Fins Are Forever (Fins Series #2)

Fins Are Forever (Fins Series #2)

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by Tera Lynn Childs
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rebecca Moore
In two weeks, Princess Waterlily, heir presumptive to the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, will turn eighteen and give up her place in the royal succession. She has chosen instead a life on land with her true love and next-door neighbor, Quince, even if it means taking the SATs. Then Lily's infuriating, human-hating cousin, Dosinia, arrives on land, exiled from the sea by Lily's father for enigmatic reasons. Doe must remain ashore until she comes to appreciate humans, and it is Lily's thankless (and luckless) task to assist her. Soon an outrageous act of Doe's forces Lily back to Thalassinia, where a childhood friend begs her to rethink her decision to give up the crown—to put duty over self. Lily had thought herself sure of her choice, but now she must decide again what really matters. This sequel to Forgive My Fins is a light romantic fantasy in which the mermaid kingdom differs from our world only in being underwater. Mermaids wear dresses, play with "Oceanista" dolls, eat Philadelphia rolls, and use such expressions as "a swordfish to the heart." Disney fans will feel right at home. Other readers, however, may not choose to be part of this world. Characters and relationships are two dimensional, the plot makes little sense, and Lily's endless and repetitive internal agonizing tries readers' patience. Direct those in search of more depth about intelligent mythological creatures to such thoughtful works as Robin McKinley's Pegasus (Putnam, 2010/VOYA February 2011). Reviewer: Rebecca Moore
VOYA - Rebecca Lin
This book puts fantasy together with a new modern twist. The story line has not been used before and grabs readers' attention, and the amazing setting details make one feel right there. The realistic characters have problems to solve just like us; however, when they talk about their kingdom, readers may find the kingdom confusing or hard to relate to because, unless they have read the first book, they have not seen anything similar. Reviewer: Rebecca Lin, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews

The second installment to Childs' mermaid-princess adventure (after Forgive My Fins, 2010) takes up just weeks after the Seaview high schooler has resolved to renounce her title to the underwater Thalassinia throne and become a "terraped" college-bound senior.

Princess Waterlily, daughter of King Whelk, would rather settle down as the plebian Lily Sanderson with her boyfriend, Quince—the pesky neighbor of the former tale, now love-object—than assume her royal Thalassinian duties. Or would she? Lily makes a perfunctory stab at studying for her SATs and applying to a marine-biology program at a community college, when she is distracted by the sudden visit of her despised younger cousin, Dosinia. Sent by the king to live with Lily and her Aunt Rachel in order to learn how to appreciate humans, the flirtatious Doe charms Lily's old crush Brody instantly—even bonding with him by kiss!—and generally making Lily's life miserable in the two weeks leading up to her 18th birthday, when she plansto renounce the throne. Childs works in plenty of sea-worthy puns, though the plotting feels a little fishy and repetitive in this insistently lovey-dovey tale. Moreover, Lily's cavalier ambivalence about assuming her patriotic duties and her air-brained negligence of her academic pursuits seem sadly retrograde.

For established fans of the first. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061914683
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
Fins Series, #2
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
299,683
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Tera Lynn Childs (Authora neo) is a newly discovered species of authorfish who always dreamed of being a mermaid but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. She loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water (until her fingertips turn all pruny) in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, Authora neo can be found writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online.

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