Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Goodreads Description: "Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but for Lily Sanderson, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily has a secret, and it’s not her huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. 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 she discovered three years ago that her mother was actually a human, Lily finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been going to Seaview High ever since. Living on 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 finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned."

My Review: A fun, frothy (heh) chick-lit read. It's nothing EXTREMELY special but it's girly and sweet. Anyone fond of enchanting fantasy sort of things and pearls and...well, just GIRLYNESS will love this book! The romance is cute, all the details about her mermaid life are cute, everything is just really cute. I wouldn't say it's tremendously well-written, but it kept me reading and intrigued, and I laughed out loud a few times, so it was definitely on the right track. As far as YA chick-lit books go, this one was pretty good, and the cute little magical touch (I won't call it paranormal---that sounds far too serious for this book) made it all the more adorable. I consider this a grown-up version of the middle-grade book The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler, which is not at all a bad thing, since that's a pretty good MG series!

Cover: I'm sorry, I find this cover ADORABLE. The color theme is all aquatic and cute and her makeup is so cool! I'm sure mermaids in the story don't really look like that, but it's a fantastic way to portray mermaids on the cover of a book! It's really pretty!

Overall Grade: A-

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