Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Summary: 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.
I’m happy to say that his book is the first book I’ve ever read that has to do with mermaids! Yay! The cover of this book is beautiful, which adds to the beauty of the story. Even though the girl on the cover isn’t how I pictured Lily, she definitely has a mermaid aura to her.
The second I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be enjoyable. Lily’s personality is contagious and Childs writes beautifully in a simple, fluid way. Lily is protective and innocent, mixing together traits that most teen girls seem to have, which makes her very relatable. Quince seems like the obnoxious bad boy at first, but he says the sweetest things that make your heart swoon. Dosinia is your typical I’m-Better-Than-You stuck up girl. Readers may not want some of the characters to be in the book, they have a place in the plot making everything flow nicely.
Even though there are parts in the book where the reader might want to punch a character or yell in frustration, I feel that the book as a whole is kind of…casual (I think that’s the right word). Forgive My Fins is a light read. This is a book that takes you a day or two to read because you just breeze through the pages. The story plot is nicely constructed, but I do have to admit some parts were easy to guess. But even so, this story is super fun!
One thing I disliked was the ending. Though not everything in the book was settled, I felt as though it could have ended the way it was. Still, I’m glad there is a sequel!
If you would like a fun, light read, I definitely recommend this to you! I still say that anyone should read Forgive My Fins though. I mean, who could turn down witty characters, bubbly romances and a cute plot? I know I wouldn’t! xD