Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Of Triton by Anna Banks (Review)

Young Adult, Fantasy, Mermaids
Publication.Date  May 28th 2013
Published By:  Feiwel & Friends
AuthorAnna Banks

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My review copy:Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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.


My dad always told me that holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die.
I wonder how many tears the ocean has swallowed, how much of the ocean is actually made of tears.
What about me?" I whisper. "Where do I belong?"
"With me," my mother and Galen say in unison. They exchange hard glares. Galen locks his jaw.
"I'm her mother," she tells Galen, her voice sharp. "Her place is with me."
"I want her for my mate," Galen says. The admission warms up the space between us with an impossible heat and I want to melt into him. His words, his declaration, cannot be unspoken. And now he's declared it to everyone who matters. It's out there in the open, hanging in the air. He wants me for his mate. Me. Him. Forever.

     God, how I love this series.

     After reading and absolutely loving Of Poseidon, I couldn't wait to jump straight into Of Triton. I was a bit worried I wouldn't love it as much as I did the first book, and I guess I did like the first book just a teeny tiny bit more, but overall Of Triton was just as exciting, entertaining, hilarious and swoon-worthy as the previous book. Once again, I found myself frantically turning pages, laughing out loud and staying up late to finish.

     Of Triton picks up exactly where the previous volume left off. Immediately, we find ourselves at the heart of a highly dramatic tornado of action and romance. I don't want to go into details here, as I am trying to avoid spoilers, but let's just say that if you loved the first book and if you are dying to find out what happens next, you really won't be disappointed.

     Of Triton is just as action packed as Of Poseidon. Things are happening really fast, one minute we have a high speed car chase, the next we're reading about some slimy deep underwater politics, back stabbings and treason. The book is shorter than the previous one, but just as meaty and eventful. Banks' signature humor is at its best. The characters still have this amazing chemistry between them, the sparks are flying, and so are the butterflies. There's a little bit less cheesy romance and flirting, but more high-stake drama and tension.

     Emma is, perhaps, a bit tiring in this volume, but who can blame her. She's been through so much - from discovering her Half-Breed-ness to being kidnapped by her own mother, chased across the country by her fish-boyfriend, only to learn that their relationship is in fact completely forbidden. Who wouldn't be just a bit cranky? Who wouldn't express their discontentment? I know I'd be having a whine-fest for sure! So, yes, I totally forgive her for all the complaining and what-ifs. Remarkably, she's still able to joke around and pack a punch with her biting remarks. She's sharp, tougher than before, a bit less clumsy and a whole lot more bad-ass.

     Rayna is still the coolest fish in the sea, Toraf is still awesome, Galen's fin got bigger (am I the only pervert thinking weird thoughts in relation to this? Come on, I can't be the only one...) and he took to calling Emma angelfish, which I absolutely adore. Nalia plays a bigger part in the story, though if you want to get to know her and Grom better, I recommend you read the first short story - you'll understand these two a whole lot better.

     Overall, I had just as much fun with this book as I did with the first one. This is such a fantastic, exciting, breathtaking, fun, well written series, I am loving every second of every page. The second volume offers a closure that is really quite satisfying. There's no cliffhanger that makes you want to strangle a random passerby, though there's enough wiggle room for a couple new and exciting plot lines to emerge in the third book. I'm definitely excited to see where Anna Banks will take us next. I've no idea what Of Neptune will be about but I sure as hell can't wait to find out!

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