Saturday, January 24, 2015

REVIEW: OF TRITON BY ANNA BANKS.

Title: Of Triton
Series: The Syrena Legacies #2
Author: Anna Banks
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Square Fish (Macmillan) / May 23, 2013
Source: Finished copy sent by the publisher
Pages: 246
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Trailer: Watch HERE.

Synopsis:

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?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.
*Some spoilers*

Galen is trying to prove to Grom that the long-lost love of his life is alive. It took a while before their paths have crossed but that isn't the only trouble that they have to face. They have to make the Syrenas acknowledge that the Princess is indeed the alive but Jagen is in the way. He's trying to manipulate the Syrenas that they needed change, that the Royal Family has neglected their people for so long that they truly didn't need them anymore. He's using the opportunity to overthrow the Royal Family and Galen is trying to let Emma out of this. But their love has to be tested yet, their friendship and and even loyalty.

Of Triton is an easy read one can enjoy any time. I enjoyed how fast-paced the story is and it was like, everything is plain straight-forward. Banks' writing is absolutely enjoyable, her ability to dash wit in every chance she gets makes the story even more lovable. I cannot wait to flip through Of Neptune to see through the series.

Emma however, bored me a little bit. She assumes a lot of things, she decides on behalf of others and she's (as always) stubborn. Her self-centeredness seeped up. Unfortunately, I didn't fully connect with her in this book. Even if her Poseidon gift deemed useful, there were just moments I felt as if her emotion left her. There was just something off about her in this sequel. But I adored Galen even more. He's logical, brave and his unselfishness shone bright. I liked how he's giving his might to bring his people back together at the same time, protecting humans. His character pretty much developed in a very relatable way. Though I hated how he easily believed Toraf betrayed him. He should have given Toraf at least the benefit of the doubt because he is is bestfriend but he didn't. It's as if their friendship didn't matter. And lastly, why didn't they anticipate what could have happened to Rachel? That was a hundred point seven percent their fault. I mean, come on. That was absolutely uncalled for.

Of Triton is a sequel sprinkled with hearts and tears then bottled up with the right amount of humor. This installment pushes the rage, loss and happy buttons in moments no one would anticipate. Balanced carefully, Of Triton is the go-to book if you want a light and fun paranormal read.

Thank you Pan Macmillan Asia for the review copy!

"My dad always told me that holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die."
"Only land dwellers worry about storms."

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