What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

What little girl didn't want to be a mermaid at one point in her life? (Or possibly still want it at age 26!?) That was my first thought when I got my hands on Tera Lynn Childs' first mermaid book, Forgive My Fins. And it definitely left me wanting more. So I was very excited to break open the sequel, Fins are Forever.
In Fins are Forever, Lily Sanderson is living a happy, terraped life on land, relishing in her new-found love for the hunky Quince Fletcher. Of course, there's the minor irritations like SATs, college apps and that on her 18th birthday she'll be giving up her claim to the throne of Thalassinia. No biggie. But then, her younger cousin Dosinia shows up on her doorstep and throws everything for a loop. How do you teach a mergirl who hates humans to fit in amongst them? Doe's presence in Lily's world gives her second thoughts on the world she'll be leaving behind, and she's even more confused when yet another guppyhood friend arrives unannounced. Suddenly, there are more fins than feet in Aunt Rachel's house and Lily has to find her place torn between the two worlds above and below the waves.

What I liked: 1) The cover - AWESOME! I'm already trying to figure out how to do my makeup like that next Halloween. 2) I loved Quince (I was ALWAYS rooting for Quince, from the beginning)! Lily grows up a lot in this book, and I was glad because I thought she was a little naive in the first book. And Doe is delightfully bratty, but in her own way, she comes through for her family in the end. 3) The setting - this is the most magical thing about this story, the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. For me (the girl who harbors a not-so-secret desire to be a mermaid), it's like Disney World, the Mall of America, and the world's largest bookstore all rolled into one! Ms. Childs describes a place of wonder and magic that couldn't belong anywhere but under the sea.

What I didn't like: The cynic in me (who rarely rears its ugly head) thought that maybe it was a little too easy for Lily to get what she wants. Surely there are bound to be some issues regarding the...well, her final decisions. Another book perhaps? Actually, there was nothing that I didn't like about this book.

Overall thoughts: I thought this was a fun, sweet, and lighthearted read, one that I know I'll enjoy reading again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were following Lily again. After the teaser at the end of Forgive My Fins, I was expecting to be following Doe's story. Dear Ms. Childs: More Mermaids, please!!
To read or not to read? Read it!

My rating: 4 shots

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  1. Loved the review. :) The book sounds interesting. I like mermaids, so I'll definitely have to check this out. Now... I'm gonna check out the giveaway.;)

  2. It is a sweet book. And make sure you check out the first one, Forgive My Fins!


  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I went camping over the week-end so I am just getting back to respond to participants of the Friday blog hops.

    Thanks for this review. I've wondered about this book.

    I am also hosting a first-ever blogoversary give-a-way. Please visit my blog and participate. Thanks!



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