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Forgive My Fins

(Fins #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  17,176 ratings  ·  1,711 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published May 19th 2010 by HarperCollins
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Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Sep 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is corny! In fact- a wave of sadness overcomes me when I realize the depths that this author has sunk to. Drowning her audience in a sea of underwater puns. See I can do it too!!

But seriously this book feels like it was written as an 11 year olds creative writing essay that just got out of hand. If the character is mean they are a sea slug if they are nice they are an angel fish. (Constantly!) It just gets ridiculous. But worst of all the characters are LAME!!

Lily clearly has a perse
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tweens and anyone in the mood for a light and sweet mermaid love tale
3.5 - 4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

(Plot points mentioned deal with aspects contained in the book blurb)

Is it just guppy love or a love as deep as the ocean?

Yes, I have been indoctrinated from all the puns in this book. ^_^ The sea puns and mermaid fish slang were a little jarring, at first, but son of swordfish (as Lily would say), once I got into the flow, I was all bubbly smiley reading them and at times even chuckling. Though I can see how the steady stream of puns co
This one wasn't for me. It was somehow too … pink, girly, fluffy and cute. The story itself was very predictable, which only made me want to shake the heroine and make her see what was going on already. Her absolute cluelessness really annoyed me.
And seriously, how can you be in love (and I'm referring to the I-love-you-so-much-I-want-to-marry-you-and-spend-the-rest-of-my-life-with-you kind of love here) with someone you rarely talk to and don't really know that well? I mean, having a crush, ok
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Looking for a fun, quick, cute, summer read? Look no further! Forgive My Fins has it all and more!

Let's just say I'm head over tail for the whimsical mermaid tale!

Such a cute story. This is definitely a novel that will appeal to the upper ya crowd but at the same time, is something that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to the younger ya and even mg readers.

I adored Quincy from the first spitball mention. Not really specifically because of the spitball, but because he seemed like the genuinely fu
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This is one of those stories that I got to read before starting to write reviews, but if I remember well I love it, so I should say at least one word or two about it.

I am not sure why I like reading books about mermaids (I blame it on The Little Mermaid, and the way I loved it so much as a kid that it's still somehow stuck in my head).
So I picked up this book wanting to have a good time with it, I read it in one sitting and I had tons of fun with it.
It was cute, it was funny, sometimes just a b
Pre-review before I finish the book: I know I'm at least 12 years older than the targeted audience but still...I can and will appreciate good teenagers' dramas. However! The stupidity and immaturity of the Main Character really is not endearing (I kept rolling my eyes at a lot of things said MC had said and done)...I'd been 17 years old once and I don't think teenagers at this age are that bad.

thoughts after I'd finished reading:

This time I can't even say 'Oh what a great big disappointment!' b
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 l
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't think rating out of 5 stars gives enough room for judgment.

I prefer the standard school grading scale...Maybe a B-.

It was a light, cute, fun book! The cover is obviously stunning. I love the greens and the blues. I'm not sure what she's supposed to be blowing out of her mouth, though. Is there something I missed in the book?

Anyway, we are presented with Lily Sanderson: half-mermaid, half-human. She's nothing spectacular with her blonde hair (yay!), pale-skin, and freckles. And she's go
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Too fluffy for my own liking.

It would have been a cute read if it weren't for the clueless heroine. Lily, I get that you're half-mermaid but you've lived with humans for the last 3 years and should have a clue about the opposite sex and relationships at least by then. How could you not know Q liked you? He annoyed you endlessly to get your attention!

It was just too predictable for me. No surprises to get me hooked.

Only Quince was this book's saving grace. And even Quince won't get me reading t
Jessica Buwalda
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought I was going to like this book and that it was going to be good. I never thought I would love it, read it so fast, and then start on the next in the series immediately after I put this one day. But I did. I loved it so much I think the time it took me to read it is probably up there in the top ten for record time reading.
I loved that it was a tale of a fish-out-of-water (literally) who after three years has finally gotten use to the mainland and its people(so she thought) but then, when
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was beyond cute. I haven't read a good mermaid book in over a year, so I was past due for one. And this was the perfect series for me to pick up. I have already started the second book because I didn't want the story to be over when I finished the first one. I have been reading so many new adult contemporaries lately (which I still love) that it was nice to switch it up to a cute paranormal young adult book.

Lily is a mermaid that is living on land for a while. Her dad is king of her m
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Forgive My Fins is really fast. Has a very modern setting and it's about mermaids of course. I haven't read a lot of books with mermaids (maybe one or two) so it was different, not bad, just different.

The premise of this book was interesting. It's easy to see where the book is headed a few chapters in but that has never fazed me. It just felt over simplified. The plot was all about breaking the bond, getting Brody, breaking the bond, getting Brody, est. Childs could at least put in one sub plot
Jennifer Wardrip
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Lily has a secret; she's a mermaid living on land due to the fact that her mother was human. Her father is king of the seas, which makes her a Thalassinian Princess. Since finding out about her mother's lineage, Lily began to understand why she doesn't feel at home in the sea. She moved in with her aunt and started attending Seaview High School in order to find the perfect mate.

She's convinced she's found him. All she has to do is persuade him that
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read, trash, reread
Update: 2.5/5

So I read this when I was in high school and I absolutely loved it. Now I really can't stand Lily's character. I didn't mind the plot, it was kinda a cheesy but in a cute way for the most part. I really could've done without Lily's stupid obsession over Brody. God it was so toxic and disgusting. Also, this girl keeps going on about how her cousin is "boy crazy" when Lily herself won't fucking shut up about how her and Brody are meant to be. There was no evidence to support this clai
Forgive my Fins is a painfully predictable novel, in which I guessed the plotline in less than 5 pages. It was an extremely fast read, in which nothing even had a bit of depth. Not even the main characters.

It's about a half-human/half-mermaid who lives on land and accidently gets "bonded" to the so-called obnoxious, arrogant boy next door who, SURPRISE, turns out to be her true love. A very common romance concept often daily applied to YA books.

Now straight onto the painfully unbearable characte
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was not a very big fan of this book.
I felt like the main character was childish, immature, and just whiney. She was shallow and full headed, even when we could see that she was being an idiot. Talk about a spoiled princess!
The first problem I had with this book was that Lily was so obsessed with a guy, who she had barely talked to, and when she did he sounded either stoned or just plain braindead. How in the hell could you ever like that or think he would be suitable to run the mermaid world?!
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, arc, young-adult
**slight spoilers -- don't read after the first paragraph**

This is a super fast read and much like a candy bar, you are done and wondering where it all went. Well, at least this won't spend a life time on my hips. I still think about this one wistfully and how cute and sweet it is. This is just so much fun! There are so many adorable puns and cute ways Lily has about cussing -- my favorite, son of a swordfish! This is a pretty clean book with only some G rated kissing and not much else, although
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Forgive my Fins was like opening the covers of a book and watching a Disney film play out in front of my eyes. It is the story of first love, crushes and friendship and it is such a cute read that I can’t see many people not loving it.

The main character, Lily, was really loveable and cute and she made me laugh. She has a crush on a boy at school called Brody, who in the three years she has known him has never really given her much attention, but now time is running out for Lily and she r
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Absolutely adorable.
Forgive My Fins is a cute light read that is perfect to just relax with.
The characters are all enjoyable, the plot is fun and I've always loved Tera Lynn Childs writing style.
My favorite thing about this book was Quince. What a sweetheart, there were some really, really humorous scenes that made me smile.
Overall, this was an enjoyable experience.
Super cute!

Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Terraped Humans
The Gist

Lily Sanderson never thought that going to the surface would cause such trouble. But when she realized that her dead mother had been a surface-dweller Lily feels as though she has to try out life on land, for both her and her mother’s sake. After being on land for three years (living with her Aunt Lauren) three things have happened. One: she fell in love with the swimmer/news anchor/most-popular-guy-at-school, Brody. Two: gets a new best friend, who she trusts with everything…except her
Ruby Rose
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lili and 10 and up.
This book is a wonderful start to this amazing story...

PARENT NOTE: Clean from what I remember I finished this yesterday and I read the second one before writing this review... whoops.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 10 and up... NOTE that the second book is 13 and up... read that review here:

VIOLENCE: Very little is any.

SWEARING: None that I remember (comment if you find any and I will change this).

Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-series-fins
Final Rating: 3 Stars
Amelia, free market Puritan
There were several things I liked about this book. I don't think I've ever read a YA story about mermaids (they may be the next vampires, who knows?) so I had nothing to compare this to. Therefore I went in with a pretty open mind and as far as a story about mermaids goes, I liked it. Childs did a good job of creating the mermaid kingdom of Have-No-Idea-How-to-Pronounce, and her mythology backstory was very creative and original.

Childs is also the kind of author who pays attention to "the littl
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 r
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I started out liking this book. It was a cute and sweet story. It made me smile a few times. It was light, without too much going on, but still I wanted to read more. It was predictable. I kind of knew what was going to happen (and trust me, I almost never do!), but that didn't even matter because it was so, so cute.

Lily ends up having to spend more time with Quince, her neighbor who she claims is out to get her. She kind of hates him (in a neighborly way of course) and let's him and everyone el
Originally posted @ The YA Bookworm

I LOVE MERMAIDS! when i was a kid i adore mermaids! even though there are some myths that says that mermaids are bad, i didn't grasp the idea... so i was so glad that there is a YA book about mermaids.
this novel is actually my first YA book that is about mermaids, and for my first, this one didn't quite disappoint me.

a new concept of mermaids were introduced here, cause mermaids can be bonded just by Kissing someone, and that kiss will eventually turn th
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Cute, light-weight, fluffy, girly-girl read.
I had a decent time reading this one, but at times it was a bit cheesy. The characters were decently likable, but at times extremely annoying. I might have liked this one a little more than some of you, but I think it is my inner child smiling. "The Little Mermaid" was my absolute favorite movie as a child, if I would have read this in my pre-teen years, I would have been in love! But, seeing as I am an old maid now, it wasn't as thrilling. But, I hav
Erica (storybookend)
I absolutely loved this book! It captured my heart from the very beginning. I’ve always loved mermaids and fantasized about castles under the sea. Forgive My Fins did not disappoint my fantasies in any area. It captured the lure and beauty of mermaids perfectly. I couldn’t get enough of the mermaid fantasy that Tera made up. I couldn’t stop smiling as I eagerly turned the pages. Lily’s and Quince’s banter amused me, and had me laughing at times. And I loved all the sea talk and slang that Lily u ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute, sweet little story. There's not much sweeter than a pretty mermaid looking for her merman. Unfortunately, for it I'm all about dark and dirty kinda books right now. Which is why I can only give it three stars. I did realize this was YA but it felt more like a middle grade book to me. My preteen daughter would most likely love it. ...more
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Cute story - perfect for the younger YA Readers.
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Tera Lynn Childs may pretend to be a goddess, but she’s really just a normal person. Well, maybe not normal. She is a writer, after all. Her works include the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae fantasy series. Tera currently parks her laptop in the Seattle area and spends her time w ...more

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“Oh, Lily," He says shaking his head. "I know about love. About wanting and dreaming and wishing with every part of your soul. I know enough to reconize the parts that are real and teh parts that are only in my fantasy." Ge turns his head slightly to face me,
and I find myself saying,"L-like what?"
"Like when she cries and my heart tears in to little shreds, and all I can think of is making her forget the source of her sadness." His face is blank, emotionless. his words -and the underlying emotion bombarding me through the bond- more than make up for it. "That's real."
my voice is barely a whisper when I ask, "And fantasy?"
"Believing she'll ever feel the same way.”
“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.” 149 likes
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