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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
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Jul 02, 11

bookshelves: 2011-releases
Read from June 12 to 13, 2011

I was completely wrong about this book. I thought I would enjoy it, but I wouldn't love it, or anything like that. I thought it would be a fun quick read, one of those books that you read once and enjoy, but never read again. I was SO WRONG.
I don't think there was anything about this book that I didn't like. The characters were awesome, the plot was exciting, and the setting and world building were AMAZING. Seriously, the world of Thalassinia under the sea was a pleasure to read about. I could really imagine that Thalassinia was a real place under the sea (if such places existed) and it was EXACTLY what I imagine a magical under sea kingdom to be like. I loved how Tera included everything to make it believable, from the sea life plants and the food, to the buildings and the statues inside the palace. Even the high school and Lily's home with her aunt on land was awesome.
I really liked Lily, though at times she could be quite self centred and sometimes she didn't see the obvious things that were right in front of her. Despite this, I enjoyed reading about her, and I think that Tera really captured how a teenager thinks and speaks, and she really made Lily seem like an normal teenager who is also a mermaid. I liked her narrative, and all her awful sea life puns, like 'blowfish' and 'angelfish' were awesome and really helped to set the scene.
As is becoming almost expected of all paranormal young adult titles nowadays, there is a love triangle in Forgive My Fins, though I didn't mind. It wasn't a usual love triangle, it was more of a 'girl lusting after a boy, a different boy is in love with the girl'. I loved Quince, he was so cute, and some of the things he does for Lily are adorable! I know I've already said this, but for Lily not being able to see what is going on with Quince, she is so blind...
I don't think there is anything I can fault with Forgive My Fins. The only thing I will say is, that the ending is evil! The book finishes nicely and I would be quite happy without another book, and the story is finished and I have no questions. And then, suddenly, I turn the page, and there's an epilogue that leaves me on a HUGE cliffhanger. So, don't say I didn't warn you when you read Forgive My Fins and then find yourself needing the next book in the series...
I would recommend Forgive My Fins to all fans of YA, though I do think that it should probably be targeted at the younger end of YA, because at times it did seem like a little bit of a middle grade novel. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just sayin', you know, in case you were expecting something suited to older teens...

*Thanks to Templar for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! :) Also, head over to for a guest post and giveaway of a shiny UK copy! Open to UK residents only and ends on July 16th :)
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Reading Progress

06/12/2011 page 67
20.0% "It's good :) Don't think it will take me too long, it's very cute and fun :D"
06/12/2011 page 101
30.0% "It's really good, though I'm finding it quite unbelievable... :L Still, I really like it :D"
06/12/2011 page 148
44.0% "The kingdom of Thalassinia or whatever it's called, is super cool, I'd love to visit and be able to breathe and talk under water! :D"
06/13/2011 page 160
48.0% "I'm loving it SO much - it's adorable :D Everything about it is awesome :)" 7 comments

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Karen I guess you really loved it then huh? :-D

Bella (Cheezyfeet Books) The Slowest Bookworm wrote: "I guess you really loved it then huh? :-D"

Yep! It was so good! :L I'm writing up my review tonight :) Can't wait for the next one! :D

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