Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) by Anna Banks

  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley for review
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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 Thoughts

Mermaid books are kind of hit or miss with me, but I can say that this series is a win so far. In the first book, I wasn't a huge fan of Galen, but he was better for me in this book. I loved where the story went, the adventure, and the danger. This one was a step up from the first and I really enjoyed it.

Emma is a character that I don't really feel strongly one way or another for. She is just kind of there. She can be brave, but she also does stupid things. She can put up the tough girl act, but she's also weak at times. I guess besides being a half breed, she's just pretty normal. We get so used to all these super kickass female heroines in books, that when we have a mostly average one, it's just kind of blah. Not to say she doesn't have a few really awesome moments to shine. She just didn't really have a whole lot to offer aside from the fact that they need her to save the Syrena kindom.

Galen wasn't nearly as arrogant and possessive in this as he was in the first. It's still there a little, but I really started to like him in this. Instead of acting like Emma is something he wants to own, he starts actually showing he really cares. That she is more to him than just a possession. He is willing to do whatever he has to in order to be with her too, even if he has to go against Syrena law. He just hopes he won't have to. He holds his Syrena heritage and laws very high and he doesn't want to go against it, but Emma is very important to him.

The other characters are well developed too. I liked getting to know more about her mothers history, and we get to be in the underwater kingdom quite a bit too. There are times when you don't know who you can trust and who you can't. There is a lot thrown at you having to do with the characters and who is really on what side. I really loved that since I am rarely thrown off. I would think I saw something coming, and then be turned in a different direction. The characters are probably one of my favorite things about this series.

I liked getting to know more about the Syrena's backgrounds and getting to spend more time underwater in this one. Even on land things are kept interesting though, and there is always something going on. There was never a boring moment in this book and I read it quickly. The characters grew and changed for the better I think and I thought that the story went in a great direction and the resolution of the issue at hand was done really well. This was a very fun and entertaining read.


23 comments:

  1. This series sounds like so much fun. I love the coverart for it btw! It's grea that you got on board with the love interest in this one. I also love that you liked the side characters so much. I think that if supporting characters are great as well as the main ones - that's half of the win already. I haven't read a mermaid book so far so it'd be fun to get introduced to this new exciting world. I'm glad you're enjoying this series so far! Lovely review, Amy:-)

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    1. I was a bit nervous about this one since I couldn't really stand Galen in the first one, and thought that Emma was a total pushover, but I'm glad that they grew up a little in this one. There was a lot going on so it made them have to be more mature.

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  2. I hated the first book with a passion, like if I had a physical copy I would just throw it out of my window. I disliked everything about it, especially the characters. Galen, especially, made me want to pull my own hair. Emma was bland for me too and it pissed me off that she got over her best friend's death so quickly. Ughh. I have nightmares when I think of that book. So, there's pretty much no way that I'm going to read this.
    Anyways, I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying yourself with it. It's good to know that Galen isn't the a-hole that he was in the first book. Great review, Amy! :)

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    1. Haha!!! I liked the first book, but didn't love it. I enjoyed this one more. I didn't like Galen very much in the first one either. He was arrogant and possessive and I just wanted to hit him. Emma was still pretty bland in this, but not as bad at least.

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  3. Since I loved the first one, I'm thinking this one is really gonna be good for me. Have it, just need to find time for it. *sigh* Time! It's my enemy.

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    1. There is never enough time!! I think you will love this one. I didn't totally love the first one. This was better for me, so it will probably be awesome for you!

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  4. Great review! I actually have never read a mermaid book... can you believe it?! This may have to be my first mermaid series. :) Great review!

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  5. Bahahaha, Emma was a total Mary Sue in book one, and it doesn't sound like that's changed. I'm surprised to hear that Galen is less of a possessive jerkwad this time around. Hallelujah for small mercies. Haha. Getting to learn more about the actual world building of the mermaids is cool, though.

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    1. Ugh! Seriously, I'm so not okay with the possessive jerk personality so it was good that Galen changed in this. He still let out his possessive side a little, but thankfully he wasn't doing it as much.

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  6. I don't usually like mermaid books, but I did really enjoy the first. Surprisingly the characters didn't bother me though I was aware that they should be. Maybe it was my mood ;)
    I'm looking forward to reading this one this month!

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  7. I actually liked Galen more in the 1st book than in this bc I felt like there wasn't enough of him & Emma together in this one. I agree though, I'm kinda blah about Emma. I don't hate her, but I don't really care for her either. I def agree that I liked that there was more Syrena action in this one. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  8. I still haven't read my copy of Of Posiedon, but really need to. I think, based on what you've mentioned, that I'll enjoy the series. Great review, sweetie!

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  9. I didn't read the first book -- glad you enjoyed this one a little more…

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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  10. I haven’t read Of Poseidon (or any mermaid book) yet but this cover is gorgeous! Really makes me want to read it. Or have someone read it to me cause I don’t have enough time…

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  11. I'm glad that this series is going well for you, Amy. I'm glad that Galen is a lot more likable in this one, and I don't really remember anything about Of Poseidon, but I don't remember thinking anything too bad about Emma. I'm sorry you didn't love her, but at least you didn't hate her.

    Fantastic review, Amy! OMG I'M GOING BACK TO WATCH YOUR VLOG RIGHT NOW I PROMISE!

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  12. Is there going to be another book? I sure hope so. After I finished this book I really need to know how it will all end.

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  13. I think you know how I felt about this book lol. Galen *shivers* ugh hat guy just hit a nerve with me! I'm glad to hear he gets better and not as much of a possessive arse but I still don't think I could read his book and not put something on fire bahah. I'm def, in the minority though >.< And I still love you ;)

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  14. I still haate that cover with a passion because it doesn't match book one's but... squee! I'm glad that the sequel was enjoyable for ya. Although I would have liked 5 hearts... 4 is satisfactory in my book! :D This book is a must buy for me!!!

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  15. I liked the first book, but not so much that I was dying for the second. I gave my copy to Anna (Amy's daughter) and now I'm kind of thinking I might need to go back and read it myself. She loved it, and if Galen's better in this one.....hmmm.....

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    1. I did not like Galen in the first one, but this one was better. I liked that there was more going on too.

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  16. So many people have liked this series. I may get to it at some point. They are intriguing.

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  17. Plot twists that I expected and a few I did not see coming. This was a good read and it told of events after the discovery that Emma's Mother is the lost syrena princess and how this affects all their lives.
    Despite the dramatic story it is a somewhat predictable plot and while it has exciting scenes it drags and has very uneven pacing and some silly twists to achieve its ends.

    Cath Brookes (Limo in Seattle)

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