Book Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins is the first book in the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs. The book was published by Templar on 1st July 2011 and the book is 295 pages long.

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 neighbour 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.

What I thought
Having previously read Tempest Rising, I decided mermaids were definitely my thing. I’d had this book sitting around for months without having read it and the book just mentioned is the one that made me decide

The main character, Lily, was one that I loved completely. Being a teenager, she has insecurities and worries like everyone else – mainly asking out Brody, the guy she’s been drooling over for ages. She stumbles her words and gets extremely nervous around him and I can remember being exactly like that when I was in school. Even with the help of her best friend, Lily is no closer to getting the boy that she so desperately wants. As well as having normal teenage worries though, Lily has bigger things to think about. She’s actually half human, half mermaid and this causes her no end of problems.

Due to her mermaid heritage, Lily comes out with all sorts of wonderful sayings. She uses analogies from the sea and relating to fish and any other water creature you can imagine. Hearing her say these kinds of things really made me giggle throughout the book. The way she speaks and the way she mixes in her mermaid life with her human one was one of the things I loved most about Lily. Being half mermaid comes with some pretty big issues though. When a mermaid kisses someone else, it means that they are bonded for life so she can’t go around kissing just anyone. Lily hopes that Brody will be the recipient of this kiss and be with her forever.

Things don’t quite work out as she planned though. Instead of kissing Brody, Lily manages to accidentally kiss her neighbour, Quince and become bonded to him instead. Yes, he’s hot but she can’t stand him! Quince was ass great as Lily though and I thought that they worked really well together. The banter and jokes between them made for funny, light-hearted reading but there were also more serious things going on underneath that. Although Quince begins as a bit of a joker, he does have a lot of charm at the same time. From the beginning you can tell that there is more to him than meets the eye and I couldn’t wait to see what he was really like.

The story of Lily and Quince, their bond and what they were planning to do about it was fresh, exciting and refreshing. I haven’t read a book quite like this before so it was really nice to read something completely new and original. The way in which Lily and Quince get to know each other, are forced to spend time with each other and experience quite a lot together was written in such a believable way – even though we’re talking about mermaids here. Their situation brings about a wonderful underwater world, Thalassinia, and while it did feel a little like The Little Mermaid at times, I didn’t care. The different creatures and personalities under the water were diverse and really helped to make the story as good as it was.

Forgive My Fins is a fabulous read and I can’t wait for the next in the series, Fins Are Forever! 

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