Book Review: Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn ChildsI didn’t love the first book in this series, Forgive My Fins, but since I was kindly sent Fins are Forever for review and I remembered quite liking Quince, I thought, what the heck?

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?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a mermaid kind of girl (unless its Splash. I loved that movie, which is probably proof that I would have quite liked this book when I was a kid, despite how I feel about it now). These days however, I find Tera Lynn Child’s narrative too young and simplistic for my reading tastes, a re-occurring issue for me with her books.

I had a very hard time believing the protagonist was an 18-year-old girl and found a lot of it too cutesy and girly. Lily still calls her father ‘daddy’ (a pet peeve of mine) and appears to be pretty much universally adored by everyone, despite the fact that I found her bossy. I much preferred Doe, a character with a bit of bite to her. My main problem was really the trouble I had caring much about the choice Lily had to make, the whole driving point of the story. Quince is still cute (though he doesn’t feature enough in this book), but Lily has only been with him for two weeks. It just doesn’t seem like he should really be a deciding factor when it comes to her entire future.

Tera Lynn Childs has an easy way of writing, as well as the whole princesses, true love and ‘happily ever after’ thing going on, which is perfect for some readers.  The Fins trilogy is a lightweight, enjoyable, girly read with a sweet romance and I would recommend it if that’s what you’re looking for. While this installment feels lacking a bit in the plot department, Childs’ does set up a potentially interesting storyline for the third book. I may even be compelled to see how it all wraps up.

*Many thanks to Templar for sending this book for review*


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