Tera Lynn Childs
Katherine Tegen Books
June 1, 2010
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.Lily is just more than just a High School girl. She's a mermaid and to boot, the princess of Thalassinia, the undersea world where all merpeople reside. She's also half-human and because of that, for the past several months she's been living on land and pining after the love of her life: Brody. The thing is, to be able to become the Queen of Thalassinia once her father retires, she has to be bonded to her mermate before her eighteen birthday and that's only weeks ago. So she hatches a plan.. To ask Brody to the Spring Fling dance and there, she would confess her love for him and they'd live happily ever after in Thalassinia.
Only, things don't go as planned. Quince Fletcher, Lily's archenemy and the bane of her existence sticks his head into the whole thing; as he is wont to do just to make Lily miserable, or so she thinks; and before you know it, Lily is smack in the middle of mistaken-identity-drama-inducing trouble!
Forgive My Fins is just what I needed! It's such a lovely, bright and airy story that I just totally devoured it in one day. Lily is a character that will easily make you cheer for her. However, the only thing that really bothered me about her is how hung up she was on Brody. I felt like she was building him up in her mind but soon enough, her image of him was going to go up in flames. Quince absolutely stole my heart! He's described as such a bad boy with his motorcycle and black boots but he's incredibly sweet and adorable and from the beginning, I hoped that Lily would fall for him! Forgive My Fins is a super fun story, hilarious and romantic, I had a blast reading it and I'm definitely going to be reading more of Childs' future books!
Lush Rating: 4.5!