Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

From HarperCollins Childrens:

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 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 finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

I had read and enjoyed the Oh My Gods! series by Tera Lynn Childs, so I picked up this book, despite my mermaid reservations.  The underwater descriptions are vivid and lovely, making me want to vacation in Thalassinia.  The antagonistic relationship between Lily and Quince is hilarious.  Quince seems like the quintessential bad boy (my favorite) in the beginning, but as he learns who Lily really is and the two spend more time together, you see that he really is a sweetheart (Nat's favorite).  Lily is a fun heroine and perhaps true to form for a "normal" teenager, she makes all the wrong decisions without a thought to the ramifications.  I really did not like the ending; however, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book.  I reserve judgment on the ending though, since book 2, Fins Are Forever released June 28, 2011 (review coming soon), so this ending set up the story in Forever.  

All in all, I give Forgive My Fins 4 stars - you should definitely read it!  

~ Shel   

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