Review: Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau

Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau
Series: Real Mermaids Book (# 2)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Pages: 240
Source:  NetGalley

Jade is totally confused. As in, “will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?” kind of confused. Even worse, it’s been forever since her first kiss with Luke and now—nothing. Not even a text message.


But Jade doesn’t have time to figure out the weirdness of boys and how to use her shiny new tail. (Seriously, being a mermaid should come with a handbook.) She has to come up with a plan to get her missing mermaid mom back on dry land.

The only problem is…Jade is afraid of the ocean. But even aqua-phobic mer-girls have to take the plunge sometime…

Review: I love mermaids, everything about them. I feel compelled to read anything that has a storyline with mermaids. I did not realize till I was almost half way through the novel that this was actually the second novel in the series. I was quite impressed with the author’s ability to incorporate little titbits of what happened in the first novel without it boggling the reader down with too much info.

The storyline was fun and different. Jade is a mermaid that is able to change quite easily from human to mermaid. Her crush Luke has a little more difficulty doing so. The novel opens up with Luke and Jade along with Cori and Trey trying to find Jade’s mother who has disappeared a year ago. She is in mermaid form. It definitely did not read like a typical YA novel.

I’m not a huge YA fan. I want to love them, I really do. However, this time I was pleasantly surprised in how much I enjoyed reading the book. It wasn’t cheesy or too juvenile for me.  There wasn’t as much romance as I like but the romance between the two couples of the novel was cute. The characters are exactly how I like my characters to be- smart, quirky and sassy. I will be searching out the first book in the series and the next one as well.


One thought on “Review: Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau

  1. Maria D. says:

    Thanks for the review – I didn’t know about this series – I too love mermaid or mer-people stories

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