning his wedding and everything just gets m
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Leila Anani
Fish out of Water is the final volume of Mary Janice Davidson’s mermaid Fred trilogy. Several undersea folk have vanished off King Mekkam’s telepathic radar and he and Artur suspect foul play. Fred enlists the help of Thomas whose father is a retired naval officer and should be able to tell them if the government is somehow responsible. Despite saying yes to Artur’s marriage proposal Fred begins to have second thoughts once Thomas is back in her life, but so is the beautiful mermaid Tennian and ...more
Erica
Jun 26, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Fred, the main character is so disgruntled and confused its fun to watch her with two love interests and trying to figure out if she wants to step into the love game. Some of the scenes do not flow very well and the resolution is a little abrupt for my taste but overall I enjoyed this book enough to pick up the third in the series.
Vivien
I didn't like this book purely and simply because Fred doesn't choose who I thought she should! The first book was brilliant but the ending just ruined the whole trilogy for me.
Cathy
Jan 18, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
Wonderful, as always. No one makes me laugh like MJD.
Theresa
Aug 02, 2015 Theresa rated it liked it
When I first started this series I wasn’t sure I like it since I didn’t car for the ‘Queen Betsy’ series. But I thought I’d give it a try since I do like mermaids. Now that I finished the series I wish there was at least one more. Though I do like the way this ended, there’s still a lot of story left for Fred.

Thomas does keep popping up like a bad penny. And while Artur may seem wonderful, he’s a little too stuffy. But Fred is too nice for her own good (but don’t tell her I said that). She co
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Robin
Apr 12, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I read the first two books in this series, and at first I was thinking I might need to reread them in order to follow along. But it didn't take long to get my bearings and get engrossed (plus the author included a one and a half page “The Story So Far” which helped).

Not a whole lot actually happens in this book. Fred is reluctantly renting a four bedroom house on the beach in Florida (“And what do I need four bedrooms for? You know what that'll mean for me? Drop-in guests
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Morgan
Mar 18, 2010 Morgan rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, fiction
I'm just meh about this one. The last one was a little better, but I probably would have given it 3 stars. I don't even remember at this point what rating I actually did give that one. I like her Betsy books (and Betsy is a much better thought out/executed character than Fred), but I also think the Betsy books have gone on rather long. I wish she would write more of the Wyndham werewolves, but there was only that ONE book and some short stories.

I have only read books 2 and 3 out of this trilogy,
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Lani
Apr 28, 2009 Lani rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-comedy
Well, this was the third and final book of the Fred the Mermaid series. I have to admit I'm sad to have the story end even though I was a little annoyed in the fact that the story was split up into three books when it could have easily been one or two books.

I still think the first book, Sleeping with the Fishes, was the best of the three with this one coming in next. I really loved how the story ended and was quite surprised at some of the outcomes! Fred really came through as the character she
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Wendy Hines
May 02, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
In this third and final installment, Fredericka (Fred) Bimm,a marine biologist, has taken a leave of absence to be the liason for the Undersea Folk who have decided to go public to the humans.
She misses fellow marine biologist, Thomas, who left with another mermaid in book two. She spends her time with Prince Artur, who is wanting Fred to become his wife and the future queen of the Undersea Folk.


Fred, who is part human and part mermaid, just wants to be alone and sort out her life, maybe swim in
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Christina
Mar 25, 2016 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: none
Shelves: geliehen
Nachdem der Meeresbiologe Thomas sie für eine reinblütige Meerjungfrau sitzen gelassen hat, gibt Fred dem Werben des gut aussehenden Arturs nach. Der Meermann will sie zur Prinzessin seines Unterwasserreiches machen. Unterdessen trägt sich auch Freds bester Freund Jonas mit Hochzeitsplänen, und er braucht dringend ihre Hilfe bei den Vorbereitungen. Da taucht überraschend Freds leiblicher Vater auf der Bildfläche auf, doch der Meermann scheint nichts Gutes im Schilde zu führen.


WER BAND 1 UND 2 NO
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Barbara
Sep 04, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing
The last book in Mary Janice Davidson's trilogy about Fred the Mermaid was just as fun as the previous two. Dr. Fredrika Bimm is a marine biologist and just happens to be half mermaid. When Fred is named as spokesman for the Undersea Folk, she rents a house in Florida and is joined by all the usual suspects, including her best friend Jonah, his fiance Dr. Barb, Prince Artur, her colleague Thomas Pearson, her hippy parents - Moon and Sam, and assorted other Undersea Folk. This time her biological ...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Nov 04, 2012 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorites
~4/5
[Also available on my blog.]


This is my favorite series by Davidson that I’ve read so far. I am sad that it’s over, but I do have a lot of other books by her that I haven’t gotten to yet.

Now that the big secret is out and everyone knows about the existence of mermaids, Fred is getting all kinds of attention that she doesn’t want. Also, she quit her job and is moving into a huge house, even though her boss won’t let her go and she doesn’t want the extra rooms for guests. She also gets engaged
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Kate
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
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Karen Mead
Nov 09, 2012 Karen Mead rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fantasy
On the plus side, this book does wrap up all the plot threads from the Fred the Mermaid series nicely; I didn't feel like anything was left unexplained. However, I still find the main character, Fred, to be sufficiently hard to like that I have no idea why several attractive men have been after her all this time. She's incredibly rude, even when people have done nothing to deserve it, and doesn't seem very bright for someone with a degree in marine biology. We're supposed to believe that she rea ...more
Naomi
Oct 27, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Fish Out of Water is the third and final book in the Fred the Mermaid series by MaryJanice Davidson. This woman is a goddess when it comes to snippy retorts, moody mermaids and over eccentric metro sexual guys.

Fred has currently been the go between the bipeds and the Underwater Folk during their unveiling to the world. Everywhere she goes, Fred is recognised. So Fred decides to move from her little apartment to a four bed roomed cottage near the sea which just so happens, is being used as the pu
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Wendy
Aug 31, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
In the last book of Fred the Mermaid Series, Fred is back to being her charming self. In this one, she's helping the Sea-peo- er, Undersea Folk, come out of the water closet, so to speak. Since she's half-biped, half-fish, she's being delegated to the job to easing the new relationship between the Undersea Folk and the bipeds. But we're talking about Fred here, she's not actually tactful, or even remotely polite, at times. So that's bound to be interesting. She also is trying to finally choose b ...more
Loretta
Oct 29, 2015 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a satisfying end to the Fred the Mermaid trilogy. In this third novel Fred is now ambassador between the suurface dwellers (that's us) and the Undersea Folk (that's the mermaids). Of course as always everything is hectic for Fred and as always the best team ever is to the rescue.

I really loved the ending of this story as it had such a satisfiying ending. It was just the way I wanted it to end. It was the type of ending that makes you go "ah, that was such a great ending!". Cheesy I know
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