Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Forgive My Fins

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Date Released: May 19, 2010
Published By: Katherine Tegan BooksCollins
Pages: 293
Age: Young Adult
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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:

Forgive My Fins is a great mermaid tale that puts a new spin on the newest of young adult fads.

When you think of Mermaid's you think of flawless skin, coral cheeks, long shining hair, large sparkly eyes and lots of grace whether on land or water.  At least I do.  Lily, our main character and mermaid, isn't quite like the fairy tales depict which makes her story so much more enjoyable- no flawless, perfect, boy magnet here.

Lily is slightly awkward with frizzy hair and has an interesting sense of fashion, or lack there of.  Her attraction to the popular high school hunk is no surprise but it is when she ends up literally stuck with her annoying neighbor, Quince.  Even though Lily found her neighbor less then adequate for her companion merman I thought he was absolutely adorable and had a personality which fit Lily's perfectly.  Quince thought Lily was perfect the way she was, short comings, frizzy hair, clumsiness and all.

Tera Lynn Childs gave us an underwater world complete with deserted island and our own personal Mermaid version of a reality show starring Lily and Quince. Pair the affectionate (or annoying, depending on which side you are on) banter of Lily and Quince, the anticipation of wondering if Lily will ever warm up to Quince and the thought of a mermaid-human happily-ever-after romance was enough to keep this at times predictable story completely entertaining.

'Fintastically' written, Forgive My Fins is a great, light-hearted and comical read.  The extra detail in Lily's vocabulary, playing on her mermaid-natured self, only adds to an already fantastic read. 

On the cover:  I am honestly not really feeling the blue lips.  The eyeshadow and sparkles are fabulous but the lips irk me a little bit.  I really feel the content of the book outshines the cover.

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