Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Yesterday signalled the beginning of the Blog Tour for Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, a book I've been really excited about.  If you missed yesterdays tour stop, you can catch up at
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Tera Lynn Childs

To find out more about the blog tour stops you can click on the tour banner in my sidebar.

What to know what Forgive My Fins is about?
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. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but 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 is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Further down this post you'll be able to read my review of Forgive My Fins and I also have a special treat as I will be hosting the very first giveaway of the tour, but first I thought you might like a little taster, and so with the kind permission of Templar Publishing I am able to bring you an extract from the first chapter of Forgive My Fins.

Did that whet your appetite? It certainly did mine and here are my thoughts on the book:

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs

Publisher:  Templar Publishing
Released:  July 2011
Review Format:  Paperback
Source:  Received from Templar as part of the blog tour (thank you Leonora!)
Pages:  333

Reading Forgive my Fins was like opening the covers of a book and watching a Disney film play out in front of my eyes. It is the story of first love, crushes and friendship and it is such a cute read that I can’t see many people not loving it.

The main character, Lily, was really loveable and cute and she made me laugh. She has a crush on a boy at school called Brody, who in the three years she has known him has never really given her much attention, but now time is running out for Lily and she really needs to let Brody know of her feelings for him, like yesterday! I enjoyed reading Lily's thoughts, although I didn't always agree with her.

Quince on the other hand, the boy next door and the bain of her life, thinks she’s making a big mistake and makes it his mission in life to get her to see that Brody just isn’t good enough for her. Lily still thinks that Quince was just put on this earth to torment the hell out of her and she’s just not having it.  I thought he was an awesome character and he 'made' this book for me. He had a depth to him that I as a reader could see and was hoping that Lily would pick up on.

I loved the chapters that Lily spent in her underwater kingdom, Thalassinia. It is described perfectly and sounds so beautiful that I wanted to go there myself. Any Mermen out there who’d like to kiss me and make me their own? No? Shame.

I loved this book. Tera did a great job of making it a heart-warming, cute and funny read - one that I would most certainly recommend to my friends and I am looking forward to the second in the series, Fins Are Forever.

My rating: 5 stars

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The Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling us your thoughts on Mermaids and if you'd like to be one, and then complete the entry form as detailed below.

The giveaway is open to anyone with a UK postal address (sorry International followers) and the book will be sent out to the winner direct from the publishers. You you not need to be a follower or a blogger to enter, although you must be over 13 years old.

The giveaway is open until 5th July 2011 and you can enter by completing THIS FORM. Good luck!


leanne_luce : YA FOREVER said...

I've been a fanof mermaids since seeing 'Splash' when I was little. Its a proper 80's rom com that makes you go 'Awwwwwwww!'

Personally I wouldn't like to be a mermaid as I'm just too self concious of my body - the thought of wearing just seashells to protect my modesty is horrifying!!!

Cliona said...

Aw no I can't enter! That extract was brilliant! I think I will be getting this book, the extract and your review convinced me!

Clover said...

*gasps* I can't believe that Leanne said exactly what I was going to say! That I've loved mermaids since I saw Splash when I was little :) Ha. I was on the swimming team since I was really young and I always loved the idea of living in the water..

Hanna said...

Disney's Little Mermaid got me hooked on mermaids. I used to lie in the bath and swish my hair about to pretend I was one!

Splash used to upset me though, because I know that if they ever did find a mermaid, they'd just lock her in a tank and dissect her.

Raimy-rawr said...

I love mermaids (especially the Little one lol) but I forgot my love for them until I read Siren earlier this year. I'm currently reading Tempest Rising and I'm loving that one too but I have to say that I really wouldn't want to be one. I like too much about land to not live on it... and I'm slightly terrified of the sea in bad weather! :\

Small Review said...

Wasn't Quince amazing? I kept waiting for Lily to realize what an awesome guy he was. That scene in the bathroom is my favorite.

Steffikins said...

I think Mermaids are a very under written group! Little Mermaid was my favourite disney princess as a kid and I used to wander around the playground singing the songs...(I was 6!)

I have to agree with Hanna about Splash and the fact they would just thrown them in a cage if they were around! :(

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

Great review!! I've had this on my reading list for a while now. I haven't read many books about mermaids, so I'm looking forward to checking this out! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Gwenny said...

I'm not in the UL but I have to say that this sounds like the book for me! I have a huge mermaid obsession and when I was younger I used to pretend to be one. I think I am going to have to dig up a copy over here in Canada and review it for my blog! Thanks!

Miss Page-Turner said...

Forgive My Fins is on my wishlist and I can't wait to read it now that you just gave it 5 stars! wow!

Erica said...

I don't think I would want to be a mermaid. I love shows and books about them, but I like living on land! =)