From the beginning I had heard nothing but good things about 'Forgive my fins' and was glad that it turned out to be such a fun and light hearted read. With a really sweet storyline and cute romance, I flew through this book very quickly and at the end I was just left going, 'Awwww'. It really is a lovely story.
Despite being half-mermaid, the main character, Lily Sanderson is in many ways a typical teenager. Her words and antics made me squee, cringe and quite often laugh out loud. I especially loved her fishy analogies and cuss words of 'Damselfish', 'Blowfish' and my personal favourite, 'oh lord love a lobster'. However, she is also a very timid girl and a hopeless romantic.
For the last three years she has been crushing on Brody Bennett, the gorgeous (newly single) captain of the swim team. Yet despite her best efforts, she has never managed to tell him how she feels, although Lily is certain they are destined for one another. So with the spring dance looming - Lily conspires that this will be the night she confesses her love. What she doesn't expect, is for her annoying next door neighbour Quince, to interfere with her plans. Therefore, after an accidental kiss, Lily finds herself bonded (essentially married) not to the man of her dreams, but to bad boy 'blowfish' Quince, who incidentally, can't swim. A much needed when dating a mermaid.
In the chaos that follows, the author Tera Lynn Childs gives us one of the most adorable and sweetest of paranormal romances. Telling a story of first love, friendship and the need to be true to yourself , with plenty of comedy rolled into the mix, 'Forgive my Fins' is a fantastic read.
Although at times Lily could be a little annoying in her unchangeable views about Brody, and I thought that there were a few small plot issues - the goodness of this book ultimately outweighed the few niggles that I had with it. So overall it was a really fun read and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. 'Fins are Forever' which is to be published in the UK on the 1st April 2012. Check it out 
I have not read a mermaid book before. I can't even remember seeing The Little Mermaid all the way through. My usual genre is chick-lit and whilst this could be classed as such I have not come across it before. It was thanks to Amazon that I bought this and its positive reviews.
It cost me £2.75 through Amazon Marketplace and can be bought new for £4.61.
The book is about Lily, a mermaid that has been living on land for the past three years and has a crush on the school jock. She is convinced he is her mer-mate and that they will live happily under the sea together. That is until Quince, her irritating neighbour, keeps butting in and stopping her revealing her feelings. We see relationships and feelings develop before Lily knows it herself. The second half focuses more on the consequences of Lily accidently kissing someone she shouldn't have. For in mermaid world once you kiss someone you are connected to them for life!
It did not grab me from the first chapter however after this I was hooked. The fish slang that Lily constantly uses was a little irritating at first and made her seem immature but it is only because of the way she was brought up. Where this was in a magical kingdom underwater called Thalassinia (in which I picture her Dad to be like the King in The Little Mermaid) which I find hard to get my head around. I imagine it to be relatively simple but houses and furnishings seem to be quite a lot more sophisticated than what I would imagine it could be underwater!
I did have two problems with the book and that was the change in one of the characters. This person seemed a nice, genuine person, perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but genuine. However when the plot required they turned into a bit of a twat. I did find this unnecessary, it would have been possible to continue without altering them like that.
Secondly, was the fact that Lily's revelation to individuals that she was a mermaid brought about no questioning at all. It was simply accepted as if it was perfectly normal. One character simply laughed and asked if she wore coconuts! I know this is a magical book but even in Twilight Bella does not immediately accept the fact there are supernatural beings in the world.
Apart from that though I really enjoyed the book and finished it in about three days. There is a sequel titled Fins are forever which I will obtain once it is released in paperback. I recommend chick-lit and supernatural book fans read this as it could well open up a new type of book to you.
About the book
Forgive My Fins is the first book in the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs. The book was published by Templar on 1st July 2011 and the book is 295 pages long.
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 neighbour 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.
What I thought
Having previously read Tempest Rising, I decided mermaids were definitely my thing. I'd had this book sitting around for months without having read it and the book just mentioned is the one that made me decide
The main character, Lily, was one that I loved completely. Being a teenager, she has insecurities and worries like everyone else - mainly asking out Brody, the guy she's been drooling over for ages. She stumbles her words and gets extremely nervous around him and I can remember being exactly like that when I was in school. Even with the help of her best friend, Lily is no closer to getting the boy that she so desperately wants. As well as having normal teenage worries though, Lily has bigger things to think about. She's actually half human, half mermaid and this causes her no end of problems.
Due to her mermaid heritage, Lily comes out with all sorts of wonderful sayings. She uses analogies from the sea and relating to fish and any other water creature you can imagine. Hearing her say these kinds of things really made me giggle throughout the book. The way she speaks and the way she mixes in her mermaid life with her human one was one of the things I loved most about Lily. Being half mermaid comes with some pretty big issues though. When a mermaid kisses someone else, it means that they are bonded for life so she can't go around kissing just anyone. Lily hopes that Brody will be the recipient of this kiss and be with her forever.
Things don't quite work out as she planned though. Instead of kissing Brody, Lily manages to accidentally kiss her neighbour, Quince and become bonded to him instead. Yes, he's hot but she can't stand him! Quince was ass great as Lily though and I thought that they worked really well together. The banter and jokes between them made for funny, light-hearted reading but there were also more serious things going on underneath that. Although Quince begins as a bit of a joker, he does have a lot of charm at the same time. From the beginning you can tell that there is more to him than meets the eye and I couldn't wait to see what he was really like.
The story of Lily and Quince, their bond and what they were planning to do about it was fresh, exciting and refreshing. I haven't read a book quite like this before so it was really nice to read something completely new and original. The way in which Lily and Quince get to know each other, are forced to spend time with each other and experience quite a lot together was written in such a believable way - even though we're talking about mermaids here. Their situation brings about a wonderful underwater world, Thalassinia, and while it did feel a little like The Little Mermaid at times, I didn't care. The different creatures and personalities under the water were diverse and really helped to make the story as good as it was.
Forgive My Fins is a fabulous read and I can't wait for the next in the series, Fins Are Forever!