Thursday, June 20, 2013

Follow Friday + Mermaid Challenge Reviews, Week 6

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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. I am following you from the hop. I would love return followers on bloglovin please

  2. Oh My! That's a deep quote. Thanks for sharing it.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  3. Oh, wow, that's a wonderful quote!
    I'm an old follower, but I'm following you via email, too, now, since I thought I was and realized I wasn't.
    Here's my Feature and Follow Friday Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  4. Wow! That quote is deep man! But I like deep quotes. They're the types that tend to stick with you throughout life. Thanks for sharing this one!
    My FF

  5. That is so very true!

    New follower via bloglovin'. :)

    Bettering Me Up

  6. This is true- being literate is essential!

  7. Lovely quote. New follower. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tsuki @ Tsuki's Books

    Tsuki's Book Blog

  8. OOh nice quote! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  9. LOL, I didn't actually quite understand the quote but whatever, it sounds good!

    Followed!My feature... Don’t forget to follow!- Nova @ Musings of a Blogder

  10. Favorite literary quote? Um... Can I go steal one from someone? My brain doesn't start working until after nine. Sometimes ten.

  11. I love this quote its so true!

    Old Follower

    MY FF
    Annoushka @ Annoushka Reads

  12. Now that is a powerful quote! And a reminder of WHY reading is so important. I'm shocked at how much schools are pushing math over reading. Reading is real power!

    Meredith’s Musings

  13. That quote packs a punch, Liesel! :) Great choice! And I love your review of Forgive My Fins...I've always wanted to read that! :) Happy Friday!

  14. I like your quote. Old Follower!
    My blog is

  15. Love the quote! :)

    Old Bloglovin follower.

    Emma @ From the Writer’s Nest

  16. A great quote.

  17. Hmmm... never heard of John Stauffer. Interesting take on literacy and government... :)

    Following via Linky!

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  18. Wow! That is so true. Thanks for sharing Liesel and for stopping by this week. Happy Friday!!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  19. That's a very meaningful quote, thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog :)

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  20. Stopping by after you hopped through my blog! Great quote, and very applicable to today! Thanks for stopping by my FF! :)

  21. Awesome quote!!! It is so true and makes for a great discussion!!
    New follower via bloglovin' and email!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF post

  22. Great quote :)
    I'm an old follower!

  23. Old follower! Great quote, really captures why reading is important.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

  24. Wow, that's a intense quote.
    Thanks for sharing!
    old follower
    My FF

  25. Oooh that's a hard-hitting quote! I LOVE it :D Thank you so much for stopping by my FF. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  26. A very political quote, certainly very unique in compare to others I've read in this week's #FF like it though ;)

    My Feature & Follow Friday.

    Have a great weekend!

  27. Cool quote! I also loved your review for Forgive my fins, I have been wanting to read it for a while, glad you enjoyed it.


  28. Totally love and agree with the quote you picked! Literacy is everything!
    Old follower by Bloglovin :D
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  29. I love quotes like this one. It's only a quote but then the thought that it shares with people is so so so worthy. Thanks for dropping by my FF!

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

  30. great quote! I'm following you!
    my ff

  31. Forgive my fins sounds so cute!

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