Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Forgive My Fins

Goodreads: Forgive My FinsForgive My Fins (Fins, #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 293
Source: Borders
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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.

What a cute book!! Forgive My Fins was exactly what I was looking for in a beach read! It was a quick, sweet, and easy read. I’ll be honest: I’ve never read a mermaid book before, but this has left me craving more, more, MORE!

Lily was a pretty cool character! I think most girls can relate to her in some way. She did have a tendency to be incredibly shallow at times; especially in thinking that her infatuation with a guy she didn’t know was love. Her naivetĂ© amazed me. I also found her childish and stubborn at parts. But, In her defense, she did grow up quite a bit in this book. Quince, on the other hand, was such a sincere character!! Quince = bad boy meets boy next door. He was patient, sweet, and comfortable in his own skin; the ideal male lead. The relationship between Lily and Quince was quite dynamic. It was a constant back and forth. I was never truly sure how it would end up.

I thoroughly enjoyed Child’s writing. She had a very light and humorous tone that had me smiling throughout the story. I also thought that she was extremely creative with her take on mermaid mythology. Overall, this was a great read! You will definitely want to pick up if you are a fan of mermaid tales or are looking for a cute and romantic summer read!


  1. I always pass by this one in the book store, but never thought of reading it. Sounds like a good one though!

  2. I just picked this book up from the library on my most recent trip. I can't wait to read it!

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