{Audiobook} Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

July 21, 2014 Book 10 ★★

{Audiobook} Review: Of Neptune by Anna BanksOf Neptune by Anna Banks
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Blackstone Audio, Hardie Grant Egmont on 2014-05-13
Source: Audiobook Jukebox, Provided by Publisher
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Emma, who is 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 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.

Disclaimer: I both read the physical version of this book, and heard the audio version. (I switched depending on what I was doing).

 This book should not have been released. Don’t get me wrong, it had some good parts, but the good definitely does not outweigh the bad.

While everything was resolved perfectly in Of Triton (this book’s predecessor), I had faith that Anna would give us a great story nonetheless.

I’m woefully disappointed.

The first book had already dealt with (and resolved) a love triangle. Seeing another triangle, and a much bigger one at that (because it is obvious from the beginning that Reed is a good contender) really brought this book down.

This book has no real discernible plot. It’s about how Galen & Emma find this town called Neptune filled with half-breeds. I was looking forward to see where this would go. But the half-breed aspect is only skimmed over and not discussed until almost the end of the book. The politics that made Of Triton so interesting were basically non-existent here. This whole book was about Galen & Emma’s love struggles.

At the very beginning they have a “fight” and are separated from there on. I realized that my favourite parts of this series where Galen and Emma interactions, and since this book had practically none, my interest was waning.

Then comes the dreaded love triangle. This triangle was really here to try to add some drama to the book. I think the most “dramatic” part of this book is the fact that Galen turns into an unrecognizable person. He becomes a misogynistic controller who doesn’t let Emma make her own choices. He becomes jealous and possessive which really disappointed me. Aren’t Emma and Galen supposed to be mates? Why all this pettiness?

Also, if you’re looking forward to see Rayna, Toraf, Grom, or Nalia, then don’t bother. None of them make appearances and when they do, none of their personalities shine through.

Something I do have to praise, though, is Rebecca Gibel and her amazing audiobook narration. I’ve “heard” the Splintered series in audio, thanks to her, and she doesn’t fail to do a great performance here. She flawlessly portrayed Emma’s awkwardness, and indecisiveness, while also conveying Galen’s jealousy. She’s definitely a narrator that makes the book better.

Overall, a disappointing and unnecessary book in The Syrena Legacy series. While the trademark humor and wittiness is still present, it was a far better choice to leave this series at Of Triton.

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Yeah, glad I didn’t continue this series… It seems boring and I want to read great books so no. Thank you for this honest review though, Marianna, and anyways I didn’t like the first book that much. :P Hope your next book’ll be better! :)

    • Thanks, Lola. If you didn’t like the other books you will definitely not like this one. Judt skip it or read spoilers somewhere. Same thing xD

  • I was quite disappointed with this as well. Why didn’t she just end it at “Of Triton?” That was the PERFECT ending. I felt this last book was unnecessary and boring. I don’t understand why this book was written. Everything was tied up well and nicely by the end of “Of Triton.” Great review!

    • Yeah I agree. It was overkill by this point. I guess we can just pretend like this book didn’t exist, yes? Thanks, Rachel.

  • Wait, wait. There was a love triangle that was resolved, so we’re like hey, here’s another one. Really? Yikes. This sounds like it just should have been a duology and not a trilogy, if everythings resolved and wraps up nicely, why just drag it down? And I mean, it does sound more like it’s focused on the angsty romance than anything, so you know, yay. :/ Sounded painful to read, but hey, at least the audio narration made it somewhat easier to deal with. 🙂

    • Yeah it was really risky to repeat the sane trope people criticized in the first book. It didn’t work out. Yeah at least I can say the narrator still did a good job. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Aww. I was really hoping for a mermaid book that could capture my attention. It’s sad that the while the issues were already resolved in the previous installments, new issues were brought up again. I’m glad the audiobook was greatly narrated though. Thank you for your honest review! 🙂

  • WHAT. WHATWHATWHAT NOOOOO. Toraf and Rayna is the REASON I love this series. Aw, Galen and Emma are sweet but: TORAF AND RAYNA. I gave book #1 like 5-stars, because it was so amazing. And then book #2 only got 2-stars…I was very disappointed. My sister is reading book #3 now, and I was going to read it after…but now I don’t want to. *sobs*

    • Oh man, I’m so so sorry 🙁 I didn’t want to ruin it for you! Maybe you’ll enjoy it more? Don’t lose faith, Cait! 🙂