Sunday, 25 March 2012

Review: Forgive My Finns by Tera Lynn Childs


Forgive My Fins
Series: Fins #1
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 293
Format: Epub
Source: Purchased

Rating: 


Reason chosen:  
It was chosen as my Random Read of the month by random.org


Summary taken from Goodreads.com:
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.


Review:

I thought I was going to like this book and that it was going to be good. I never thought I would love it, read it so fast, and then start on the next in the series immediately after I put this one day. But I did. I loved it so much I think the time it took me to read it is probably up there in the top ten for record time reading.
I loved that it was a tale of a fish-out-of-water (literally) who after three years has finally gotten use to the mainland and its people(so she thought) but then, when she is finally deciding what to do with the rest of her life and getting prepared for her role in the water life throws her a little tail spin and she spends two weeks on an adventure that changes the way she sees everything.
I’m so use to reading novels about a world within our own—and still on land for that matter—but I was shocked, awed, and happy to find a book about the mixture of land and sea and was curiously reading all the description of the under water land to get the picture of this beautiful kingdom.
Then there was the humour and emotion that filled the pages. I love when a writer can channel both of those emotions onto the page so one minute you’re rooting for her when she insults Quince and the next your laughing when he dishes out the same. She can even make getting lip gloss on a cat funny and entertaining.
Lily, who although is not a normal human girl, is normal enough in our society that we relate to her. We laugh with her and share the same humour and share the same experiences—although granted there aren’t a lot of us that are undercover princesses. But I think she, and of course Quince, are really what make this novel, and hopefully series, so good.

Good:

Lily—She’s funny. On top of that she’s so emotional, especially when it comes to Quince, that the emotion just radiate throughout her hair causing it to be uncontrollably frizzy and funny
Quince—He is my dream man. I like the guys who are rough around the edges, while be chiselled and funny, and basically gets on your nerves so much that you just want to slap him then kiss him. Then he turns around and can be the most romantic, kind, well mannered and generous person that you can’t help but look at him awe stricken. And he rides a motor cycle. *Sigh.

Bad:

It maybe could have used a little more detail about her kingdom. More about how it physically looks, the architecture, the culture, the people.

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

Overall I was immersed into this novel and couldn’t help it, nor did I want to. Child points out a pretty good issue especially in relation to our modern day society and that thinking that we love someone when we love them from afar. Its not really possible. I don’t believe that you can love someone without any real meaningful interaction when you actually get to know someone. And then there is the point of maybe looking even closer to home. That love might be on your neighbour’s door step.
Overall I found no issue with her writing style, the only thing might have been that I would have loved to have read more about her kingdom, more description of its beauty, culture and architect—it had really amazed me.
But, I don’t think I can really have any vital complaints. I never had to re-read something to make sense of it, or try and get her meaning out of something she wrote. It was all pretty straight forward without losing the emotion, humour or anything that really mattered. I could picture everything that happened in my mind, and exactly how all the characters actually looked. I thoroughly enjoyed this aquatic read.

Quotes: ****Warning, may contain spoilers


Next in the Series:

Fins are Forever ->Click for Review
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:
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