Fins Are Forever

Fins Are Forever, by Tera Lynn Childs, picks up where Forgive My Fins left off.

Lily and Quince are in love, but are no longer bonded. This means that Quince doesn’t have the ability to “aquarespire,” meaning that he can’t even go home with Lily for a weekend visit. And with her eighteenth birthday quickly approaching, an unbonded Lily must give up her rights to the throne. But choosing a land life with Quince is her best option, (she loves him), so she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

Lily is thrown for a bit of a loop when Dosinia, (Doe), her bratty younger cousin, shows up on her doorstep. She’s been exiled from the sea and has been sent to Lily, her rehabilitation being Lily’s last required duty as a Thalassinian princess. Apparently, what she has done is so bad that she won’t even tell Lily what it is, only that she hates all humans. Trying to make the best of things, and wanting to show Doe that humans are not monsters that deserve her hatred, Lily (and Aunt Rachel), get Doe enrolled in high school. After only a day out of the water, Doe is fitting in better than Lily ever has, and gains the attention of Brody, Lily’s ex-crush.

While Lily knows that Doe is a selfish brat, she knows she isn’t stupid. So it comes as a complete shock to find that Doe has done the unthinkable and kissed Brody, ensuring the bond. But Doe can’t return to the ocean; the king has stripped her of her transfiguration abilities when she was exiled. So it’s up to Lily to take Brody to Thalassinia to ask her father to grant a separation. Only things don’t go quite as planned. Lily is the one who is temporarily granted the power to conduct a separation, and makes the hard decision to allow Doe and Brody to remain bonded in an attempt to make Doe appreciate, (and even love?), humanity.

But Doe isn’t the only problem facing Lily. She thought she had already made the choice between love and duty, but a friend from the past, and current ocean conditions have her questioning her choices again. Being with Quince means giving up the throne, and the chance to help her kingdom as its ruler. But being the queen others want her to be, the kind that she is beginning to believe she can be, means giving up Quince.

Still an easy, light read like Forgive My Fins, but with a bit more depth. This book actually contained a subplot and shows both Lily and Dosinia maturing and making some difficult and serious decisions. Of course I wanted a specific type of happily-ever-after, but the author had other plans. Still a happily-ever-after ending, but one that took into consideration the responsibilities of Lily and her duty to her kingdom. And also an ending that could be a definite end to the series, or could allow a continuation of the story.


Forgive My Fins

I’d read about the book Forgive My Fins, by Tera Lynn Childs in the past and thought it sounded like a cute story. I finally got around to reading it and discovered what a unique and fun read it was.

Lily, short for Waterlily, Sanderson is a half-mermaid princess of the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. But for the past three years, she has been living on land with her Aunt Rachel, trying to get in touch with her human side. And also for these three years, she’s been in love with Brody, a gorgeous champion swimmer attending the local high school. The only downer is that her next door neighbor, Quince Fletcher, seems like he lives to annoy her or make her life miserable.

When a mistake at the dance ends up with Lily accidentally bonded to Quince, she is forced let him in on her secret, as he’s beginning the change to a merman. And she has to take him home to her kingdom so that her daddy the king can undo the mistake with a separation. And then she can get back to Brody, the one she should have kissed and bonded with. However, the king doesn’t take bonding lightly and forces Lily and Quince to give it some time before he will grant the separation.

Of course, within a few chapters, it was easy to tell where the story was going. But I still enjoyed every minute of it. And Thalassinia was just as magical as any fantasy world should be. The plot did seem quite simple. It was all about breaking the bond with Quince, just to have the chance to win Brody. It was a fun, quick read though, and I would recommend it to fans of the YA genre. It was even appropriate for a bit younger readers as well. I’ll definitely be reading the second book, Fins Are Forever, just to see what comes next for Lily and Quince.