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Monday, June 27, 2011

Fins Are Forever Release Day!!!!!

Ok, so this is the day I’ve been waiting for—ever since I pressed the page-turn button and saw “EPILOGUE” written in bold letters in the upper-center of the page—And not the kind of EPILOGUE where everyone gets married and lives happily-ever-after, but the kind of EPILOGUE-cliff-hanger where it looks like something catastrophic may or may not happen, but you don’t know, because the page-turn button appears to be malfunctioning and there don’t seem to be anymore words left at the end of the book to tell you what has happened and what is going to happen and the only solution (aside from flinging your precious book across the room in frustration) is to wait patiently for another year until the sequel comes out and you can find out just what kind of trouble these crazy characters have gotten themselves into now, and more importantly, how are they going to get out of it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Yeah, that day—The FINTASMICALLY epic release of Tera Lynn Childs Fins Are Forever, the highly anticipated seaquel sequel to last summer’s splash hit Forgive My Fins!

Wait—did I say the day I’ve been waiting for?—I meant the day you’ve been waiting for!

I’ve already got my copy!!!  Due to my crafty ninja skills, I was able to acquire an ARC from Tera Lynn Childs, herself. (and yes, FTC this IS my honest, uninfluenced opinion!!!!)

***Fins Are Forever is a seaquel sequel, but every attempt is being made to keep this spoiler-free.***

Backstory:  Forgive My Fins (super-über-cute and a totally fun summer read—now is the perfect time to pick it up if you haven’t read it yet!!!)  I think Fins Are Forever is structured well-enough, that it could be read by itself, without the reader getting lost—but unless you are currently stranded on a deserted island or trapped in some remote location with no link to the outside world, I totally recommend reading the two together—they’re such great companion pieces; trust me, you’ll want to read them both!!! 

Lilly is half mermaid-princess, half human.  In Forgive My Fins Lilly turns her whole world upside-down and inside-out.  In Fins Are Forever, Lilly finally thinks she’s got her life straightened out again…That is, until Dosinia, Lilly’s cousin (and the bane of Lilly’s underwater existence) shows up.  On land.   Now Lilly’s life is being turned upside-down all over again, and she can’t help but wonder if she made the right choices.  Are there some things more important than love?  Can Lilly find a way to have both?  And graduate high school?

I can’t tell you all the emotions that welled up inside me when my pretty little ARC came.  My first thought was disbelief.  I would look at it, then put it back, thinking maybe it was a mistake or a trick, and not believing that I could really really really read it.  And then I wanted to hide it and protect it, so that nothing would happen to it.  I kept taking it out of the shipping box, so that I could stare at it in awe, and then putting it back in, as if it were some stolen treasure.  And then taking it back out again to look at it.  But keeping it close with me always.

It was funny, because I had been SO anxious, for SO long about reading Fins Are Forever, but when I finally had the book in my hands, I wanted the feeling to last.  I’m a fast reader.  And I’m impatient.  I don’t like to sit around wondering what’s going to happen, I just want to read faster; find out faster.  And I was afraid as soon as I started reading Fins Are Forever, I would devour it.

And OMG. I DID.  Once I started and was back in the world of Lilly and Quince, I. COULD. NOT. STOP. READING.  I saved it especially for a road trip.  I remember getting in the car, buckling my seatbelt, and occasionally mumbling “uh huh,” or trying to say semi-coherent things, pretending not to be completely tuning my sister out…you know, while I completely tuned her out.  She’s a reader, too; she understands.

Understands what it is like to find an amazingly fresh, sweet, funny, tender, romantic, magical, one-in-a-million kind of book and be absolutely swept off your feet, and fall-in-love-with-it kind of book.  *sigh*

I’ve been in love with Tera’s books since I picked up Oh.My.Gods.  Forgive My Fins was so good I don’t know if I’ve ever been so angry at a book for ending.  So, I mean, I was kind of expecting to fall in love with Fins Are Forever.  I was expecting it to be good.  It never entered my mind that I wouldn't love it, or that it wouldn’t be good.

So what surprised me was, not only did I absolutely fall in love with Fins Are Forever—Not only was it good—It was even better!!!!

And hopefully more to come!!!! *crosses fingers for infinite sequels*

It was so magical to be back in Lilly’s world again, and so much fun!!!!!!   I absolutely recommend Fins Are Forever as a totally fintasmic splashtastically awesome summer read!!!!

Download it now or transport yourself to your nearest bookstore.  Because. It. Is. Good!

p.s. Don't forget, to celebrate the release of Fins Are Forever, I'm hosting my own Fintastic FINS ARE FOREVER TLC Swag Giveaway!!!!



bex said...

Wow, I don't know if I love or hate those kind of epilogues! But I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I admit you're making me very intrigued. ;)

Rebecca @ kindle fever

lalibrarybug said...

I loved this review and how you got the ARC and after you took it out you held it in disbelief and then put it back in the box! I absolutely love her writing!!!