Audiobook Review: Just for Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Just for Fins
Fins #3
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Reader: Emily Bauer
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy/Mermaids
Run-time: 6 hrs 12 mins
Released: July 3rd 2012
Review Source: Harper Audio
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

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 above the water that are affecting the mer-world under water. As she sets out to do just that she offered a great opportunity to further her education and get a degree that can put her in a position to help on both sides.

One afternoon, Lily gets a surprise visit from her Dad the King where she is told that in order for her to stay with Quince the boy she loves, even through their bond was broken and she has bonded to Telen for the sake of keeping her title and helping out Telen’s kingdom, Quince will be put through a series of tests to prove his love for her. If he does not pass then he is banned from the ocean forever and she will not be able to return to land. This poor mer-girl has her hands full. How can she balance all this and try to save the mer-world that is suffering and the human world from a Mer-queen with an agenda?

I have to give it to Narrator Emily Bauer. She does a great job keeping you in the moment with this story. She has a knack for making you feel what the characters are feeling. When someone is upset, excited, happy or tired, it comes through in her narration. I got swallowed up in this story and it was hard to pull me away. The audio is nice and clean and a joy to listen to.

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