Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, proceed with caution.
I’ve been oddly fascinated by mermaids since I saw The Little Mermaid years ago. I’ve always loved the water (even though I’m terrified of sharks and jellyfish), and I’m certain that humans will never know all there is to know about the ocean. Could there be mermaids or other mysterious creatures below the surface? I don’t know, but it’s definitely fun to read about, and Tera Lynn Childs’ mermaid books definitely fall into the “fun” cagegory. When I read Forgive My Fins, I likened it to a combination of The Little Mermaid and The Princess Diaries. Those comparisons continue in the sequel, Fins Are Forever.
Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs picks up where Forgive My Fins left off. Lily has made her decision to renounce the throne of Thalassinia to spend her life on land with Quince, the love of her life. She will formally renounce her royal title after her eighteenth birthday, which is just a few weeks away. But a lot can happen in a few weeks…
Now that Lily will be staying on land for the forseeable future, she has to deal with life after high school. Unfortunately, she hasn’t really been focused on grades and preparing for college until now. Her GPA is less than stellar, and the dreaded SATs are looming. How can Lily possibly become a marine biologist–and help the kingdom of Thalassinia from land–if she can’t even get into college?
To add to Lily’s stress-filled life, her cousin Dosinia has arrived to further complicate matters. It seems that Doe has been exiled, and it is up to Lily to educate the pest on how to appreciate humans and live among them. It’s not an easy task. Doe is a brat who is used to getting her way, and living on land is not going to change that. And when Doe bonds with Lily’s former crush, Brody, things go from bad to worse. Now, Lily has to clean up Doe’s mess when her own life is messy enough.
Lily is about to lose it. The pressure is really getting to her, and the sudden appearance of a childhood friend, Tellin, is about to complicate her life even more. He plants an idea in her head that has her questioning the decisions she’s made, especially her decision to give up the throne. Lily is torn between her love for Quince and her duty to her home. Is there any way she can have both, or will she be torn between two worlds forever? Read Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs to find out!
Even though I thought Fins Are Forever was a little more serious than Forgive My Fins, I liked it just as much. It was a light, quick read that was full of humor. Both of these books are perfect for some fun summer reading. Just imagine reading these books at the beach, looking out over the ocean, and thinking “what if…”
I’m not sure if there will be more books in this series, but I hope there will be. I’m anxious to see where Lily’s story goes from here. For now, though, you can visit the author’s website at http://www.teralynnchilds.com/ for more information on the Fins series and other awesome books. Enjoy!