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Friday, May 28, 2010

Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs


Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.”
– Book Cover

Lily has been living on land for only three years now, the some of which she spent fantasying over Brody: swimmer, cool, sexy, and oh-so-popular Brody. If you ignore the huge fact that she’s half mermaid, Lily has never stood out in a crowd, unless it’s been to humiliate herself. She’s got freezy blond hair, freckles and some serious self-esteem issues. When she finally decides to ask Brody to go to the dance with her (after much fuss), all hell break loose and her nemesis, Quince steps in to “help her”. Desperate enough to trust him, she dives in with his crazy plans and a kiss will change her fate forever.

Forgive my Fins is a really cute story! Lily is convinced Brody is the (mer)man of her life and she dives head first trying to confess him her feelings. But nothing is simple and she will end up on a rollercoaster of emotions with Quince as co-pilot.  Her journey will bring her to realize not everything is what it seems and she might have to reconsider a future she thought was set in stone.

Tera Lynn created a fantastic, magical world you will completely fall for. The entire book she uses those cute-as-pie mer-like expressions with fish and sea plants names (that I honestly have no idea what they look like lol) and Thalassinia really looks like it’s out of a fairy tale. I could perfectly picture a Little Mermaid like castle at the bottom of the sea.

I loved her mermaid lore. They can transfigure to human legs to walk on land, and when they cry in the sea there is no actual tears, but their eyes sparkles the same color as their fins. Also when a mermaid kiss a boy it’s create a permanent magical bond between them that links their emotions together. Only the King of Thalassinia can revoke it, under extreme circumstances.

I really liked the characters, Lily is so oblivious to what really goes on around her that it made feel like knocking my head on a wall, but it gave her a special cute innocence at the same time. Brody on his par is viewed as a God by Lily, but he’s kind of your average jock. Athlete, hanging with the cheerleaders, but he is nice to Lily in a friendly manner, so brownie points for him. Quince was hands down my favorite character. He puts out a rough-and-tough act, wears leather and biker boots, drives a motorcycle, and teases Lily all the time, but when there’s trouble around the corner he is always there for her. From chapter one I fell in love with him and I just knew the guy had more to offer than his annoying act.

The end was some-what predictable, but there were twists to the story I never saw coming. 

Overall, Forgive my Fins is a very cute fairy tale-like story I would recommend it to YA lovers. It’s a light, fun and unpretentious book the young and not-so-young readers will appreciate, and I am definitely adding the second book, Fins Are Forever, to my wish list!

Read an excerpt


In this series:

Forgive my Fins

Fins are Forever (release TBD)

Book Stats:

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen (Jun 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061914657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061914652


    Book Source: Review copy sent by Harper Collins

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  • Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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    8 People left their mark' :

    1. What a great review, I am totally with you about the mermaid lore, it was totally fun and original! :)

    2. Fantastic review! This sounds like a cute book. I don't read a lot about mermaids, but maybe I should!

    3. Oh,sounds good and cute!
      Mermaids aren't that popular in YA books,so,this sounds refreshing :)

    4. Oooh, half-mermaid~ What a cute and unique story premise. Wonderful review~ I love mermaid books, I can't wait to check this one out!

    5. I was (still am) a huge little mermaid fan, so this one sounds right up my alley. I LOVE what you are saying about the mermaid lore. What a creative idea for kissing! Thanks for this awesome review!

    6. I haven't read this one, but I've heard great things. I've only read one other mermaid book and am still undecided if I like the subject. I might just have to pick this one up! Great review :)

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    7. I agree with your review.. As always a pleasure to stop by!

    8. Sounds like the author really created an entire world even with the finer details.