Title: Forgive My Fins (Book 1 of Fins)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegan – HarperCollins
Release Date: May 19, 2010
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.
The mermaid thing has been getting pretty popular lately, and I’m glad that it gives vampire and werewolves a bit of a rest. This debut was really good. I enjoyed the characters, especially Quince, and the different relationships that began, grew, and ended. There was a definite distinction, though, between the merpeople and the terrapeds. It was simply to tell, both from names and the way they speak, who was from land, and who was from the sea. My favorite relationship was probably Peri and Lily’s friendship. It was obvious that they used to be inseparable, the perfect best friends. It was similar to Lily’s friendship with Shannen, probably my favorite character overall, if only because she’s honest and loyal. I also liked the father-daughter relationship Lily had with her dad. It was refreshing from all the stifled princess plotlines that exist in the world. And then of course, there was the romance. Lily’s obsession over Brody, the third wheel when Quince is thrown into the triangle, everything you could imagine, and then throw in undying loyalty and true love. It was pretty perfect – there was the exact mixture of pain and happy endings.
The cover of the book is very intriguing. I love the colors and the makeup on the cover model – she looks like a mysterious mermaid, with the green and blue hair. It makes it look like she’s underwater, and the facial expression is great with her eyes closed and everything. Also, the animated breath with the swirls and wave-like pattern around the title is really cool, as well as the font the title is in. The way the color of the title contrasts with the blue and green in the rest of the cover is really eye-catching. Also, the title itself is really relevant to the story. I love how it all connected.
The stuff that goes on in between the relationships was good, too. I loved the Challenge chapters. It was the most painful part of the book, and the part directly after that was painful as well, but I loved how it was a unique telling of a mermaid’s love story. It was so much more than that, though – a teenager trying to find her place, a guy trying to be open about his feelings, a popular jock bully who can’t stand losing a groupie, a jealous royal cousin, and multiple friendships that all combine into one story. One book can’t contain all that, so I was super happy at the end when a cliff-hanger was introduced! I can’t wait to read the sequel, Fins are Forever. No matter what happens, though, I will always root for Lily, and I’ll be happy as long as she’s happy. She was an amazing protagonist, and balancing an attempt at being a normal human girl with being a supernatural being is not as easy as it may sound, and I loved getting to know this character in Childs’ debut.
I highly recommend this book. I loved everything about it, and even though it wasn’t really high action, it intrigued me and entertained me. I hope you all go out and read it soon – it’s definitely worthwhile!