Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
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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 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.
This book was so fun to read! I loved the Little Mermaid feel to it and it was super funny and upbeat! After finding out that her mother is human, Lily's father decides that she should spend sometime on the shore since she is half-human. After being above water for only a short while, she comes across Brody who she sees swimming effortlessly in the ocean. She decides right then and there that she is in love with him and wants to bond herself to him for the rest of her life. But the only problem is, he has a girlfriend and has never really mustered up enough courage to tell him how she feels. Her neighbor Quince irritates the hell out of her by always showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Even though I loved the aspects of Lily and Quince's relationship, I thought it was very typical of a YA novel. They hate each other, at least she hates him, but they spend so much time together that they decide that maybe there's something there they didn't see; maybe there's chemistry and a spark. Then Brody turns out to be the typical popular jock and doesn't accept Lily in the way she wants him to. I felt a lot of the themes in the book were just typical and ordinary instead of being extraordinary.
The main character Lily is very likable and I was rooting for her the whole time even during the times I was hoping she would finally find common sense and realize you can't be in love with someone you barley know. Again with the ordinary because Quince was the typical bad boy who drives the motorcycle and kisses unsuspecting girls without their permission.
All in all the story was just so fun and that's what I keep coming back to. I didn't not like it but it wasn't absolutely amazing. It was enough to keep me going, made me glad that I bought it and excited to read the next one!