Diary of a Radical Mermaid

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  • ISBN-13: 9780967303574
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Not Quite Ready for Publication

    First of all, I need to qualify this review by stating that I generally love anything written by Deborah Smith and her books have a prominent place on my keeper shelf. I really liked "Alice at Heart," the first book in the Water Lilies Series. Unfortunately, "Diary of a Radical Mermaid" was a BIG disappointment. The editing was very poor, the voice of the story kept switching and was entirely inconsistent within characters, and the plot was very predictable. The sexual content of the book was over the top and gratuitous. Juna Lee, the initial main character, was truly an unlikeable character and failed to engage me in any positive way. There were some aspects of the story I enjoyed, but I will be hesitant to pick up any more of this series simply because this book needed a lot more work before being published.

    I truly expected better of Deborah Smith. Try any of her other books and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Different kinds of mermaids...

    This is a book that I won recently at Goodreads (thank you Goodreads!). It's the second book in the Water Lilies series by Deborah Smith. I prefer to start a series from the beginning but after reading reviews of the first book, Alice at Heart, I knew the books were connected but told different stories with different main characters. As with the first book this is about the Bonavendier clan and their extended family, a society of mer-people living off the coast of Georgia on Sainte's Point Island. Although the mer-people don't have the tails often associated with mermaids they do have beautiful webbed feet, extremely fast growing hair, can hold their breath for unusually long periods of time, have physic abilities that include some mind control over "Landers" (those of us who are not mer-people) among other abilities. <BR/><BR/>Juna Lee Poinfax is the Radical Mermaid aptly named as she is very impulsive and tends to put her webbed foot in her mouth. After another social blunder Juna is sent to the coast to serve some mer-person community service. While there she decides to tell her story in diary format. An online mermaid blog. Her great-aunt Lilith decides to use her services to gently convince a distant relative that she too is a mermaid. Being the radical she is, she kidnaps her relative Molly Revere and takes her to Sainte Point's. <BR/><BR/>What started as a simple task is soon complicated. Mer-man Rhymer McEvers is also on the island where he has brought his nieces who he is convinced are in danger from their father. Upon meeting Molly an instant attraction is formed. <BR/>As this magical story develops there is adventure, romance, mystery and murder all served up with a dose of humor. <BR/><BR/>I enjoyed this mermaid version of chick lit and it was exactly what I needed at a very busy time. In the back of the book is a whole section of facts and fable, history and science by, Juna Lee Poinfax, webmistress. I appreciated the help and I'm looking forward to reading more from this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    A 6. As good as it gets

    The race of Mers lives in, on, or by the sea but they do not have tails or shift from half human to human and back again. They are very strong physically and are able to speak telepathically with their own kind and the high order of sea creatures. June Lee Pourfox is on probation because she squelched with Donald Trump and a Mer. She is in the custody of Lilith who asks her to bring Molly Reve, a famous writer who tells stories about mermaids to Bellmede a seaside town right across from Seinte¿s Point Island............................ Molly, who suffers from Leukemia and damaged legs, fears that her cat is going to die any day of old age. She is a floater, a person with Mer blood running through her veins but is unaware of her heritage. June Lee kidnaps Molly and brings her to the home of her clan where she meets Rhymer. He is a Mer who is protecting his three races from their father, a sleeper much more powerful than Singers like Molly and Rhymer. He believes the swimmer killed his sister and is doing his best to keep his nieces away from him. Rhymer and Molly fall in love and through his affections, she comes into her powers as a Mer and is physically blessed and ready to battle with the swimmer.................................... This romantic fantasy is a combination of romance, chick-lit and conspiracy thriller. Deborah Smith creates a world of Mers that is so believable readers will believe they celebrate the world and have the ability to do it if some brave Mers do not stop them. DIARY OF A RADICAL MERMAID is a cross between Lara Croft¿s Tomb Raider and Daryl Hannah¿s Splash. Ms Smith is a joy to read because she knows how to give pleasure to readers who want something magical.................................. Harriet Klausner

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