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Forgive My Fins (Fins Series #1)

Forgive My Fins (Fins Series #1)

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by Tera Lynn Childs

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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


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—the instant 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seventeen-year-old Lily is not like the other girls at her high school--indistinguishable from humans in her two-legged form, she’s secretly a half-human, half-mermaid princess from the undersea kingdom of Thalassina. Lily has been obsessed with swimming star Brody for three years, and the time has come to tell him how she feels, reveal her secret, and take him to live with her under the sea as her bonded mermate. Unfortunately, a surprise kiss from her next-door nemesis, Quince, bonds them together instead. There’s only one way out: take Quince to Thalassinia and beg her father to break the attachment before it becomes permanent. But Quince secretly loves Lily and has one week to convince Lily not to let him go. Childs’s (Goddess Boot Camp) effervescent storytelling conveys the delicate tension of first love, and her characters are sympathetic and charming; Lily’s frequent aquatic exclamations (“Speak of the devilfish”) are indicative of the book’s brand of humor. This sweet mix of magic, romance, and teen drama will leave readers satisfied, even as they hope Quince and Lily’s story will continue. Ages 12-up. (June)
ALA Booklist
“Full of fishy expressions, mermaid lore, and breathless underwater kisses, this lighter-than-air read will charm teens and tween girls who prefer their supernatural romances to be more Meg Cabot than Stephenie Meyer.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"you can’t ask for a much more perfect beach read"
Alyson Noël
“Tera Lynn Childs has created an enchanting world of romance, magic and endearing characters you can’t help but root for. FORGIVE MY FINS had me hooked from page one, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in its sequel! I simply adored this book!”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“you can’t ask for a much more perfect beach read”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“you can’t ask for a much more perfect beach read”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“you can’t ask for a much more perfect beach read”
Alyson Noel
"Tera Lynn Childs has created an enchanting world of romance, magic and endearing characters you can’t help but root for. FORGIVE MY FINS had me hooked from page one, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in its sequel! I simply adored this book!"
Jessica Long
Being a teenage girl is tough, especially when there is a boy you can't live without. Lily Sanderson has been trying to catch the attention of the god-like Brody Bennett for the past three years. She has been waiting to tell him a secret that must be kept quiet. She is half human, half-mermaid. Not just any mermaid, that is, but the princess of a kingdom called Thalassinia. When Lily found out her mom was human, she decided to see how she fit in on land. After her love at first sight encounter with Brody, she knows he is the one she wants to join her when she rules Thalassinia. Her plan to kiss Brody goes all wrong with a case of mistaken identity. Lily must figure out how to break the bond she made by kissing her sworn enemy—Quince Fletcher. Will her true love be who she thinks? Reviewer: Jessica Long
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Take one part "Little Mermaid," and combine it with an equal helping of "The Princess Diaries," and mix it with some groan-worthy undersea puns, and the result is the story of Lily Sanderson. The book works perfectly on an entertaining level. Lily has taken a leave from her mer-princess duties to live on the land as her mother did. The caveat is that she must meet her intended "mermate" by her eighteenth birthday and ascend to the throne of Thalassia. Lily fixates on the high school hunk, Brody, a swimming ace who seems to have all the makings of an underwater consort: good looks, oozing confidence, colossal ego, and comfort in the water—think Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" and add water. Lily's next-door neighbor, Quince, warns her about Brody's shallowness, but her obsession goes beyond common sense. Meanwhile, Quince, a motorcycle-maintaining landlubber, has his own plans to make Lily see that his feelings for her are as deep as the sea. A simple first kiss binds the two in a mer-betrothal that Lily is determined to dissolve, only to discover, too late, that the emotions she feels for Quince are the opposite of hate. This book is certainly a bit of sea foam, but it is an enjoyable read with enough romance for a Lifetime movie. Meanwhile, the epilogue makes clear that a sequel will follow, and once teen girls find this sweet and unsalty romance, there will be plenty of requests for more of the same. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
VOYA - Rebecca Moore
Lily has loved Brody for three years, and is determined finally to do something about it—if only Quince, her annoying Brad Pitt-look-a-like neighbor, will stop interfering. The last straw is when Lily plans to meet Brody one night, but Quince shows up. Unfortunately, Lily does not discover this until she and Quince have shared a soul-searing kiss...and activated a magical bond because, although Lily looks human, she is a mermaid, and mermaids bond for life. Now the pair must swim to Lily's undersea kingdom, Thalassinia, so her father (the king) can perform a separation. Strangely, though,she is reluctant to dissolve the bond—-as is Quince. As Quince and Lily bicker their way through Thalassinia, high school, and the archaic trials Lily's father requires, will Lily finally see what everyone else does? This squeaky-clean romance is Hannah Montana- meets-The Little Mermaid-meets -Sweet Valley High—with decidedly mixed results. Its overabundance of cheesy sea references ("He scared the carp out of me") and even cheesier ocean-equivalencies ("finkinis") would better fit a book for younger readers. Characters and motivations are about as deep as a tide pool, convenient mermaid powers and restrictions abound, and the ending is blindingly obvious from page one. Thalassinia, although beautifully described, is a sanitized idyll straight out of Disney. Nevertheless, young girls who love princesses, mermaids, and fluffy romances will drink it up. Reviewer: Rebecca Moore
VOYA - Serena Liu
Childs presents well-worn and potentially cliched themes—hidden royal identities, life-bonds, and falling for the boy next door—with refreshing humor and originality. Light and engaging, the novel reads easily, marred only occasionally by implausible, contrived situations, such as the resolution to Lily's obsessive crush on Brody. Loose ends are tied a bit too neatly, but, overall, the story makes for a diverting, fun read and will likely appeal to its young adult audience. Reviewer: Serena Liu, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Lily, 17, is a mermaid princess living on land and attending a high school where no one knows her real identity. She needs to find a mate before she turns 18 in order to inherit the throne. Her big crush on Brody is going nowhere until her obnoxious neighbor, Quince, intervenes. A surprise kiss from the wrong boy leads to a tidal wave of unexpected consequences. In this lighthearted and mostly enjoyable novel, Childs stretches the relationship drama out perhaps a little too long for impatient readers, but the end result is sweet and satisfying. The ending hints of more mermaid tales to come.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Imaginative sea-mythology elements help perk up the formulaic boy-crazy plot in Childs's bubbly novel. At 17, Thalassinian mermaid Lily has been landlubbing for the last three years at Seaview High School on the Florida coast in an effort to feel more connected to her mother, a "terraped," who died shortly after Lily's birth. Now in line for succession to her father's underwater throne on Thalassinia, Lily first has to "bond" with a life mate before her imminent 18th birthday, yet her unwavering choice, swim-team star Brody Bennett, doesn't notice her. However, Lily's annoying, motorcycle-riding next-door neighbor, Quince Fletcher (who can't even swim), adores her quirkiness, and the novel becomes a rather predicable exercise in convincing the stubborn heroine who's best for her. Quince indulges in some troubling importunate antics (restraining Lily in the bathroom, waylaying her for a forceful kiss in the library), and Lily is drawn as a vacillating, stomping-around character in transition. Still, details delineating the kingdom of Thalassinia and Lily's ability to move gracefully between sea and land are nicely inventive and well worth a plunge. (Fantasy/chick-lit. 12 & up)

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Alyson Noel
“Tera Lynn Childs has created an enchanting world of romance, magic and endearing characters you can’t help but root for. FORGIVE MY FINS had me hooked from page one, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in its sequel! I simply adored this book!”

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forgive My Fins was a really cute story that people my age (14) can really understand. It's all about the love you realize was always there even when you thought it wasn't. The sea slang in the book is used constantly (ex: carp instead of crap) but it just adds to the story. I loved it a ton. If you think this review was helpful, please rate it!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
This book was very cute. I have to admit that I found the fish slang to be a little hokey but other then that I enjoyed the story. The main character, Princess Waterlilly "Lily" is strong, loyal, and extremely stubborn, all good qualities depending on the situation. The only thing I found frustrating was her persistent denial regarding how she feels about Quince/Brody and how they feel about her. But I won't spoil the story for you by diving into that anymore. Quince was amazing! He is the other main focus of the story and I figure if Lily doesn't want him I'll take him :) The rest of the supporting characters were very well developed and really added to the atmosphere of the world Lily lives in and the situation she is faced with. Lily is seventeen and quickly approaching her eighteenth birthday. It is on that birthday that she must be bonded "kind of like marriage" or she will lose her rights to the thrown. Lily is the only daughter to the King of Thalassinia, a mer-kingdom located about 45 miles east, off the coast of Florida. Lily has spent the last three years on land living with her mother's sister. After discovering that her mother was a human she wanted to learn more about that world. From the first time she saw Brody Bennett she was hooked (pun totally intended). Brody is hot (bonus), and at home in the water so he would make the perfect mer-mate as far as Lily is concerned. Quince is Lily's next door neighbor and he drives her crazy. He has done everything in his power to make Lily miserable for the last three years. But through a cruel twist of fate she ends up being bonded to him instead of her crush. Now she has to convince everyone that they should be separated before the bond becomes permanent and Quince becomes a merman forever. This was my first book by Tera Lynn Childs but I have heard good things about her other series, "Oh. My. Gods." If "Forgive my Fins" is any indication then I will have to pick them up. "Forgive my Fins," was a fun summer read and I recommend it to all. If you do enjoy this book you will be happy to learn that there is a sequel, "Fins are Forever" is set to release summer of 2011! http://bringmeanotherbook.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like magcal stuff like mermaids and fairies. Then your love this book it has lots of magic and fantasy in it. This book will blow your mind from page one. So read it i dare you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book! And I give it 4.5 stars(: It's something different from all of this vampire books, I read this book very quickly took me like six hours or so, I'm a very fast reader so don't make you think that it's normal lol. I just ordered the second book because I fell in love with the characters, I love the world that Ms. Childs created it was so fun. This book has it's moments where things are weird and a little boring but as soon as that happens something crazy turns around and slaps you back into something wonderful. This book is very fun and the characters are very likable and even relatable. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something new. I was honestly getting sick of all the vampire books although I do adore them but I've just read so many that this book was very refreshing and I am so excited for the next two. Hope this helps you.
LizTea More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make. I love mermaids. So anything that has mermaids in it, I want to read, and I'll probably love. Even if the writing is horrible, I'm still going to squeal like a little kid because there are mermaids in it. Blame Disney and The Little Mermaid. And now you can also blame Forgive My Fins, because it was amazing. My first instinct when I finished this was to fan girl squeak and just give it a five-star rating, but I'm going to try to be a little more objective, and not let my undying love for anything under the sea to get in the way. One thing I appreciated about Fins was that every question I had was eventually answered. While I know this is going to be a series (or at least one sequel), it felt like a complete novel. There were no dangling loose ends between the main characters. I had no lingering doubts or questions. And I loved it. I hate when a book just has so many threads flapping in the wind, waiting to be tied up in more installments. The intricacies of Child's mermaids were explained to the fullest, such as how they transform, how they hide their mermaid-ness, etc. (My only lingering curiosity was how exactly her parents managed to have a kid without "bonding"? No kissing? Seems suspicious.Or, at least, very unromantic.) And speaking of the mermaids, how awesome are they? The can transform from mermaid, to finkini (scaly bikini), to human with no problem. They love sushi and eat with underwater chopsticks, called seasticks. And the slang. I laughed so hard at the swear word replacement. Carp for crap. Frogging for, well.you know. As for the story and the characters themselves, it was all just so cute. I quickly became addicted to the conflict between Lily and Quince, and I stayed up way too late to enjoy their bantering. Quince's feelings were painfully obvious to me, even from the very first few pages. I spent a lot of time swooning over him, and wanting to smack Lily at the same time for being so completely oblivious. My only true problems were with elements of the story itself. *Beware - spoilers ahead!* I did think that Lily's father delaying their separation three times was a little much. Two was funny, but by the third time, I was just rolling my eyes. I also wish Lily had found out Brody was a scumbag in a much more dramatic way. Not just a light bulb clicking on because he was, well, fascinated about her being a mermaid. I wanted it to be a kiss with no sparks, or his "player" tendencies to come out right in front of her. As for her reuniting with Quince at the end, I think it also needed a little spice. "Woohoo!" I mean, really? Who says "Woohoo?" I wanted drama, and romance, and tears, and confessions of undying love, and passionate kissing. And all I got was a 'woohoo' and some twirling. So maybe there was a kiss, but it wasn't the fireworks of realized love that I was hoping for. And what was with the overly sinister ending with Doe? It just felt.really weird and out of place. I know it's probably setting up for the sequel, but it was really jarring, and totally threw me out of the happy Quince and Lily mode. Regardless, I cannot wait for the sequel. I'm picking it up as soon as it comes out! The Final Word: A cute, light romance that's a quick read, and even more quickly addicting. If you like mermaids at all, it's a must-read.
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
Forgive My Fins was a beautifully written mermaid tale. The characters and magical essence of the story was absorbing. Also, the mermaid lingo was a plus. The usage of ocean terms were entertaining and very original. Lily, was a unique protagonist. Her insecure, complex personality and frizzy hair didn't fit the stereotype of a "glamorous" mermaid. I appreciated how Tera twisted the way I perceived mermaids. However, it didn't take away from Lily's hidden raw beauty and great energy. Since she was a princess, it was her duty to find a lover to bond with, before her eighteenth birthday. I loved the whole idea of bonding a mermaid and a human together. Very romantic. Reminded me of my favorite Disney movie, The Little Mermaid. Now, instead of her bonding with her hunky crush Brody, she was stuck with Quince, her annoying neighbor. Quince's personality was awesome. To Lily he was annoying, but I found him charming and endearing. Their cat and mouse relationship was amusing. I liked when he made fun of Lily. It showed how attentive and willing he was to deal with her situation. I routed for him and hoped she would warm up to the idea of Quince as her mate. The novel was a bit predictable at times, but it didn't take away from the story. I was still interested and look forward to continuing this series. After all, Tera left us with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more. Overall, if you're a fan of mermaids, you'll want to pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was fun and quirky, leaving me wondering just what was going to happen to princess lily in her life-on-land adventure. A wonderful tale of a mermaid,her crush, and the pesky neighbor who always tends to ruin her romantic progress, this book has just the right amount of fun and a suprising young love. :)
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
I just finished Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, and can I say amazing!!?! The book was humorous, witty, and everything you want in a love story. I couldn't put this book down. I started it Saturday and read it all day today. I love Quince, he was witty, hilarious, and the boy every girl should fall for. Except for the peeping Tom issue he has... He always kept Lily on her toes when he was around and brought out the hidden person in her. Lily, of course, had some issues with him. He tormented her all the time for the three years that she was on land. Lily, on the other hand I had some issues with. I get it, your first love, all i you want is for that "perfect" guy to notice you. Love makes you blind, and that's exactly what it did to Lily. She didn't notice Quince at all, except when he was tormenting her. The constant Brody obsession going on in Lily's mind and her life was a little annoying but all in all an amazing book!! I even painted my toes a nice Sea Greenish Blue in honor of the book! I cannot wait to see where the mysterious epilogue takes us in the next book Fins are Forever coming June 28th! Save the date!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book for any new,young teen who hates reading. They will not put this book down until it is done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my very favourite i strongly recomend this book....im already reading the second one!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book NOW!!! L+Q=FOREVER!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i fell in love with this book from the first page! it was magical i highly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished in 2 hours. A good read.
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It was ok book.203 pages. It was a love story.There are 3 books to read.I had a hard time getting into it.but I finished it.I have to finish the other 2 books.anyone can read this book.since all of the books are only a couple hundred pages I will finish reading the other 2 books.
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best book ever
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Yes this is a great book for ages 10+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best book series ever! I was SO happy when i saw tht there was 2 other books to the series AND another series about Lilly's best friend in the merworld! So worth the time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book Forgive my fins iss a great read and those of you who have read this book and want more then read Fins are forever (book #2) READ ON!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um ok
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Picking up chicks... first off ask how their day went start the conversation bout how every thing has been and get to know them a bit after a while you just might get some pu.ssy and that pretty well sums it up