Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Forgive my Fins (Fins #1)

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harpers Collin
Release Date: May 19, 2010
Page Count: 293
Chapter Count: 24
Named Chapters: No
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon / B&N

Unrequited love is hard enough when you're
a normal teenage girl, but for Lily Sanderson,
there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily has a secret, and it's not her huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. 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 she discovered three years ago that her mother was actually a human, Lily finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been going to Seaview High ever since. Living on land has it's 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 finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Opening Sentence: Water calms me.


'Forgive my Fins' by Tera Lynn Childs was an utter DE-LIGHT to read. To say that I was utterly blown away by this book would be putting it lightly. I had been expecting a nice sweet, light story that would satisfy me and in a large part I got that. I, however, was not expecting to bond so quickly and so firmly with the two main characters: Princess Waterlily and Quince Fletcher. 

The story starts off rather normally. A girl with a crush, who she just can't get enough of and can't see past the picture perfect image that she has build for herself of that guy. Then there's her friend that is there to encourage her along no matter what and then there is the guy who for the life of him can't see what she sees in Brody Benson. The guy being Quince, who just loves to push every single one of Lily's buttons to try and get a reaction out of her. And for us of the viewing (reading) audience, can so obviously see that he is doing everything he can to get her to stop looking at her crush (a.k.a. Brody) and see him and how much he loves her. It is all rather sweet.

However, when a rather 'reluctant' plan goes wrong we are quickly plunged into an 'ocean' full of problems.

We get to meet Lily's father (King of Thalassinia), her annoying cousin and her best 'fishy' friend all under the sea. While she is quickly trying to take care of what she considers to be her problem so that she can get back to mooning over Brody. 

However, when one thing after another keeps going wrong and her heart starts to slowly change "plans" on her without her even realizing it, we get to see a whole knew side of Lily. As she comes to realize that love is not just black and white and that sometimes, just sometimes you fall in love with the last person you ever expected to.

I greatly look forward to reading the next book in this wonderful new 'mermaid' series.

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