Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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Category: Teens
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Robert James
Reviewed by Robert James
Summary: A complete delight, this is very easy to pick up but incredibly difficult to put down. Huge recommendation to everyone looking for a gorgeous and fun romance.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 295 Date: July 2011
Publisher: Templar Publlishing
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1848771345

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You think you've got problems with your love life? Spare a thought for Lily Sanderson, who has a huge crush on swimming god Brody Bennett, an obnoxious biker-boy neighbour Quince Fletcher, and a serious deadline problem. She's totally convinced that Brody is the right man for her, and needs to get him to realise this and take him home to meet her father. Who just happens to be the King of Thalassinia. Of course, that will also means revealing her big secret. You see, Lily is half-mermaid. With all this going through her mind, it's no surprise when she gets confused, leading to a kiss which changes everything...

This is fun with a capital FUN! It's breezy, it's ultra-cute, and when reading it I spent much of my time making the kind of ‘squeeing’ noises usually associated with over-excitable youngsters rather than grumpy cynics like myself. Lily is a really captivating narrator and while I had a slight issue with the love triangle between her, Brody and Qunce because it's completely obvious to everyone, surely, who she should be with, that didn't dent my overall enjoyment of the book. Add in tons of funny underwater puns and sayings, and some great world-building whic made me really feel like I could imagine Thalassinia perfectly, and this is a surefire winner. One thing I did feel was that Lily and her friends seemed to be acting as if they're in their mid teens rather than approaching 18... but again, very minor gripe there. While Lily’s mother died years ago, there was a great portrayal of her father, the King, and I loved the relationship between him and Lily, who were clearly really close to each other despite her having lived mainly on land for three years.

Overall this was one of the most adorable books I've read for a while and gets a very very high recommendation. I can’t wait for the sequel! We also have a review of Childs' Sweet Venom.

Further reading suggestion: For another wonderfully written romance, check out Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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