Title: Fins Are Forever (Fins #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published: June 28th 2011 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
"On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure."
Thoughts: I can't believe I gulped this book up in two days. After I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down. While I didn't love it as much as I loved Forgive My Fins, I still enjoyed and devoured every minute of it.
Sequels can be fishy at times (heehee). Will it be good? Will it exceed all the expectations following the first book? Will new characters be introduced? The answers are simple. Yes, yes, and yes! I love Tera Lynn's writing. She can make you hate a character one minute and love him/her the next.
My only complaint is, I wanted more Lily-Quince moments. Don't worry, fans. There's plenty, however, I just absolutely adore Quince. Quince should write a diary called the Mer-diaries, documenting all his sea and merfolk related incidents. I'd read it! But yes, while there are plenty, I'm a Quince glutton. I can't help it, I love him so!
Also, every so often, the story did seem to drag a little. Just girl drama or nonsense that seemed irrelevant to the actual story. Luckily, this didn't really last long and the story picks right back up. With all that's going on, how could it not?
My favorite part of the book, though, was watching Lily grow. I love the character development. Prior to this novel, she thought she knew what she wanted and was a bit stubborn about it. In this one, she's more confident, and isn't afraid to vocalize what she believes is right and wrong. I loved her selflessness and heart. Truly, she's a fantastic character I've come to adore.
All in all, if you loved Forgive My Fins, you'll enjoy Fins Are Forever. It's not as charming as the first novel, but still a fun read. In fact, it's my favorite mermaid series! The characters are great, the plot is fantastic and the romance is full of oooohs and ahhhhs.