Book Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

FINS ARE FOREVER by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Forgive My Fins, #2
Publication Date: June 28th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Summary: On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation 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, the waves start to get rough. 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 raging 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 own dreams?

Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.

Review Overview:

  • Didn’t really like how Doe fit into the story; development fell flat
  • Quince is a hottie
  • Lots of mermaid fun! Definitely worth reading the sequel

Tera Lynn Childs definitely delivers in FINS ARE FOREVER, the sequel of her fun mermaid tale, Forgive My Fins. Full of sweet romance, a bratty cousin who must learn to appreciate humans, and fun underwater adventures with Princess Waterlily, FINS ARE FOREVER is bound to delight those who enjoyed the first book.

Quince and Lily are utterly adorable. I remember thinking that the first book was overly saccharine that it made me just postively giddy. This one didn’t leave me squealing, but I also couldn’t help but wish that I had a Quince Fletcher of my own. The novel is definitely not as fun as the first since Quince and Lily are already together, but I still loved reading their scenes.

I didn’t like how Doe fit into the story overall. I liked how she ended up on Lily’s doorstep, but I felt that her transgression as a character wasn’t really set up well. To me, her character at the end of the book didn’t seem genuine. She still felt like the same Doe to me. Her development was not convincing at all. I didn’t think that it was enough for me to think that she changed her character and beliefs against humans. I think this is the fatal flaw for me in the book. If Doe was developed more convincingly as a character I would have enjoyed this just as much if not better than the first.

I’m satisfied with the fact that Childs decided to write up a sequel. I loved that Lily stepped up to the plate and really thought about her duties as Princess of Thalassinia. The book really picked up for me in the last third. I definitely found myself saying, OH NO SHE DIDN’T!!!!

Not quite as enjoying as the first one but overall a still sweet mermaid tale. I would definitely recommend this book to those who read and loved and/or liked the first book, Forgive My Fins. I wish I read this on the beach!


  1. Never read a mermaid book before. Can’t decide if I’d like one that is super sweet and fun like this to start off or one with a bit darker overtones…

  2. Aw, too bad. I didn’t like Doe very much in the first book so I’m disappointed but not surprised that her presence doesn’t improve the book. I don’t like it when a character who is supposed to grow, doesn’t. At least not convincingly. I do love the way Lily’s growth sounds and I’m looking forward to more of her and Quince :)

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