Saturday, January 12, 2013

Audiobook Review: Fins Are Forever

Fins Are Forever (Fins, #2)
Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
(Fins #2)
June 28, 2011
Harper Collins
Source: Personal Purchase
Goodreads Summary:
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?
My Review:

Narrator Review:
The narrator's voice matches what I imagined Lily's voice to be in my head almost perfectly. Lily sounds like the teenaged mermaid that she is. Her male-voice transitions could be better, but they were still okay. I enjoyed the audiobook and plan to listen to the third book as well.

Book Review:
Fins are Forever picks up one week after the first book, Forgive My Fins, ends. Lily is facing new dilemmas as she tries to decide what she is going to do about being the royal successor of Thalassinia or not. She and Quince are happily together, yet Lily faces new dilemmas, particularly in the form of her cousin Dosinia and her predicament with her kingdom.

I liked the continuation with Lily and Quince's relationship. He's such a stand-up guy, and I love that they are able to embrace their feelings for each other. But I also appreciate that they have to face real challenges together, and really think about their future. I also like that Lily has to honestly deal with her standing in her kingdom, and what the consequences will be depending upon whether she renounces her throne or not. There are very real challenges to be dealt with, and I liked how they were approached. I also liked how the issues were dealt with all the way up to the very end.

Bottomline: This is a cute, clean, well-paced book (and series) with great characters; perfect for the YA audience (or older, since I'm not a YA myself). Whether you read the books or listen to them in audio-form, they are quite enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the last book.


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