I really enjoyed the first book in this series ?Forgive my Fins'' and I''m pleased to say that this sequel, ?Fins are Forever'' was equally as fantastic. Still sweet and fun, this book was much more dramatic than the last, with higher stakes and greater romantic complications. It made for a quick, light-hearted read that was so cute; I could help but be left smiling.
The story starts a week after the events in book one. Lily and Quince are officially a couple (although an un-bonded one) and Lily is just beginning to come to terms with her decision to live life on land. But then, just when things are starting to go smoothly for the mermaid princess, her cousin Dosina turns up looking for a place to stay after an unknown incident leads to her being exiled from Thalassinia.
Dosina wastes no time in finding trouble and soon bonds herself to Lily''s former crush Brody. So now not only does Lily now have to find a way to un-bond the newly bonded couple, but when one of her old childhood friends turns up and offers Lily a way to keep her royal title, she is torn between the choice of following her heart or accepting her royal duty as future Queen of Thalassinia. The question she must ask herself is who does she care about more, her fellow mer-people? Or her true love Quince?
I must admit, that while this book still made me laugh out loud I don''t think it was quite as funny as the first one. I imagine this was mainly because now that Lily and Quince are couple, they don''t argue nearly as much and their scenes have gone from sweet and flirtatious to emotional and serious ? which wasn''t a bad thing. It shows how much their relationship has progressed and it is clear to see their love for each other. Their romance was certainly one of things I loved most about this book.
As for the characters, I found Lily still very much the same insecure, worry-over-everything mer-girl she was in the last book. Quince however I felt was little darker, still very hunkish and drool-worthy but I missed some of his witty humour and one liners.
As for Dosina and Brody, I was quite surprised to find that I liked them both immensely. Their characters were more developed in this book and they both more than made up for their past annoyances and grievances. There romance was also rather sweet and I''m looking forward to finding out what fate has in store for them all next.
So overall ?Fins are Forever'' was yet another fun and quirky read by Tera Lynn Childs. While I think anyone of any age will appreciate the humour and sweetness this series brings, I would ultimately recommend it to a younger YA audience who would enjoy reading about the trials and embarrassments that come with first love and growing up ? especially if you are a mermaid!
About the book
Fins are Forever is the second book in the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs. The book was published by Templar on 1st April 2012 and it is 304 pages long.
After severing the magical bond with human boyfriend Quince, Lily has dedicated herself to a life on land instead of under the sea. On her eighteenth birthday, she will denounce her title as Princess of Thalassinia and the date is coming around quickly. When Lily's cousin Dosinia is exiled, Lily knows she must have done something terrible. Now, Lily is in charge of getting Dosinia used to life on land and to rid her of her hated of humans. That might be easier than once thought too with Dosinia batting her eyelashes at Lily's ex crush, Brody.
With enough on her plate, Lily could do without even more to deal with but then childhood friend from the sea turns up. He questions her decision to stay on land and gives her a very tempting offer to think about in the run up to her birthday.
What I thought
Over the past few months, my reading pile has been taken over by either new adult books or contemporary young adult books. There has been little time or interest put into reading things like paranormal or dystopian etc books. I just haven't been feeling it recently but I have decided to attempt to read some older books which I have had on my shelves for months now. One of these was the second mermaid book by Tera Lynn Childs and as this is a review for the second book, there will be minor spoilers for the first book.
In the first book, protagonist Lily gave up being a mermaid (a mermaid Princess to be exact) in order to be with her human boyfriend and to live on land. What she didn't tell boyfriend Quince though is that by doing all of that, she would be giving up her right to be the Princess of Thalassinia. A large amount of the first book was set underwater but in this one, Lily is going to high school, preparing for SATs and thinking about her future and college. I really liked the difference in setting as it helped to show what a big decision Lily had made.
Fins are Forever had quite a few plot twists which I really liked. Not only does Lily have to deal with everything that comes with being human, but her cousin Dosinia (Doe) turns up after being exiled. Doe has a strong hatred for humans and has been forced to live in the same world as them instead of her happy home under the sea. Lily is furious and doesn't want to be the one to deal with her but that's exactly what she gets. It is Lily who has to show Doe that she is wrong and to learn to love humans. Doe is all kinds of crazy and I loved the drama she brought to the story. She is the complete opposite of Lily so it was great to see the contrast between the two.
Something very unexpected was that Doe ends up forming a bond of her very own with a human... Lily's ex-crush Brody to be exact. While this did bring out different emotions and characteristics in both Lily and Brody, it also forced the story to head back to the water for a while. It was nice to see familiar characters again and also for the world to be explained more. In this book, we get to know quite a bit about how the underwater world works and their political agendas. There was some quite serious stuff going on but I really enjoyed these aspects of the book. It made it something more than a cute mermaid romance story and gave it added depth.
I really enjoyed Fins and Forever and considering the ending of the story, I cannot wait to see what happens with Lily next. The end was a big shock for me but I loved every word. If you're wanting a cute, easy read that's a bit difference then I recommend this series.
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