Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

May 9, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: Romance abounds and the action almost never stops!

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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?

In OF TRITON Anna Banks picks up with Emma and Galen right where OF POSEIDON left off, and oy nelly, what a cliff hanger I thought that was!

Immediately, we have action and a chase because Emma’s mother doesn’t trust the Syrena and she is dragging Emma along in the hopes of protecting her. I loved the fast pace in the beginning and how we still get to see moments of explanation from Emma’s mother. We find out about her past and the events that led to her living on land and having Emma.

For you love junkies out there, here be plenty of that to give you the gooey heart.  I mean quite literally there are three different couples in this one and each has enough screen time that you will either go “ahhh” or “ughh enough already.” It really just depends on how you feel about it I suppose.  Normally, I’m not one for a lot of romance in my fiction – I like it to take the backburner but lucky for me it didn’t feel like the driving force behind Of Triton.  it just happened to be the circumstances of the story.  Realistically couples happen, hey they are all over the place, so I didn’t mind.  You’ll have to judge for yourself.

Things happened so fast but I felt the flow of the story was well done.  Now this also probably depends on how you like your books. I prefer mine with a lot of action and movement to keep me peaked. So suffice to say there wasn’t much down time where I felt bored or anxious for things to hurry along. There were a few times where I got tired of Emma telling herself to grow up, but hey at least she realized she was being childish and was trying to talk herself out of that sort of behavior.  I Emma did a good job controlling her temperament and I absolutely love her personality and grit.

Considering the page count was almost but not quite 250 pages for the ARC, I was surprised I wasn’t left feeling that I needed more to complete this installment. All of the events included were exactly enough and still left me with enough of an “ending” that I didn’t feel like it was all just leading to the next book. Yes, you would still need to have read Of Poseidon to understand and enjoy Of Triton fully but I still had a sense of completion for this chapter in their lives.

 

Tabitha the Pabkins

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6 Responses to “Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks”

  1. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I usually prefer my romances to take a backseat in books too, but I’m glad you thought it worked well here overall. I’ve read a couple of positive reviews for this already, so I definitely want to give the first book a shot now. Usually mermaid/underwater tales aren’t for me, but I’m curious now. 🙂 Lovely review!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Sam! You know I was never overly fond of mermaids but for some reason last year was like the ‘summer of mermaids’ in YA fiction I guess. I ended up reading three back to back for review. The first one by Anna Banks I definitely enjoyed the most I think. Now I might give another mermaid book a try this year (another from last year’s releases…I tell you it seemed like there was a ton!)

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I enjoyed book one, and while I don’t need my romance to be front and center it sounds like book two was short and sweet!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh it seriously was. The page count was way lower than I expected it would be – but it ended up working out just right. I got the sniffles at one point…

  3. Wendy Darling

    Sounds like the romance is to die for. 🙂 I never finished the first book, but it’s good to hear book two lived up to your expectations! The author is a sweetheart on Twitter, it’s awesome that her books have such beautiful covers.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think sometimes its all about the mood you’re in for a book. Sometimes I look back on books I read in the past and think if I read them right now I might not feel the same way about them. Like Blood Red Road by Moira Young – when I first put it down I didn’t know if I’d ever pick it back up – but when I did OMG I loved it. So I’m totally a mood reader. I agree she got lucky with covers =) I’ll have to check her twitter out!