18 April 2012

REVIEW: FINS ARE FOREVER

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Yes, #2
UK Publisher: Templar
UK Release date: April 2012
Genre: YA
Kindly given by the publisher for an honest review

Having decided to stay on land with Quince, Lily’s life now revolves around SATs and thinking about college. But when Doe turns up unexpectedly, exiled from the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia, Lily is duty bound to look after her and help change her hatred for humans. With her 18th birthday approaching will Lily cope with also giving up her right as Princess Waterlily to the throne forever?

As the second in the series, Fins are Forever doesn’t disappoint. It’s cute, bubbly and a very quick read. It was also really easy to pick up from the last story without trying to trawl my memory to recall what had happened. Lily and Quince are still together, although their relationship is tested more in this story. For me this is a big bonus, as I hate shallow relationships that focus purely on superficial elements - I want to see how couples deal with real problems. Quince is very sweet, especially when jealous, but he certainly needs a reminder about how good he really is.

Lily is also facing a lot more pressure: the renunciation, SAT’s, deciding what to do about college, and dealing with Doe and Tellin. She’s still funny and personable, but there is so much going on that develops her character as well the plot. I wish I could have seen more of Quince though, as they are such a cute couple and yes, I may have a little fan-crush on Quince.

Like Lily I absolutely didn’t trust Doe. She’s sneaky, conniving and manipulative, and I would not be pleased if I had to look after her. Whilst as a character she is untrustworthy and frustrating, she adds plenty of drama and suspicion to the plot. A little like Prince Tellin – who caused plenty of trouble between Lily and Quince. There were also plenty of twists in the story to keep me thinking and guessing.

As most of the book takes place on land, we only get s few small glimpses at life in Thalassinia. It’s such a magical and colourful setting and so different from the other parts of the story (or other stories) that I want to see more of it. Particularly when certain land dwellers were underwater, I wanted to see how they coped with the change and the new experience. Please give me more of the shimmering rainbow-like land of Thalassinia!

Fins are Forever is a delightfully fun read that will have you wishing you could swim off to the magical underwater land of Thalassinia.

Rating: 4*

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