Sweetheart Seer Books


“Fins” Trilogy by: Tera Lynn Childs

“Forgive my Fins”(Fins #1)

I checked out a few reviews on good-reads before I jumped into writing my own. Only occasionally do I do this. I wanted to see if others were as enchanted with this as I was. Surprisingly, not the first few I read…

I did not understand why so many people were down on this book.

Yes it is filled with puns…..DELIGHTFULLY filled with puns! (I love puns)

The romance story was very reminiscent for me of my own obsessive days which looking back on were nothing short of cringe worthy. I saw a lot of myself, too much actually, in the main character Lily.

Granted, I myself am not a mermaid, at least I don’t think I am, but I too was a bit too into the made up fantasy version of various crushes I had to realize that they were not all that I had thought they were. It is all too easy for a girl to hear her crush say something to her and fixate on that and the phrasing especially. The word choice he uses is always important.

Lily was lucky enough to actually have people in her corner to show her what they could already see by not telling her outright and letting her discover and learn on her own.

I related to Lily in that regard. I too had to learn that my crushes were not meant to be.

As a very happily married woman (married to the second guy I ever dated) I can say looking back on my obsessive younger days, that this was indeed a believable story.

Anyone says any different just never experienced that not-meant-to-be longing themselves.

I could see where Lily was coming from. She didn’t get along with Quince and then she realized that he brought out the best in her and made her into a stronger version of herself…yep. I could relate to that too. Hubby and I get along very well, but he knows how to push my buttons in a lot of ways and frankly, he knows me better than I know myself sometimes. He pushes me to be a stronger version of myself and not just complacent. I have always wanted everyone to get along and just gone with the flow. Sometimes, you need someone to push you to stand on your own two feet. Jake is that for me and I think Quince is that for Lily.

I loved the story. The bond aspect was a nice addition and the story had great pacing.

The drawback was the rush to believe once Lily revealed herself as a mermaid to her best friend and then accidentally to her crush Brody. That didn’t feel realistic to me, that felt like it was rushed. Even in a world where that could happen, it seems unlikely without any proof whatsoever that her best friend would believe her being a mermaid. It felt even more unrealistic that someone that only liked her around for the boost to his ego would believe it either. Hence, the four and a half star rating instead of a full five.

I found this to be enchanting and I really adored the characters. I totally ship Lily and Quince. I am excited to dive into book two. (Pun was not intended, but then I realized it totally fit. I always say I am “diving into a book” and it was never more apropos than now!)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.

“Fins Are Forever”(Fins, #2)

I definitely enjoyed this continuation of the series and it was a quick read.

Overall, I felt like the first one was better because it had a better plot and storyline. Having the younger cousin, Dosinia, come to the land was interesting as was seeing the juxtaposition of Lily having her previous ideas for her future go against the new ones.

Going from thinking you would be a Princess in line for the throne eventually, to giving it up to live on land would indeed be difficult. I do think that everything I felt wrapped up a little too neatly here though.

Dosinia should have had more teeth. She was left as a cliffhanger in book one and then basically all bark, no bite in this installment. That felt like an odd choice.

Also Quince being able to magically hang out in the kingdom again was too perfect. Yeah he got mad and whatnot, but every challenge was met with a magical solution for instance.

I would recommend this one for anyone that has read the first one as it was still a fun tale. I am looking forward to the third in this series.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

“Just for Fins” (Fins, #3)

As always, you all know I am very honest in my reviews. I did not like this one as much as the previous two. The first book in this series was my favorite, the second in the middle for me, and this was my least favorite. I am glad there were only three in this series.

The problem I had with this was that Quine and Lily already proved their love for each other. It felt like a huge stretch to me for these continued “trials”.

I did however, like the ocean issues and kingdoms coming together to find a solution plot line. That was at least believable. I felt like there was a lot more that could have been done with this series overall.

If taken with a grain of salt, overlooking the plot stretches and read as a light-hearted romance that just so happens to include some deeper themes of ocean preservation, then this series is easier to digest as a whole.

It felt like everything wrapped up with a nice little bow on it. That isn’t always a bad thing, I just felt like some things could have been explained more and other parts could have been cut out.

Regardless, I am pleased to have gotten to read this series and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light and fluffy beach read trilogy.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.

But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.

Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!

In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves.

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