Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary 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.

My Thoughts:

First I have to comment on the cover.  I am really not a fan.  The blue lips and crazy lime green eyeshadow just creep me out.  And what’s more, the main character, Lily, never has blue lips or wears crazy eyeshadow colors.  But that is just my thoughts on the cover.  Let’s  move on to the actual story.

I definitely liked this mermaid tale more than Of Poseidon, but there were some things that did bother me.  But first to the things I liked, and there were a lot of them.

This book was definitely funny.  Humorous writing will always be my favorite, and this type of writing style was what I was looking for at the time.

I also LOVED Quince.  Especially the whole girl’s bathroom scene.  So sweet.  Why Lily didn’t fall madly in love with him right then and there, I will never understand.  This leads me to the thing bothered me the most – Lily.

At first, I loved Lily, and totally related to her.  But as the story progressed, she seemed a bit obtuse, especially regarding Brody and Quince.  She was incredibly stubborn.  I mean, I can be really stubborn too, but there comes a time when you have to let go.

But I did like this book.  It is definitely my favorite mermaid story that I’ve read so far.  And I love mermaids!  The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite movies.  I just got a bit annoyed with Lily, but still this was worth reading.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

  1. Mary says:

    Good review! If you were annoyed with her now, wait til the sequel. I was not a fan by the end! Obtuse is a good adjective choice.

    • Quinn says:

      Thanks for the heads up! I will definitely not rush out to read the sequel. I do have Sweet Venom by her, though. Have you read that one?

  2. Candice says:

    My little sister has read some of her other books and LOVED them. I’ve got them on my TBR pile, but haven’t heard of this one. I haven’t gotten into the mermaid genre yet, but there seems to be a ton of them out there! Will have to check it out. Also, I kind of love the green eyeshadow on the cover. But that may just be me 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      Maybe I wouldn’t mind the green eyeshadow so much, if she wasn’t wearing the ice blue lipstick. The next book by Tera Lynn Childs that I will probably read is Sweet Venom. I really like the cover for that one.

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