Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MerBook Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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.

It's sort of a fantasy of mine to fall in love with a mermaid. But can you blame me? I mean, lots of girls these days dream about dating vampires and werewolves (aka getting bitten or dating a dog), so am I at fault for having a crush on a female with fins? :D And in Tera Lynn Childs's Forgive My Fins, mermaids (and mermen) are able to kiss humans and with their magical powers can turn them mer, too. So of course this book was the stuff of dreams for me.

I really loved plunging into Lily Sanderson's underwater world, and I didn't want to leave it behind! The mermaid mythology in this book was so incredible, and I hope we see more of the underwater kingdoms in later books.

The book reminded me of movies like Aquamarine and The Little Mermaid, both of which are two of my favorites, and the scene where Lily finally reveals to Quince that she is a mermaid and the events that follow is probably my favorite scene in the book.

It takes a rare book to make me laugh out loud, but Forgive My Fins did that. The scene after Lily returns home from the dance mad at Quince was funny, and I couldn't stop laughing.

And the imagery in this book was amazing, too. Everything was so colorful and vivid, and I so badly wanted to explore the mesmerizing undersea world Lily and the other characters live in.

I definitely can't wait to dive into the sequel, Fins Are Forever, and I hope this series lasts a long time, because it was definitely one of my favorite mermaid stories! So dive in and explore Tera Lynn Childs's magical undersea world!

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