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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 ru ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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little machines
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This is my go-to cotton candy mermaid series, for sure!

I love Lily. I love how she's just so grown now. Like, she's so over that ridiculous obsession with Brody from book one, and she's completely devoted to Quince now. I bet any other YA heroine out there would still be torn over different guys in a series, but not Lily. Only Quince is on her mind, and I'm glad about that.

What I love most about this book though is that it'
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Jetches  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Well I had my hopes set really high for this novel. Sadly, I felt the first was the best in the series and the second and final book just didn’t match up to it. Now, perhaps its because the first solely focused on Quince and Lily, and the second faded more to the welfare of the mer-kingdoms, and the finale was almost solely about the future of the mer-kingdoms. I guess there just was not enough love in it for me. I thought there should be seeing as that was what started the series afterall. Not, ...more
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
This series started off with a Big Bang. Seriously. I loved Quinn, and I loved the whole idea of "princess of Thalassinia". Unfortunately, as the series progressed, the things I seemed to like/care about most disappeared.

First of all, things got mega-lame. One thing I absolutely positively cannot abide is lame names. Well, let me give you an excerpt from this book:
"What?" I ask, my voice softer. "Just tell me, Calliope."
"It seems the ancient law requires your human to..." She shakes her head.
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Courage
Now this is the story all about how
Lily's life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you about how she took on being princess of the seas.

Sorry. Feeling a bit nostalgic about the 90s today.

So this segment starts just two days after Fins Are Forever left off. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this series conclusion. The previous two hadn't left a lasting impression on me, so I was settling in for a quick, light read. And though my lo
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Garrett
Nov 13, 2011 Garrett marked it as to-read
So excited for this one! "One of the iciest queens in the mer-kingdoms..." Maybe we'll get to see the (Ant)Arctic kingdoms in this one?

11/13/11 Oh! A cover already! It's almost identical to the first book's, but I like it. :)
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
Just For Fins is the third instalment of the Fins series. Here we find our protagonist, Lily taking on her first action as crown princess of Thalassinia. But as she treks the path to fulfilling her duties to her kingdom, she realizes she lacks the knowledge of what goes on in the ocean realm. Spending so much time on land, she left herself clueless of the problems hers and other mer kingdoms are facing. Determined to do whatever it takes to help out her mer bond in name only, Tellin, she goes ab ...more
Harman
I loved this book! This is the third book in the Fins series. Tera Lynn Childs has written all three books so beautifully. I have loved reading all three! I loved how Tera had made the characters feel so realistic For the Mer people instead of them saying, "i let the dust settle in my mind" she said, "i let the silt settle in my mind." Those little details made the whole book a lot more fun to read. I loved the plot in this book. There were sort of two different plots. One was the one with Quinc ...more
Darcy
I liked this book, the tone of it was so upbeat, odd considering the subject matter Lily is facing. I loved how Lily is now embracing her mermaid life, that Tellin felt comfortable telling her the issues his kingdom is facing, and as a team the two of them come up with a plan.

It is at this point that things seem to follow a time tested pattern, one where the young ones are excited to save the world, but faced with the old ones who are cynical because nothing has worked in the past. This could h
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Kay Mcgriff


Tera Lynn Childs creates a satisfying ending to the trilogy of books about Lily Sanderson, a secret mermaid princess learning about life on land as a high school student. Just for Fins (Katherine Tegen Books 2012) is my favorite in this series because Lily has grown into her own person with grace and courage.

No longer is Lily plagued with deciding what is right for herself (Brody or Quinn? Princess or not?). Instead she is ready to take on the responsibilities that are her birthright–and not a
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Howdy YAL
To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...

When I think of this series I think cute. It's light reading. I know I'm not going to get the most complex of plots, but I still love reading these books. In fact, they're probably my favorite mermaid series that's out there in the YA world as of right now.

However, despite the fact that I love these books I did find some problems with this installment. For instance, let's talk about sea puns. Although, not as heavily used as
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Abby
The only reason I read this book is because I hate leaving things unfinished, Especially food but that's beside the point. I absolutely loved the first book, I liked the second book but this third book really bugged me. I'll make a list, mainly because I love lists. (This list is in no particular order, just whatever comes to mind.)

1. Could the names in this book be any harder to pronounce?
2. Lily really needs to get her priorities straight when it comes to her hair.
3. In a personal opinion, I
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Just for Fins is book three in the Fins series and it was one of my most anticipated reads for this year. Tera Lynn Childs had me hooked from the very first book in this series because it's so unique, cute and so adorably fun and, although I still loved this book, it wasn't my favourite.

This time around we see Lily trying to step into her role as Princess of Thalassinia and while I liked this storyline, I didn't love it. The previous books have been surrounded by Lily's life on land or with her
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LaSibila
Lily comienza esta historia ejerciendo su papel de futura reina del Reino de las sirenas Thalassinia, uno de 16 existentes en los mares del mundo. Sin embargo, descubre que la mayoria de los reinos estan atravesando crisis debido a la polucion de los mares y las actividades industriales y de explotacion petrolera. En una lucha por evitar que los reinos empiecen una guerra contra los humanos, establece nuevos aliados y crece, como persona y como regente.
Es increible que la autora haya conseguido
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Patrick
It's interesting that each subsequent book in this trilogy gets progressively better-written. Not to say it's written amazingly, but better than the previous one.

The final book (I assume) in this trilogy has Lily working to solve a looming environmental crisis in the oceans, all the while discovering a conspiracy that threatens the sea kingdoms and learning she and Quince might be torn apart by fate after all. In comparison to the first book, "Forgive My Fins", this book and the last one are far
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Lynae
This was definitely the worst book in the series. You cannot go from teen paranormal romance to teen attempts to save the ocean in a boring political way and the love interest is barely mentioned. If I wanted to read about humans destroying the ocean I would've picked out a nonfiction book. I wanted a romantic mermaid story, and I was severely disappointed. Tera Lynn Childs totally could've stopped after the first book.
Nicole
Loved the first, thought the second was so-so, but I'm happy to see it continue! Just like I did for "Fins Are Forever", I'll be buying this the week it comes out!

My guess is that this time the mermaid on the cover is this "icy queen" mentioned.
Colleen Houck
There was some very clever Mer political maneuvering in this book. Loved Lily's solution to the problem. My favorite thing is when the tail fins match the colors of the environment. Can totally picture that. Beautiful!
Amber
Just for Fins ended well, it kept me thinking and I never figured out what was going to happen until the very end. It was a fun book to read and kept me interested throughout.
Felita Hardigaloeh
di akhir seri ini, masalah yg dihadapin lily makin berat

pertama, hubungannya dg quince diuji......pilihannya lily dan quince harus menjalani 3 tes utk membuktikan hubungannya layak dipertahankan, wow......

kedua, thelin meminta bantuan lily menyelamatkan kerajaannya yg ujung2nya lily harus berhadapan dg semua penguasa kerajaan merworld. glek.......

mba tera cukup piawai menggambarkan dunia merworld. di mana yg kusukai kerajaan dumontia yg ada di antartika. jika kerajaan lily penuh warna, di sini p
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Regina
Dec 09, 2011 Regina marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012
Hmmm.I felt the second one was a good place to stop but I guess ill read this one anyway....it better be good coz I
m not gonna read a fourth if this one sucks.
Pretty Little Liar
why did this have to be the ending. i hope there is another book.
Allison
Wow. I can't believe I finished trilogy. I almost want more because I truly enjoyed every one of the books and can't get enough of the characters! If I didn't have school, I would finished this in a matter of hours because I couldn't put it down. I feel like Tera Lynn Childs truly had a comeback from the second book in the series. This was a great feel-good book, yet when I say that about other books, the book was not that great. But, in this case, I have never wanted a feel-good book more.
I tho
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Zara Khan
I love these books...all the three of them
with every next book the characters become much interesting and mature.Lily is no more the shy,nervous high school girl she is the crown princess now and wants to use her title and power for good but more than her i like her cousin she had transformed from being bratty to understanding and sweet she is still a diva though but she cares now for her cousin and the people in her life
and i really love the way the writer bring to life the beautiful mer world
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Alantie
I was a bit reluctant to start this one, mainly because while the last one wasn't bad, it didn't really hook me into finishing. But, me being me, I hate to get halfway through a series and not at least find out how everything pans out. So. I finally picked it up.

This one is quite different from the others as the focus has shifted quite a bit from Lily and Quince's relationship being the focal point to Lily's work in being the crown princess. Which was good and bad in a way because anyone who was
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Sarah (Catching Books)
I have really enjoyed all of Tera Lynn Childs' books, so when I heard about this series about a year ago I was SO excited to read it. Three books later, I'm still loving the captivating tale that the author spins with such fantastic characters!

What I really liked about this book (when compared to the other two), is that we really get to see Lily get involved with what's happening in her kingdom! While the author two books really focused on romance, I'm glad that we got to see a different side to
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Vyki (On The Shelf)
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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
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Shalin
My initial thoughts were to read the book, just to have a conclusion, and ending to the series. I was disappointed by the previous book. Hence, I wasn't expecting much. However, I'd like to say that Just for Fins is way better than anticipated.

I think the entire plot is good. Not too much whining, sufficient problems and solutions. And yes, Quince. I just love him more by the minute. Still, I thought it could have been better - like having more details and scenes on the various problems. It didn
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Jessica Day
While I usually think the last book in a series is disappointing, Just for Fins ended up being my favorite Fins book. Poor Lily has so many problems she must face. It makes for an interesting plotline. Now that Lily’s Crown Princess, she has to act as such. Plus she and Crown Prince Tellin have to try and save his kingdom, and the ocean, from human pollution and wreckage, all while uniting the Mer kingdoms. Meanwhile, back on land, Quince learns he must face the Trial of Truth so he can be with ...more
Lisa Ciaccio
Its official, Lily Sanderson is now Crown Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia. Lily is living on land and is happy to do so. She is also trying to keep up with her duties as princess which she finds her cousin Doe has a better handle on than she does. When an underwater quake shakes up more than her home on land Lily sets out to do all that she can to make the world a safe place for humans and mer folk alike. Lily thinks she may be able to do more good on land where she can study the happenings ab ...more
Arti
Ok, so this one was a good ending to the series but I definitely liked the second and first one better. I didn't really like how it was so serious most of the time and focused mostly on saving the exposure of mermaids. I mean I get that, that was the main point of the book, as it ended with Tellin and his kingdom in trouble, but I wished it revolved more around Lily and Quince. Like the first two books did.

The Truth Test that Quince had to take. I felt that it was put in just so Quince would be
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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published h ...more
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