Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Forgive My Fins

Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Pages: 293
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 19th 2010
Copy Type: Paperback
Copy received by: A random act of kindness from Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature.

Teaser from Goodreads

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.


Forgive my Fins is one of those quick, cheesy romances that you get mixed feelings about. On the positive side I really liked the relationship that Lily gains with her pesky neighbor Quince, and how they grow to like each other. I also liked the realistic crush that Lily had on Brody, the kind you really only have from afar until you see what they are like on the inside. 

I really didn't like how shallow some of the supporting characters seemed. I really didn't seem to know much of anything about Brody, Quince, or Lily's friend other than their names and some ot their hobbies along with a general description of how they look. 

I thought that all three of the characters that eventually find out that Lily is a mermaid seem to take the news to easily. In real life if someone told me they were Mer, I wouldn't just automatically believe them like the characters did. They had really unrealistic reactions. 

I think this would have been a really good stand alone novel if the Epilogue, which brings it into the books next book, Fins are Forever. I'm really not sure if I'm going to read the next book. If you've read it let me know if I should. 

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