Published by Harper Collins on June 28th 2011
Genres: General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Hardcover, My Own
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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.
“Forgive My Fins” by Tera Lynn Childs has been on my TBR list for forever. I am so excited that I was finally able to read it. I love reading about mermaids so I thought this was a great addition to my collection. Thalassinian is an amazing place to be. Who wouldn’t want to visit an underwater kingdom?
Lilly, short for Waterlilly, is a very fickle mermaid. She thinks that there is this perfect guy for her but she has never gotten up the nerve to speak with her. One thing that I really liked about Lilly is that she was honest with how she felt even if it is only what she felt at the moment.
I love that Lilly was able to learn. She learned from her mistakes. It may have taken awhile but I love when a character learns lessons. Lilly is very shallow at first. She only seemed to pay attention to what she could see on the surface and not was underneath. I feel like with the trials she had to go through that she ended up learning how to look beyond the surface to what truly counts.
I knew that Quince liked Lilly right away. That is why he harassed her so much. The fact that the two of them end up accidentally bonded together was priceless. It now gave Quince the chance to show how he truly feels about Lilly. Well Lilly was stuck with him whether she liked it or not. This gave the two of them a chance to figure out what they have or don’t have together.
I really liked this story. I was addicted as soon as it started. I feel like Childs was able to bring the reader some great primary and secondary characters. I felt completely invested in both the characters and the stories. I think Childs did a great job with writing this novel. I can’t wait to find out what the next step in Lilly’s life will be.
Last but not least, I listened to the audiobook. I loved being able to listen to the story however I feel like Bauer was a bit annoying. She kind of made me feel like I was listening to someone speak baby talk. I feel like that shows how much I liked Childs’ story because I continued to listen to the story anyway. Hopefully Bauer’s narrating will get better in the future.