Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review: Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
Title: Forgive My Fins

Series: Fins #1

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Publication date: May 2010

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Own paperback

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Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but for Lily Sanderson, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily has a secret, and it's not her huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. 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 she discovered three years ago that her mother was actually a human, Lily finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been going to Seaview High ever since. Living on 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 finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Lily, a half-human, half-mermaid princess from the underwater kingdom Thalassinia, is head over heels infatuated with her classmate Brody, which let me tell you was absolutely annoying! Yeah he's a nice guy, and gorgeous apparently, but come on Lily! Just no. Quince kept telling her and telling her that Brody was not for her and that her constant swooning over the guy was ridiculous. I cannot tell you how right Quince was about everything.

I seriously loved him! Quince, that is. Yeah, he annoys Lily every chance he gets, bit there's more to his annoying neighbor-boy charm. Quince is actually the sweetest thing ever! He was always there when Lily needed him (even though she didn't quite know it). He was pretty cunning, too, stealing a kiss from Lily that actually resulted in something quite disastrous. But Quince was such a champ and took things pretty well.

The decision Lily made at the end was really disappointing... It made both me and Quince sad. I just can't believe she would do that.

But I really loved this world and the mythology behind how the mermaids became, well, mermaids. It all had to do with Poseidon's sea nymph Capheira. (Greek mythology, yay!) The story was really light and fun and adorable! I adored Quince and overall really liked Lily, even though her Body obsession was insane. There were wonderful descriptions of the underwater world--they were just stunning!

Forgive My Fins was actually a re-read for me, but it was still a great and adorable read! I think it was a fantastic start to a promising series! I haven't read too many mermaid books, but I really liked this one! Now I'm wondering what Lily will do about her royal duties...

Oh, and at the end of the book there was this short story in Quince's POV of how Quince met Lily, a mermaid fresh out of the sea. And let me tell you, it was FUN! I cannot wait to see what Lily will decide to do in the following books!

P.S. A while back I did some nail art inspired by this series. Check out the entire post here!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)


  1. OMG love those nails. And I’m so glad you liked this one! I’ve only read OH. MY. GODS. by Childs, and this one sounds really good. Great review!

    1. Thanks! :)

      I actually also have Oh. My. Gods... I have most of her books! Anyway, that one sounds like a lot of fun, too! I just loved her writing! :)


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