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Fins Are Forever

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On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

262 pages, Hardcover

First published June 28, 2011

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Tera Lynn Childs

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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 writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages. Learn more about her magical realms and find behind-the-book extras at teralynnchilds.com.

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429 reviews23 followers
September 23, 2011
Not a bad 2nd book. It was cute in all the ways the first one was cute. The main character wasn't totally annoying, she was a typical teen with a little bit of extra resposibility. Sort of.


I do believe I am a little tired of reading about teens (girls) falling in love and declaring they have found their 'soulmate' before they have even begun to live life. High school is not real life. I know some kids have to grow up and have adult responsibilities before their time, but they are still teens. The main thing that adds maturity is time. As a 16, 17 or 18 yr old, your maturity level is not high enough to say you want to give away your future because you have found 'true love' or your 'soulmate'. The difference in life from 20 to 30 is staggering. I ended up no where near where I thought I would be when I hit 30. I look back at that passage in my Senior Memory book that asks 'Where will you be in 10 yrs?' and LAUGH! What a tard I was and sooooo niave, so very niave, such a teen. I guess maybe this book would have appealed to that girl I was back then a lot more than the woman I have become. Maybe. Reality really does bite you in the ass, but the only way to learn it is through experience and time. So have fun teenagers, just know this, the likelyhood of you finding your soulmate or true love before 20 is next to zilch. So focus on your future, your education and learning how to take care of yourself, depend on no one but you.

Enjoy ...
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278 reviews46 followers
January 4, 2011
With the holidays, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish within a week. After I picked it up, it only took me 2 days to gulp this delicious book up. I loved every minute of it!

Sequels can be fishy at times (heehee). Will it be good? Will it exceed all the expectations following the first book? Will new characters be introduced? The answers are simple. Yes, yes, and yes! I love Tera Lynn's writing. She can make you hate a character one minute and love him/her the next.

My only complaint is, I wanted more Lily-Quince moments. Don't worry, fans. There's plenty, however, I just absolutely adore Quince. Quince should write a diary called the Mer-diaries, documenting all his sea and merfolk related incidents. I'd read it! But yes, while there are plenty, I'm a Quince glutton. I can't help it, I love him so!

All in all, if you loved Forgive My Fins, you'll love Fins Are Forever. Guaranteed or your money back! Kidding, but seriously, the characters are great, the plot is fantastic and the romance is full of oooohs and ahhhhs.
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136 reviews1 follower
December 21, 2019
Still insanely cheesy, but somehow, this book seemed to have more substance to it. No, it's really not a good book, but again, I had fun reading it lol.
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1,301 reviews1,782 followers
March 12, 2011
Fins are Forever hit the perfect spot with me and I enjoyed this one even more than the start of the series. The book starts out with Lily deciding she will give up her capacity as a princess on her birthday and live on dry land to resolve the conflict she has with her human side. Things are going swimmingly with Quince and she finds the perfect career to strive for as a marine ecologist. Of course, something goes terribly wrong when her wicked cousin, Dosinia turns up on her doorstep.

There are some almost slapstick moments in the book when Lily discovers herself stuck with her human hating cousin. Doe has committed some unspeakable offense in the mer kingdom that causes her to be banished without any powers and is sent to live with Lily to redeem herself. The big twist here is that Lily is the one to judge if Doe has been rehabilitated and can accept humans in her life. Doe makes good on that one by falling in love with Brody who she promptly kisses.

The ending left a lot of things open and to me it seems that there is hope that Lily may regain her ability to rule the mer kingdom. I can't wait until the next installment. I received this review copy at no cost from Around the World ARC tours in exchange for my honest review.
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362 reviews
March 11, 2016
I liked this book even more than the 1st somehow. They're all very cutesy and enjoyable to read, but don't look for major depth or you may be disappointed. This series is more of a vacation for the mind than a field trip.
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269 reviews72 followers
August 29, 2020
This book was a wonderful addition to the series! I don't know if it is just me but I think that mermaid stories are always the most wonderful twist to actual life... add romance and you get this. I think this author deserves some kind of recognition. As her second seres I have read both have been wonderful. I plan on getting my hands on as much more of this author as possible.

PARENT NOTE: This one has some interesting things that happen such as finding your younger cousin making out with your old crush and such... it also said that she sees some skin in it and has to erase it from her memory. Other than that the romance is clean.


VIOLENCE: A few punches thrown at someone in this book or in the last I can't remember.

LANGUAGE: 2-3 words Maximum.


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67 reviews11 followers
August 28, 2011
From my blog: (\__/)nymfaux

Ok, so the day I’ve been waiting for—ever since I pressed the page turn button and saw “EPILOGUE” written in bold letters in the upper-center of the page—And not the kind of EPILOGUE where everyone gets married and lives happily-ever-after, but the kind of EPILOGUE-cliff-hanger where it looks like something catastrophic may or may not happen, but you don’t know, because the page turn button appears to be malfunctioning and there don’t seem to be anymore words left at the end of the book to tell you what has happened and what is going to happen and the only solution (aside from flinging your precious book across the room in frustration) is to wait patiently for another year until the sequel comes out and you can find out just what kind of trouble these crazy characters have gotten themselves into now, and more importantly, how are they going to get out of it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Yeah, that day—The FINTASMICALLY epic release of Tera Lynn Childs Fins Are Forever, the highly anticipated seaquel sequel to last summer’s splash hit Forgive My Fins!

Wait—did I say the day I’ve been waiting for?—I meant the day you’ve been waiting for!

I’ve already got my copy!!! Due to my crafty ninja skills, I was able to acquire an ARC from Tera Lynn Childs, herself. (and yes, FTC this IS my honest, uninfluenced opinion!!!!)

***Fins Are Forever is a seaquel sequel, but every attempt is being made to keep this spoiler-free.***

Backstory: Forgive My Fins (super-über-cute and a totally fun summer read—now is the perfect time to pick it up if you haven’t read it yet!!!) I think Fins Are Forever is structured well-enough, that it could be read by itself, without the reader getting lost—but unless you are currently stranded on a deserted island or trapped in some remote location with no link to the outside world—I totally recommend reading the two together—they’re such great companion pieces; trust me, you’ll want to read them both!!!

Lilly is half mermaid-princess, half human. In Forgive My Fins Lilly turns her whole world upside-down and inside-out. In Fins Are Forever, Lilly finally thinks she’s got her life straightened out again…That is, until Dosinia, Lilly’s cousin (and the bane of Lilly’s underwater existence) shows up. On land. Now Lilly’s life is being turned upside-down all over again, and she can’t help but wonder if she made the right choices. Are there some things more important than love? Can Lilly find a way to have both? And graduate high school?

I can’t tell you all the emotions that welled up inside me when my pretty little ARC came. My first thought was disbelief. I would look at it, then put it back, thinking maybe it was a mistake or a trick, and not believing that I could really really really read it. And then I wanted to hide it and protect it, so that nothing would happen to it. I kept taking it out of the shipping box, so that I could stare at it in awe, and then putting it back in, as if it were some stolen treasure. And then taking it back out again to look at it. But keeping it close with me always.

It was funny, because I had been SO anxious, for SO long about reading Fins Are Forever, but when I finally had the book in my hands, I wanted the feeling to last. I’m a fast reader. And I’m impatient. I don’t like to sit around wondering what’s going to happen, I just want to read faster; find out faster. And I was afraid as soon as I started reading Fins Are Forever, I would devour it.

And OMG. I DID. Once I started and was back in the world of Lilly and Quince, I. COULD. NOT. STOP. READING. I saved it especially for a road trip. I remember getting in the car, buckling my seatbelt, and occasionally mumbling “uh huh,” or trying to say semi-coherent things, pretending not to be completely tuning my sister out…you know, while I completely tuned her out. She’s a reader, too; she understands.

Understands what it is like to find an amazingly fresh, sweet, funny, tender, romantic, magical, one-in-a-million kind of book and be absolutely swept off your feet, and fall-in-love-with-it kind of book. *sigh*

I’ve been in love with Tera’s books since I picked up Oh.My.Gods. Forgive My Fins was so good I don’t know if I’ve ever been so angry at a book for ending. So, I mean, I was kind of expecting to fall in love with Fins Are Forever. I was expecting it to be good. I never doubted that I wouldn’t love it, or that it wouldn’t be good.

And what surprised me was, not only did I absolutely fall in love with Fins Are Forever—Not only was it good—It was even better!!!!

It was so magical to be back in Lilly’s world again, and so much fun!!!!!! I absolutely recommend Fins Are Forever as a totally fintasmic splashtastically awesome summer read!!!!

Download it now or transport yourself to your nearest bookstore. Because. It. Is. Good!

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54 reviews
July 30, 2011
Son of a swordfish! This book was pure awesome-ness, even better than the first book! In the sequel to last summer's Forgive My Fins, Lily is forced to choose between her kingdom in the sea or life on land. I actually felt for Lily as she must deal with all these choices that no teenager should have to make. The most interesting part for me in the book was how Lily has become frustrated with having to hide the secret that she is a mermaid, and her yearning to come out of the ocean and reveal her true self to humankind, though that might not be the best idea, as we all know how humans feel about anything that is different. Still, the concept of mer kingdoms joining the United Nations and assimilating into human society makes me hope this will be dealt with in future installments.
Tera Lynn Childs is one of the only authors who has managed to make me laugh and cry while reading her books. The scene in the rain with Quince and Lily (I won't say anymore, for fear of spoiling it for others) literally almost made me cry.
I'm also not sure how I feel about the new character of Tellin. I mean, I felt sorry for him, but at times I found him too pushy and invasive of Lily's privacy. Then again, if you're a teenager confronted with the possibility of your entire kindom's demise, you might act the same.
And I can't believe I'm saying this, but I totally loved Dosinia by the end of the book. She definitely matured from a snobby immature teenager by the end of the book.
I think Lily's choice at the end was perfect, and the book ended on a hopeful note. It was hinted at that there may be sequels, and I sure hope so. (I'd love to read a book about the Trio, or Dosinia, or Peri, too, a character I really love but who barely gets book time, and who I would love to read a whole book about!)
So, if you love mermaids, magic, and you're looking for the perfect summer read to take with you to the beach or even sitting by the pool, Fins Are Forever is for you. I don't think the first book needs to be read to understand this one; it's its own self-contained adventure. And if you HAVE read Forgive My Fins, then water you waiting for? (Water? Get it? Oh, forget it.) Dive into Fins Are Forever and get ready for an incredibly well-crafted underwater world filled with undersea fun, teen romance, and mermaid magic.
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161 reviews41 followers
June 2, 2011
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I don’t usually read many mermaid books but this series has me blown away.

In the last book Lily ad drama unfolds, lily is crushing on the popular guy at school, while a Quince pines away for her every second he can. Quince and Lily bond and they have to go to the castle to separate. She doesn’t want Quince to turn into a merman.

Now we have the second book in the series where Lily and Quince are in love with each other, she has to make a huge decision in her life, she has to bond with someone before her 18th birthday or she will be a normal girl and leave her castle underwater.

But before she can make her mind up, drama comes in the way, her royal cousin who she hates shows up on her doorstep, Doe has been cast out of the sea and can’t go back till she learns her lesson. The only problem is Lily doesn’t know when she will learn her lesson, Lily has to take Doe to school and what does she see her ex-crush and her cousin Doe flirting.

Not only does she think this is the worst idea ever Doe is not abiding by any of the rules. Doe breaks the one rule Lily told her not to do, don’t kiss Brody. You see once a mermaid kisses someone else they become bonded and they are attached to each other. Only the king (lily’s dad) can separate them.

Thankfully everything worked out at the end, happily ever after. There better be a third book!

I really did love this book. I have been waiting forever to read the sequel to forgive my fins and finally it shows up in my mailbox. Fins are forever didn’t disappoint. I love how Tera Lynn Childs can create such an enticing story.
5/5 stars
Profile Image for Amy Jacobs.
837 reviews285 followers
January 31, 2011
I just love it when a sequel can live up to the expectations that a reader has after reading the first book in a series! With Fins Are Forever, the author did an amazing job of making the second book just a fabulous as the first!

Lily is getting ready to turn eighteen and give up her place as future Queen of Thalassinia. She loves the human world and is looking forward to a future with Quince on land. She thought she just had problems with trying to figure out the answers to the SAT questions, but little does she know that bigger problems are about to arrive in the form of her cousin Doe. After Doe is exiled from Thalassinia, she must live with Lily on land and learn to accept humans. Doe loathes humans since the death of her parents a while back and can't stand anything about them. This all starts to change though when Doe meets Brody, Lily's previous crush.

Without getting into too many spoilers, I will say that some of the antics that Doe initiates was hilarious and typical of her spoiled brat personality. I could feel the frustration that Lily was going through in dealing with Doe on land. Even though this is a young adult paranormal read involving an underwater kingdom, the author makes the characters feel like regular humans with ordinary teen problems. Okay, well sometimes they are ordinary teen problems and sometimes they are mermaid problems!

Another amazing and fun book written by a fabulous author! Fins Are Forever is a wonderful follow-up sequel to Forgive My Fins and it definitely did not disappoint!
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702 reviews90 followers
July 8, 2011
How fun was this book!

I liked Forgive My Fins, the first book, but I loved Fins Are Forever. This had more twists and turns than the first one.

I love Lily’s voice. She’s gotten funnier than she was in Forgive My Fins. I can see how she and Quince *sigh* were really the perfect match; jiving and taunting each other playfully then mushily cuddling and saying sweet-nothings the next. I also like seeing her struggle with the human customs such as tests, college, all that sort. She was just so cute being so stressed out and her underwater/sea-related reactions like, “son of a swordfish,” were so entertaining. Quince *heavier sigh* lived up to his perfect boyfriend image, we all know there’s no such thing as a perfect boyfriend, but I love how he befitted the persona. It’s nice to see a deeper side of Doe, who I hated at first, and Brody as well.

I also liked that I got to know more about Lily’s kingdom, Thalassinia, and the other places in the aquatic, mermaid world.

This is such an enjoyable, funny, romantic light read that I finished sooner than I expected.

Although, I do have to ask; is there are third book? 'Coz I'd really be happy if there was.

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746 reviews12 followers
October 12, 2021

So Doe is just a tad spoiled. *Insert Eye roll*

Things tied up really neatly by the end of the book. Mostly, I think, because though the book is supposed to be YA, it really is more juvenile. I mean, yes, Lily is getting ready for college. SATs and all, but the dialogue is a little childish. And on the topic of college, did Lily really have to insult any job that didn't require college? I thought Doe was the snotty one.

The whole Talon story line came in a little late for me. It was like an afterthought rather than something Lily was actually supposed to consider. And to think that Doe set it up, just makes it less believable. Like she would really set up a tsunami to kill all those people just to get exiled for something that she has always challenged? Just no. Not buying it.

And when can the He is always willing to give up the whole world for me, but won't let me make a sacrifice for him trope go away. It isn't romantic, nor is Quince's jealousy. It's toxic, especially for this age group.
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871 reviews54 followers
April 6, 2011
This was a great, fun sequel to Forgive My Fins! I had been so looking forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint! Lily is still such a fun character (and I love her little quips and sayings that have to do with the ocean...although I think there was more in the first book and would have loved there to be more in this one.) And Quince. Sigh. Another "bad boy" type that isn't really a bad boy. Loved him!

This book is definitely a light, fun read. I'm not sure if there is going to be a third book in the series, but if there is one, I'll definitely be picking it up!

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90 reviews10 followers
June 25, 2017
Overall Fine...nothing wow worthy.
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Author 8 books359 followers
November 11, 2017
Just as much fun as the first one! I love that this trilogy is simple, light-hearted fantasy without an epic villain to worry about. It makes for a fun escape from the world for a little while.
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330 reviews92 followers
March 27, 2012
Yet another great underwater story filled with adventures, love and many mishaps. I couldn’t wait to pick this book up after reading the first in the series and I have to say I have not been disappointed yet. I love Lily and her crazy life, funny jealous and sarcastic boyfriend Quince, and of course everything in her life is turned upside down in the novel where she begins to feel the pressures of her actions and choices and needs to decide what is best for both herself and her kingdom.
God, I can’t help but smile whenever I read about Quince. About when he kisses her and when she can barely resist the temptation to touch his biceps at random. I can’t help laughing when she almost flies through the air wanting to strangle her cousin and others need to keep her at bay. And best of all I love when she gets distracted and comes up with funny excuses to her actions.
The character of Lily is a funny awkward girl that carries the world on her shoulders while still trying to remain normal. But, of course, she’s far from normal. This merprincess knows how to hold her own and make a mark in the life of those around her.
The fin flicking tale leaves me wanting more of everything. Sure the romance is fantastic in this novel but the mishaps, the characters, and the beautifully described underwater worlds are what make me want to come back and read more. I smile at the idea of her cleaning algae off the roofs of the buildings and I smile at the idea of her crashing Quince’s motorcycle so many times he’s almost calling the lessons quits. I just love it all.
Lily—very funny, very strong, and very very stubborn.
Quince—this man can be jealous over me anytime. Those biceps, that smile, the wink, the sarcasm, the biker boots, and the love that he has for Lily. What girl wouldn’t swoon over that?
Tellin—this is going to get very interesting
Doe—I like her role in this one
Brody—I like him better in this one
Sadly because Quince and Lily are finally together their banter and sarcasm is less and less and I found this one not as funny as the first. In the first even when they were yelling at each other I was smiling and laughing. But if I have to settle for them being in love…well I guess I can.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall I love Tera Lynn Childs’ writing style. I never find anything wrong with it and never have to re-read it. And the fact that she can remember to put in so much aquatic related slang makes me quite proud to list her as one of my favourite readers. Overall this book was an aquatic adventure that brought me into another world, made me think about our actual world and environment and left me smiling and utterly happy.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a mermaid lover, or someone who loves a romantic comedy (of sorts) this is one for you.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Hush, Hush, 1-800-Where-R-U series, The Mediator Series, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
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9 reviews10 followers
January 19, 2013
Con sommo dispiacere devo ammettere che il secondo capitolo della serie Fins di Tera Lynn Childs mi ha profondamente deluso. Non tanto per il modo di scrivere della Childs, fresco e sicuramente simpatico, neppure per la struttura del libro stesso, semplice ma non per questo mal fatta. A deludermi è stata proprio la storia.
Ciò che avevo apprezzato maggiormente nel primo capitolo di questa serie, Il bacio della Sirena, era il modo di essere della protagonista Lily, così frizzante ed insicuro, così simile al 99% delle teenagers di mia conoscenza (me inclusa), esattamente come la sua “love story” decisamente tormentata con quello che si scoprirà essere il ragazzo della sua vita, Quince – romantica, perfettamente in linea con una storia pensate “per ragazze soltanto”. Niente male pure l'idea di una sirena che abbandona il suo mondo perfetto nascosto nelle profondità dell'oceano per abbracciare la vita sulla terraferma, così differente ma non per questo meno interessante. Tutti questi – e qualche altro – elemento, mi avevano portato a valutare “Il Bacio della Sirena” come un inno all'adolescenza, ai suoi lati negativi piuttosto che a quelli positivi, elementi che io stessa ho vissuto, qualche tempo fa.
Ecco, dopo aver letto “il Destino della Sirena”, mi ritrovo a pensare che la magia del primo libro si sia inabissata nelle profondità di una storia che, ora come ora, non funziona più di tanto..
Quella de Il destino della Sirena, infatti, è una storia alquanto forzata. Un po' perché tra Quince e Lily non succede praticamente nulla di eclatante, un po' per il ruolo che la cugina di Lily, Dosinia, si ritrova a giocare in questo capitolo. Espulsa dal mare per una ragione – assolutamente assurda - che scopriremo soltanto alla fine, si impegnerà per le prime 270 pagine del libro a rendere la vita di Lily un vero inferno fino al momento in cui, dalla 271esima pagina in poi, inizierà a rispettarla e a volerle bene. Scontato, troppo scontato: l'avrei preferita vedere come antagonista, dato che non esiste un vero e proprio antagonista in questo libro. Ciò che spingeva la narrazione de “Il bacio della Sirena” avanti era l'amore che Lily provava prima nei confronti di Brody poi nei confronti di Quince. Ciò che, invece, spinge la narrazione de “Il destino della Sirena” avanti è soltanto il pessimo rapporto che Lily ha con sua cugina ed i problemi che la prima si ritrova ad affrontare a scuola a causa del suo rendimento assolutamente scadente. Tutto troppo limitato, nulla di eclatante, pochi elementi veramente avvincenti. Un vero peccato, la Childs, visto “Il Bacio della Sirena”, avrebbe potuto darci qualcosa in più, il brivido della scoperta magari o la “tensione emotiva” creata da una narrazione veramente avvincente: posto così, “Il destino della sirena” non colpisce, non spicca, non lascia nulla di nuovo.
Il “destino” - molto particolare - di Lily, poi, si compirà soltanto nelle ultime pagine di questo libro che si rivela essere un'enorme preparazione a ciò che avverrà in coda.

Delusa. Fortemente delusa.
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203 reviews
March 25, 2011
So I devoured this in one sitting, and in just a few hours. One thing I love about Tera's writing is her ability to suck you in and never want to look away from the pages. I ended up having rather mixed feelings about this. Maybe it's because I just finished it and haven't had time to process. I just feel like this was filled with so much drama. Tera was feeding the drama llama as I like to say. It was a bit overwhelming to be honest. Lily and Quince overcame the biggest obstacles in the first book, to finally reach their happy ending. They love each other, Lily will be on land to be with Quince, and all without the bond. They deserved some couple time. Did they get it? No.

Dosinia's action for one were completely unbelievable to me. Her motivation? Non-existent! I don't think I could ever forgive her actions just because of a little temper tantrum and a mediocre half-hearted "plan". Plus with what ends up happening with Brody? Selfish much. She really is the spoiled little inconsiderate brat Lily knows she is. However, Doe became likeable towards the end. Doesn't really make up for her earlier blind hatred, but I didn't end up hating her. Lily truly is successful in "reforming" her, but just the fact she had to to begin with was rather annoying.

I was dealing with Doe in the plot just fine until Tellin came into the picture. Tellin is one of Lily's closest childhood friends. He also happens to be the crown prince of the neighboring kingdom. See where this is going? Exactly. *bangs head on wall* While I found Tellin's character to be enjoyable, I didn't think he was a necessary complication to the plot. He just complicated things and made them more pressing. See? The drama llama strikes again.

I still really like Lily and Quince. I think they're fabulous together and have a great relationship. Yet, they're relationship doesn't shine through at all in this book and it kind of disappointed me. I just couldn't help but feel like this was all filler. And if the way this one ended is any indication, there will be further drama to come in the third. And I just have this awful feeling that things are going to get beyond complicated in the most ridiculous sort of way.

I've come to a conclusion about these books. I greatly enjoy them. They're fun, entertaining, filled with romance, and something is ALWAYS happening. But beyond that, they don't really endear themselves to me in the sense of "these are fantastic books" type of way. They're cute. If you're looking for a light hearted love story with spunk then these books are definitely what you are looking for, and that's why I continue to read them. I'm hoping the third book will pull through for me. I really enjoy the story and would hate to see them ruined by too much melodrama.
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214 reviews16 followers
July 19, 2011
Fins are forever by Tera Lynn Childs
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I had so much fin reading this great beach read book. It picks up where the first one left off and the book was very light hearted and fun.
I loved Lily more in this one then I did in the first and Quince was great as well. The characters developed more during this book which was a great thing to see. We got to see more of Doe in this one then in the first, I wish we could have seen more of Aunt Rachel, hopefully in the next one we get to see more of her.
I loved how this one ended and I loved that we got to see a different part so to speak of Thalassinia that was really fun to see.
I am looking forward to the next book. This is a hard book to review without giving anything away, but the book was very fast paced and very fun.

* Hardcover: 272 pages
* Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (June 28, 2011)
* Author: Tera Lynn Childs
* Overall rating: **** 4 out of 5 stars
* Cover Art: I like the cover art on this one better then the first.
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf.
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204 reviews39 followers
June 29, 2011
OH WOW, I love this series!!! This book was Crabbtastic!! In Fins are Forever the story continues right where Forgive My Fins left off with Lily being madly in love with Quince but deciding that she is interested in giving up her crown in Thalassinia as future queen to stay as a human on land forever with her boyfriend Quince and seek out college and a new life.

Forgive my Fins was great and so I had high expectation for Fins are Forever to be equally good!! However, I think that Fins are Forever was better than my expectations! I devoured the book as fast as possible and might even go back through and read it again! You know the author is great when the second book in the series doesn't have the case of "boring middle book" syndrome but is just as exciting as book one!

The new twists of Lily's bratty younger cousin Doe showing up was great! She is one of those characters you hate but find a bit amusing and appealing! The trouble she brings to the book adds a bit of additional humor to the story that is great!

Again, the plot in this series is unlike anything I've ever read and is so engrossing that it is hard to imagine waiting for the additional books in the series to be released! The ending was a bit predictable but still not disappointing in the least.

The romance is of course the most important part of this story and I loved it in Fins are Forever. I wish there were more kissing scenes between Lily and Quince but what Childs gives us is great! There was a mild make-out session between 2 other characters but it was all done very clean and I would say this book is appropriate for any age group!

One of my favorite things about Tera Lynn Childs writing is that her stories are fun, easy going, delightful but so engaging that you are thinking about the story for a long time after reading it and it is hard not to compare every other mermaid book out there to this outstanding series!

This was a great summer read that you should run out and buy even if you are not a young adult! I am almost 30 and this book has made my favorites list! Not sure how I will survive waiting for book 3.
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118 reviews108 followers
June 7, 2011
Read the review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.

Once again Tera Lynn Childs has spun a flippin' fantastic story with her hilarious writing. This sequel to Forgive My Fins is a little more dramatic than the previous, with more romances and a lot more pressure on Lily to make the right decision. Her life seems to be falling apart as she struggles to keep her cousin out of trouble while studying for her SATs, which will probably determine her future on Earth.

Lily has grown a lot, and I'm glad to see that. She was still as funny as before, but she's learned to think things through. However, she's sometimes slow to make decisions, and that indecision aggravated me a bit. Just like the previous book, she's swimming around the issue without really meeting it.

Dosinia, Lily's cousin actually kind of amused me. She didn't make me want to tear my hair out like Lily probably did, but that might've been because Lily's snarky comments about her cousin kind of toned that down. Her cousin, though, does have some jaw dropping moments. Her actions are unbelievable, really. I can't say much else without giving the plot away.

While I do feel that Quince and Lily are perfect for each, I was sad that Quince wasn't present in the book as much. In the first book he obviously showed his love to Lily, but in this one, he just acted like the typical we're-together-now-so-I'm-safe boyfriend not the Lily-Sanderson-I-love-you-that's-why-I-kissed-you-and-I'll-do-anything-for-you boyfriend. I suppose if I read this book right after the first I would still be in love with Quince and everything, but time has passed and that feeling faded before I read this book, so I was just disappointed with Quince this time around.

This is another wonderful story from Tera Lynn Childs that combines humor, romance, and the seemingly fate of the entire human world all into one. It's a light, fun read that's perfect for the beach or any summery day. Fans of fantasy or contemporary alike will enjoy it.
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201 reviews
July 10, 2012
Recently finished reading Forgive My Fins, and though it wasn't my cup of tea, I somehow found myself diving (haha) into the next installment. I will say this for Childs' series - it has me reading at a voracious rate. The writing is inexpert and the storyline is not particularly innovative.. and yet. It's just one of those things. Like you know how Lay's proclaims how you can't just have one? It's true. This is sort of the same thing, except the chips are books in the Fins series, and they don't taste very good. And yet, I just can't stop. In essence, this is my highest praise for this book. Has a READ ME quality to it that calls to me inexplicably.

So the sophomore novel starts about a week after Forgive My Fins left off. It was a bit slow at first, honestly. In the first book, Childs banked on the immediate, ignite-like-wildfire romance that is typical in YA lit to attract her readers. That's why the beginning of this one was a shock for me, because I felt that Lily and Quince had lost some of the smoldering love that was apparent in the previous book. It was almost as if they had somehow transformed into an old, married couple in the span of four days. How? Why? I'm not sure.. but I'm glad it picked up near the end.

The character of Dosinia was just confusing. She shows up out of nowhere, demanding Lily to house her for several weeks, under mandate of the King. She claims she hates humans yet She also acts incredibly immature and bratty towards the beginning of the novel, and by the end, she has suddenly turned into this nearly-perfectly docile, respectful mergirl. What?

Some things. I just don't understand.

Even Ariel doesn't understand her own peeps.
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1,016 reviews10 followers
August 1, 2011
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I was really looking forward to reading this book. I really enjoyed the first Fins book and couldn't wait to read more of Lily and Quince's story.

Lily chose Quince at the end of Forgive my Fins, which meant she had to give up her roayl heritage and remain on land with him. However as her 18th birthday get closer she questions whether she has chosen the correct thing. Yes, she loved Quince more than anyone, she doesn't doubt that but is giving up her right to rule the right thing to do.
Should she choose duty or follow her heart?

I honestly think I like the first book better than this one but I don't think this lacks in any way. They are both incredible books with amazing characters. I fell in love with Quince even more. I just love him. He's one of the characters that you fall in love with and pray that they are real.
I love Lily, she's amazing and I loved her journey throughout this book. I love that the audience felt her confusion over what was going on and you wait with bated breath to find out what she is going to choose. I really loved everything about this book.
Apart from Dosinia. I really didn't like her in the first book and I didn't like her in this book either. I do like the journey she went through and how she developed a lot in this book. I didn't like her at first but I felt she changed so much throughout the book that you really can't help but like her in the end. I think I may have preferred the first book because it was Lily and Quince's love story whereas this felt more like Doe and Brody's love story but with Lily choosing her future.

Still and amazing book and I really hope Tera Lynn Childs decides to write some more books in this series. I really like this series and really want to know what happens next.
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82 reviews42 followers
February 3, 2017
Non mi è piaciuto particolarmente perché la trama aveva molti elementi che sembravano "riciclati", tipo Dosinia, la bad girl che si innamora del ragazzo "buono" (Brody è diventato un molliccio sentimentale) e diventa "buona" anche lei.

Quince non dava corda praticamente a niente di quello che diceva Lily, continuando a dirle che prendeva troppo le cose dal lato sbagliato. Alla fine si scopre che è così, ma nei momenti in cui lo fa si rende ridicolo e basta. Si è ammorbidito troppo anche lui.

Lily passa il 70% del libro a parlare di come è difficile aumentare i suoi voti e andare all'università dopo 4 anni di sufficienze. Che ingiustizia, eh?
Tutto per il suo nuovo sogno di diventare biologa... così, invece di STUDIARE le creature marine, può aiutare il suo popolo. Sensato.

Lista a caso di cose che non mi sono piaciute del libro:
- Lily si arrabbia in continuazione
- Quince ha un atteggiamento di sufficienza verso Lily ogni volta che la ragazza gli comunica una propria decisione o opinione, ed è stupidamente geloso nei confronti della sua fidanzata ma non comprende la gelosia di Lily
- Tellin, da determinato e manipolatore, nelle ultime pagine diventa un sentimentale anche lui. Trasformazione completa.
- Lily non tratta la sua migliore amica meglio del libro 1
- Lily non segue neanche una di tutte le scelte "importanti" che fa nel corso del libro

Almeno il libro è scritto (relativamente) bene...
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291 reviews187 followers
September 8, 2011
2.5 stars

This series should have ended with book one. Forgive My Fins was a fluffy, funny beach read, but the plot in this sequel has nowhere to go. Creating unnecessary melodrama does not a plot make. And based on the said melodrama, it appears there will be even ANOTHER book.

Part of my problem with this series? I do not like Lily as a character. She whined and nagged and shrieked for most of book one, but I tolerated it because Quince's devotion was so adorable and there were some funny lines. But book two? Lily hasn't changed much, and there's not enough Quince to make up for it. And maybe it's the love of a Republic in me, but I don't see why it's so important Lily become queen someday. Why is she better suited to be the leader of a kingdom, just because her dad was the king? The plot struggles to make something of substance out of nothing, and major eye rolls ensue with the trying-too-hard melodrama at the end. For me, I'll just pretend Forgive My Fins was the end.
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147 reviews56 followers
January 2, 2013
Trovo che questo secondo volume sia molto più coinvolgente dell'impressione che, a primo impatto, la storia in toto messa in luce nel capitolo precedente potrebbe dare, come è successo con me. Sono contenta di avergli dato una possibilità, così da aver potuto apprezzare maggiormente questa trama particolare e romantica. Lily è un personaggio niente male
Adoro i misteri, gli intrighi, i segreti dai ragionamenti contorti e l'atmosfera dark e pericolosa dei romanzi urban fantasy, è stato principalmente questo -e il fatto che lo stile non mi avesse convinto per la sua semplicità- a farmi dubitare delle potenzialità di questa serie. Si tratta di storia dai tratti teneri, quasi fiabeschi -certo, più nella trama che nello stile-, un young adult che racchiude la difficile e complessa emotività tipica degli adolescenti alle prese con i primi amori e le incertezze per il futuro, quando questo sembra troppo grande e pieno di difficoltà per essere alla loro portata... continua qui: http://sentimentitralepaginediunlibro...
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