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 (from Goodreads.com)
This book caught my eye last year when it was published in the US and I ummmed and ahhhed over it. I’m not even sure what actually stopped me; I loved the cover and synopsis. Maybe because I haven’t really read any mermaid books (apart from my mermaid obsessed 6 year olds) before I wrongly presumed they weren’t really my thing. Wrong! I really loved this book and then some!
Tera Lynn Childs’ writing is fresh, fun and sassy and I was immediately drawn in. I started off planning to read only a few pages but it was just so moreish I had to keep going. The pages of this book turned themselves and I had a huge smile on my face throughout. This is such a feel good book and perfect for holiday reading.
I really liked main character Lily; she’s cute beyond words. Having grown up under the ocean she finds life on land difficult, even after three years. I love how relatable she is with her awkwardness, lack of fashion sense and constant bad hair days (which I particularly sympathise with) and I certainly relate to the obsessive crush she has on Brody, having had one myself for most of secondary school. Like Lily though, my major crush actually ended up being a disappointment after all. But Quince, oh yes lets talk about Quince! Apart from the bad name I loved this semi bad boy lots! Even at his most obnoxious I was swooning all over the place and screaming at Lily to see what was really going on.
I loved the whole mermaid theme too, with some nice mythology and witty fishy sayings Tera Lynn Childs really brings this world to life. And it’s colourful, fun and cute…I want to go to Thalassinia! This isn’t a book that takes itself too seriously and is all the better for it, I thoroughly enjoyed every word and grinned like an idiot throughout. I recommend Forgive My Fins as essential beach reading this summer.
Published by Templar Uk July 2011
Thanks to the publishers for sending a copy for review
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