Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Series: The Syrena Legacy (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Subjects: mermaids, merfolk, supernatural, magic, mythology

Setting: New Jersey coast, and Tennessee

POV/Tense: rotating between 1st person POV present tense: Emma and 3rd person POV present tense: Galen

Age/Grade Level: Teens & college age

Length: 327 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: MacMillan: Feiwel & Friends

Summary/ product description: “Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.”

My Review:  Ohmysweetgoodness! I just have too many feels to say how much I loved this finale in comprehensible sentences. There’s just too much. Emmy’s sassy narration and Galen’s royal hotness. The adventure and thrills and things that a so atypical of paranormal romance series. It’s been an awesome ride and I hate to see this series end, but I loved every page of it. It’s a great take on mermaid lore. Of Neptune mainly takes place on land though. Emma and Galen travel to a town called Neptune somewhere in Tennessee where Syrena, Half-Breeds and humans live together.

There’s a character named Reed who flirts with Emma. He’s a Half-Breed like her and also has the gift of Poseidon. This makes Galen very jealous and Galen goes off and ends up kidnapped and Emma doesn’t realize what happened to him because she thinks he left her. Galen should have been more forward about his feeling, but he love Emma so much want her to be happy. If Emma feels like she belongs with Half-Breeds with her, then she should let her be with them. Galen had a lapse in judgment for sure. They’re madly in love and should never let anything put a wedge in their relationship. Despite this almost love-triangle, I still absolutely love this book. I wish Rayna and Toraf were in the book more often, though.

I really enjoyed the setting. A small, fictional town in Tennessee in the Smokey Mountains? I love it! I wish I could visit. This book was like a virtual summer vacation. Caves and canyon and mountains and spring. It sounds so awesome. I visited Kentucky once, and West Virginia, so I pictured those places. Since there’s no ocean nearby, the Syrena swim in fresh water lakes, rivers and caves filled with water. The caves I found especially amazing I’ve been to Mammoth Cave. That cave was cavernous.

So much happens in this book. It has short chapters and is fast paced. You’d never expect a mermaid book to have this much action, but there’s kidnappings and guns and crazy scientists. The ending was amazing. The epilogue was especially romantic and made me long for a tropical vacation too. Emma is such a lucky (fictional) girl.

If you have not read The Syrena Legacy series, you are missing out big-time. You may like it if you enjoyed any of the following mermaid books: Lies Beneath by Ann Greenwood Brown, Siren by Tricia Rayburn, Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs, or Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. This series is fun and fan-flipping-tastic! Also, full of fishy, funny curses and a great character voice.

Cover Art Review: Nice photo, but I still love the type used for the title. Metallic gold this time. Guy doesn’t look like Galen too me. Too pale.

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