Friday, July 5, 2013

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Series: The Syrena Legacy (bk. 2)

Genera: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Subjects: mermaids, merfolk, supernatural, magic, mythology, New Jersey

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 246 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Macmillan: Feiwel and Friends

Summary/ product description: “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?”

My Review: I really wish this book was longer. Of course, I did read the prequel short stories, Legacy Lost and The Stranger, before this, so they kind of make up for the shortness. I really enjoy this series. I prefer Emma 1st person point of view, but Galen’s 3rd person POV is okay.

Emma is funny and quirky, and has her catch phrase, “Ohmysweetgoodness.” She’s a pretty awesome main character. I like Galen as her love interest, still. No love triangle in this book! And I love the side characters, Rayna and Rachel.

This book series has similarities to other mermaid books, but it still is very unique. Of Triton starts off with a bang. Emma is kidnapped by her own mother. They’re on the run, traveling west. Emma’s mom is Nalia, and she thinks that she killed Grom all those years ago. We know he’s alive, but she doesn’t and Emma’s not sure she can trust Galen not to arrest her mom. There’s action and a car chase. Something I really never saw in a mermaid book. I loved it.

Later on in the book, they’re trying to clear up Nalia’s identity because some Syrena can’t believe that she’s actually alive. There’s the matter of Grom having married/mated with Paca already and finding Nalia after all these years. He discovered that Paca doesn’t actually have the gift of Poseidon, because Emma does. There’s a lot of complicated laws that get in the way and a tribunal. The Syrena government is just so confusing. We can only hope things will work out in the end. Anna Bank makes for a crazy awesome plot.

And there’s awesome twists later on too. One about Rayna, and Galen. It was so cool! And a sad turn of events near the end that made me very unhappy. Read for yourself to find out.

This is the 4th mermaid book I’ve read this summer. It’s a perfect summer beach read. I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid book.

Cover Art Review: Such a romantic image. I love the colors and bubbles. I love the title’s typeface (Caviar Dream, I think, with an added flourish). And the title’s silver.

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