Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Under Da Sea

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 mistake 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.

Title: Forgive My Fins
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Mermaids, Book 1
Start & Finished: 7/20/10- 7/21/10
Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Pages: 293
Genre: YA-Fantasy, Romance

Tera Lynn Childs; the RITA winning author of the Oh. My. Gods series (a YA series about a school of descendants of mythological Greek gods), has taken a break from Greek myths and tackled another type of mythical creature, the mermaid in Forgive My Fins. The author admitted to being slightly inspired by the movie Splash (the first mermaid movie she ever saw) and her love of water for the reasons why she wrote this book.

This is a typical girl has a crush on boy A who never really notices her, while boy B has a crush on the girl and shows it by annoying her type of story. In this particular book, it just so happens that the girl is half-human, half-mermaid, and a princess at that. The romance in this story has been done a million times but Ms. Childs brings a fresh perspective to the tired high school drama with the interesting mermaid angle and lore. Childs says she didn’t do much research on mermaids for this book, she made most of it up, “In my mermaid world, they have eyes that glitter when they cry, can transfigure back and forth between mer and terraped (human) form at will, and have a mer mark on the back of their neck that matches the color of their tailfin. Making things up is half the fun!” The best part of the book is the underwater kingdom Thalassinia which was beautifully described, I did love all of the water settings and descriptions though.

Forgive My Fins was the first mermaid story I’ve ever read and I thought it was a cute cotton candy kind of tale with a dash of sea slang (“son of a swordfish!”) and though very predictable, it still is a good story. The characters do seem younger than they are supposed to be however, well actually Lily does. I’m somewhat ambivalent about her because she’s a little annoying to be truthful. The real gem in this book is the character Quince who definitely “got more than he bargained for” when he kisses Lily. A sensitive bad boy, what more could you want? It was all the other characters I had a problem with. They weren’t bad, just not as developed as I would have liked so I’m hoping that they’ll be better in the sequel coming out next year tentatively titled Fins Are Forever.

Favorite Quotes
We mermaids are a cowardly bunch. Keeping our existence a total secret makes cowardice pretty much a necessity. If we don’t flee fast enough at the first sign of a passing ship, we might end up on the cover of next week’s Flash Paper. We’re more of an escape-now-ask-questions-later kind of species.

Merfolk are a pretty peaceful people, but that boy makes me wish I had free reign of Daddy’s trident for a good five minutes.

I’d always been a little intrigued by humans and their culture-- how very Little Mermaid of me, I know-- but when I found out I was half human, the interest became more personal.

He looks me right in the eye as he says, “Love is already the strongest magic in the world.”
The laughter drains right out of me. It’s obvious that he truly believes this. He believes in the omnipotent nature of love. I never knew he was such a romantic.

I laugh. Partly at his joke, but partly at the ridiculousness of this situation. I mean, how did I-- Thalassinian royal princess-- wind up bonded to a land lover who can’t swim and hates sushi? If ever there was a more unsuitable match, I haven’t seen one.

Mermaid Series
1. Forgive My Fins (2010)
2. Fins are Forever (2011)

First Paragraph: Water calms me. It's like chocolate or hot tea or dulce de leche ice cream. After a rotten day, I lock the bathroom door, fill Aunt Rachel's old-timey tub with steaming water and bath salts, and then sink into a world where my problems all melt away.

Find Tera Lynn Childs Online:
Author’s Blog
Group Blog: Books, Boys, Buzz

The Book Butterfly
All Things Urban Fantasy
Fantastic Book Reviews
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Supernatural Summer (Guest Post)
Vision Quest Fail (Guest Post)
Author’s Blog (Characters Interview)
Meet Lily, Quince, Brody, Shannen, & Dosinia
YA Literature Review (podcast)
21 Pages (Guest Blog)

Source: Courtesy of author from Books, Boys, Buzz blog, autographed!

Author at a Signing:

Picture Explanations
Bimini Road: The main gate of Thalassinia
Blue Sand Dollar: A gift Quince receives
Mermaid: Self-explanatory


  1. Interesting. I have to admit, the mermaid angle is new, even if the formula isn't.

    Sounds like Little Mermaid crossed with Twilight.

  2. Sometimes predictable is just what I need. This sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. What an awesome post, Jen! This sounds like a really good book. Love the cover. Adding to my wish list!

  4. I adore the cover. The story sounds a little to cute though.

  5. Sounds like something I'd be interested in as a huge fan of The Little Mermaid. I may have to pick up the first book when I'm done re-reading Harry Potter.

  6. Ok my guilty secret is that I love anything mermaid related (have you ever seen h2o just add water on nickelodeon?) and will be rushing straight out to get a copy of this immediately :)

  7. Great review! Cool that it was inspired by Splash, I used to love that movie.
    Its been too long since I read good YA, I may have to keep an eye out for this one.

  8. Paxton: Mmm, kindof no one is addicted to one another though. Kissing a mermaid makes you a merman and vice versa though.

    Bermudaonion: It was incredibly cute.

    April: Thank you! I hope you like it.

    Carolsnotebook: I really love this cover too. I did a post on it over on my other blog.

    Alex: I've been thinking about re-reading Harry Potter too. I hope you like it!

    Rhinoa: No I haven't but I'll have to check that out. Hope you like this one!

    Naida: I like Splash but I prefer Little Mermaid :)

  9. Nice review. I haven't read a mermaid book yet. I'm not sure i'm in the mood right now for too predictable, but sometimes you just need a cute read! Sounds like a fun beach book.


  10. Love this post - I am just browsing through it for a second time. :D

  11. I reviewed this one recently and I do agree with you. Lily sort of got on my nerves from time to time - plus I gt a water-biology major and the fish analogies reminded me of it and that didn't help the book :P - but I think it was a fluffy story over all.

    It wasn't bad, I just happen to like Oh. My. Gods better.

  12. Shooting Stars Mag: It would be a great beach read and it's not very long either. I think this was the first mermaid book I've ever read.

    Sheila: Thank you!

    AnimeGirl: The fish analogies bugged me a little. I haven't read her Oh My Gods books but I love mythology so they're on my list.

  13. I just finished this one. I loved it. Great review!

  14. I believe she was still looking for people to be on her splash team. You should check out her site.

  15. Juju: I'm so glad! I look forward to your review!

    Cleverly Inked: I'll have to see about that.



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