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Just for Fins (Forgive My Fins) Hardcover – July 3, 2012

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Book 3 of 3 in the Fins Series

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When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mer kingdom of Thalassinia, she knew she couldn't just coast along in the current. But since she's spent the last couple of years on land, 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, who tells her his kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem. They'll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Lily has to lead the way, 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 her human boyfriend, 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 and for the humans she loves.

About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of several books for teens, including the first two books in the Sweet Venom series, the mermaid romances Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just for Fins, as well as another mythology-inspired series, including Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp. Although Tera always dreamed of discovering a secret twin (or triplet), she is sad to report she remains an only child.

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Product Details

  • Series: Forgive My Fins (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062192159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062192158
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Being a mermaid crown princess should be easy. Unfortunately sitting Kings and Queens don't take land loving teenage princesses seriously. Throw in graduation and an impossible test of devotion on Quince's part, and it's a miracle Lily Sanderson isn't pulling her scales out.

In the process of trying to help her newly bonded mermate, Tellen, save his kingdom and people Lily is thrown a huge reality check.Turns out all of her time on land has left Lily out of touch with the concerns of other merfolk, the state of the ocean, and her fellow kingdoms. But she's determaned to make a difference and be a great leader. Unfortunately opposition is growing among her kind and as she struggles to bring the kingdoms together she uncovers some disturbing plans by her fellow mer monarchs.

She'll have to hatch a risky political plan to get her point across and keep the peace between humans and their mythical neighbors.

Just For Fins was just the right mix of young to attract the lower spectrum of the YA audience while not being too childish that it completely turns off the adult crowd. It was also socially aware of environmental concerns without being condescending and overly preachy.

Childs is expanding her world building and giving her heroine a lot of new responsibility. She didn't neglect her secondary characters either giving Doe a much more mature air as well. I really like the growth and challenges the characters had to face. The introduction of all the different kingdoms and monarchs balanced out Lily's growth with a world to match. Even though the romance is a secondary plot compared to the previous books, the author still gives the thread a strong and compelling concept to satisfy the die hard romantics.

Just For Fins is another wonderful installment perfect for any age. It struck just the right balance of growth, maturity, and romance to keep fans happy and looking forward to another summer full of fin filled fairytales.
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I am convinced those people who claim to only read intellectual, stuffy books, magazines, and newspapers secretly have a stash of fun, easy reading hidden under their beds. Why fight the fact that sometimes, a funny, easy, entertaining, endearing read is all you really want? And with Tera Lynn Childs, you are bound to get just that with Just for Fins.

Lily may be a mermaid queen, but that doesn't mean everyone takes her seriously. In her mermaid kingdom, she tries to use her position to call the other mermaid kings and queens to join forces to help Tellin's kingdom (her "husband" or bond mate, in name only). Tellin's kingdom is on the verge of starvation due to pollution and over-fishing, but that doesn't mean anyone wants to help them. The other leaders scold Lily for not recognizing their own human-caused problems and promptly depart from the meeting, leaving Lily to look like a fool.

But Tellin's dying kingdom isn't Lily's only concern. An ancient law is dug up that states Quince, Lily's true love, must pass three trials in order for them to remain together. If he fails, she will be banished to the water, he will be banished to land, and neither can come together ever again. Now Lily finds everything she ever loved on the line with little hope of fixing things. But it is about to get worse when the merpeople consider acts of sabotage on oil rigs and ships perfectly acceptable revenge to save the oceans humans have so carelessly destroyed. As a half-human who is in love with a human, Lily can't imagine the losses and devastation such acts could cause. But how can one teenage mermaid stop generations of oceanic destruction all by herself?

I just love Tera Lynn Childs. She never disappoints. Her stories are witty, fun, and just make me smile.
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This is the third installment in Ms Childs' Fins series which is not to be confused with Ashley Knight's Fins Trilogy. In case you're late to the party, here's a quick sketch of what happened in book 1 -Forgive My Fins- and book 2 - Fins Are Forever:

Lilly is an 18 year-old mermaid living on land and attending high school. Her full name is Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia and she was sent by her father, King Whelk, to live with her human aunt for a year and attend school in order to get an idea of how humans live. Terribly homesick, she's about to hit the Bimini Road for Thalassinia when she gets a glimpse of this human boy and becomes fixated on him. Her crush is so bad that she begs her father to let her complete high school so she can be near this boy who barely knows that she exists. Here ultimate goal is to kiss the guy a month or so before graduation and drag him home to meet Daddy. Ms Childs' vision of mer-life is not unlike that of Brenda Pandos in her wonderful Mer Tales series. All it takes is one kiss from the mer-person of your dreams and you're on your way to growing fins. There is no telling how the crush might feel about this. After all, Lilly is just a bit of background noise to him.

Well, as luck would have it, Lilly kisses the wrong guy; The boy next door - Quince - who has been trying to get Lilly's attention via the time-honoured method of being annoying. Once this happens, Lilly's plan is complicated by her need to de-bond with the boy next door whom she later discovers - much to her chagrin - that she really loves.
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