Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

May 21, 2014 Book 14

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Series: The Syrena Legacy, #2
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Publication Date: July 1st 2013 (first published May 28th, 2013)
Source: Provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

18007444Goodreads Summary:

Emma is half-mermaid: a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. But she’s in love with Galen – a gorgeous Syrena from the House of Triton, god of the sea. If Emma’s secret is discovered by the Syrena, she risks being put to death as a Half-Breed.

Emma’s heritage comes from her mother – a princess from the House of Poseidon who escaped the sea to live as a human. Aware of the danger her daughter faces, she is determined to keep Emma away from the Syrena. But her reappearance after so many years turns the underwater kingdoms, Poseidon and Triton, against one another.

How can Emma and Galen stay together when their two rival kingdoms, and two different worlds, just want to tear them apart?

Picking up right where Of Poseidon left off, this utterly irresistible story is full of humour, intrigue, and waves of romance.

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Of Triton was such a light, fun read. After the events that occurred in Of Poseidon, I was desperate to know what happened. This book kicked right off where its predecessor ended, and once again we’re in the world of the Syrena.

At first Emma was really annoying and childish. I didn’t really like her at first, so the story seemed to drag on a bit. Once she got over this, I flew through the book!

In this book, we get to see more of the Syrena and their laws and politics; something we hadn’t seen in the first book. It added more to the “genuine” experience of the book.

I love that in this book Galen’s point of view didn’t seem as forced as it seemed in the previous book. In this book, Galen’s thoughts and actions don’t seem quite as robotic, and I just really enjoyed reading his POV’s more this time around.

Here, Emma & Galen’s romance takes a backseat to everything else that is happening all around them, and yet I didn’t mind it at all! They still had tons of cute and gushy moments together and overall their romance was really well developed.

We get to see a bigger cast of characters this time around, and we realize that not everything revolves around Galen & Emma. We discover new truths about characters we loved, and feel more sympathetic towards characters we hated. Here, we formed bonds (good or bad) with each and every one of the characters in the story. I really loved meeting each and every one of them.

The usual sass that first drew me to the series was here as well, and I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Overall, this book succeeds Of Poseidon because it goes deeper into the Syrena world, explores more characters, and overall is a really fun thrill ride.

Rating: 4.5 stars.

it was amazing

Favorite Quote:

“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.”

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  • Ah, this series 😀 I just ordered Of Neptune from the library, though I have no idea if it’s out already, or if it’s just a book the library is planning to buy. Hopefully it’s good!

    • Of Neptune’s cover is gorgeous! Actually all the covers in this series is wonderful. I really want to read Of Neptune! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • I haven’t read these books yet, but that’s primarily because I’ve been wary of mer books. It looks like I’m missing out, though. :/

    I hope this keeps getting better for you. 🙂

    • I’ve heard many reviews on how people really dislike Emma for being insipid… That may turn you off a bit from the books. I just enjoyed it for being fun and quirky, and the mer aspect was just an added bonus. Thanks, Joy 🙂

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    Yay, someone else who likes the books! I’ve seen so many negative reviews but I didn’t find the first book that bad at all, I think I gave it four stars. The humor is what definitely sucked me in too, so it’s great to know that remains in book two. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • I’m partial to mermaid books, so this one is obviously on my radar. The negative reviews really hurt my heart. I don’t know why, because I really do like them. Thanks, Alise!

  • It’s been a looooog time since I’ve read a mermaid book, but after reading your review I think I would really enjoy this series. Thanks for the recommendation, and for sharing your thoughts!

    • Thanks, Carmel. This series has gotten more than a few negative reviews, though. So be warned! Haha. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this one as well and how the romance was more backseat to the larger issues at hand. Did you read the short story? You should I think it’s still free on

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  • I’ve never read a story with a mermaid before! I’m not sure if the Little Mermaid counts but I’m assuming not. LOL…anyway, I will totally give the first book in the series a try, you had me at thrill ride! 😉

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