by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Fins #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Release date : June 28th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: Paperback
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"Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned"
I remember adding this book to my TBR pile years ago on Goodreads. I saw it for $2 on a bargain shelf and decided to pick it up. I haven’t read too many mermaid books. One, actually. Sad to say, my knowledge is based on The Little Mermaid. And in all honestly, there are a lot of legitimate comparisons too!
Ariel Lily, half mermaid/half human girl struggle with in her day-to-day life living on land and dreaming obsessing about her crush, Eric Brody. After “accidentally” bonding to her neighbor, whom she loathes, they set out to sea to break the bond.
One of the things I love most about this one was the beautiful world building on Lily’s home. It’s underwater. Hello. The descriptions are light but detailed at the same time, painting a pretty vivid picture of this world under the sea. The ways they live and the “bonding” aspect was indeed interesting. Of course, kinda shitty at the same time because well, first kiss is for LIFE.
I liked Lily. She had this awkward but funny personality. Her obsession with Brody was kind of tiresome though and her naivety about her feelings for Quince and his for her was quite frustrating. It’s the classic “if a boy teases you it means he likes you” thing. Get a clue, girl.
Quince.. was just adorable. I felt bad for the poor guy; all he wanted was for Lily to realize his feelings and keep the bond. I felt SO bad for him towards the end.
IF you want– and honestly, I did– to dig deeper into the world, you can find small but important details missing. Or just lack of.. explanation? Or a few unrealistic (in my opinion anyway) reactions to situations. The HOW’s and WHY’s will be there. But like I said, it’s fluffy and cute. It this isn’t mean to be that kind of book.
Overall- The perfect book to read at the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in hand. Or, like me. On the couch with some coffee, kickin books off the TBR pile. All around.CUTE.
*this book was read towards by goal for the TBR reading challenge 2013 hosted by Evie @ Bookish
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