Title: Fins Are Forever (Book 2 in Fins)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books – HarperCollins
Release Date: June 28, 2011
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
This was a great, sweet sequel to the first book. The characters were great (Quince and Lily together are awesome!), the plot was interesting, and the writing was well done. I still can’t get over the fish references and phrases that replace human ones (guppyhood, sea witch, etc.). They’re funny and completely accurate, so it adds a bit of comic relief to the emotional and tense places in the story.
I also liked the fact that even though it was a good book, it wasn’t too drawn out or long. It was pretty fast paced, and with everything on Lily’s plate, the pace worked nicely with the plot. And then there’s the ending, too – I almost couldn’t believe what had happened. I wish that there had been another, or at least an easier, way for everything to work out, but at the same time I understand that an imperfect ending was really best – it helps make it more realistic. Life is messy, after all, and can’t be resolved with a poof of magic or a few plot twists in a story, after all.
I really enjoyed this installment, and I definitely want to read the last book in the trilogy. I highly recommend this book as a middle grade read – everything about it is enjoyable. The characters are funny and real, and the mermaid fantasy is a great twist on a normal (or as normal as possible) existence in the same world readers experience every day. Enjoy!