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Fins by Ashley L. Knight
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Jul 18, 2012

it was amazing

In its first few pages, Fins seems like your archetypal YA holiday romance story. Teenage Morgan is on her way to spend some time in Florida with her mother, whom she hasn’t seen for a couple of years. Mom sounds like your typical hippie mother – more interested in travelling around having a good time than worrying about her daughter. Yet there’s much more here than meets the eye.
Soon, Morgan learns the life-changing and seemingly incredible fact that she comes from a line of mermaids. Her Mom is a mermaid, Mom’s husband Tammer is a merman, and Morgan has a half-sister, Naira, who is also a mermaid. And just as this impossible news starts to freak Morgan out, guess what? Her body begins its own transformation, forcing her to face some of the toughest moments of her life.
Fins is a wonderful coming-of-age story, a tale of developing relationships. Yet it’s also a story of courage, of digging deep, of defending what you love. A spiraling family feud threatens Morgan’s new-found life before she’s even had a chance to accept it, and the man of her dreams, her true soul mate, also stands to lose his life. Morgan will have to do much more than embrace her heritage in order to protect them.
Ashley Knight’s prose runs strongly like the tide, and Morgan’s voice flows clear as tropical waters. Highly recommended YA fantasy.
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