- File Size: 1574 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Otherside Press First Digital edition (April 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007X4L2CG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Fins - Book I of the Fins Trilogy Kindle Edition
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What if you suddenly found out you were a mythical creature? A creature thought to live only with the imagination of those daring enough to dream.
What if you have dreamed of boy since childhood and he has slowly become the love of your life? There is one catch. You have never met. Honestly, there is the real possibility that your hearts desire doesn't even exist!
Roll all this together with your changing perception of the world and you have the making of a fairytale. A fairytale far from your wildest dreams. A fairytale you are a part of and you control the destinies of those you love.
This fascination has continued in so many forms over the ages since then, so it's no wonder that author Ashley Knight's debut novel, Fins, is gaining some attention among readers. This fast-paced book for young adults is about Morgan, a young woman in her late teens who goes to spend the summer with her mother in Central Florida's Treasure Coast. We shortly find out that her mother is actually a mermaid, as is her new husband. And as things like this go, Morgan begins her own biological transformation into a mermaid as well, but one with some very unique qualities.
As she evolves into her newly found status as quite a unique mermaid, she revels in each new discovery of herself, along with a budding then growing love affair with a young merman named Thayde. But all is not finny frivolity, as Morgan shortly finds herself in the midst of a frequently aquatic family feud that has been going on since before her birth. And it looks like it's up to Morgan to find a solution to this aquatic vendetta before it has some very dire results.
Ms. Knight's book is fast paced and obviously written for young adult female fantasy readers, so it was a new experience for this reviewer. Recommended by a friend who knew that I had enjoyed the parts that both mythology and folklore had played throughout history, I mentally raised an eyebrow at first, but trying to be open minded I bought the Kindle edition. Early into it, I quickly found that here was an author who could captivate with some well crafted words, as can be seen here:
"I arched my back out of the coach class airline seat and stretched. It had been a long flight. Almost four hours from Denver and before that, one from Boise. Florida. Two things came to mind when I thought of Florida: Mickey Mouse and the Orlando Magic. And that it was hot. I wasn't a huge fan of the heat, but imagining lying on a white beach with a nice blue ocean for two weeks seemed ok."
Ms. Knight has a way of wording her sentences that for the most part keep the reader moving right along from one page to another, without sidetracking too much into frivolous detail. At times the book had some fairly weak parts where this reader began to think that sections of the overall plot was being stretched a bit thin, but as can often be found in classical folklore and mythology, there can be some surprising twists and turns that kick the interest level back into high gear again. There were paragraphs with descriptions that made this reader smile, both from the author's subtle sense of humor and the way that she has of creating visual images, such as this:
"When he surfaced next to me, I felt as if I was staring at Father Time. His long, gray hair matched his scraggly beard. Wringing the water out of it, he smiled and the lines about his face wrinkled even more. He reminded me of a character from one of the old movies my dad had collected. Chong from Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke. I instantly liked this old man."
Ashley Knight's Fins is just one of a plethora of mermaid fantasy books aimed at young adults, and though this reviewer generally shuns such in favor of other genre, this one comes off quite good in terms of uniqueness and originality. Her character descriptions are not flat or vapid, and though there are some dips and valleys occasionally in the plot, the author manages to pull it all together in an interesting fashion.
For those who look the topic of mermaids as being just parts of mythology, ancient folklore, or half-nude paintings in museums, the Animal planet television channel is currently showing 'Mermaids: The Body Found,' an admitted science docufiction built on a few strands of fact and made to look like an actual documentary. This just adds to the mermaids-are-real hypothesis that has appeared in abundance in cultural references over the centuries, and makes Ms. Knight's novel an even more interesting read.
Some have compared this fantasy to the Twilight Saga, but since I've not read that one, this reviewer cannot comment on a qualified basis. I would prefer to look at FINS as a standalone novel, and as such would rate it as a 3-star read. But considering that this is the author's debut book, this often picky reviewer will call it a solid 4-star read, which is better than some of the current bestsellers on the market today, especially those that deal with various shades of grey and such. And this one is good enough that this reader has already purchased Fathom, Ashley Knight's sequel, the next one in this trilogy. Though this story is not my normal genre of choice, I must admit to being fascinated with where she's taking this story.
The backdrop of normal late-teenage events: going to a new High School, meeting the man of her dreams, and making new friends, are all cleverly mixed with the unfolding surprises and questions behind her origin as the child of merfolk. New powers and a blossoming pre-destined love are set against the long-running family feud that threatens the lives of her and her new family.
A series of escalating incidents causes Morgan to search for the truth behind the legend and unite her people in peace. The final climax reveals her true purpose and brings you to the conclusion that you've read all the fantastic elements of a Fantasy Novel so totally meshed within the coming of age of our heroine that you applaud the easy skill of the writer.
Good storyline but I cringed every time I read, "We have more to tell you" or "I have to tell you something" or "You haven't told her yet?". Heck, at the very end I was still reading this kind of line. I typically enjoy guessing the "Who done it" but this was way too easy. To be fair, this is a book for a younger age group. With that in mind, I would have enjoyed this book if I was still in 6th grade. I don't mean this as an insult as I would have loved this book in my younger days. I would recommend this book to kids in middle school.
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Look, it's not like the story was boring. I was interested enough to see it until the end.
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