Forgive My Fins
Tera Lynn Childs
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Date Started: July 24, 2011
Date Finished: July 24, 2011
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.
I was so happy when I won a copy of this over on Lesley's blog My Keeper's Shelf. I'd been wanting to read it for a while so as soon as got delivered I wanted to start it, so as soon as I finished the book I was reading I started it. I wasn't really sure what to expect as I had never read a book about a mermaid and had never imagined reading a mermaid novel. I really enjoyed it.
Lily is a half-mermaid attending a normal human high school. No one knows her secret and she'll do everything in her power to keep it that way. However she is thrown into emotional turmoil and has to choose between two guys, Brody, the popular swimmer who's she's been in love with for 3 years and Quince, the one who discovers her secret and will do anything to protect her from everything. Even if it means giving up him whole world to delve under the sea with her.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, funny read which was just what I needed after reading multiple books that focussed on dark themes. I loved all the fish references in the narration and it made me laugh all the way through the book.
I really liked Lily, I felt for her, torn between two different worlds and not knowing where she truly belongs. At first Quince really annoyed me I thought he was just trying to sabotage her life and happiness, it didn't take me long to figure out he really loved Lily and found myself hoping she would forget Brody and end up with Quince.
I loved how the book was split half of it on land and half of it under the sea. Both worlds were described so well that you really saw the beauty of both which made you really sympathise with Lily when she tries to choose. I loved the personality of Lily, she was such a great character who didn't really care if people said bad things about her but was so loyal to her friends she wouldn't hesitate to stand up for them.
I really loved the ending, it was great and so happy. I was so glad at the things that happened. I'm so excited that there's a second book in this series and can't wait to read book two.
I loved that the book was paranormal but it seemed more chic lit than anything. I love chic lit books and this was such a great love story but with a twist of fantasy in it. If you like a love story and fantasy this is definitely a great book for you.