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Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids—Pearl, Tooth, and Eez—hit on the idea of magically masquerading as humans and sneaking onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun right in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning when, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they neve Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids—Pearl, Tooth, and Eez—hit on the idea of magically masquerading as humans and sneaking onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun right in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning when, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they never actually learned how to break the spell, and are now stuck on land for the foreseeable future. Which means everything from: enlisting the aid of their I-know-we-just-met-but-can-we-crash-with-you bartender friend, struggling to make sense of the human world around them, to even trying to get jobs with zero skill sets . . . all while attempting to somehow return to the sea and making the most of their current situation with tenacity and camaraderie (especially if someone else is buying).


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Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids—Pearl, Tooth, and Eez—hit on the idea of magically masquerading as humans and sneaking onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun right in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning when, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they neve Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids—Pearl, Tooth, and Eez—hit on the idea of magically masquerading as humans and sneaking onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun right in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning when, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they never actually learned how to break the spell, and are now stuck on land for the foreseeable future. Which means everything from: enlisting the aid of their I-know-we-just-met-but-can-we-crash-with-you bartender friend, struggling to make sense of the human world around them, to even trying to get jobs with zero skill sets . . . all while attempting to somehow return to the sea and making the most of their current situation with tenacity and camaraderie (especially if someone else is buying).

30 review for Thirsty Mermaids

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    "We may be on land but we're STILL US!" It's a hilarious fish-out-of-water story when three mermaids decide to try living life as landlubbers for a while. They're having the time of their lives until the sea witch realizes she doesn't know how to change their legs back into fins, and they might just have to stay humans . . . permanently. This was a blast - watching the three gals living it up on the town - "Three alcohols, please!" - before hangovers and reality set in, and the ladies realize th "We may be on land but we're STILL US!" It's a hilarious fish-out-of-water story when three mermaids decide to try living life as landlubbers for a while. They're having the time of their lives until the sea witch realizes she doesn't know how to change their legs back into fins, and they might just have to stay humans . . . permanently. This was a blast - watching the three gals living it up on the town - "Three alcohols, please!" - before hangovers and reality set in, and the ladies realize the seriousness of their situation. I enjoyed their attempts to fit in, including getting jobs, and I LOVED the fact that they were not drawn as your typical lovely, fin-tailed sirens. And, while I wasn't overly crazy about the artwork, it did fit pretty well with the frenzied, wacky tone of the story. *Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a sneak peek at this fun title.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Three mermaids run out of beer while they are drunk and get the bright idea to become human so they can go on dry land and get more beer. The only problem is magic no longer works as a human. Befriended by a local bartender, these three have to figure out how to live as humans by getting jobs and paying rent. I really like how all different body types are represented. However, the art is quite rudimentary. Still it's a quick, entertaining read. Received a review copy from Gallery 13 and NetGalley Three mermaids run out of beer while they are drunk and get the bright idea to become human so they can go on dry land and get more beer. The only problem is magic no longer works as a human. Befriended by a local bartender, these three have to figure out how to live as humans by getting jobs and paying rent. I really like how all different body types are represented. However, the art is quite rudimentary. Still it's a quick, entertaining read. Received a review copy from Gallery 13 and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This was a seriously wholesome comic about a pod of three tipsy mermaids venturing on land but not knowing how to get back because they're stranded (hah) in a coastal city without magic to turn back into their original bodies. I think saying more than this would spoil the fun, and while this might not work for everyone, it did work for me with its mix of humor, tender fo I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This was a seriously wholesome comic about a pod of three tipsy mermaids venturing on land but not knowing how to get back because they're stranded (hah) in a coastal city without magic to turn back into their original bodies. I think saying more than this would spoil the fun, and while this might not work for everyone, it did work for me with its mix of humor, tender found family feelings and captivatingly honest art. I really loved the casual diverse rep: the mermaids have different body types, there's queer and trans characters of color, there's anxiety (and depression?) rep. Despite its overall wholesome feel, the comic doesn't shy away from showing difficult moments, but it's at its heart a hopeful story that took me by surprise and I would recommend checking out if you're into diverse graphic novels. TWs: getting drunk, discussion and portrayal of body dysmorphia, accidental almost-drowning that can be interpreted as the character being suicidal

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meisha

    I wasn't really liking this to start with. The humor felt forced and over done and it really put me off. However, as I went on, I grew to love the quirky and unique characters... This is about a ”pod” of mermaids who decide to cast a spell to go on land to drink booze. Only to realize too late that they have no idea how to turn back into mermaids and are now stuck on land. Recipe for an interesting story right? Well I agree. The moral being about found family and being unapologetically yourself. I wasn't really liking this to start with. The humor felt forced and over done and it really put me off. However, as I went on, I grew to love the quirky and unique characters... This is about a ”pod” of mermaids who decide to cast a spell to go on land to drink booze. Only to realize too late that they have no idea how to turn back into mermaids and are now stuck on land. Recipe for an interesting story right? Well I agree. The moral being about found family and being unapologetically yourself. To love yourself inside and out. And the added bonus being that the graphics/ colors were absolutely stunning!! As I previously stated, I adored the characters and their individuality. They're definitely not what you would imagine a mermaid to be and I was here for it! There was so much diversity in all of the different characters and it was really refreshing to see so many different kinds of people represented. I loved getting to see what it would be like for a mermaid (mermaids with big personalities for that matter) to be on land and how they navigated everything. There were parts that definitely had me giggling! I do wish that it was mentioned some where that this isn't intended for kids though 😅 The cover is very eye catching and I can see it appealing to a child. Plus, where a lot of the authors other works are intended for kids, I can see this being confused for a child's graphic novel. Over all, I enjoyed this and can see me picking up more by the author. This just wasn't a favorite graphic novel of mine. But I do recommend giving it a read if it seems like something you'd like! Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the E-ARC!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    If you're like me and read and enjoyed Snapdragon last year, then you will be excited to hear that Kat Leyh has a new book out. This book features a pod made up of two mermaids and a sea witch. They realize they are out of wine from shipwrecks and NEED.MORE.BOOZE so the sea witch casts a spell on them to turn them into humans. They make their way to a coastal community in search of booze. They aren't quite familiar with human ways, so show up on the boardwalk naked. They quickly get some clothes If you're like me and read and enjoyed Snapdragon last year, then you will be excited to hear that Kat Leyh has a new book out. This book features a pod made up of two mermaids and a sea witch. They realize they are out of wine from shipwrecks and NEED.MORE.BOOZE so the sea witch casts a spell on them to turn them into humans. They make their way to a coastal community in search of booze. They aren't quite familiar with human ways, so show up on the boardwalk naked. They quickly get some clothes by various means and eventually find a bar call The Thirsty Mermaid where they befriend the bartender who tries to help them out. This was a fun romp of a book, with lots of girl power, messages about mental health, LGBTQ representation and body positivity. Thank you to the publisher for the lovely review copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book showed up in my mailbox in that beautiful brown packaging that comes from publishers. I think I may have won this as a Goodreads Giveaway, although I don't remember entering it (not entirely surprising because I enter a lot of giveaways). However, I am so glad that I did receive this book, so thank you! When I peeled back that brown paper, a face full of confusion that my fiancé thought I was faking, I immediately started laughing. I'm talking full-on belly laughs. I was not expecting a This book showed up in my mailbox in that beautiful brown packaging that comes from publishers. I think I may have won this as a Goodreads Giveaway, although I don't remember entering it (not entirely surprising because I enter a lot of giveaways). However, I am so glad that I did receive this book, so thank you! When I peeled back that brown paper, a face full of confusion that my fiancé thought I was faking, I immediately started laughing. I'm talking full-on belly laughs. I was not expecting a graphic novel titled "Thirsty Mermaids" to be in my hands. I was hooked from page one. This is a full-color, beautifully illustrated, thick graphic novel. The best part: these pages are not glossy. They are pure ink and pure paper, which smells fantastic. Okay, enough of the book-nerd geeking. The story itself is surprisingly beautiful, considering the concept of the book. I only read the first paragraph of the synopsis because I prefer going into all of my books blind and the gist of the story is this: three mermaids walk into a bar. I'm not even joking. The story starts out under the sea, where these mermaids are trying to get more alcohol. They run out and are unable to produce more of it. One of them comes up with the idea of salvaging the alcohol from "the source." Our world on land. Even though it's forbidden, one of the mermaids is a sea witch and successfully casts a spell to give them legs. Now, all three of these land-bound mermaids try to find alcohol. After a crazy night, they wish to return home. The sea witch realizes that she can't perform magic on land. They're stuck there. This graphic novel is absolutely hilarious and is for adult eyes. We have tons of cursing, mild nudity, and some serious adult themes. I love the characters because they're eccentric and exciting to follow. My favorite part of this graphic novel is that these mermaids are trying to adjust to our world after living their whole lives underwater. Pure metaphorical magic and genius. Highly recommend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Okay, so this comic was definitely not what I was expecting and I absolutely loved it (especially the joke involving the title Thirsty Mermaids itself). Tooth, Pearl, and Eezy are 3 mermaids who form their own unique pod and love life and each other with an exuberance that made me wish I was one of their human friends like Vivi, the human who helps them find their land legs, so to speak. The themes of gender identity/sexuality were done tastefully and respectfully. The way mermaids and magic por Okay, so this comic was definitely not what I was expecting and I absolutely loved it (especially the joke involving the title Thirsty Mermaids itself). Tooth, Pearl, and Eezy are 3 mermaids who form their own unique pod and love life and each other with an exuberance that made me wish I was one of their human friends like Vivi, the human who helps them find their land legs, so to speak. The themes of gender identity/sexuality were done tastefully and respectfully. The way mermaids and magic portrayed in this comic had a new flair to it that was unexpected but welcomed. It gave me many more ideas for my writing and a better understanding on how one can use magic outside of the commonality people tend to expect. This story played out beautifully and I look forward to seeing more by this author. I really hope that there are more stories involving these characters as I still have so many questions! I definitely recommend this comic to anyone who loves mermaids, found family, and finding a place to call home among those you love.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura I.

    It takes a minute to get used to the sense of humor of this graphic novel (very raucous and sweary), but by 20 pages or so in I was totally onboard, and I ended up really loving it. The story is: some mermaids use magic to turn themselves into landlubbers to...well, to get drunk mostly. But then of course they get stuck and have to figure out clothes and money and jobs, and they make some human friends. I fully laughed out loud multiple times at their shenanigans, and it’s also very sweet! I act It takes a minute to get used to the sense of humor of this graphic novel (very raucous and sweary), but by 20 pages or so in I was totally onboard, and I ended up really loving it. The story is: some mermaids use magic to turn themselves into landlubbers to...well, to get drunk mostly. But then of course they get stuck and have to figure out clothes and money and jobs, and they make some human friends. I fully laughed out loud multiple times at their shenanigans, and it’s also very sweet! I actually teared up at a couple points. I wasn’t sure going in if this was YA or not, and I think not (there is a fair amount of nudity and swearing, and also just feels more about adult concerns). It is very casually inclusive/diverse, with different body types & a trans main character, and pretty much everyone is queer, it seems. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! TW: potential attempted suicide (not really, but seems like it at the time)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This rating/review is based on an advanced copy from Netgalley and Gallery 13. I like this quite a bit!! It's an odd graphic novel, definitely written for adults (perhaps younger adults, but not young adults, if that makes sense) about three mermaids who cast a spell and are able to walk on land. There are some funny fish out of water bits, but what really shines is the friendship between the characters. Only one of the mermaids (my beloved Eez) possesses magic, and the other two are kind of brui This rating/review is based on an advanced copy from Netgalley and Gallery 13. I like this quite a bit!! It's an odd graphic novel, definitely written for adults (perhaps younger adults, but not young adults, if that makes sense) about three mermaids who cast a spell and are able to walk on land. There are some funny fish out of water bits, but what really shines is the friendship between the characters. Only one of the mermaids (my beloved Eez) possesses magic, and the other two are kind of bruisin' boozers. Once they're on land, Pearl and Tooth, find their footing (so to speak) relatively quickly; leaving Eez to focus on reversing the spell (aka doing research aka watching mermaid movies and falling into a deep depression). The plot and characters are very wacky but there is a really strong emotional core. There's a lot of cool queer stuff woven effortlessly into the plot and characters, and you see a lot of boobies throughout! I also loved seeing all the beautiful bodies represented throughout. There is so much to love about this comic!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Pearl, Tooth, and Eez are hard-partying mermaids who awake one day with the worst hangovers . . . and legs! . . . in this literal fish-out-of-water story. I'll admit, it took me a while to warm up to the obnoxious trio, but their friendship and growth won me over. It's a delightful new take on an old fairy tale, loaded up with the good stuff: diversity, positive body images, LGBTQ+, humor, adventure, nudity, and swearing. Highly recommended! And check out Ley's Snapdragon too. She's really on a r Pearl, Tooth, and Eez are hard-partying mermaids who awake one day with the worst hangovers . . . and legs! . . . in this literal fish-out-of-water story. I'll admit, it took me a while to warm up to the obnoxious trio, but their friendship and growth won me over. It's a delightful new take on an old fairy tale, loaded up with the good stuff: diversity, positive body images, LGBTQ+, humor, adventure, nudity, and swearing. Highly recommended! And check out Ley's Snapdragon too. She's really on a roll!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    This is a story about outcasts, found family, friendships and being true to yourself. But that might give you the wrong picture of a warm-hearted, child-friendly story. It is not. It features a small group of mermaids who are loud, swear a lot and drink a lot. So if you like a story with a positive message but isn’t preachy and isn’t goody-two-shoes, this is for you. The characters are quirky and enjoyable. A fun read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest revie This is a story about outcasts, found family, friendships and being true to yourself. But that might give you the wrong picture of a warm-hearted, child-friendly story. It is not. It features a small group of mermaids who are loud, swear a lot and drink a lot. So if you like a story with a positive message but isn’t preachy and isn’t goody-two-shoes, this is for you. The characters are quirky and enjoyable. A fun read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristan

    Kat Leyh has done it once again with Thirsty Mermaids! Thirsty Mermaids is about a trio of merfolk who run out of human booze at the bottom of the ocean and decide to go undercover as humans on dry land to obtain more. This plan quickly backfires after a fun night of drinking leaves them waking in the morning to a horrific hangover and no magic to change back into merfolk. The lovely bartender Vivi helps them out, leading to them trying their best to make human life work as they try to figure ou Kat Leyh has done it once again with Thirsty Mermaids! Thirsty Mermaids is about a trio of merfolk who run out of human booze at the bottom of the ocean and decide to go undercover as humans on dry land to obtain more. This plan quickly backfires after a fun night of drinking leaves them waking in the morning to a horrific hangover and no magic to change back into merfolk. The lovely bartender Vivi helps them out, leading to them trying their best to make human life work as they try to figure out how to get back to their lives underwater. The main four characters were so fun, funny, and had a great dynamic that left me wanting even more adventures from them at the end. I'll have my fingers crossed for a sequel but until then this is a wonderful, diverse, fun graphic novel that everyone needs to read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Want a funny, irreverent, LGBTQ- & body-image positive book? Here's a hysterical read for adult readers from the creator of LUMBERJANES. I knew this author/creative from her previous graphic novels, so I knew I'd be in for a fun read, regardless of its plot or focus. I didn't expect this raucous (yet at-times-serious) journey of three mermaids adjusting to life on land. Their plots are easy metaphors for outsiders discovering their personal places in the world. I loved the positivity of the char Want a funny, irreverent, LGBTQ- & body-image positive book? Here's a hysterical read for adult readers from the creator of LUMBERJANES. I knew this author/creative from her previous graphic novels, so I knew I'd be in for a fun read, regardless of its plot or focus. I didn't expect this raucous (yet at-times-serious) journey of three mermaids adjusting to life on land. Their plots are easy metaphors for outsiders discovering their personal places in the world. I loved the positivity of the characters regardless of their conflicts and situations. I loved the normalcy of these characters, despite their mermaid-out-of-water origins; even more, I loved the acceptance everyone finds because they’re not limited by predefined social norms. Were it not for the everpresent alcohol consumption throughout the book, I'd say this is a perfect read for teens seeking those who support them for who they are and for those looking to feel comfortable in their own skins. As it is, I'd still recommend this book for mature teens or adults looking for a good story with heart and soul.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chessa

    This was such a fun romp! Great diverse cast of characters with tons of lovely found family vibes built in. Great character growth for our mermaids and an ending I wanted to hug. Read it! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    This was real cute! A found family of magical semi-nude, not familiar with capitalism, merfolk go on land in search of alcohol. This follows them as they procure the drinks, try to find their way home, and find another member of their pod. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a quick, woman-centric, queer comic with found family.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jean Huber Bookmama789

    What do you get when a pod of tipsy mermaids run out of shipwreck alcohol? The most fun, raunchy, body positive, gender queer, curse word filled adventure a land lover could ask for! . Thank you to @gallery_13 @gallerybooks and @netgalley for the free ARC of Thirsty Mermaids and new graphic novel by Kay Leyh, who previously brought us the Lumberjanes series! . Synopsis from the publisher: Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids decide to magically masquerade as humans and sneak onto land t What do you get when a pod of tipsy mermaids run out of shipwreck alcohol? The most fun, raunchy, body positive, gender queer, curse word filled adventure a land lover could ask for! . Thank you to @gallery_13 @gallerybooks and @netgalley for the free ARC of Thirsty Mermaids and new graphic novel by Kay Leyh, who previously brought us the Lumberjanes series! . Synopsis from the publisher: Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids decide to magically masquerade as humans and sneak onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning as, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they never actually learned how to break the spell, and are now stuck on land for the foreseeable future. Which means everything from: enlisting the aid of their I-know-we-just-met-can-we-crash-with-you bartender friend, struggling to make sense of the world around them, and even trying to get a job with no skill set…all while attempting to somehow return to the sea and making the most of their current situation with tenacity and camaraderie (especially if someone else is buying). . This was such a feel good book to read at the end of such a craptastic year. This story was laugh out loud funny and visually pleasing with its vibrant and whimsical illustrations. Strong female characters☑️ queer and trans representation ☑️ diverse and inclusive characters☑️ body positivity ☑️ a continued fight to normalize boobs (if men can walk around with nips out, then why can’t we?) ☑️ So free the boobies, grab a drink, and prepare to laugh your ass off. Coming to above water bookstores April 2021

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I think that I might be the only one that didn't like this graphic novel as much as everyone else. The concept, the story is really good. Mermaids come to the shore and cause a ruckus, But, the illustrations is what got to me. I may not be used to graphic novels, but did not like the graphic illustrations. The nakedness of the mermaids even in the water and the utter innuendos throughout the novel wasn't my cup of tea. Even with it all, I can see how others would like this book. I think that I might be the only one that didn't like this graphic novel as much as everyone else. The concept, the story is really good. Mermaids come to the shore and cause a ruckus, But, the illustrations is what got to me. I may not be used to graphic novels, but did not like the graphic illustrations. The nakedness of the mermaids even in the water and the utter innuendos throughout the novel wasn't my cup of tea. Even with it all, I can see how others would like this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    I loved this silly story about a pod of mermaids who turn themselves into humans to get alcohol, only to discover that they don't know how to turn themselves back. Quite literally a fish or of water story, this is also a story of love, friendship, found family, and loving yourself. If you're looking for a fun pick-me-up, this will hit the spot! I loved this silly story about a pod of mermaids who turn themselves into humans to get alcohol, only to discover that they don't know how to turn themselves back. Quite literally a fish or of water story, this is also a story of love, friendship, found family, and loving yourself. If you're looking for a fun pick-me-up, this will hit the spot!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I won this graphic novel through Goodreads' FirstReads. I entered to win this because I enjoyed "Lumberjanes". This book is definitely intended for an older audience than "Lumberjanes". The book is brightly and beautifully illustrated and funny. The main characters have a very close bond and are very supportive of each other. I won this graphic novel through Goodreads' FirstReads. I entered to win this because I enjoyed "Lumberjanes". This book is definitely intended for an older audience than "Lumberjanes". The book is brightly and beautifully illustrated and funny. The main characters have a very close bond and are very supportive of each other.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    Three mermaids want to try out legs so they can go on dry land and find alcohol. And what a journey they have! They meet some friends and even start blending into society, sort of. There is a great amount of alcohol consumption and nudity (but what do you expect when mermaids get legs!?).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sydney ✨

    This might very well be my favorite graphic novel of all time. The girl gang. The queerness. The colors. 12/10.

  22. 5 out of 5

    mad mags

    (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.) Tooth, Pearl, and Eezy are BFFs. Partners in crime. Booze hounds. Good time girls (said in an old timey voice). Scavengers. Would-be nudists. Pod-mates. Oh, and they're also mermaids. When the trio discovers - and then promptly drains - a stash of shipwreck wine, they convince Eezy to grow them legs using her magic so they can hunt down some more spirits on dry land. What could go wrong? Everything, of course: Eezy knows how (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.) Tooth, Pearl, and Eezy are BFFs. Partners in crime. Booze hounds. Good time girls (said in an old timey voice). Scavengers. Would-be nudists. Pod-mates. Oh, and they're also mermaids. When the trio discovers - and then promptly drains - a stash of shipwreck wine, they convince Eezy to grow them legs using her magic so they can hunt down some more spirits on dry land. What could go wrong? Everything, of course: Eezy knows how to transform them into human women, but doesn't know the spell for changing them back. Liquor costs money, and money usually means a J-O-B. Sleeping in the alley is a no-no and, for some strange reason, everyone keeps telling them to cover up their boobs. Luckily, bartender Vivi takes them under her wing, giving them a place to stay, helping them find work, and just generally keeping them out of trouble. Or trying to, anyway: Tooth is a bit of a brawler, Eezy has an aversion to clothes, and the ladies (unintentionally) commit crimes on the regular. THIRSTY MERMAIDS is a weird, raucous, and silly fun time - with an unexpectedly mushy heart at its center. There are so many moments of bizarre hilarity here, from Vivi trying to explain capitalism to merpeople (who work on the barter system, natch), to her finding Eezy chilling in her giant recycling bin...and just rolling with it. Tooth, Pearl, and Eezy are not at all what you'd picture mermaids looking like, and I am so here for it. Tooth and Pearl are brash and vulgar, seemingly more at home in a motorcycle bar than a castle under the sea. And Eezy, with her eel-like shape and wicked tats ... dear Eezy. You just want to scoop her up and give her a hug. It isn't hard to see how these three became a tiny little pod of their own. The cast is incredibly, refreshingly diverse, sometimes in ways that might surprise you - or that you might even miss the first read through. The details are so organic to the plot, so seamlessly interwoven with the story, that it just feels ... perfect. I kind of wish THIRSTY MERMAIDS had a 2020 release date, because it's exactly the book we need right now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Read on Reader Fox | The water makes her feel better. Kat Leyh's Thirsty Mermaids is a debauchery filled tale about Mermaids who cast a spell to turn them human so they may partake in the drinking pastime. Of course, the intent is to return to the sea the next morning, but it seems our mermaids went into this plan just a bit too eagerly. Complete with hangovers galore, the next morning is a nightmare as the three mermaids realize they do not know how to reverse the spell and return to the s | Read on Reader Fox | The water makes her feel better. Kat Leyh's Thirsty Mermaids is a debauchery filled tale about Mermaids who cast a spell to turn them human so they may partake in the drinking pastime. Of course, the intent is to return to the sea the next morning, but it seems our mermaids went into this plan just a bit too eagerly. Complete with hangovers galore, the next morning is a nightmare as the three mermaids realize they do not know how to reverse the spell and return to the sea. The Heart I have pretty mixed feelings about Thirsty Mermaids. I was, of course, intrigued by the premise. But I'll admit I really didn't care for the idea of mermaids obsessed with drinking. And while the overall themes of the plot, that of found family and taking care of each other, were brilliant, I didn't love the graphic novel. There's no question to the fact that the connection between the three main characters is the heart of this story. And that, in my opinion, was the only worthwhile thing about it. And yes, I say three main characters in spite of the fact that there are technically four. But, honestly, the mermaids are really the only characters who actually matter. The Setup Okay, I have to say it; the opening of this book is pretty terrible. I literally could not care less about the motivations of these characters. And they're not even introduced to us in a particularly enticing way. We meet the mermaids, find out about their desire to get inordinately trashed, and soon witness their transformation into humans so they can find alcohol. And that's the beginning. Of course, they have a few other experiences as well. Namely there's a nudity moment, theft of clothing, a fight with a drunkard, and some more theft this time via stolen debit card. But, you get the gist. The next morning, they wake up with a massive hangover. Worse yet, the mermaids realize they have no knowledge of how to turn themselves back. Out of sheer dumb luck, they run into the bartender from the night before. This crazy compassionate lady takes them in and feeds them. Poignancy So, what follows basically encompasses the mermaids figuring out how to survive on land. There are a lot of ridiculous moments. Many of these involve Pearl and Tooth, easily the most carefree of the three. I found them both thoroughly annoying throughout most of the novel. With uncertainty looming over them regarding when they'll return to their natural forms, Pearl and Tooth have to find jobs to support them in the meantime. Eez is tasked with figuring out how to get her magic back and return them to the ocean. While Pearl and Tooth galvanize all around the town, Eez slowly falls into depression over their circumstances. Unable to fix her magic and feeling what could be compared to body dysmorphia, it's safe to say that life on land is toughest on her. And it is this plot alone that I loved about the story. Eez's struggles and the subsequent support she receives from her pod is executed brilliantly. In terms of a commentary on found family and support systems, Thirsty Mermaids gets an A+ from me. While I didn't always care for her pod, I loved Eez as a character. And in the genuine moments of true connection, I loved how she interacted with Tooth and Pearl. But, That Was All I Liked Honestly, I kind of hated everything else. I didn't care about their drinking exploits. I didn't care for their thievery. The comedy was horrendous, centering mainly around laughing at the poor incompetent mermaids. The plot, minus the commentary Eez allowed for, was boring as hell. And I just didn't care. Several pop culture references about mermaids were peppered throughout the story. Obviously, a few of them garnered a nostalgic response from me. I mean, I loved The Thirteenth Year as a child. It pokes fun at the kisses to break a curse theory. There's a reference to Splash, which I couldn't help laughing at. But none of that is anything to write home about. It's just...there. And it has no real impact on the story. Then There's the Artwork I hate to say it, but I couldn't bring myself to like the artwork. Sure, I'm really excited that the characters were of varying body types. But was the creepiness necessary? Was the excessive nudity necessary? Perhaps this is something others will appreciate about the graphic novel, but it bothered me so much. The only character who I liked the design of was the friend whose apartment they lived in and her sister. The mermaids, on the other hand, were wholly disturbing so often. Despite my complete adoration for Eez as a character, I could barely look at her design-wise. She looked like a half-decomposed body, skeleton-esque and wasting away. Pearl was prone to wearing clothes that did not fit her and stripping down regularly. Tooth was...big and sketchy looking at times, but admittedly I actually don't have too many issues with the design there. So, I dunno. I feel like the artist was perfectly capable of drawing non-creepy looking characters that weren't nude too often. So, the fact that they were kind of creepy and nude fairly often bugged me. It definitely made it hard to connect to the story. A Final Consensus So, the opening motivation wasn't for me. The ridiculous shenanigans of Tooth and Pearl were not something I could appreciate. I didn't care for the style of artwork. But I do find the found family story to be one of merit. And so while I can say without a doubt that this is not a book I, personally, enjoyed it is at least a good story. Eez's struggles, backstory, and relationships are worth telling. And I thoroughly appreciated the way her story, in particular, was told. I think, ultimately, it's safe to say that this wasn't for me. But, if my issues with the story are not ones you may have, it's very possible you may love this. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Reader Fox Links |

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    I loved Kat Leyh's graphic novel Snapdragon, and was eager to see what else she had to offer. Thirsty Mermaids looked like a colorful, rollicking good time, and if it was anything like Snapdragon I knew I could expect an entertaining and strongly-written read, with nicely stylized art to boot. Well, I got all that... plus some delightfully atypical mermaids, a diverse cast, and a strong message about how the bonds of a "found family" can be just as strong and important as actual blood relations. I loved Kat Leyh's graphic novel Snapdragon, and was eager to see what else she had to offer. Thirsty Mermaids looked like a colorful, rollicking good time, and if it was anything like Snapdragon I knew I could expect an entertaining and strongly-written read, with nicely stylized art to boot. Well, I got all that... plus some delightfully atypical mermaids, a diverse cast, and a strong message about how the bonds of a "found family" can be just as strong and important as actual blood relations. Three mermaids -- Pearl, Tooth, and Eez -- have just had the unthinkable happen to them... they've run out of booze! Having tapped their shipwreck stores dry, they decide to venture onto land and find more to drink, and so their friend Eez casts a spell to turn them human before they head into a seaside tourist town to hit the bars. But when morning comes and their hangovers wear off, they realize they have no idea how to become mermaids again! As they find themselves having to get jobs and pretend to be human until the can figure out how to regain their tails, they come to discover the human world is full of its own quirks... and that their bonds of friendship and family are going to be tested beyond what they could have imagined. The artwork of Thirsty Mermaids is nicely stylized and vividly colorful. Leyh also works on the comic series Lumberjanes, so if you loved that series you're bound to enjoy the art in this book too. The panels flow nicely, the speech bubbles are placed well so that dialogue is easy to follow, and I love the designs of the characters. It's great to see more diverse body shapes among the mermaids beyond "busty curvy girl," both plus-sized (such as Pearl and Tooth) and otherwise (the much bonier and thinner Eez). The story has plenty of humor, some of it rather bawdy and full of profanity but still hilarious, and the antics of Pearl, Tooth, and Eez as they struggle with a near-literal fish-out-of-water situation are highly entertaining. But the story does take time to reflect on how the family you make yourself is just as strong as the family you're born into, and has its moments of serious reflection as all the characters, Eez in particular, struggle with their newfound human bodies. There's also some honest discussions about body dysmorphia and even self-harm and suicide, which can be heavy at times but thankfully is treated with respect. Fair warning -- this book contains quite a bit of nudity and strong language. Parents should screen this before giving it to their children. Thirsty Mermaids is a fantastic read, and a great follow-up work to Lumberjanes and Snapdragon. It's an atypical mermaid story, but one that's a lot of fun and surprisingly heartwarming and powerful too.

  25. 5 out of 5

    JV

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 What happens when three drunken mermaids are all out of booze and wants to get more drinks? They turn into humans and flip the human world upside down with their quirky personalities. This was surprisingly so cute. I’m Filipino and once I realized two of the characters maybe even the main characters and a few others (I’m not sure) are Filipinos, it was such a nice surprise. Even tagalog words and some decorations and Philippine culture were represented in the novel which is really rare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 What happens when three drunken mermaids are all out of booze and wants to get more drinks? They turn into humans and flip the human world upside down with their quirky personalities. This was surprisingly so cute. I’m Filipino and once I realized two of the characters maybe even the main characters and a few others (I’m not sure) are Filipinos, it was such a nice surprise. Even tagalog words and some decorations and Philippine culture were represented in the novel which is really rare for me to see. Second, at first I felt all right about the premise, I saw mermaids + LGBT as the tags and thought it was interesting. But as I kept reading, I loved ALL of the characters. Also, basically EVERYONE are members of the LGBT community in this graphic novel. It’s sweet. The book also goes over important issues. Expectations, capitalism, finding the right job, racism, even body dysmorphia. They also called out a specific clothing brand without mentioning its name. It was a hilarious scene for me. (If you know which clothing brand, you know). Lastly, other than the previous themes I’ve mentioned that were discussed, it was seriously a fun and sweet read almost throughout the novel. I think my only concern was a little bit of the art style, but I got used go it and I ended up really enjoying reading about all of the characters, especially seeing how their characters had developed in the novel. It’s a great graphic novel for anyone who loves anything queer with BIPOC characters, mermaids and found family/friendship. Thank you Gallery Books 13 and Netgalley for providing me an eARC of Thirsty Mermaids in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    whatsjennareading

    After a weather related delay, I received some highly anticipated book mail yesterday and immediately read it. Thanks so much to gallery for the free finished copy of Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh. Leyh also co-authored Lumberjanes and created Snapdragon, SuperCakes, and several others. Her artwork is quirky and unique and I adore it. Thirsty Mermaids was pitched as, “Girls Trip meets Broad City meets The Little Mermaid” and i was like YES PLEASE. Y’all, this book is FANTASTIC. It follows the und After a weather related delay, I received some highly anticipated book mail yesterday and immediately read it. Thanks so much to gallery for the free finished copy of Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh. Leyh also co-authored Lumberjanes and created Snapdragon, SuperCakes, and several others. Her artwork is quirky and unique and I adore it. Thirsty Mermaids was pitched as, “Girls Trip meets Broad City meets The Little Mermaid” and i was like YES PLEASE. Y’all, this book is FANTASTIC. It follows the underwater and land adventures of mermaids Pearl and Tooth, and their best friend and sea witch, Eez. They spend their nights pillaging ship wrecks for booze and decide to let Eez turn them into humans temporarily so they can get more booze on dry land after running out under water. They wash up on land completely naked and ready to party and face some very harsh realties the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Turns out Eez has no idea how to turn them back into mermaids and now they have to figure out how to survive on dry land until she does. They wouldn’t make it a day without Vivi, the bartender they meet their first night who takes them under her wing. The illustrations for this were just so perfect. I cackled so many times seeing how Leyh portrayed them walking for the first time, learning about how things like clothing and money are required, and making other human discoveries. This has some excellent and varied queer rep, tackles mental health with so much care and love, and is full of all sorts of body types (the little mermaid this is not). It’s about friendship and found family and staying true to yourself. Do yourself a favor and get this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)

    I received an advanced copy of Thirsty Mermaids through NetGalley so I could share my review with you! Content Warning: Thirsty Mermaids contains scenes of nudity, discussion of body dysmorphia, and attempted suicide. Pearl, Tooth, and Eez might not know everything about the world outside of the ocean, but they certainly know how to have a good time! The three mermaids discovered a collection of intact liquor bottles on a shipwreck, and are delighted by the way it makes them feel. But, there were I received an advanced copy of Thirsty Mermaids through NetGalley so I could share my review with you! Content Warning: Thirsty Mermaids contains scenes of nudity, discussion of body dysmorphia, and attempted suicide. Pearl, Tooth, and Eez might not know everything about the world outside of the ocean, but they certainly know how to have a good time! The three mermaids discovered a collection of intact liquor bottles on a shipwreck, and are delighted by the way it makes them feel. But, there were only so many bottles in the wreck, and soon enough their supply runs dry. They decide that they’ll need to go to the source to quench their thirst for more booze, using a spell to transform into humans. The spell works perfectly, and before long Eez, Tooth, and Pearl are drinking their way through the best drinks a beach-themed dive-bar can offer. After a night of heavy drinking, the mermaids realise that they made one huge oversight in this plan: they have no idea how to transform back into their normal forms so that they can return home. You can get your copy of Thirsty Mermaids on February 9th from Gallery 13! I am, frankly, a sucker for any project involving Kat Leyh. Her various graphic novels are always extremely enjoyable reads and are chock-full of queer characters living their best (sometimes magical) lives. My favorite part of Thirsty Mermaids was the relationship between the Tooth, Pearl, Eez, and their new-found land companion, Vivi. I thought the way characters interacted was both hilarious and realistic to the complexities of real-world friendships. This book presented a comical alternative take on what might happen to a trio of mermaids stranded on land! My Recommendation- If you love quirky graphic novels with LGBTQ+ rep, you should check out Thirsty Mermaids! This story would be a great choice for someone who loved The Little Mermaid as a child, but who prefers their stories now with some bawdy humor!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yaritza

    Mermaids and booze make for a fun filled comic. Two mermaids and a sea witch run out of alcohol and decide to change themselves into humans to go in search of more booze. It was easy for Eez the sea witch to turn them all into humans, what they don't realize is that Eez doesn't know how to turn them back to mermaids. Pearl, Tooth and Eez enjoy there time on land. On their first day on land they make a new friend at the bar. Vivi takes the drunk mermaids in not realizing who they were. Vivi was so Mermaids and booze make for a fun filled comic. Two mermaids and a sea witch run out of alcohol and decide to change themselves into humans to go in search of more booze. It was easy for Eez the sea witch to turn them all into humans, what they don't realize is that Eez doesn't know how to turn them back to mermaids. Pearl, Tooth and Eez enjoy there time on land. On their first day on land they make a new friend at the bar. Vivi takes the drunk mermaids in not realizing who they were. Vivi was so kind to take three people into her home without knowing them. They were a handful but they got along very well. Eez starts getting depressed that she cannot turn them back. The mermaids need to adjust to life and find jobs. As it is hard for any regular person searching for a job without experience, they definitely ran into dead ends looking for work. The cover of this book is so beautiful and colorful. The illustrations were great. The mermaids are each very different and diverse. They are carefree and not scared of showing their body or breast. Each one had different body types. Glad too see a diverse cast of characters. This comic novel had girl power, LBGTQ+, humor and depression. This comic included real life scenarios that we all could relate to in some form or another. You are going to enjoy the quirkiness of these fabulous mermaids.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I received a free copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley.com and the publisher to read and review. These aren't your stereotypical Disney pretty pretty princess mermaids! What happens when two mermaids (Tooth and Pearl) and a sea witch (Eezy) cast a spell and go onto dry land to drink? Well, first of all, they're going to have hangovers in the morning, and when they can't get their fins back right away, the whole situation goes sideways. Soon they're learning all about capitalism, jobs, and why I received a free copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley.com and the publisher to read and review. These aren't your stereotypical Disney pretty pretty princess mermaids! What happens when two mermaids (Tooth and Pearl) and a sea witch (Eezy) cast a spell and go onto dry land to drink? Well, first of all, they're going to have hangovers in the morning, and when they can't get their fins back right away, the whole situation goes sideways. Soon they're learning all about capitalism, jobs, and why you need more than one outfit each. This is the very definition of a fish-out-of-water tale, and it holds a certain kind of charm. The art style is a little bit unusual, and leans toward the ugly sometimes, but it helps the feel of the story. This isn't just a graphic novel about mermaids. It's about friendship, feeling wrong in your skin, not knowing who you are and struggling to find out, and so much more. It's funny and sweet and ultimately a really good time that made me sit and smile full-out at the end of it. I want to be a part of the pod, even if just for a while. It seems like a great place to figure out your path in life and what exactly you should strive for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Story: 4/5 A mermaid story that isn't a romance?! Sign me up! I was won over by the premise as a die-hard mermaid fan and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I won't spoil the story but I do like that the themes focus so much more on found families and identity than romance. It's a breath of fresh air for sure. I have not read Kat Leyh's other solo work but I will definitely be checking them out now. Art: 5/5 The art is so colorful and fun! The way action moves across panels is very satisfyi Story: 4/5 A mermaid story that isn't a romance?! Sign me up! I was won over by the premise as a die-hard mermaid fan and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I won't spoil the story but I do like that the themes focus so much more on found families and identity than romance. It's a breath of fresh air for sure. I have not read Kat Leyh's other solo work but I will definitely be checking them out now. Art: 5/5 The art is so colorful and fun! The way action moves across panels is very satisfying. I especially love the chapter title pages which makes sense when you realize Kat Leyh has made some gorgeous cover art for the Lumberjanes series. The world feels full and lived in at every turn and it's very compelling. Characters: 5/5 The characters are all wonderful! Of course I loved all of the mermaids and their growing pod. but Tooth is my personal pick for MVP. Vivi is the chill big sis I aspire to be while Spud and Jim seriously made me smile. Everyone feels real despite not getting to know many of them beyond the surface level. You still could imagine them living their lives when you put down the book.

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