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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. Syrena law states all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that's not bad enough, her mother's reappearance in the Syrena world 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.

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Anna Banks's first novel, Of Poseidon, was a Macmillan Fierce Reads title. She lives in Crestview, on the Florida Panhandle, with her husband and their daughter.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
As sequels go, Of Triton is a solid effort by Anna Banks. Her writing style continues to be one of my favorites: fun, fresh, nicely descriptive without being too much and really just 100% enjoyable.

The book immediately picks up where Of Poseidon left off, as the truth of Emma’s Syrena parentage is revealed and she is thrown into a non-stop whirlwind of adventure and political drama, packed into too few pages. One of the few problems that I had with this book is it’s length. Everything happens too quickly for me, and there is never any time to stop and process the developments. For that reason many of the major plot points don’t feel as if they are ever fully developed. The revelation of Triton’s gifts and who has them as well as the political struggle were particularly glossed over and not developed enough for me to find myself truly invested or excited about them. I really wanted more explanation of the Syrena political structure, and why it is possible for them to put the Royal’s on trial and why all of the Royal’s are suddenly on trial over Nalia’s existence. I also feel like we never understand the purpose behind the villains grasp for power. You know that he wants to take control and wants to change the system but it’s never clear what changes he wants to make or why he wants to make them and that definitely lessened my enjoyment of the story. Hopefully the final book, Of Neptune, will get more into those points.

My favorite part of the story continued to be the characters. Emma is as sassy as ever, and reveals herself to be a bigger bad-ass then I think anyone realized towards the later half of the book. She’s definitely no pushover. She stands up for herself against her mother and everyone else who would rather she just sit idly by and let everything work itself out. She’s not afraid to take big chances and even when she’s unclear about what she really wants to do about her Syrena heritage and her future, she never comes off as whiny or annoying. She’s one of the realest teenagers I’ve come across.

My love for Galen continued in this book. I have the biggest crush on him. Even when he’s frustrating me with his over-protectiveness of Emma and always seeming to believe the worst about Toraf, he still makes me swoon. He’s particularly adorable when he’s being embarrassed around Emma’s grandfather. I don’t have much to say about the Galen/Emma romance because while it still gave me the warm and fuzzies, I feel like they definitely have some growing to do and need to have some real conversations about the future. There’s a definite lack of communication about some real issues that they need to address. Emma might not realize this but Galen definitely should. I would have definitely liked to see some more conflict and realism in this relationship.

Rayna, Toraf, Nalia and Grom and the King of the Poseidon tribe (is that the correct phrase? I don’t even know) aka Emma’s grandfather were also character highlights for me. I still want a series starring Rayna, or at least a novella because the girl is boss and her mate person (husband? what do they call them? another thing I forgot or never knew) is also boss and a favorite and I want more of them.

While I definitely enjoyed the first novel better, Of Triton was a solid follow-up. And though the ending was conclusive enough that I would have been fine without a third book I AM SO SO SO EXCITED to have more of these characters and their story in Of Neptune.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250003331
Author:
Banks, Anna
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20130528
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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