Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Summary and cover photo from Author's Website:
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.

From reading Forgive My Fins I have gathered that

Mermaids + some of the best literary kisses I've ever read + one charming bad boy + a bond gone wrong = one unforgettable, spectacular story that leaves Tera Lynn Childs as a front runner in being one of the best authors of the year, in my opinion!

It's easy to say that this is one of my favorite books year if not one of my favorites of all time. Since I loved so many different aspects of it.

Such as the setting of Thalassinian, a kingdom under the sea for all the mermaids and mermen, that brought together with Tera's great descriptions made you feel like you were right there with Lilly the whole time! It was interesting to read more about it as well as get a picture perfect view of it in your head.

Plus, the characters were ones that I adored from the start. Lilly is one that I'm sure many that many girls can relate to. Since while she's at times shy and hesitant to be herself, she's also dead loyal to her friends and a nice person to all. Quince is basically the opposite of Lilly since he doesn’t really care what people think, even though on the inside he cares too much, and he's fine being the charming, bad boy. Paired together these too make quite the couple! Since while they mix as well as fire and ice at times (wait until you see their arguments they are so funny, yet so heated!) at others they balance each other in a way that's perfect!

The plot of this was one that constantly had you guessing of what was going to happen next. Were Quince and Lilly ever going to be together? What about Brody;was he as cute as he looked or just dead on the inside? Was Lily's cousin more evil then she lead on? Only time would tell!

And the writing in this flowed so well and reminded me of Meg Cabot's. Since in one review I read a while ago compared Cabot's books to candy in the way that once you had one you were dying to have another, and Forgive My Fins proved to be the same. Since as soon as I was done with this, I was dying to read more! So hopefully there will be a sequel and if not, Tera still has a ton of other interesting books coming out that I can't wait to read!

Overall, do yourself of favor this summer, June 1st preferably. That favor? Go out and buy this because I promise you  that you won't regret it one bit. And if you do, you have my permission to send me a scathing email. Though, I doubt that will happen. ;)

Grade: A+
Forgive My Fins will be released June 1, 2010!

Source: Traveling ARC Tours


  1. Fantastic, enthusiastic review of one hell of a book! At least it sounds amazing. I cant wait for June, so I can run to the stores and get myself a copy. Love mermaids. :)

  2. Oh gosh it sounds amazing! I love to be pulled into a world an author has created and a mermaid/mermen story is one I have yet to explore!

  3. I can't wait to read this book! It sounds fantastic.

  4. Amazing review! This book sounds sooo good & I love the cover! I love Cabot's writing, so I'm sure that I will like this book! Perhaps I have to preorder it now? :P

  5. What a brilliant review! I am so glad that you loved this. I was haoping it would be fab because I want to get it for my sister for her birthday because she has had a series obsession with mermaid since her childhood. She is 30 this year. So so pleased it is a great book.

  6. Awesome review.. I would love to read this book. I have always loved mermaids.. Have added to my wish list.

  7. Wow thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad you liked it so much! I haven't read any stories about mermaids, so it'll be nice to read about something new. I can't wait to get a hold of it :)

  8. Lauren, how could you do this to us?! I want it NOW! ;)

  9. This book has a gorgeous cover AND a great storyline? :) Can't wait to get my hands on it!

  10. Great review! I'm totally adding this to my TBR list!

  11. This sounds brilliant, I'll have to check it out sometime. Awesome review :)

  12. Mermaid books? Yes, please! I cannot wait to read this, especially now after your awesome review!

  13. With all this fine praise from you, Lauren, I'm sure this book is great and I would really love to read it. Thank you for the great review.

  14. Ah! Fantastic review! I've been dying to read this one and I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

  15. Wow--now I want to read this one even more!! (:

  16. I can't wait to check this one out! Thanks for the lovely review.

  17. YAY you liked it XD this looks really good, and finally there's a mermaid story :)

  18. ahhhh! Great review!
    I've been dying to read this one! Glad to know you love it :)


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