Forgive My Fins – Tera Lynn Childs


6710476Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Published: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Mermaids, Humor, Love-Triangle, Drama


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Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.

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I havenโ€™t read a mermaid story in so long I almost forgot they existed.

I went into this one expecting to be buried under an avalanche of cuteness, and thatโ€™s exactly what happened.

Iโ€™m going to tell you right off the bat that itโ€™s childish and the main character immature as well as single-focused on getting the boy she wants, so do not pick it up if you wish for great depth and a complex world.

But do pick it up if youโ€™ve missed mermaids, too, and are often entertained by teenage girls who make poor decisions in the department of love.

Even the author is single-minded. Hello, there are other characters in the story, and yet they serve little to no purpose, unless itโ€™s to support/torment Lily. They do not stand on their own.

Fortunately, Lily grows on you, and I have to say, I wasnโ€™t at all bothered by her love interest. Well, the second one. Yes, he acts like an alpha male sometimes โ€“ and a jerk โ€“ but I saw the good in him, and how can one not acknowledge his steaminess and undying love for Lily?

I canโ€™t give this book more, despite its fun content, because I donโ€™t feel as though itโ€™s a worthy addition to the collection of mermaid stories out there, seeing that it is predictable and under-developed, but I did find some of its elements unique, such as the idea of bonding through kisses and โ€˜โ€˜challengesโ€™โ€™ linked to counselling required for a merperson to break a bond.

That epilogue also got me really curious about the sequel. Nicely played.

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