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. 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 finds out that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
Forgive My Fins. This is a novel perfect for summer reads. I admit, it is my first time to read one about mermaids. Usually, my to-reads comprise mostly of paranormal, magical, and realistic fiction because reading about mermaids makes me feel like its third grade all over again (Little Mermaid? Hello?). BUT, it is safe to say that this particular story has me craving for more (of Quince!), despite myself.
Here, we meet the main character, Lily Sanderson, a half-mermaid and the crown princess of Thalassinia. Her father, the King, allowed her to live like a normal girl on land just like her mother, a human, did. Being a mer, she seeks for someone to bond with for-life, and be her future King. Apparently, she's hoping that that someone is her crush, a natural swimmer, Brody Bennett. Quince Fletcher, her archnemesis and neighbor who decided to spend his life ruining Lily's, has become more and more pervasive lately. Lily planned to kiss Brody (the symbol of bonding for life), so that they could go back to Thalassinia and leave the exasperating Quince behind. But things didn't worked out as smoothly as she planned, for that moment she bonded, she's mistaken Quince as Brody. Thus, leaving her bonded with Quince for life. Lily would do anything to get separated from Quince; Even if she drags him to Thalassinia with her and ask the King to concede their separation. She never knew how she really feels toward Quince until her request was granted. Lily never thought how close true love is, when it's right it front of her eyes---mocking her. ;)
I liked this mermaid tale so much. The writing is very clever; Lily's "fishy phraseologies" and "sea slangs" never fail to amuse me. The underwater palace, Thalassinia, was described vividly in a way that makes it easy to imagine it impeccably. Plus, the love story is sooo cute. Quince always teases and bugs Lily in this the-more-you-hate-the-more-you-love kind of way. Soooo, if you haven't marked this one as to-read yet, then you'd better! Forgive My Fins is far too charming and quirky to be missed!