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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count:  293 pages, Hardcover
Date Published: May 19th 2010
Find it on Goodreads: Forgive My Fins
Source: Purchased Second-Hand

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--the instant 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.

I picked this book up wanting a light read and that is definitely what I got. Forgive My Fins is a fun, easy book about a boycrazy mermaid who is living on land, determined to make her crush fall in love with her. I was not expecting much depth, to be honest, and well, it's a good thing. While I found some things about this novel adorable, there were many other things that annoyed me to no end about Lily and the whole story in general.

First of all, let me just say that I predicted the ending from simply the synopsis. I guessed what was going to happen and in the end... well, I was right. And that's kind of always a bit of a disappointment, because I love it when a book surprises me. But alas, it did not. As I was reading, I couldn't help but shake my head at Lily's antics and her complete lust over Brody, a boy she hardly knows. I've never been a big fan of books where basically the only thing in the main character's head is a boy and that's all this really was. Lily hardly ever thought about anything other than one boy or another and I just wanted to scream at her "YOU'RE A MERMAID! THAT'S SO COOL, GO SWIM AND FORGET ABOUT THE GUYS FOR A MOMENT." I mean I understood that she had to find her "mate," but it just seemed like all that was really on her mind was how much she "loved" Brody. I suppose I didn't mind the rest of the story, but I really wanted Lily to dig a little deeper. I did like Quince though! He was a funny character and ultimately pretty sweet.

If you're in the mood for a light, romance-y read with a little supernatural twist, this book would probably be great! I just don't think I was in the right mindset for a book like this. I'm not sure I'll be reading the rest of the series, unless I can get it from the library or something like that.


Happy reading!
~Kristy

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