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Monday, 7 May 2012

Mini-Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Series: Fins #2
Publisher: Templar
Publication Date: 1 April 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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?


I loved the first book in the series Forgive My Fins (Review HERE) unfortunately Fins Are Forever didn't live up to the ideals I had in my head. My rating reflects my opinion that this book had a 'middle book' feel about it.The fairy-tale parallel is still in place with the mermaid princess giving everything up for her human boyfriend. Although I did feel that the characters personalities were lacking from what they had been in Book 1, I really missed the banter between Lily and Quince, the romantic element was a little bit saccharine for my tastes. 

The inclusion of Dosinia and her machinations against Lily took the plot in a completely different direction, I hated Dosinia with a passion, which is probably what was expected. Even as the story progresses and revelations are made regarding Dosinia's hatred of humans although I felt sorry for her I never really warmed to her in the slightest, even after the revelations and altered perspective to humans.

Tellin's addition to the list of characters added another dimension to the plot although I am not sure how I feel about him either. He puts duty first which is an admirable quality. However, there is something I do not trust about him at all. Actions at the end of the book did not really fit with the characters personalities that have been seen til now. I honestly would have liked to have seen this aspect handled differently and am hoping that book 3 will bring the cute story I loved back to the forefront.

The main theme of the book debates whether humans can co-exist peacefully with other species or would the need for humans to dominate other species take precedence. Scientific experiment alongside climate change and its affect on the worlds oceans and weather fronts are all touched upon within the narrative, giving far more depth to the story-line. This is one of the things I would really like to see expanded in the third book, less Dosinia please.

Although I was a little disappointed with this book I am definitely going to continue with the series and I am hoping to fall in love with Quince and Lily again. As well as unravel the mysteries behind Dosinia and Tellin. Bring on Just For Fins [ : D ]

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  1. DonnasReviews8 May 2012 at 11:02

    Great review Emma. I'm sorry your were disappointed but I love this series. For me it's just such a fun and quick read but Tera really makes it awesome! 

  2. I think I really wanted more of Quince & Lily's relationship, I really missed the banter :D 

  3. Love love loved this book. I just adore this series. Looking forward to book 3.

  4. I know what you mean Emma. I adored their relationship in book one but I thought the new storyline she bought into was really good. Hopefully you will like book three better =)

  5.  That is what I am hoping for :D Thank you for your lovely comments <3


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