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Forgive My Fins
Forgive My Fins
Forgive My Fins
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Forgive My Fins

Written by Tera Lynn Childs

Narrated by Emily Bauer

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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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 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.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateJul 3, 2012
ISBN9780062227737
Author

Tera Lynn Childs

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of several books for teens, including the first two books in the Sweet Venom series, the mermaid romances Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just for Fins, as well as another mythology-inspired series, including Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp. Although Tera always dreamed of discovering a secret twin (or triplet), she is sad to report she remains an only child.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Okay. Love Quincy, but i think their romance was a little too fast... If you like mermaids you will love it!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I love mermaids so when I found this book I had to read it. Such a fun short read. When two enemies start to grow feelings for one another a huge secret is revealed. With one kiss their lives are changed and challenges arise. The Author created a great storyline with wondeful characters. There is love, laughter, and friendship. The magical descriptions within this book were great. Definitely makes you want to be a mermaid princess that lives in a castle under the sea.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    This is a "cute" story, but rather shallow even for YA. It looks as it might turn into a series...but I don't think I'm going to read the next one.

    Um...the girl (I don't remember her name) is a mermaid with a human mother & Poseidon as her father. She is very shallow & self-centered.

    She is currently living with her human aunt and attending h.s.

    She has a major crush (obsession) on the most popular boy, who ignores her...while the most aggravating boy is her next door neighbor, and is always hanging around.

    She is not "popular" and not doing well in school....

    She is determined to be the most popular boy's girlfriend, but that is not going as planned.......

    And when the most aggravating boy kisses her....well that's when the real story begins & things begin to happen and we understand what is really going on with her.

    There could have been a lot more to the book that would have made it good & interesting reading...but I found the plot to be as shallow as the main character...

    Considering that many Teens are reading at a much higher reading level, I'd say that this is more suited to Young Teens...as the bareness of the plot & simple vocabulary will bore most Teens.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    It's a mermaid book! And I started reading it while taking a bath, AND the book starts with the narrator taking a bath! Like, oh-em-gee. Okay. The story flew by, thanks to simple storytelling. But Lily, the half-human/half-mermaid narrator, is totally annoying and deluded. The story was so-so, but delivers a pretty good message for teens about unrequited love. Princess Lily, daughter of a sea king, wants to explore her human mother's world and enrolls in high school. To maintain her royal status, she must become "bonded" (the mer equivalent of marriage) by her eighteenth birthday, which is coming up pretty quickly. But she's got it all under control, since she's had her mate picked out since she set foot on land three and a half years ago. After spending most of high school admiring her crush from afar, Lily is running out of time and must act now! After a mix-up on land Lily finds herself in a bit of a jam, and must retreat beneath the waves to get the problem resolved. I loved the underwater scenes, though they did demand a LOT of suspension of disbelief from me. Am I getting old and jaded when it comes to young adult fantasy? No, I don't think so. There are some other books that do it better, but I recognize the effort here. Though I think this is the first mermaid book I've read where quite a bit of the action takes place underwater. Overall, I was satisfied with the book. It was a fun, refreshing, light-hearted read. And bonus points for all the ocean-related slang that Lily uses.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Cover

    4/5

    I like the cover's colors, the title writing...but I'm just not wild about the "face" on the cover...not that she's not pretty, but it's just...I don't know...I'm just not fond of it..although I like her makeup and hair..so, I'm kind of iffy about it

    Book Review

    4.5/5

    The book in itself was really good...But nothing I would go screaming about from the roof-tops. It's more of a 'Little Mermaid-ish' but for teens but with a bit of a twist..even the 'Little Mermaid' was mentioned..And I kind of had to agree...lol.. (I would say it was written more for 6-8 graders..maybe as early as 4th grade)..It's a sweet story and had you wanting to know what happened to them, and how they got to where they were..

    And of course, there's a cliff hanger, which makes you want to know what happens next. So, more than likely, I will be going on to the next book...just to see what happened. It's another book that I have to say that I was iffy about because my first thought was...Mermaids? Really? Well, let me see how I fee about this one

    The obsession she had for one guy kind of got on my nerves...And I wanted to smack her a few times...but I guess at her age, it can be kind of understandable that you "obsess" over a crush..I guess we all had SOME kind of form of it over a crush..but eventually, we kind of move on and get over it and learn as we grow older. And I will stop here before I give away the rest of the story. It is worth looking into and trying to read if you love mermaids and anything underwater, mixed in with a blossoming romance & not the insta-love. :-)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Perhaps a bit campy at times, but I loved the main character and her quirks, and really enjoyed the story as well particularly when it veered from expectations.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Cover

    4/5

    I like the cover's colors, the title writing...but I'm just not wild about the "face" on the cover...not that she's not pretty, but it's just...I don't know...I'm just not fond of it..although I like her makeup and hair..so, I'm kind of iffy about it

    Book Review

    4.5/5

    The book in itself was really good...But nothing I would go screaming about from the roof-tops. It's more of a 'Little Mermaid-ish' but for teens but with a bit of a twist..even the 'Little Mermaid' was mentioned..And I kind of had to agree...lol.. (I would say it was written more for 6-8 graders..maybe as early as 4th grade)..It's a sweet story and had you wanting to know what happened to them, and how they got to where they were..

    And of course, there's a cliff hanger, which makes you want to know what happens next. So, more than likely, I will be going on to the next book...just to see what happened. It's another book that I have to say that I was iffy about because my first thought was...Mermaids? Really? Well, let me see how I fee about this one

    The obsession she had for one guy kind of got on my nerves...And I wanted to smack her a few times...but I guess at her age, it can be kind of understandable that you "obsess" over a crush..I guess we all had SOME kind of form of it over a crush..but eventually, we kind of move on and get over it and learn as we grow older. And I will stop here before I give away the rest of the story. It is worth looking into and trying to read if you love mermaids and anything underwater, mixed in with a blossoming romance & not the insta-love. :-)
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    It's a mermaid book! And I started reading it while taking a bath, AND the book starts with the narrator taking a bath! Like, oh-em-gee. Okay. The story flew by, thanks to simple storytelling. But Lily, the half-human/half-mermaid narrator, is totally annoying and deluded. The story was so-so, but delivers a pretty good message for teens about unrequited love. Princess Lily, daughter of a sea king, wants to explore her human mother's world and enrolls in high school. To maintain her royal status, she must become "bonded" (the mer equivalent of marriage) by her eighteenth birthday, which is coming up pretty quickly. But she's got it all under control, since she's had her mate picked out since she set foot on land three and a half years ago. After spending most of high school admiring her crush from afar, Lily is running out of time and must act now! After a mix-up on land Lily finds herself in a bit of a jam, and must retreat beneath the waves to get the problem resolved. I loved the underwater scenes, though they did demand a LOT of suspension of disbelief from me. Am I getting old and jaded when it comes to young adult fantasy? No, I don't think so. There are some other books that do it better, but I recognize the effort here. Though I think this is the first mermaid book I've read where quite a bit of the action takes place underwater. Overall, I was satisfied with the book. It was a fun, refreshing, light-hearted read. And bonus points for all the ocean-related slang that Lily uses.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Seventeen year old Lily has a secret that no one knows: she's actually a mermaid princess living among humans. Her mother was half human, so she wants to learn about about that side of her. It also helps that she thinks Brody, swim team stud and super hot guy, is the love of her life. She plans to eventually kiss him, which will bind them together and allow him to take whatever form she takes. Unfortunately Quince, her super annoying next door neighbor, is constantly in the way and ruins everything by kissing her. Now Quince and Lily are bound together and she has to go to her father to separate them before the bond becomes permanent.I've read and enjoyed most of Tera Lynn Childs' Sweet Venom series plus mermaids are awesome, so I decided to try out this series. It turned out to be a cute, very fluffy book with an unlikeable protagonist and a weak plot. I would have liked Lily if she didn't interact with anyone expect her best friend. She has an odd style, a quirky personality, and is generally an ok person. When the boys come into the picture she becomes insufferable. She considers Brody the love of her life even though she barely knows the guy. When he's around, no one else exists and she becomes completely self absorbed. When Quince is around, she is irrationally horrible to him and gets so angry at the slightest things. He's actually really nice to her and clearly has feelings for her. He is a better person than me because if someone treated me that horribly, I would have given up a long time ago. I also found it annoying that she felt no responsibility or duty towards her undersea kingdom at all and she was willing to give it up for someone she doesn't even know. I just couldn't sympathize with her at all and found her whiny and generally insufferable. Ugh.I also didn't like that Lily had to be bound to someone before her eighteenth birthday to able to rule her kingdom. Really? It asserts that her relationship defines her as a competent ruler, which is ridiculous. All the characters aren't well written and don't have any dimensions. There's no subtly to the writing at all. If you are looking for a brain candy type book that doesn't require a lot of brain activity, this is the read for you.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Cover

    4/5

    I like the cover's colors, the title writing...but I'm just not wild about the "face" on the cover...not that she's not pretty, but it's just...I don't know...I'm just not fond of it..although I like her makeup and hair..so, I'm kind of iffy about it

    Book Review

    4.5/5

    The book in itself was really good...But nothing I would go screaming about from the roof-tops. It's more of a 'Little Mermaid-ish' but for teens but with a bit of a twist..even the 'Little Mermaid' was mentioned..And I kind of had to agree...lol.. (I would say it was written more for 6-8 graders..maybe as early as 4th grade)..It's a sweet story and had you wanting to know what happened to them, and how they got to where they were..

    And of course, there's a cliff hanger, which makes you want to know what happens next. So, more than likely, I will be going on to the next book...just to see what happened. It's another book that I have to say that I was iffy about because my first thought was...Mermaids? Really? Well, let me see how I fee about this one

    The obsession she had for one guy kind of got on my nerves...And I wanted to smack her a few times...but I guess at her age, it can be kind of understandable that you "obsess" over a crush..I guess we all had SOME kind of form of it over a crush..but eventually, we kind of move on and get over it and learn as we grow older. And I will stop here before I give away the rest of the story. It is worth looking into and trying to read if you love mermaids and anything underwater, mixed in with a blossoming romance & not the insta-love. :-)
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    I understand Lily is young but she is sooooo self centered and annoying. I kept trying to put it down because she was so stupid but was hoping she would finally relize love is right there in front of her. I also truly hated the ended.... feel like I wasted so much time reading this book to end to have the feeling kf pissed.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Plot: 3 stars
    Characters: 2 stars
    Style: 3 stars
    Pace: 3 stars


    I didn't know mermaids could be repeatedly dropped on their heads as babies. I mean, that's clearly what must have happened to Lily. She's set up from the beginning to be dumb. She struggles in school, and she can't for the life of her figure out the guy she wants doesn't want her even when he flat out says it. She can't figure out that her neighbor kissed her on purpose, because he REALLY likes her, which is why he's given her such a hard time all along (Because teen guys are dumb, and they pick on girls they like, in every universe). Of course, she eventually does, but by that point I wanted to slap her.

    I suspect this would go over better with tweens.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    FORGIVE MY FINS was my first encounter with Tera Lynn Childs' writing, but it won't be my last. FMF is a cute read and great for a lazy summer afternoon... or cold winter day when you need a fun, vibrant world to escape into.Mermaids will always be one of my favorite mythical creatures. I know I wasn't the only little girl to dream of one day discovering my mermaid heritage. Alright, so maybe I just wanted to have a cool tail and wear a shell-bikini... and fall in love with a cute human boy ala The Little Mermaid. Understandably, I was drawn to Childs' modern twist on this classic love story. The novel doesn't delve too deeply into the detail of being a merperson, but it definitely covers the romantic aspects of the story.I liked Quince immediately, but I never really connected with Lily's character. She was too shallow and simple for my tastes: I like my female leads to have sass and wit. Since I liked Quince, but found Lily lacking, their romance lost some of it's punch. Still, Quince was absolutely adorable and I found myself rooting for him and urging Lily to open her eyes and see the amazing boy that's standing right in front of her! Despite the fact that this novel was completely predictable, I enjoyed the ride. Childs appears to have a knack for writing those silly, sappy scenes that you sometimes daydream about. Like being marooned on an island with a cute boy and having to sleep together to conserve heat. I think I can safely say that we all have had some version of that daydream! Because of this, Childs' writing is strangely comforting.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Forgive My Fins is an adorable tale about a young mermaid living her teenage years on land. It's filled with fun terminology and an adorable love story that I look forward to reading more about these memorable characters!Lily Sanderson is half mermaid and half human, she has lived in the sea for all of her life and she wants to get a taste of the world that her mother comes from. At Seaview (haha, she's a mermaid living in a town called Seaview) High School she falls in love with the star swimmer, Brody. Despite having had more than a few conversations with Brody, she has decided to that she wants to take him to meet and her King Daddy and spend the rest of her life with him. All seems to be going well, until Quince Fletcher steals her first kiss. This is my first mermaid novel (if you don't count The Little Mermaid...) and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were charming, the world was vast and the plot kept me glued to the edge of my seat. While Lily's infatuation with Brody is a bit odd at first, but as I got to know Lily's naive personality I understood how she loved anything that reminded her of home. The story was definitely not what I expected (a very interesting rule of mermaidism...)but I liked that we got to see both worlds on more than one occasion. The characters were memorable and I adored Lily's naive nature and determination. I also felt with her when she was distraught over her place on this earth. Lily's father came off very "King Tritonish" to me and I just could not shake that image from my head the entire time. While some of the characters were stereotypes of high school I enjoyed all of them and their interactions. At the beginning, Quince's ability to pop up randomly annoyed me, I did grow to like him as his relationship with Lily progressed. Childs gives Lily a very believable voice and this voice makes her a very likeable character. Childs has created her own dictionary full of mermaid slang which kept the story fresh and I give an A+ for originality. This rating hangs out somewhere between a 3 1/2 and 4. While I did really enjoy it, I did want more than what the ending provided. I would love to read the trilogy because I want more of Childs' world!I recommend this for anyone who wants a really cute and short read and enjoys the mermaid genre.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Ever since I first came across a synopsis of Forgive my Fins, I'd been dying to read it, so when I could never seem to find it in any book store, I was so dissapointed. But now that I've finally read it (I won it in a contest!), I definitly think that it was well worth the wait, because it was fantastic!I've always loved mermaids (when I was little, whenever anyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always answer that I wanted to be a mermaid lol), but I've found that the YA genre has been lacking on books about mermaids, but this thankfully seems to be changing! Tera Lynn Childs has really struck gold, in my opinion, with Forgive my Fins because it combines everything that I love in a book; love, romance, humour, and of course mermaids as the supernatural creature of choice!Lily was such a cute character! I loved her from the beginning of the book, and all of her adorable ocean themed expressions made her that much more loveable. I found her to be so endearing and sweet! She was definitley very confused about her emotions though, and there were some times when I found her to be very stubborn, but as the book progressed, she was able to sort out her feelings and realize what she really wanted, who she was really falling for and who the right guy was for her.I definitley liked the character Quince in Forgive My Fins. He totally reminded me of that annoyong little boy who pulls on a girls pigtails when her likes her, but in a very good way. He kind of tries to have a sort of care-free, bad boy (he rides a motorcycle, which is pretty much a must-have for any bad boy lol) attitude about him, but you can see that he's such a sweetheart underneath his pigtail tugging exterior. As a whole, Forgive My Fins was a great read! Tera Lynn Childs writing was great and definitley made me laugh! As I mentioned before, I loved the ocean and fish themed expressions and puns that were riddled throughout the book, it added just a little something special to it, which I really liked! If you haven't yet read Forgive My Fins, I would definitley, 100% recommend picking it up! I seriously loved everything about this book and am now anxiously awaiting it's sequel, Fins Are Forever!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I was excited to read this - I love mermaids and seeing as how this book is all about a mermaid, I was into it. And it didn't disappoint me horribly, but I didn't love it as much as I expected.There is a lot of "sea slang" used and I didn't really care for that. I felt it was bordering on being too cute and juvenile, maybe more suited for a preteen. I also couldn't really relate to the heroine Lily much. She was a little too stubborn for my tastes and more often than not I was rolling my eyes at her attitude. Stubborn is good, but there is a fine line and then you're just being stupid. She was also a little more naive than I would expect a nearly 18 year old to be. If I wanted to sum up this book, it was basically about a girl who is stupidly stubborn and wrong and everyone but her can see it and that it drags out that way until the end. There was really nothing else to this story: no action, no other storylines. At the end though, there is an epilogue, which points that there will be a second book out, and it in fact out now: Fins Are Forever. It seems like the story could get more interesting in the next book, but I'm honestly not really jumping out of my seat to go get it. I will end up reading it most likely, but I didn't get caught up in the story enough to really get involved. I think Forgive My Fins could have easily been one book, despite the ending being slightly unsatisfactory for the feelings invested.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Ohmyfreakinggod! I am so beyond in love with this book! It took me a grand total of 4 days to read, (even though I started it like 2 weeks ago, when NaNo started I stopped reading until 3 days ago). I literally couldn't put this book down, Tera Lynn Childs just keeps writing these books that I will never be able to put down. I cannot wait for Fins are Forever (book 2), I totally need to know what happens next with all of the characters!Quince is definitely my favorite, but there's something about Dosinia that makes me curious about what she will do next, especially with that epilogue cliff-hanger.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    FORGIVE MY FINS, by Tera Lynn Childs, is a remarkable story of a teenage mermaid princess living on land and the unwanted trouble she finds herself in.I absolutely adored this book. Lily is an extremely likable, and quite romantically naive, half human half mermaid. For as much as she tries to fit in, she sits comfortably in the middle class social spectrum of high school. Her next door neighbor, Quince, keeps her on her human toes with his antics and sarcasm, masking his obvious feelings for her.The magical mermaid aspect of this book was believable and exceptional. When Quince and Lily are accidentally bonded together, Childs took me on a journey underwater that made me want to jump into the pages and swim with them. In the world that Childs created, mermaids were not so different from humans. Food, clothes, and shelter were made from whatever was found in the sea and I felt immersed in this amazing world. Also, Lily's vocabulary was sea-related and at times hilarious. Even above water she stayed true to her mermaid self.The relationship between Lily and Quince was no easy one. I felt Lily was delusional about her feelings for Brody and I yearned for her to realize what was right in front of her. I found myself biting my nails each time Lily and Quince' bond was in danger of being severed because I felt they were so right for each other.I won't ruin too much of the plot because I think you should experience this wonderful book for yourself!