Forgive my Fins (Templar Publishing) is the story of Lily, a girl who is half human and half mermaid. And not just any mermaid, but a princess and heir to the throne of the mer kingdom Thalassinia. She’s spent three years on land attending a normal high school and has been in love with the same boy, Brody, for all that time. As her senior year nears its end, she’s determined to finally tell him how she feels and to make him her partner for life through a special bonding ritual. But things don’t go to plan when her annoying neighbour Quince decides to meddle …
I really enjoyed this story – it’s fun, light-hearted and romantic, all the things I like in a book. I loved Quince – who is a cool, cut biker boy with attitude – and it was great to watch the sparks fly between him and Lily. There’s nothing better than characters who so obviously belong together but one (or both) of them can’t see it.
The mermaid aspect was very well done and the fictional world the author has created where there are kingdoms under the sea as well as on land is fascinating – I thought it all worked brilliantly. The ‘fishy’ references and terminology throughout are great and it was lovely to visualise how a mer kingdom would work (especially as it has to stay hidden from humans) and what it would look like.
This is an easy, entertaining read where you care about the characters and want a happy ending for them. As it’s the first in a series I wasn’t sure if it would end on a cliff-hanger, but I’m happy to report that although I do want to continue with the rest of the series now, this story can be read as a stand-alone. If you want a quick, fun story then this is for you!