Book View: Just for Fins

Book View: Just for FinsJust For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Fins #3
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 3rd 2012
Pages: 272

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.

*Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *
Short and Sweet:
Having been suffering a bit of reading lag, Just for Fins was exactly the book that I was needing. Princess Waterlily has finally come into her crown. Things are working well between her and Quince. Now, she is on to help her childhood friend and bond mate save his kingdom.
Just for Fins is really the first look that readers have gotten at Lily in her official role as Princess. Of course, in true Lily fashion, the course is never smooth, but that is one thing I love about this series. Lily is such a great character. She is not perfect, but tries to do what is best for everyone involved.
Unlike the previous books of the series, Just for Fins had a rushed feeling about it. Oh, the first half of the book was pure heaven. But it was almost as if the book set readers up for more than it could deliver. Lily and Quince and the test. Plus all the kingdom issues. It was a bit much. Leaving the last few chapters grasping to tie up loose ends. Leaving me with the question 'is this it?'
Final Verdict:
Of all the young adult books featuring mermaids that I have read, Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series has to be the one that I recommend the most. It is light and fluffy. Just perfect for summer or any time you need a quick reading pick me up. There is just something about this series that I find irresistible. Just for Fins continues the great tradition. But I am not sure about the ending. It felt too thrown together and not very clean. The last pages gives readers closure while still leaving the door open for more. It is unclear at the moment if Just for Fins is the final installment of the Fins series. But hopefully with the door being left a bit open, we will be able to see more of Lily, Quince, and the gang soon.
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