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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, mermaids-selkies, love-story-romance, urban-fantasy-paranormal, read-2010, swapped-or-given-away, high-expectations, sequel-no-thank-you, love-triangle, debut
Recommended for: those who enjoyed "Teenage Mermaid" (Schreiber) or Ascension (Dalkey)
Read from June 04 to 05, 2010

I rate this mermaid romance, which I have impatiently waited almost a year for, 3,5 stars altogether. It was really cute, but very predictable. In core it reminded me a lot of Something, Maybe and other regular YA which tell the story of a girl nursing a long time crush on a boy she doesn't really know that well. After 40 pages or so I was a tiny bit bored, but I held on tight - I was reading a mermaid-love-story! - and it got better again.

As far as I-am-a-mermaid-here-is-my-story books go, I liked both Teenage Mermaid (also predictable, because basically a retelling) and Ascension, which both offer a romantic plot, better. The last books of the Ingo-Series, especially The Deep, are also far more enjoyable, if it is the underwater world and the different thinking of the merfolk the reader wants to immerge in. Forgive my Fins has some interesting explanations about underwater breathing and the tolerance of the cold ocean water, but it stongly focusses on the romance part, the emotions, the joy and pain of teenage infatuation. Be it either high school spring fling or underwater castle: The text does not offer a lot of visuals. It rather feels like skipping the landscape pictures of a slide show and getting only glimpses of beautiful things until the family pictures come into view and are to be admired and scrutinized. So if you search for the next cute teenage romance with a likable heroine and a hunky hero who hides his feelings, choregraphed in front of a wet scenery for a change, you cannot go wrong by reading Forgive my Fins.

I, for my part, have decided against reading Fins Are Forever, though. I will await the next mermaid-themed book (The Forbidden Sea) I have on preorder now - hoping it will offer the perfect mix (mystery, love, thrill, a believable, well-depicted underwater world) and I heartily thank Tera Lynn Childs anyway for writing a mermaid book in times that clearly favour faeries, vampires and angels.
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Tera Lynn Childs
“I don't believe it,' Quince says with absolute certainty. ' I don't believe anything magical can make someone more in love.' [...] He looks me right in the eye as he says, 'Love is already the strongest magic in the world.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins


Reading Progress

06/05/2010 page 10
3.41% "No opinion yet. Concerning the cover: Why do they have to take stock photography and paint the eyelids and hair blue instead of making a photo of a girl in a ble wig and mermaidih eyeshadown? Publishing a book takes so long. A few hours more for a faultless cover shouldn't hurt the timeline."
06/05/2010 page 10
3.41% "No opinion yet. Concerning the cover: Why do they have to take stock photography and paint the eyelids and hair blue instead of making a photo of a girl in a blue wig and mermaidish eyeshadow? Publishing a book takes so long. A few hours more for a faultless cover shouldn't hurt the timeline."

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oliviasbooks I was completely astonished to find this book in my mail-box yesterday. I preordered it, but thought it would be available in July. I like pleasant suprises like this immensely.


message 2: by Kim (new)

Kim About the blue lips: she looks like she's cold, not like she's a mermaid.


oliviasbooks In the book she has blond, frizzy hair - like yellow cotton candy.


oliviasbooks But the freckles have been done right.


~Tina~ I wasn't sure about this book. I might have to check it out once it comes in.


message 6: by Morgan (new)

Morgan F She definitely looks freezing...


oliviasbooks She would never freeze. She can control the temperature around her. I wish I could do that - although I bonded with my warm-water bottle a long time ago.


~Tina~ I love my water bottle <3


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