GoodReads Description: Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
My Thoughts: 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 got this really annoying (see: intriguing) neighborish boy, Quince, watching her every move. Naturally, he's in love with her and sees her for the beautiful mythical creature that she is, instead of the freak she assumes to be. But she has her eyes on superjock manslut Brody, with his abundance of luscious curls and hey, he swims like Michael Phelps. Lily is convinced that he will be her mermate in life, once she kisses him with her fishy bondage-wielding lips.
Lily is an okay heroine, but suffers from extreme lack of awareness. She's stubborn and naïve and insecure. I didn't love her, but she was tolerable.
Quince is my favorite character in the novel, though he comes off as quite the doormat. He's got some really cute lines though. Go Quince! Lily's obsession with Brody gets annoying and is rather unwarranted (as most high school crushes are), as there's no real chemistry between the two.
The world is enjoyable, but extremely similar to that of The Little Mermaid. Trident-wielding (I realize I've used this word twice) King? Check. Secret Grotto where the light from the world above shines in? Check. I liked it, though.
A solid effort from Tera Lynn Childs. There is a cliffhanger, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where this story goes in "Fins are Forever," due out next year.
Series?: Fins are Forever, the sequel, is due out Summer 2011.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Katherine Tegan Books, 293 pages (June 1, 2010)
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