Title: Forgive My Fins
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published by: Katherine Tegan Books (May 19, 2010)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating; 4.5 Stars
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.
I use to love mermaids when I was a little girl, everything about them appealed to me but for some reason as I grew older they sort of fizzled from my mind. With all of the hype lately about mermaids and my love of the paranormal, I decided I would give reading about mermaids a try and I am so glad that I did. The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, it has a great cover and the story inside is even better, this is such a fun story. I love all of the fish lingo, "Son of a swordfish!" and "the little carp!", seriously funny.
I really enjoyed reading this, in fact more than I thought I would. I love the characters, the humor, the setting undersea, everything. It was truly a fun summer read. I can't wait to read the prequel when it comes out. The ending definitely left you curious and wanting to know more.