Saturday, October 12, 2013

REVIEW: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Title: Of Triton (Syrena Legacy #2)
Author: Anna Banks Website Twitter Facebook
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Pages: 256
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

First Thoughts: So torn! I LOVED Of Poseidon, but just LIKED Of Triton. A good story, but there’s something missing; I’m not sure what, but something’s not there.

Here’s an early disclaimer - writing this review is going to be hard. I liked this book; really, I did. I just didn’t like it nearly as much as Of Poseidon, which kind of made it disappointing to me. Why didn’t I like it as much? I don’t know, hence the difficulty of writing this review.

I’m not entirely sure what is missing from this book; I just didn’t feel the magic like I did in book one. Maybe my expectations were higher - I went in knowing nothing about Of Poseidon and was blown away; I expected the same attachment to Of Triton and didn’t feel it. I think part of it was the relationships; they were all set-in-stone, solid. There wasn’t the tension and uncertainty between Emma and Galen that we felt in book one. I sound like a terrible person wishing that they had a few relationship bumps along the way, but I think it would have added some of the missing tension (how dare they be so perfectly in love!). Plus, they are separated from each other for most of the book, so readers don’t get enough of their chemistry.

Even with the missing magic, I did enjoy the book. Again, I loved the relationship between Rayna and Toraf (two of my favorite secondary character of all time). I kind of wish we got a story from their point of view. Now, that, I would love. I also like that, even though it’s a story about mermaids (syrena), it still tackles very relevant life issues. It touches on politics, war, conflicts between groups with differing opinions, and what it means to stand up for what you believe in. It’s a cute romance, but it’s really so much more than that. I can always get behind a book that teaches me something or makes me think in a different way. That, I liked.

I wish I could gush about Of Triton as much as I did about Of Poseidon, but it just wasn’t as good (isn’t that usually the case for second books in series?). And, although I’ll probably read Of Neptune when it comes out next year, I wish Anna Banks ended here. I almost feel like she’s forcing a trilogy out of a stand alone due to the immense popularity of the first book. Leave Emma, Galen, Rayna, and Toraf to their happy lives on land and under the sea.

Final Thoughts: Not that I didn’t enjoy this book, but I kind of wish Of Poseidon stayed a stand alone - it is SO good and Of Triton is just alright.

Who Should Read It? This is definitely more of a girl book. Sorry guys! It’s ultimately a romance. This book definitely has more action and conflict than the first book, but it’s still all about the romantic relationships. Even though it’s about mermaids, it somehow pulls off a very contemporary realistic feel. If you enjoyed Of Poseidon continue the series, but be forewarned that the sequel doesn’t live up to the original.

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