Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: Forgive My Fins


Title: Forgive My Fins (arc)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published: May 19th 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2010)
Final Copy: Hardcover, 293 pages

Synopsis: 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.


Thoughts: If I could give this book a slogan, it'd be "Underwater fun for all ages!" Forgive My Fins offers readers a fresh look at life above and below the sea. This is definitely a great beach read you don't want to miss.

So, the synopsis offers you just the right amount of description where you have an idea of what it's going to be like, but still doesn't spill over to the spoilery side. Lets do a little bit of a rundown anyway. The story starts off 3 years after Lily decides to spend time in the human world (her mother's world), and hopefully find out more about that part of her life fate striped away from her so many years ago. She wasn't expecting to stay long, but then she meets Brody, school hottie and swim team god. Lily decides this is the year where she'll confess her feelings for Brody and share the secrets of her mermaid life.

But what kind of book would this be if there weren't any twist and turns? Twist: Quince, her obnoxious and very annoying neighbor. He seems to always be in the way when it comes to Lily and Brody. Turn: Mistaken identities and accidental use of mere-magic. Thus, the real adventure begins.

When I first read the synopsis, I'll admit I wasn't sure if this would be something I'd enjoy. I read some reviews (all of them great) and thought I'd give it a go. I'm so glad I did because I ended up really enjoying this book. Lily is the type of character where you'll love her one minute and want to strangle her the next. She's loyal, brave and such a sweetheart, but also only sees what she wants to see. The truth could be waving a huge red flag in front of her, and she would walk right past it. Something that did bother me about her character were some of her childish behaviors, one of which is in regards to her father. While I understand she's very much a "daddy's little girl," I still found it inappropriate for a 17-almost 18 year old teenager to sit on her father's lap and call him daddy. Those are things a 4 year old does, not a young adult. It was strange to see how she can be mature in certain aspects, but yet childish in others. I guess it's part of her charm.

As far as swoon-worth boys go, Quice is definitely a great catch. He's funny, laid-back, loyal, apparently very muscular, and just a straight up good guy. I loved the way he adored Lily. I missed him when he wasn't in a scene. Oh, and the way he called Lily Princess without knowing who she really was? It just made my heart squeal with joy.

Then there's Brody. If I could use a metaphor to describe him, I'd go with "A house with all the lights on, but no one's home." I get the appeal. He's popular, hot, and a great swimmer, but I like my guys with a little depth. A pretty face will only get you so far.

Forgive My Fins is a great summer read I'd recommend checking out. It just released this past week, and I already can't wait for the sequel, Fins Are Forever, to come out. Grab a copy, go to the beach, read it and let me know what you think!

Rating: 4/5 stars

7 comments:

  1. I just love the cover for this one. Great review!

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  2. Awesome review!!! I am soooo excited to read this book! It looks great!!!!! Like Maria the Bookworm said, I LOVE the cover!

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  3. I love the cover too. Tera Lynn had her launch party in Houston and gave us a sneak peak at the possible cover for Fins Are Forever. Believe it or not, it's better than this one.

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  4. Yup, this is on the Goodreads TBR and I intend to acquire it by July. I like newer concepts in YA, and this one looks like light, splahy fun.

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  5. Lol I love how you described Brody. This book definitely sounds like a great beach read and I've heard nothing but good things about it. Thanks for the review!

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  6. Gosh, I have to read this! Every good review I see has me ready to race to the Book Depo and order it! :D

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  7. I have been hearing a LOT about this book, I think I'm going to check it out, BTW I have a book blog as well, ck it out :)
    http://up-sideofinsanity.blogspot.com/

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