Fins Are Forever

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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, 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 ...

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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 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
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
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)

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In the opening pages of this charming sequel to Forgive My Fins (HarperCollins, 2010), half-human, half-mermaid Waterlily has her life planned out. As of midnight on her 18th birthday, she will renounce her title as future queen of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia in exchange for life on land with her human true love, Quince. Her only concern? Passing her SATs. Then a turn of the tides brings bratty cousin Doe to her doorstep. Exiled without her Mer powers for acting on her grudge against humanity, Doe must learn to appreciate the human world before being welcomed back to the sea. And it's Lily's responsibility to teach her how to do so. All is going swimmingly until an unexpected blast from Lily's past washes ashore and proposes an unorthodox way to unite the two worlds. Now Lily is caught in a riptide between what her heart wants and what her head knows is right. Childs has crafted a delightful tale populated with likable characters and imaginative settings. With mermaid fiction on a rise in popularity, this bubbly, lighthearted romance is sure to make a splash.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In the opening pages of this charming sequel to Forgive My Fins (HarperCollins, 2010), half-human, half-mermaid Waterlily has her life planned out. As of midnight on her 18th birthday, she will renounce her title as future queen of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia in exchange for life on land with her human true love, Quince. Her only concern? Passing her SATs. Then a turn of the tides brings bratty cousin Doe to her doorstep. Exiled without her Mer powers for acting on her grudge against humanity, Doe must learn to appreciate the human world before being welcomed back to the sea. And it's Lily's responsibility to teach her how to do so. All is going swimmingly until an unexpected blast from Lily's past washes ashore and proposes an unorthodox way to unite the two worlds. Now Lily is caught in a riptide between what her heart wants and what her head knows is right. Childs has crafted a delightful tale populated with likable characters and imaginative settings. With mermaid fiction on a rise in popularity, this bubbly, lighthearted romance is sure to make a splash.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061914683
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 450,379
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of several books for teens, including the first two books in the Sweet Venom series, the mermaid romances Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just for Fins, as well as another mythology-inspired series, including Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp. Although Tera always dreamed of discovering a secret twin (or triplet), she is sad to report she remains an only child.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    More Fishy Fun!

    My thoughts...Fins are forever is a fun continuation of the first book, Forgive My Fins.

    Remember Doe from the first book? She is the evil cousin who despises all humans. Well, she's back and commands attention in Fins Are Forever. She was exiled and now it is Lily's responsibility to help her see the error of her ways. On top of that, Lilly has to deal with the fact that she will be forever relinquishing her title of Princess to be with her true love.

    This installment started off a bit slow, but then wrapped me up in Lily's dilemmas. The story was fun and humorous at times. The most impressive part was the amount of character development. All of the characters showed growth. As in the first book, I really enjoyed the visual effects provided by the Tera Lynn Child's writing style. I could imagine myself visiting the underwater land of Thalassinia.

    If you have not read Forgive My Fins, I would recommend you start there. Fins Are Forever is a fun read for kids of all ages.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    This was a very interesting read that I enjoyed. Highly Recommended.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    When Is A Challenge to Hard?

    Fins are Forever is the second book in the Fins Series by Tera Lynn Childs, and it left me satisfied and wanting more.

    FIF brings us back to the tail, harhar, of Lily right on the cusp of her being ready to relinquish her title as Princess of Thalassinia. On her eighteenth birthday she needs to make the choice of ruling or staying above the waves.

    If things were not already hectic for Lily being seventeen and on the needs of choosing her future, she is looking for colleges, getting romantic and soon finds a new responsibility: Doe.

    FiF was a fantastic read. We see Lily caught in the middle of responsibility, romance, and an eagerness to fulfill the things she wants partnered with the tasks needed to complete it.

    Tera Lynn Childs takes us back under the waves and into a whole new adventure with the characters that we all so loved from Forgive My Fins, and the finish leaves us hungering for the nest installment of the series

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Makes a Splash!

    The Fins series is a complete joy to read. I absolutely loved Lily and Quince in Forgive My Fins, and I was so glad to get to dive back into their world with book two, Fins Are Forever. The mermaid world that Tera Lynn Childs has created is one that completely swept me away. I have loved mermaids since my Disney days, but I think this series is my favorite books about mermaids.


    In this book Lily is struggling with SAT prep, college applications, and so much more, when suddenly her childhood nemesis shows up. Doe, her cousin, has been exiled, and it's Lily's last duty as princess to rehabilitate her and teach Doe to love humans. This scenario leads to some hilarious and snarky moments between the two girls who love each, and hate each other, all at the same time. After growing up together, they really know which buttons to push to get the must affect, and push them they do! It's one crazy girl fight you don't want to miss.


    Of course, Lily and Quince are also one of my all time favorite book couples and we get to see how their relationship has grown and evolved in this book. I actually wish we had more alone moments between them, but they're relationship was so solidly built in the previous book, and still done so well in this book, it really wasn't needed. I just love them so much I can't help but want more and more scenes with them. What can I say, I'm greedy!


    Overall, this was a great sequel to Forgive My Fins and I cannot wait to see where Tera Lynn Childs takes this series and these characters next. The story was a full of laughs, turmoil, and surprises. There are so many great characters, and great relationships, that I couldn't help but become completely invested and I devoured Fins Are Forever in one sitting. If you haven't started this series, I urge you to pick up a copy of Forgive my Fins now! If you have, Fins Are Forever releases today, so rush out and get your copy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Good Sequel

    Fins Are Forever starts one week after the end of the first book, Forgive My Fins. I like how the story line picks up from there and keeps moving. I loved the romantic dilemma/ arguing that took place during the first book. It's refreshing when the love interest couple hate each other in the beginning. This book didn't have as much of that. I still was interested with the problems and decisions Lily had to face, and I wanted to see how it all would turn out for her and Quince.

    We get to know Brody, Lily's huge crush in book one, and Dosinia, Lily's younger cousin, a little more. Both characters you might not like at first, but they just might grow on you.

    Things are tense and suspenseful because there are huge decisions Lily has to make with non-negotiable time limits that affect her future. Lily is trying to do well on the SATs so she can get into college, and she still has to renounce her title as princess.

    It's a fun book! I really enjoyed it. What girl hasn't pretending to be a mermaid?! With a backyard pool growing up I was a mermaid every summer. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Great book!

    What I liked most about this book is the great plot line. I adore the first book and this book picked up right where it left off. The characters in this book really grew up from the last. I like that this time around there was more drama in the Kingdom and family. This element in the book made for a good read cause it felt more familiar to the reader. We got to see lily struggle family wise as well as other things.

    Lily knew more and is more mature than the last book. I like that she understood the consequences and didn't take things lightly. I loved that she tried to help everyone. No matter what she is doing she dropped everything to help. Lily showed some great characters in becoming the future princess if she chose it. She looked at situations from every point of view, thought it thoroughly and made the decision.

    The love interest in this book is sweet and predictable. I like it like this cause it didn't over power the book or the main plot line. Ms. Childs wrote the book in a perfect balance so it didn't over throw the reader. The reader is able to find drama in the family problems and also find peace in Lily's relationship.

    I adored reading this book. It is a perfect sequel to an amazing series. Nothing like your average mermaid tale, Fins Are Forever takes the reader on a great underwater reading adventure!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Fin-tastic!

    FINS ARE FOREVER, by Tera Lynn Childs, is the anticipated sequel to Forgive My Fins (My Review). With Lily and Quince together and Lily willingly giving up her place in succession you would think they could live happily ever after right? Wrong! Once again we are thrown overboard into the deep sea full of troubles for Lily.

    It is rare that I like books in a series equally. Usually one book holds prevalence over the other but for once this is not the case! I was wholly impressed with this book just as I was the first. I enjoyed jumping back into the story of Princess Waterlily and experiencing Childs' fantastic world under the sea.

    Yay for Lily and Quince! I was so happy to read about their relationship once more, and in this book it was a more positive one for sure. With the whole Lily being obsessed with Brody thing over, I was excited to sit back and watch this relationship grow and blossom. But as with any good book, nothing stays perfect for long. Doe, Lily's snobby little cousin, shows up in human form and creates a whirlpool of insanity.

    I liked the journey that Childs created for her characters. There were so many twists and turns I did not know what Lily would ultimately do with herself. And with the intrusion of Doe and Tellin in her life, the lines became even more blurred for our heroine.

    Fans of the first book will love this one. Childs brought back all of the beloved characters from the first with a few more introduced into the mix. Her talent for creativity flourished once again in her amazing visuals of Lily's home in the water. I am not sure if there are current plans for more books in this series but Childs definitely has a new huge fan!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    I couldn't stop reading it!!!

    I absolutely LOVED Forgive My Fins, the detail and description in the scenery and characters was most riveting!! I loved it so much i just kept reading it over and over again lol. I was so excited when it came out this morning. I love this small series so much, i pre-ordered it MONTHS ago lol. I hope Tera Lynn keeps writing fabulous books like these!! :)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    CANT+WAIT%21%21%21%21%21%21%21%21%21%21%21%21

    Omg+i+like+totally+cant+wait+to+read+fins+are+forever%21+The+first+book+forgive+my+fins+was+so+amazing%21+I+just+hope+after+this+book+there+could+be+another+book.+All+the+drama+and+love+between+lily+and+quince+was+so+intersting.+If+doe+goes+off+and+try+to+take+quince+from+lily+its+going+to+be+one+heck+of+a+book.+And+all+of+the+people+who+didnt+like+the+first+book+go+eat+so+cow+poo.+

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Cant+wait

    Its+gonna+be+soo+good%21+I+CANT+WAIT+ANY+LONGER%21%0A

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Awesome book. I read it more than once :)

    Awesome book. I read it more than once :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Fun and Flirty with Fins

    Fins are Forever is a fun read. If your in the mood for something light and refreshing add this one to your summer reading.

    Being royalty shouldn't be a pain in the caudal fin. Lily Sanderson's life should be perfect. She is a princess after all. Unfortunately Lily has a lot of figuring out to do. Her whole life has been dedicated to her future, and her duty to be the best queen possible. Lil is torn between her life, love, and family ashore, and her duty, and kingdom at sea. Life as she has always planned and prepared for has drastically changed. Without being in a bonded coupling by her eighteenth birthday Lily can't become crown princess, and the one person she wants to bond with is immune.

    So Lily has to plan for the life unexpected. One lived on land. She has decided to abdicate her throne. Lily has chosen love and Quince over Queendom. It's too bad she didn't take school more seriously. With less than a month before graduation Lily is trying her best to salvage her academic career so she can go to college.

    But fate and her family are about to make things even more difficult, when her human hating cousin, Dosinia is exiled to shore it becomes Lily's last duty as princess to educate Doe on the ways of the human world. But Doe has plans of her own. She's causing all kinds of mischief that's got Lily swimming in circles. Adding to the already mounting tension is the addition of a guppyhood friend who offers Lily a solution to her conflicting dilemma between love and duty. But is the offer worth the possible sacrifices.

    Childs packs the story with relatable situations for her teenage audience. Lily's struggle with finding her own way in the world is as endearing as her quirky slang. A lot of YA being published today are really pushing the boundaries of young and adult. Most seem to cater to an older age range. Fins are Forever does have one heavy petting make out scene, which is quite tame. I think this book has some great lessons and is perfectly appropriate for the genre and age group. This book made a splash with solid story lines, interesting characters, and wonderful threads for a third installment. Fins are Forever is a great beachside read.

    Holy Bannannafish! This book is Frogging Crabbtastic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    To Read or not to read? TO READ!

    What little girl didn't want to be a mermaid at one point in her life? (Or possibly still want it at age 26!?) That was my first thought when I got my hands on Tera Lynn Childs' first mermaid book, Forgive My Fins. And it definitely left me wanting more. So I was very excited to break open the sequel, Fins are Forever.
    In Fins are Forever, Lily Sanderson is living a happy, terraped life on land, relishing in her new-found love for the hunky Quince Fletcher. Of course, there's the minor irritations like SATs, college apps and that on her 18th birthday she'll be giving up her claim to the throne of Thalassinia. No biggie. But then, her younger cousin Dosinia shows up on her doorstep and throws everything for a loop. How do you teach a mergirl who hates humans to fit in amongst them? Doe's presence in Lily's world gives her second thoughts on the world she'll be leaving behind, and she's even more confused when yet another guppyhood friend arrives unannounced. Suddenly, there are more fins than feet in Aunt Rachel's house and Lily has to find her place torn between the two worlds above and below the waves.

    What I liked: 1) The cover - AWESOME! I'm already trying to figure out how to do my makeup like that next Halloween. 2) I loved Quince (I was ALWAYS rooting for Quince, from the beginning)! Lily grows up a lot in this book, and I was glad because I thought she was a little naive in the first book. And Doe is delightfully bratty, but in her own way, she comes through for her family in the end. 3) The setting - this is the most magical thing about this story, the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. For me (the girl who harbors a not-so-secret desire to be a mermaid), it's like Disney World, the Mall of America, and the world's largest bookstore all rolled into one! Ms. Childs describes a place of wonder and magic that couldn't belong anywhere but under the sea.

    What I didn't like: The cynic in me (who rarely rears its ugly head) thought that maybe it was a little too easy for Lily to get what she wants. Surely there are bound to be some issues regarding the...well, her final decisions. Another book perhaps? Actually, there was nothing that I didn't like about this book.

    Overall thoughts: I thought this was a fun, sweet, and lighthearted read, one that I know I'll enjoy reading again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were following Lily again. After the teaser at the end of Forgive My Fins, I was expecting to be following Doe's story. Dear Ms. Childs: More Mermaids, please!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    So cute!!!

    Ever since Lily stepped on land to be with Quince and finish her human schooling, she has never been more stressed. The SAT's are coming up and her grades could use some hard work. Then the earth moves (literally!) and her bratty cousin Dosinia shows up on her doorstop. Exiled from their underwater home, Doe will hanging out with lily and her Aunt Rachel for a while. As if this isn't enough already, it quickly becomes clear that Lily's former crush Brody is interested in Doe. And an ex-flame with an agenda comes back into her life as well. With so much going on, Lily's impending 18th birthday seems like the least of her problems!

    As the second book in the series, I think Fins Are Forever is better than the first book, Forgive My Fins. This is definitely one of the sillier mermaid stories I have read, but the quirks that annoyed me in the first book were so much more enjoyable in this one. Like the fish talk and sea-sayings. They were totally cute in this story! Perhaps I was just drawn to the Good Girl/Bad Girl plot line between Lily and Doe. The scenes with them together were the best! I also have to say it was refreshing to see a YA character who is struggling with their grades, instead of passing over school subjects as though they didn't matter. I really liked the way Quince and Lily interacted with each other, too. At first it seemed a little abrupt, especially after all they went through in the first book. But I quickly settled in to the Lily/Quince lifestyle. If you made it through the first one, be sure to pick up this next installment. It's totally worth the read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Crabbtastic and Delicious

    OH WOW, I love this series!!! This book was Crabbtastic!! In Fins are Forever the story continues right where Forgive My Fins left off with Lily being madly in love with Quince but deciding that she is interested in giving up her crown in Thalassinia as future queen to stay as a human on land forever with her boyfriend Quince and seek out college and a new life.

    Forgive my Fins was great and so I had high expectation for Fins are Forever to be equally good!! However, I think that Fins are Forever was better than my expectations! I devoured the book as fast as possible and might even go back through and read it again! You know the author is great when the second book in the series doesn't have the case of "boring middle book" syndrome but is just as exciting as book one!

    The new twists of Lily's bratty younger cousin Doe showing up was great! She is one of those characters you hate but find a bit amusing and appealing! The trouble she brings to the book adds a bit of additional humor to the story that is great!

    Again, the plot in this series is unlike anything I've ever read and is so engrossing that it is hard to imagine waiting for the additional books in the series to be released! The ending was a bit predictable but still not disappointing in the least.

    The romance is of course the most important part of this story and I loved it in Fins are Forever. I wish there were more kissing scenes between Lily and Quince but what Childs gives us is great! There was a mild make-out session between 2 other characters but it was all done very clean and I would say this book is appropriate for any age group!

    One of my favorite things about Tera Lynn Childs writing is that her stories are fun, easy going, delightful but so engaging that you are thinking about the story for a long time after reading it and it is hard not to compare every other mermaid book out there to this outstanding series!

    This was a great summer read that you should run out and buy even if you are not a young adult! I am almost 30 and this book has made my favorites list! Not sure how I will survive waiting for book 3.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Ahhhhh!!!

    I think I might die waiting for this book. To all the peiple that didn't likee the last one..... go listn to some cee lo green. ( FORGET YOU!!!!)

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Highly Recommend if you like mermaids!

    This is an awesome continuation of Forgive My Fins. The writer has an uncanny ability to keep you hooked all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Great book

    Great book . You should read it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Storm

    Stormspirit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Great

    What a great series!!!! Wish there were more!!! It's a quick read!!!

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