Friday, 8 July 2011

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

Hey all! We're finishing off Tera's blog tour for Forgive my Fins and we have a few fun stuff for you during this post...including some facts on Tera, what we thought of Forgive my Fins, and then a giveaway...awesome huh? 

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.
The Authors Bio: 

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My.Gods and Goddess Boot Camp the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins are Forever (June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa, starting with Sweet Vemon (September 6, 2011). She has also epublished two fun chick lit romances, Eye Candy and Straight Stalk. Tera lives nowhere in particular and has spent time fleeing hurricanes, making character profiles on MySpace, blogging on her own and with the Buzz Girls, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Jessica's Review

Awe this was a good read. Its was fun, fresh and new. Its the first mermaid story that I've read and it had me from page one. I loved how Quince managed to take everything in his stride regarding Lily's 'fishy' (pun intended), situation. Lily is so caught up in wanting Brody Bennett the boy of her dreams, that she doesn't see what's right under her nose.

Tera Lynn Childs, has done a fantastic job in bringing the story together, the plot was well thought out and came together neatly. All the characters are loveable, with the exception of Brody who's a total jerk and I didn't trust him from the start. Quince, is divine. Not only is he a complete hunk, but he loves Lily for who-what-she is and that's what made their relationship such a great thing to read. I found myself getting a little annoyed with Lily in the first half of the book, and the way she was about her 'love' for Brody. She just gave off this vibe of 'school girl crush' but in the end she realises what a complete arse Brody is, and finds herself FINALLY admitting who she's in love with really. 

Overall, if you're looking for a happy, funny, quick read. Then I recommend you pick up Forgive my Fins. You won't be disappointed. I will be reading the next installment, as that epilogue left me in a spin...nice little cliffy there.

Donna's Review: 

If you are looking for something new, fresh and beautifully written to read then this is the book for you. Forgive My Fins is the first book in the new Fins series by author Tera Lynn Childs and I have to say - it was fantastic!

Lily is a princess mermaid, who has been living on land for the past 3 years. She moved in with her aunt after discovering that her mother was human and wanted to see the human world before becoming the next ruler of Thalassinia. While attending Seaview High School, Lily has fallen in love with a boy called Brody but the only problem is, she can't seem to find a way to tell Brody how she feels. When Quince, Lily's annoying neighbour, who always picks on her, offers to help her catch the guy of her dreams, she reluctantly agrees. However, on the night of the school dance, while waiting for Brody to show up, Lily mistakenly kisses Quince and ends up forming a magical bond that is caused by Lily's mermaid destiny. While doing everything in her power to break the bond, Lily believes being bound to Quince is the worst thing possible…….or is it?

This was my first book by Tera and I was not left disappointed. I have read a few mermaid stories over the past year but, this is the only one I have loved. Tera did a fantastic job with it as it was beautifully written, very funny, quirky and I loved how I could imagine myself in Thalassinia. The world Tera has created has left me wanting more and oh my! The fish slang….I’ve never laughed out loud like that before in a story. It’s so cute and it truly makes this book a joy to read.

I really enjoyed the story line and felt it has a few good twists to the story. The characters especially Lily were a massive highlight for me. Lily is totally loveable but with her only being seventeen she is quiet naive about her feelings toward Brody and Quince and it sometimes clouds her judgement. She doesn’t see Brody for who he really is, but most importantly she doesn’t see Quince. I mean come on, how can she miss him? He’s gorgeous! Quince is a classic guy, who picks on the girl he loves type but once you get to know him, you know it’s just his way of getting closer to Lily and I loved both of them. Their such a cute couple.

The story was tied up nicely but honestly leaves readers wanting more. I'm so glad there weren’t any major cliff-hangers at the end but yes, the author has left the story open with a little preview of what the next story will be about. I love that the Lily & Quince's story was rounded up so nicely and I can’t wait to see what in store for them next.

Overall, this was a fantastic start to a unique series. Forgive My Fins is definitely one of my favourite reads for 2011. Try it…I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

We have one copy of Forgive My Fins to giveaway to one lucky UK winner. 

So want to enter? 

All you need to do is comment on the bottom of this post with your email address and please make sure you have a UK mailing address. You do not need to be a follower to enter.

The winner will be announced on July 15th and the winner will be picked by Random.Org. 

Good Luck everyone!  Thank you to Templar Publishing for hosting the giveaway. 


My keeper shelf said...

Fab reviews ladies.

Kayleigh @ K-Books said...

Great reviews :)

i reli can't wait to read this book :)

Siobhán said...

Oh what a fab post. This books sounds really good and different.

Jules said...

Two great reviews!

I would love to read this book.


whispering words said...

Sounds like such an amazing book! Thank you for the giveaway

Mel said...

Anonymous said...

Really want to read this! :) Thanks for the giveaway :)


GFC: Stephanie

Alicia said...

Ooh, I've been wanting to read this for a while now - great reviews :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Caroline said...

Great reviews, the book sounds amazing!

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Michelle said...

I have heard so many great things about this book. I have never ead a mermaid book before, so I guess this is a good start. :D

haleyeliseread said...

I cant wait to start this series! (:

Books Glorious Books said...

I've been wanting to read this one for ages!

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Stephlikesyourface said...

This sounds like such a great book :')


JMay_Aldous said...

Ooh this sounds really great :)

Jennifer said...

Awesome reviews!


nickandkatherine said...

What a cool read. I'm always looking for books with a difference, and this hits the spot.