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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Publication Date: May 19th, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 292 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
My Rating:
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From Goodreads: 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.
Forgive My Fins was a cute, fun, story but it was just lacking in any real depth. I was pretty disappointed since I really liked Childs' book Sweet Venom, which was action packed and all three characters were written terrifically. With Forgive My Fins it just felt like I was watching a cute ABC Family movie or something. Don't get me wrong, it was a quick, fun, read but there wasn't anything that had me going, "Wow!" I really really wanted to like this one, and it was good, I admit, but it just didn't wow me.

The characters are okay, kind of boring and predictable. Lily was basically a terrible human being and I kind of hated her for most of the book. She's incredibly self-absorbed, shallow, impatient, and whiny and I honestly didn't like anything about her. She's in love with Brody, the popular swimmer at school, who of course loves nobody but himself and is pretty much a total douche. She spends most of her time fantasizing over their future that she's concocted for herself. It was pretty pathetic to watch. Quince is basically the best guy ever though. He completely goes along with whatever crazy crap Lily throws at him and totally accepts whatever she says. He's super protective over her and is so sweet and nice to her, it's just adorable! And Lily basically hates him which makes me dislike her even more.

The writing and story were fine. Nothing pops out at me, although she does use a lot of "sea slang" which I actually thought was pretty fun. Lily would say things like "Stop being such a blowfish!" or "Oh carp" and that always made me smile. I thought that aspect was pretty creative and added to the story. The writing isn't bad, Childs is a good writer, but Forgive My Fins is really just a cutsie fluff piece and there isn't a lot of depth to the writing. It was definitely a good enough story for me to finish, I'll probably read the next one at some point because it has to do with Lily's evil cousin and I always like a bad girl.

Overall, Forgive My Fins was a good read but it wasn't amazing. I felt like it was lacking in something but, I'm glad I took the time to read it. I haven't read many mermaid books, and I'm hoping the ones I read in the future have a little more umph. If you're looking for a quick, cute read this is definitely something for you.


  1. At least you enjoyed it despite your disappointment. I loved this book and it was definitely a very cute read. Might not be WOW but it was cute. Great review.

  2. Am I the only one who thinks this cover is horrible? EEk. I've never gotten interested in this one and really it doesn't sound worth my time. Sweet Venom has caught my eye though. Great review coobie dearest!

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    1. Yeah the cover is pretty unattractive I admit!

  3. This seemed like it would be an alright book, and it seems from your review that it was. I really didn't like the cover (you're not the only one, Giselle!), and the synopsis just didn't catch my interest.

    Thanks for the review!


  4. I haven't read this one but it's been on my shelf since it came out. I'm pretty much expecting it to be a light fluffy read so I'm glad to see I won't be surprised.

  5. Thanks for the review. I've considered checking out Forgive my Fins but your review only reminds me of reading Beastly by Alex Flinn. I liked Beastly but it was just "cute" and I didn't LOVE it...I just really liked it. I have Tera Lynn Childs' Sweet Venom and I'm really looking forward to reading that one.

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  6. I know what you mean about enjoying the book but wishing there was more depth. I'll probably keep it on my reading list, but I'll save it for a day when I want something light and cute.


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