AWWW! What an absolutely sweet story Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs is. I'd heard good things about it and I was definitely looking forward to it, but I really wasn't expecting it to be as fun and light-hearted as it is. I read this book very quickly and it really put the biggest smile on my face. What a lovely book!
Lily Sanderson is a really wonderful character. She's so adorable that I couldn't help smiling at her funny little fish analogies (for example, she sees her next door neighbour with his shirt off and thinks 'Lord love a lobster!' which actually made me laugh out loud!) and her absolute uselessness at asking out her long-term crush, Brody Bennett. Even with the help of her best friend, Lily is still so tongue-tied and nervous around Brody that it's been getting a bit ridiculous. Lily has loved Brody from afar for three years and yet still nothing has happened between them.
But Lily has a pretty big secret that she's been hiding - she's no ordinary girl, but rather a half-human, half mermaid. And when mermaids kiss, they form a lasting bond and are mated for life. Lily is determined that Brody will be the recipient of that permanent bond, but she's finding it rather difficult to take that next crucial step by telling him how she feels. When her annoying neighbour Quince offers to help, Lily reluctantly agrees. What follows is the sweetest and most utterly adorable paranormal story of first love and acceptance and friendship. Honestly, I've not come across a more sweet story than this one in a long time.
While at times I found Lily to be a tad annoying in her unchangeable views about Brody and the future of their relationship, everything else about the novel felt too wonderful to let that detract from it. I found Quince to be charming and sweet. I loved the quirkiness of Lily and the beautiful landscape of this underwater kingdom. I really didn't expect to love a mermaid story as much I did, but the light-hearted romance of this book really balanced out the gloomy/mopeyness of some of the other paranormal books I've been reading for this event.
I absolutely loved Forgive My Fins and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel! Well done, Tera Lynn Childs!