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Just for Fins

(Fins #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,624 ratings  ·  265 reviews
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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shady boots | #WatchPOSE
This review is also available over at my blog.


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'
Jessica  (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.
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very pleased with the end to this series. I felt like all the characters grew a lot during it. This was one of the few series where the books got progressively better instead of progressively worse.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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 l
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!
Nov 07, 2011 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. :)
Emily Cramer
love this book
Stephanie M. Allen
I really enjoyed this whole trilogy. I loved the light-hearted fun. So many fantasies are super serious. It was a nice change of pace.
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Janus the Erudite Artist
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-hardcover
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
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An enchanting undersea world sprinkled the right amount of romance and given a touch of a modern day fairy tale brought to life, Just for Fins is a fabulous summer time read!

Tera Lynn Childs's is an author who's books are ones that without fail, each time I sit down to read one of them I really enjoy it. She creates these wonderful, sweet romances that leave me wanting more, gives her stories this modern day fairy tale feel to them them, and over all knows how to write a truly good ole' fashion
Kay Mcgriff
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic-paranormal
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Salve Duplayna
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As the third installment of the series, "Forgive My Fins" clearly sums up the story. When Lily bonded with Prince Tellin and decided to remain the Crown Princess of Thalassinia, she knew that she couldn't forget about her duties, however, she's no longer sure that she can lead since she lived on land for the last few years. However, she sets that aside to fulfill her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name, to help his suffering kingdom due to climate change. She knows that this is a very big is ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, mermaid, ya
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
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?

I liked the other books in the series

What I thought

I liked parts of this one better then others. Dosinia was atleast more likable but all the ocean saving stuff got boring still a cute read though.

Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Regina Tam
Dec 09, 2011 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 better be good coz I
m not gonna read a fourth if this one sucks.
Pretty Little Liar
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
why did this have to be the ending. i hope there is another book.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the first two books (The first book the best), but this ending kind of butchered it for me.

The only one I actually liked in this book was Quince. The only person I cared about this whole entire series was Quince. Lily was already annoying from the start. In the beginning she was this basic teenager, now she all political. I mean it isn't bad to be political, but this is about a romance story! People like me don't like politics and romance heavily mixed in a YA book! I understa
Ephemera Pie
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Quick Review

This book is about Lily trying to save the underwater kingdoms that are in trouble because humans suck and are destroying everything unintentionally. She tries her best to perform her royal duties and balance her student life, but it is difficult.

We get to see her go to the different kingdoms and meet more mermaids, which was by far the best part of the book for me.

I HATE it when books make the characters do three trials. Video games, sure.
Howard Parsons
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
So I finally finished this series and I wish I did a few years ago when I was more into the series. In this book Lily has more problems to face as a ruler of her own kingdom of the sea. Other kingdoms are suffering with little food, oil spills, etc. Lily must find a way to meet everyone's needs without leaving anyone out of the plan. Quince her boyfriend must past three test in order for them to continue having a relationship. If he fails he must remain on land and she must return to the sea for ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5, I guess. It’s a bit difficult for me to rate this one since I ended up going on a long hiatus because I had library books to read. I’m glad that I finally finished this, since it was a really cute series. This one was more about the environmental issues facing the kingdoms rather than the romance, and I would have preferred that it be the opposite. This plot probably could have been worked into the plot of the second book.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: have-lib, 3rd-book
First Sentence:
""How can you not know how to use the royal seal?""

Last Sentence:
"It's about time."

Overall, this series could have been pushed into one book or maybe two. There just wasn't enough things happening to break this into three books. The characters were okay, the romance and arguments sometimes were over-dramatic, and the plot was just a tad interesting. It's a fun, quick series but not one of my favorites.
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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning YA author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series.


Her newest release is Myths and Mistletoe, a holiday story collection. She also wrote the City Chicks series and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series.


Other books in the series

Fins (3 books)
  • Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
  • Fins Are Forever (Fins, #2)