*Review* Just for Fins – Tera Lynn Childs

 Just for Fins (Fins #3)

Tera Lynn Childs

256 pages

ISBN: 9780062192158

Read 8-24-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Borrowed

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When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.

But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.

Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!

In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves.

I love, love, love this series!  The world the author builds is amazing and bright and vibrant.  The fins series is just so much fun to read; I can’t get enough of Lily and her gang.  The characters have grown a lot sicne the first book and I really like the way they have developed.

I love Lily and she gains a lot of confidence over the course of this book.  She is dealing with a very serious situation with the mer world, so she kind of has to.  Her and Quince still make a great couple and Dosinia has moved from my “annoying” list to my “like a lot” list.  It was very interesting to elarn about some other mer kingdoms and see these new places.

The descriptions used were wonderful and I especially liked the Glacialis depiction.  Though this book has a more serious subject, there are still plenty of humorous parts.  As for the trial with “nearly impossible tests,” one seemed pretty difficult, but the other two didn’t really seem that bad, or at least not nearly impossible.

I felt the plot was strong and also meaningful.  It’s awful that more people don’t see the damage doen to the oceans and sea life because of how bad teh human race can treat it.  It was a perfect issue for Lily to tackle as part of her royal duties.  The solution was a brave risk for her and very creative.  And the end?  Love!  I really hope there is at least one more Fins book to be written because I really want to see the product of this ending.

This book was a wonderously colorful world and had characters that just jumped off the page with life.  The cover was also incredibly vivid and very fitting for a mermaid book.  The Fins series is my favorite mermaid series I’ve read so far and I’m keeping my fingers crossed this book isn’t the last.  I highly recommend this series to any and all mermaid lovers.

Full of life, great plot, strong characters, awesome world.

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Filed under 4.5 Stars, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

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