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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog Tour: "SPLASH INTO SPRING FLING" Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by Helene Bourdreau (Review and Giveaway!)

Real Mermaids #3
by Helene Boudreau
Release date: February 1st, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult (Tween 9 and up) - Contemporary, Fantasy, Humor
Format read: ARC


The only thing that terrifies Jade more than the ocean is dancing at the Fall Formal. Because Jade has two left feet—er, flippers. Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-size aqua-phobic mer-girl? At least her only drama is of the human variety...

Or not.

The Mermish Council has just declared that all land-dwelling mers but return to the ocean. Pronto. But there's no way Jade is going to let her mom, or Luke, her...boyfriend? mer-guy-friend?, disappear into the deep, dark ocean. Again. After all, a girl's got to have a date to her first dance.

If Jade can stop mer-mageddon, finding a plus-size dress that doesn't look like a shower curtain should be a piece of cake.


I love how this series continues without pause! In the third installment to the Real Mermaids Series, there is more action, more humor and more love! Helen Boudreau has a true gift in creating a world where mermaids really do exist...

Jade is still trying to be a normal teen girl trying to find her way, this time, through high school.
But the Mermish Council's interference is making it difficult for her to keep her two feet on on the ground, literally...
But nothing ever gets in Jades way! She is the most determined and caring girl I have ever came across in literature - she is strong minded, creative and extremely smart when put in a bind. Jade is not your average mer-girl, since she was born human, she is the only one who can transform within minutes, making her very special and giving her the advantage in spur of the moment problems and plans.
Her take-charge attitude is endearing and proves just how much she cares about everyone.

What I love most about this series is its main focus on how important family and friends are. Sticking up for one another, caring and protecting each other. Also, the way that Jade strives in girl-power, taking charge and believing in yourself. All very important messages for our young woman, teens and tweens.

The blossoming girlfriend/boyfriend relationship between Jade and Luke is adorable - it's the way a relationship should be at the age of 14 and 15. They are completely smitten with each other, but respectful and sweet.

Full of action and humor, I highly recommend this to all girls who believe in mermaids...
and even those who don't! Helen Boudreau will make a believer out of you!

 Real Mermaids #1
Release date: December 10th, 2010

Real Mermaids #2
Release date: May 1st, 2012

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Helene Boudreau

Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She is also a compulsive walker, a chicklet wrangler and a lover of cheese and cheap chocolate.

Her tween novel REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist.



- Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
- Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath
- Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels
ALL directly from Sourcebooks!

Giveaway rules:
- Please use the rafflecopter.
- U.S. and Canada only, sorry.


  1. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I would love to be able to change from mermaid to human! I remember when the Disney Little Mermaid came out and that's all i wanted to be as a little girl :)

  2. I would love to! If I can't be a mer-whale or a selkie, mermaid is the next best thing. :)

  3. Definitely, I wouldn't have such a fear of the water because I wouldn't drown!


  4. I don't know - I still have flashbacks to the film, Splash, with Madison getting exposed in the middle of NYC!

  5. I love mermaids and love swimming.. there is something so sexy and magical about mermaids, I think I would love to have the ability to switch back and forth between being a mermaid and human. I'd live in Vancouver and swim with wales LOL
    This series has been on my radar for a while now. I really enjoy light, funny stories. This one sounds like a quirky and original series, and I'd love to give it a try! Thanks so much for featuring it on your blog and for this fab contest!

  6. These sounds fun and are totally new to me, so thank you for sharing. I love the focus on family and friends. The fact that it has humor and action appeal to me too, great review!

  7. I've always been a little conflicted about being a mermaid. On the one hand, it'd be cool, but on the other hand I tend to feel a bit claustrophobic underwater and freak out when I can't move my legs so it probably wouldn't work out for me.


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