Monday, 26 March 2012

Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs


Fins Are Forever
Series: Fins #2
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 262
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  

The first in the series was chosen as my random read of the month and I fell in love with the series

Summary taken from Goodreads:

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.

Review:

Yet another great underwater story filled with adventures, love and many mishaps. I couldn’t wait to pick this book up after reading the first in the series and I have to say I have not been disappointed yet. I love Lily and her crazy life, funny jealous and sarcastic boyfriend Quince, and of course everything in her life is turned upside down in the novel where she begins to feel the pressures of her actions and choices and needs to decide what is best for both herself and her kingdom.
God, I can’t help but smile whenever I read about Quince. About when he kisses her and when she can barely resist the temptation to touch his biceps at random. I can’t help laughing when she almost flies through the air wanting to strangle her cousin and others need to keep her at bay. And best of all I love when she gets distracted and comes up with funny excuses to her actions.
The character of Lily is a funny awkward girl that carries the world on her shoulders while still trying to remain normal. But, of course, she’s far from normal. This merprincess knows how to hold her own and make a mark in the life of those around her.
The fin flicking tale leaves me wanting more of everything. Sure the romance is fantastic in this novel but the mishaps, the characters, and the beautifully described underwater worlds are what make me want to come back and read more. I smile at the idea of her cleaning algae off the roofs of the buildings and I smile at the idea of her crashing Quince’s motorcycle so many times he’s almost calling the lessons quits. I just love it all.

Good:

Lily—very funny, very strong, and very very stubborn.
Quince—this man can be jealous over me anytime. Those biceps, that smile, the wink, the sarcasm, the biker boots, and the love that he has for Lily. What girl wouldn’t swoon over that?
Tellin—this is going to get very interesting
Doe—I like her role in this one
Brody—I like him better in this one

Bad:

Sadly because Quince and Lily are finally together their banter and sarcasm is less and less and I found this one not as funny as the first. In the first even when they were yelling at each other I was smiling and laughing. But if I have to settle for them being in love…well I guess I can. :)

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I love Tera Lynn Childs’ writing style. I never find anything wrong with it and never have to re-read it. And the fact that she can remember to put in so much aquatic related slang makes me quite proud to list her as one of my favourite readers. Overall this book was an aquatic adventure that brought me into another world, made me think about our actual world and environment and left me smiling and utterly happy.

Quotes:

“How do you always know just what to say?" I ask. 
His laugh rumbles through me. "Practice, I guess." 
I pull back and give him a quizzical look. 
"I spent three years imagining what I would say to you if you were mine," he says, tugging me close. 
"I should hope I know what to say now that I've got you.” 

“Are you going to distract me by playing footsie?" 
"Absolutely, princess," he says with a wink. 
"Then I won't remember a thing." 
"It's a samurai training technique," he teases, spinning the test prep book toward him. "I distract you as much as possible right now." He slides the book into his lap. "And you'll learn how to test through anything.” 

“You're watching me, princess." His soft lips spread into an appreciative smile. 
"People might get the wrong idea." 
"What, that I actually like you now?" I tease. 
He shakes his head and leans toward me. "No, that you're trying to see past me to get an eyeful of Benson." 
I shift my gaze to the board and fix an innocent look on my face. 

"What makes you think that's the WRONG idea?" 
Quince leans even closer and says, "Because you came back for me.” 

When the sound of her footsteps on the stairs fades away, Quince asks, “Is she gone?” I peer over his shoulder, through the kitchen, and into the hall beyond. Before I’m done nodding, his lips are on mine. He gives me one of those long, soft, warm-all-over kisses that make me forget Dosinia and Brody and the SATs and anything that isn’t just enjoying this moment. Ah, yes, I mentally sigh. Everything will be fine.

The only boy who gives me butterflyfish in the stomach anymore is Quince. I’m ruined for other boys.

Previously in the Series:

Forgive MyFins ->Click for Review

Next in the Series:

Just for Fins ->Click for Review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a mermaid lover, or someone who loves a romantic comedy (of sorts) this is one for you.

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Read Completely:
Yes

Make sure to add this one and the first in the series to your shelf!

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