Forgive My Fins

Paperback | June 28, 2011

byTera Lynn Childs

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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.

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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 a...

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of several books for teens, including the first two books in the Sweet Venom series, the mermaid romancesForgive My Fins,Fins Are Forever, andJust for Fins, as well as another mythology-inspired series, includingOh. My. Gods.andGoddess Boot Camp. Although Tera always dreamed of discovering a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.82 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061914673

ISBN - 13:9780061914676

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awe struck I thought I was going to like this book and that it was going to be good. I never thought I would love it, read it so fast, and then start on the next in the series immediately after I put this one day. But I did. I loved it so much I think the time it took me to read it is probably up there in the top ten for record time reading. I loved that it was a tale of a fish-out-of-water (literally) who after three years has finally gotten use to the mainland and its people(so she thought) but then, when she is finally deciding what to do with the rest of her life and getting prepared for her role in the water life throws her a little tail spin and she spends two weeks on an adventure that changes the way she sees everything. I’m so use to reading novels about a world within our own—and still on land for that matter—but I was shocked, awed, and happy to find a book about the mixture of land and sea and was curiously reading all the description of the under water land to get the picture of this beautiful kingdom. Then there was the humour and emotion that filled the pages. I love when a writer can channel both of those emotions onto the page so one minute you’re rooting for her when she insults Quince and the next your laughing when he dishes out the same. She can even make getting lip gloss on a cat funny and entertaining. Lily, who although is not a normal human girl, is normal enough in our society that we relate to her. We laugh with her and share the same humour and share the same experiences—although granted there aren’t a lot of us that are undercover princesses. But I think she, and of course Quince, are really what make this novel, and hopefully series, so good. Good: Lily—She’s funny. On top of that she’s so emotional, especially when it comes to Quince, that the emotion just radiate throughout her hair causing it to be uncontrollably frizzy and funny Quince—He is my dream man. I like the guys who are rough around the edges, while be chiselled and funny, and basically gets on your nerves so much that you just want to slap him then kiss him. Then he turns around and can be the most romantic, kind, well mannered and generous person that you can’t help but look at him awe stricken. And he rides a motor cycle. *Sigh. Bad: It maybe could have used a little more detail about her kingdom. More about how it physically looks, the architecture, the culture, the people. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I was immersed into this novel and couldn’t help it, nor did I want to. Child points out a pretty good issue especially in relation to our modern day society and that thinking that we love someone when we love them from afar. Its not really possible. I don’t believe that you can love someone without any real meaningful interaction when you actually get to know someone. And then there is the point of maybe looking even closer to home. That love might be on your neighbour’s door step. Overall I found no issue with her writing style, the only thing might have been that I would have loved to have read more about her kingdom, more description of its beauty, culture and architect—it had really amazed me. But, I don’t think I can really have any vital complaints. I never had to re-read something to make sense of it, or try and get her meaning out of something she wrote. It was all pretty straight forward without losing the emotion, humour or anything that really mattered. I could picture everything that happened in my mind, and exactly how all the characters actually looked. I thoroughly enjoyed this aquatic read. Viewer Type Recommendation: If you are a mermaid lover, or someone who loves a romantic comedy (of sorts) this is one for you. If you liked this you'll probably love: Hush, Hush, 1-800-Where-R-U series, The Mediator Series, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Read Completely: Yes View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite YA from 2010 While skimming through the titles of the YA books available on Kobo, I came across Forgive My Fins and immediately loved the cover. After reading the book blurb, I bought it. Seriously, this is the best YA book I’ve read this year and in my top five books that I’ve read in 2010. During the entire book, I felt the emotional intensity of Lily’s situation, especially in the second half. Forgive My Fins is filled with engaging characters and captivating descriptions of Lily’s home, Thalassinia. When I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the plot took an unpredictable twist, not just once, but several times. I began to wonder if the ending I wanted would happen. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone though, but I’ll just say I cried several times while reading the last few chapters. Tera Lynn Childs also left the ending open for the next in the series, Fins Are Forever, and I plan on reading it as soon as it comes out.
Date published: 2010-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable, good for adults too This is a really great story that is for the most part all ages. I would say it is readable by anyone 9 and up. It's age appropriate but adults will enjoy it as well. I really enjoyed the mermaid's modesty, how they can control water temperature, and all the authors explanations for certain mermaid things. It's very imaginative and a quick light read.
Date published: 2010-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review I was really excited about reading Forgive My Fins. It’s a cute story about mermaids and it’s also the first Tera Lynn Childs book that I’ve read. Lily is a fun character to read about. She’s your klutzy high school girl with a BIG secret and it’s that she’s a mermaid princess. For the past three years she has been living on land and attending Seaview High. Quince is Lily’s bad boy neighbor who in her opinion is always getting in the way between her and Brody. At times, I so wanted Lily to see what was right in front of her. She only sees what she wants to see and is in constant denial about her growing doubts about Brody and her feelings towards Quince. Though the story is predictable, I still wanted to know what would happen to Lily and what sticky situation she might get herself into next. There’s a nice balance in the story between the human world and the mermaid world as Lily travels to Thalassinia and we get to see what it’s really like. And it is a beautiful mermaid kingdom straight out of a fairy tale. This is a perfect summer beach read with a light-hearted story and fun new take on mermaids. The cliffhanger ending sets the story up for the next installment which I am already looking forward to.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgive My Fins this book was fantastic. i loved the whole book. it kept me interested in it the whole time! i was able to finish it in 1 day! the beginning was really funny. i loved Lily and Quince's characters. their personalities made the book even better. i kinda already figured out in the beginning that Quince liked Lily. at first i was kinda confused after Quince kissed Lily and what was going on, but then i started to understand. throughout the bond Lily thought it was the bond that was making them act this way but in her heart she knew Quince actually did love her. as for Brody, from the description the author gave us i would say he's the type of guy all the girls would fall for. but that's on the outside. Lily should have looked on the inside before she thought about telling him the truth about her. telling the truth to the wrong person would put herself and her whole kingdom. it was a good thing she brainwashed Brody into forgetting what happened because he would have told everyone and not care about Lily. i also liked how she decided to get the bond separated because she loved him so much and she didn't want him to hive up his human life for a life underwater. but in the she loved him too much so she asked her father to make her fully human and he did. so she got reunited with Quince. this book was totally awesome!!!! the author is great! she was soooo descriptive and made sure you do not lose interest! Overall great book!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-04-18

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