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Thursday, June 23, 2011

REVIEW: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs


On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork 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, 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 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 dreams?

About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs (Authora neo) is a newly discovered species of authorfish who always dreamed of being a mermaid but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. She loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water (until her fingertips turn all pruny) in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, Authora neo can be found writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061914681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061914683


***slight spoilers after first paragraph***

Fins are Forever hit the perfect spot with me and I enjoyed this one even more than the start of the series. The book starts out with Lily deciding she will give up her capacity as a princess on her birthday and live on dry land to resolve the conflict she has with her human side.  Things are going swimmingly with Quince and she finds the perfect career to strive for as a marine ecologist.  Of course, something goes terribly wrong when her wicked cousin, Dosinia turns up on her doorstep.

There are some almost slapstick moments in the book when Lily discovers herself stuck with her human hating cousin.  Doe has committed some unspeakable offense in the mer kingdom that causes her to be banished without any powers and is sent to live with Lily to redeem herself.  The big twist here is that Lily is the one to judge if Doe has been rehabilitated and can accept humans in her life.  Doe makes good on that one by falling in love with Brody who she promptly kisses.

The ending left a lot of things open and to me it seems that there is hope that  Lily may regain her ability to rule the mer kingdom.  I can't wait until the next installment.  I received this review copy at no cost from Around the World ARC tours in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Well, you said spoilers, so I didn't actually read ALL of your review, just the first and last paragraph. :) But, I'm glad to hear you loved it. I'm looking forward to reading it too!

  2. Sounds like an interesting read with a lot going on...mermaids, something I haven't read yet. Thanks for the review.

  3. I've enjoyed Tera's other books, glad this lives up to them too! Looks great!

  4. Thanks again for the welcome to Book Blogs. I had to visit both of your blogs. they are great.



  5. I love this site, and I'm glad to have found it: right now, I really feel like reading Fins are Forever! I like YA, and after the classic supernatural beings and the fey I've already read about... mermaids needed to come next!

    Thanks for posting the review. You've helped me to make a hard decision!

    I'll be following you from now on... looking for more goldmines! ;)



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