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How to be a Mermaid (The Cotton Candy Quintet Book 1) by [Hayes, Erin]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series. She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia. You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I bought this because I too am a mermaid, and it's the first book I've seen which features professional mermaids in fiction. It was brilliant - well written, good flow, very relatable characters and I ended up reading it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.

So good I bought the rest of the quintet straight away, which is a fairly rare occurrence in this ex-librarian's bookshelf :)
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Fast paced fantasy with plenty of action and some romance. I enjoyed it.
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I love this book its so good i could read it again i loved the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finn-tastic 7 July 2015
By Hope To Read - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a sweet mature teen/YA about finding out who you truly are, being comfortable in your own skin/fin, falling in love, and living a life with purpose. Author Erin Hayes has written a story that pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you interested in the end. I would be interested to see more from Tara and Finn and hope that a follow-up book occurs. If you’re looking for a new book boyfriend look no further than Finn! He’s heroic, protective yet not overbearing. PS you’ll love the dolphins! Skater Dude meets Sulfer Dude LOL

***** 5 of 5 stars *****

FTC guidelines require me to disclose that I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. All review comments are honest and my own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and frothy 21 July 2016
By Pete Tarsi - Published on Amazon.com
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This one has been on my Kindle since it came out last summer as part of the Falling in Deep collection of novellas. As a mermaid author and fan myself, I checked out the plot synopses of the fifteen stories in the collection, and this is the one I believed I’d enjoyed the most. And it’s also the one that shows up earliest on the also-bought list on my book’s page. The main character is just out of high school, so the book could be closer to the YA style of fiction I write and enjoy. And the main character is transformed into a mermaid, and that plot device and fish-out-of-water (or fish-in-the-water?) element is one I really like.

Tara Porter has deferred college for a year to work as an aquarium/water-park mermaid performer, complete with a form-fitting swimmable silicone tail. She and her troupe—employed by the gruff but gentle ex-commercial-fisherman “Neptune”—are touring various aquariums, and the story begins during their stop in Houston. She’s doing a meet-and-greet with aquarium visitors, mostly young kids asking the cute kind of questions young kids ask, and then she and her troupe perform with some dolphins.

All her life, Tara wanted to be a mermaid. Her father, who has sadly passed away, encouraged such flights of fancy. Her mother, not so much; she’s not thrilled by Tara’s decisions to study marine biology and not to start doing so until after a full year off. So Tara gets to act out her dream in the mermaid show until an accident renders her unconscious in the ocean where she meets a pair of real mermaids! One is the hunky merman Finn (insta-attraction doesn’t bother me as much as other readers); the other is the eccentric but kind sea-witch Nereia, who does something magical.

Tara is gradually turning into a mermaid.

This was the part of the story I enjoyed the most. The transformation was drawn out over a few chapters, and that was nicely done as it built stakes in the plot. After her aquarium performance the next day, she discovers she has developed gills. This poses problems for her staying on land, as they’d surely be noticed unless she wore turtleneck sweaters, which would make performing underwater a challenge. Since the troupe is leaving Houston in a few days, the only way to reverse the change is to venture back underwater to find the sea-witch. But before long, Tara’s growing scales and her legs want to zip together into one mermaid tail. Loved these parts of the book.

The rest of the story is fun and quick to read, though mostly predictable. With the notable exception of a snapper fish named Ponce, few of the supporting characters stand out. Tara becomes involved in a plan to save a royal dolphin from the aquarium to prevent a war, but I didn’t feel the same urgency with this part of the story as I did when Tara first started changing into a mermaid.

Tara as a narrator is mostly interesting. She tells the reader a lot, but is enthusiastic about it. Though she ultimately makes very noble choices, she doesn’t always come across as mature. That’s not really a problem since her character is eighteen and seems to have lived a relatively sheltered life, but it makes classifying this book difficult. I don’t think it’s YA even though older teens could definitely read it as there’s nothing steamy beyond some kissing, but I’m not sure if that’s enough for a New Adult (NA) novel since I don’t read enough in that genre.

But still, it’s short and light and frothy, and perfect for a quick beach read. Author Erin Hayes has this book both a part of the Falling in Deep collection and her own Cotton Candy Quintet, which connects some of these characters to witches, fairies, and other magical beings. That could be interesting, especially since they seem about the same length. Until then, How to Be a Mermaid is in clear water at THREE AND A HALF STARS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet mermaid tail... errr... I mean tale. 12 Aug. 2015
By ltg584 - Published on Amazon.com
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Erin Hayes has proven herself to be a completely versatile author, writing anything from middle grade novels, through adult horror and romance. How to be a Mermaid was a completely clean read, perfect for teens and even tweens. My adult self was wishing it was a little less PG, while my kid self kept expecting a singing crab to break into a fully choreographed musical number. It's a very interesting balance.

I absolutely love the concept of professional mermaids. I could never do it, personally. Having my legs squeezed into that fin and breathing through a hose doesn't sound even remotely appealing. That just makes the whole story just that much more incredible! It's a whole world I know very little about, and I was excited to learn more. I hope to see some mermaids in person one day!

If you were a fan of The Little Mermaid growing up (or hey, if you're still a fan... no judging) then this will be a nice reminder for you. There are quite a few similarities between the book and Disney movie, and also some really unique differences. The sea witch isn't quite so evil as Ursula, and I have a feeling that she has a very interesting back story, which I would love to hear. There will be a spin off novella with the upcoming Witching Hour Collection. I'm really curious to see if that story will touch back with these characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 3 Dec. 2016
By selket16 - Published on Amazon.com
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Tara is taking some time off before college to be a professional mermaid, to live out her dream before succumbing to real life. While on tour with her fellow mermaids, she comes across a recently captured baby dolphin and can hear it talk and feel his scared emotions. After the performance one evening, she goes back to check on the dolphin and is surprised by the merman come to rescue the dolphin. Knocked unconscious after falling when she sees a real live merman, she wakes up underwater in a sea witch's lair--a good sea witch, though, and finds herself somewhere spectacular.

I really like the author's style and I loved most aspects of the book, but the under sea parts were a little far-fetched (even for a story about mermaids.) It depicts a world where all sea creatures live and work together, more or less, and pretty much ignores the food chain, except to make a joke here and there.

It's a fairly quick and short book and, although a bit fanciful, it was a good read. The characters were all really well developed and interacted believably. They were really brought to life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for all! 13 Mar. 2017
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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no-gratuitous-erotica, fiction, mermaid

What a lovely story! Each character is as realistic as may be, and as an animal activist (not PETA), I was very happy with the writer's treatment of the issue of aquariums for profit. The publisher's blurb gives an extensive recap of the plot, and there is no need for spoilers here. Relax and enjoy the read!
Claire White is remarkable as the narrator!
I got the Whispersync on the cheap.
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