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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mermaid Challenge Reviews, Week 6 + Follow Friday

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Welcome to Week 5 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)

This week's mermaid-themed book was Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. It was fabulous!

It's kind of funny because, in terms of genre, this book is everything I generally say I don't like in a book. The characters are teenagers, it's based around high school and boyfriend drama, and the stakes are, well, love, which is big, but not exactly life and death. Especially not when it's of the teenaged variety. 

That said, the protagonist in this book, Lily, is great! She manages to be a teenager, but extremely likable. She's hysterical! Totally self-centered, whiny, doesn't see the hot, sweet guy that's right in front of her, but you totally want to root for her anyway. She says things like:

"I mean, he has a special gifft for pushing my buttons. Too bad it's not a marketable skill." (pg. 148) and "Lord love a lobster, he has a beautiful chest. He's not body builder muscular, but clearly he's built enough to life whatever comes along." (pg. 82)

She uses a lot of fish/ocean/mere lingo. It would be over-the-top, except that it's so completely, endearingly incorporated into the character, that it works. In fact, it's charming. 

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a story of great originality and depth. It's really not much of a spoiler to say that this is a girl-likes-boy-that's-wrong-for-her-while-the-right-guy-fights-to-get-noticed-by-her story. Just one of those. A fun read that kept me turning pages and smiling the whole time.

If I had one complaint it's that it takes her sooooo long to clue into reality over the whole situation. I was fifty pages from the end and she was still sure she'd end up with the shallow guy she'd been crushing on for three years. And as far as reality goes, any sane girl would have left guy#1 for guy#2 after like, chapter 3. (I guess that was kind of two complaints, wasn't. it? Oh well.)

Overall, I really loved this book and want to read the sequel. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light, fun, delightfully romantic summer read. It's all kinds of fishy fun. 

Has anyone else read Forgive My Fins? What did you think?

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Share your favorite literary quote! (There are too many great quotes from books to choose just one, so I went with one about literacy instead. I was lazy and used the same one on both my blogs, FYI)

Literacy is vital to democracy. For if the governed can neither understand their leaders nor distinguish truth from lies, then a democracy descends into oligarchy, a government by and for the elite few. --John Stauffer 

What's your favorite literary quote? 


  1. Hopping through. What a wonderful quote! What book is it from?
    My Hop

    1. Thanx Alison! I came across this in college, but not sure what book it was from. Might even have been an essay or something. But I've always liked it. :D

  2. That is such a powerful quote!

    Jess @ Literary, etc (old follower).

    1. Thanks Jess! I liked yours too. Happy Friday! :D

  3. Hi Just hoping through very thought provoking :)new followerJodie @ Aussie Bookworm
    have a good weekend

    1. Thanks for the follow. I'll be sure to follow you back. :D Happy Friday!

  4. Excellent choice in quotes, Liesel! And I want to read that mermaid book - even if mermaids freak me out!

    Here's my FF post for this week.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanx, Lexxie. And don't worry about the freak out factor with this book--it's much more high school-based than ocean-based. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  5. Good quote, thanks! for sharing.


  6. This us such a powerful quote (and so very true).

    Meredith, Old follower
    Meredith’s Musings

  7. I added a quote about literature for mine, too. :) I own Forgive My Fins, and I'm excited to read it! I haven't read any mermaid stories, so I'd like to make that one my first. :) Sounds like an awesome light read perfect for summer!
    Old follower! :)
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  8. Great quote! I'm a new follower.
    my Ff