Princess Waterlily of the mer kingdom Thalassinia is about to turn 18 and relinquish her claim to the throne. Though she feels a duty to her people, Lily also has her human boyfriend Quince to consider. Since they separated their bond, Quince can no longer visit Thalassinia. Lily knows that Quince is her one true love, and she is willing to sacrifice everything just to be with him. Besides, she is actually looking forward to all the things the human world has to offer: driving, college, and life with Quince, of course!
Then Lily’s father, King Whelk, banishes Lily’s trouble making cousin, Dosinia, to land until she can overcome her hatred for all humans. When Doe becomes attracted to Lily’s ex-crush Brody, Lily finds herself returning to Thalassinia with Brody in hopes of separating the bond that now exists between Doe and Brody. Lily begins to question her future when she reconnects with a merman she knew as a guppy. Just where exactly does Lily belong, with Quince above the sea, or below the sea with Tellin as her king?
I had some reservations about reading Fins Are Forever, the sequel to Tera Lynn Childs’ Forgive My Fins. I was floored that I was enjoying this one even more! I’d also gone in expecting that Doe would be telling Fins Are Forever from her perspective, but was happy that Lily continued the narrative. Doe has an even bigger part in Fins Are Forever, and really grew as a character. All of the characters did, actually; especially Quince and Lily. I also loved the introduction of Tellin, who has the makings of a great sea king.
I truly hope that Tera Lynn Childs will write another book set in Thassalania; there’s enough closure at the end of Fins Are Forever (and the title of the book does sound pretty final, doesn’t it?), but there is so much more that she can do with Thassalania and with Princess Lily’s future.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tera Lynn Childs. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.