Thursday, 15 October 2015

Mermaid Inc. by Caroline Mickelson

Title: Mermaid Inc.
Author: Caroline Mickelson
From: Story Cartel
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 19th April 2014
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Miranda is excited to swap her tail for legs and embark on a mission to stop whaling. But when faced with posing as a maid for Justin Lockheed she finds herself in an unexpected situation. Aided by a friendly bird she has to learn the way that the human world works, all while faced with the charms of Justin. Justin hates the water, and does everything he can to avoid it, but when his latest contract gets him working with a company responsible for whaling everything changes...

Mermaid Inc was a quick read and an enjoyable one. It somehow managed to be light hearted and fun while still taking a stand point on a big issue like whaling (thought the author notes did reveal that as she finished writing one of the main issues was resolved). I thought that she did a great job of weaving everything together.

The romance between Miranda and Justin was cute, I don't think there's really any other word for it. It wasn't a long enough book to truly get a deep relationship between them, but it was still enough for me to want them together and believe that they worked together.

I loved Miranda discovering the human world. It was a little reminiscent of Ariel in The Little Mermaid, she's completely clueless, except in Miranda's case that extends to being unable to use technology and other modern conveniences (I think the best was her not realising that clothes were important!)

Goldie was a brilliant character! Though from some random passages you would assume that he was human and not a bird. I liked the idea that animals are just as intelligent as humans, and Goldie also provided comic relief at several points.

Mermaid Inc was lighthearted and fun at the same time as conveying a serious message, and I liked that.