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Of Triton
     

Of Triton

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by Anna Banks
 

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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&

Overview

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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“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!” —Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder and Scarlet, on Of Poseidon

“Banks's first novel has . . . a great deal of charm.” —Publishers Weekly on Of Poseidon

“Another twist on the mermaid theme comes with a hefty dose of romance and a heavier dollop of comedy in this debut. . . . Entertaining for readers riding the wave of mermaid fantasies.” —Kirkus Reviews on Of Poseidon

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Kidnapping, first love, loss, grief, school work, prom plans, betrayal, teenage angst, friendship, jet skis, rescues, college applications, romance, danger—welcome to Emma's world. Emma is a half-breed: mermaid—or in this case, syrena—and human, a combination which labels her a freak on land and an abomination worthy of death in the ocean. As this book, the second of Banks' "Syrena Legacy" series, opens, Emma has been kidnapped by her own mother and is speeding away from her hunky, handsome love, Galen, a full-blood syrena and a royal one at that. In the first of this series, Of Poseidon, Emma discovered she has a mer-gift: she can communicate with fish and marine mammals. Although Emma can live, breathe, etc., underwater, she cannot turn her legs into a tail, a skill full-blood syrena have. Another life-changing discovery is that Emma's mom is also a mer-monarch that has lived on land for years. Emma's life seems to stabilize when Galen and his brother, Grom (the lost love of Mom's life) catch up with them, then quickly becomes even more complicated. How is this tangled mess to be straightened out? Just where is Emma willing to place her gifts and loyalty? Banks writes a compelling, suspenseful tale with multiple plot twists that include an underwater tribunal of all syrena tribes, a reconciliation between Emma's mother and Grom, a takeover attempt by Jagen, a "bad-guy" syrena, a seeming betrayal of Galen by his lifelong friend, Toraf, plus some hard decisions to be made by Emma, who in many ways is an immature teenager. Will Emma turn away from all she knows about life on land to help the syrena underwater? Spoiler alert: our story ends with a prom experience even Emma never dreamed of, plus plans for her and Galen to get away together, leaving some open-ended possibilities for another syrena book. Banks is a fine writer with a solid grasp of the paranormal young adult genre, but some phrases tend to repeat themselves too much, i.e., all the book's characters seem to roll their eyes an awful lot. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250003331
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Syrena Legacy Series , #2
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
453,750
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Of Triton


By Anna Banks

Feiwel and Friends

Copyright © 2013 Anna Banks
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-00333-1


CHAPTER 1

MY EYES won't open. It's like my lashes are coated with iron instead of mascara, pulling down my lids with a heaviness I can't fight. A medicated kind of heaviness.

I'm disoriented. Part of me feels awake, as if I'm swimming from the bottom of the ocean to the surface, but my body feels floaty, like I'm already there rolling with the lull of the waves.

I run a groggy diagnostics on my other senses.

Hearing. The hushed roar of tires negotiating a road beneath. The repetition of a cheesy chorus on an eighties radio station. The wheeze of an air conditioner that has long needed attention.

Smell. The wispy scent of Mom's perfume. The pine-tree air freshener forever dangling from the rearview. The conditioned leather of her car.

Touch. The seat belt cutting into my neck at an angle I'll pay for later. The sweat on the back of my legs, pasting me to the leather.

Road trip.

I used to love this about my parents. I'd come home from school and the car would already be packed. We'd take off without a destination, me and Mom and Dad and sometimes my best friend, Chloe. Just driving and seeing and stopping when we wanted to see more. Museums and national parks and little specialty stores that sold things like plaster castings of Sasquatch footprints. We fell victim to Dad's hobby as an amateur photographer, forced to hold touristy poses for the camera and the sake of memories. To this day, our house is practically wallpapered with past road trips — pictures of us giving one another bunny ears or crossing our eyes and sticking out our tongues like asylum patients.

The car jolts, sending my thoughts chasing after each other in a hazy race. Memories churn in a kind of mental whirlwind, and a few clear images pause and magnify themselves, like still-life photos of a normal day. Mom, doing dishes. Chloe, smiling at me. Dad, sitting at the kitchen table. Galen, leaving through the back door.

Wait. Galen ...

All the images line up, filing themselves in order, speeding up, animating the still shots into a movie of my life. A movie that shows how I came to be buckled in Mom's car, groggy and confused. That's when I realize that this is not a McIntosh family road trip. It couldn't be.

Two and a half years have passed since my dad died of cancer.

Three months have passed since the shark killed Chloe in the waters of Destin. Which means that three months have passed since I met Galen on that beach.

And I'm not sure how much time has passed since Galen and his best friend, Toraf, left my house to retrieve Grom. Grom, the Triton king, Galen's older brother. Grom, who was supposed to mate with my mother. Grom, who is a Syrena, a man-fish. A man-fish who was supposed to mate with my mother. My mother, who is also Nalia, the long-lost supposed-to-be-dead Poseidon princess who's been living on land all these years because _________.

Speaking of Her Esteemed Majesty Mom ... she's lost her freaking mind.

And I've been kidnapped.

CHAPTER 2

GALEN STEALS glances at Grom as they approach the Jersey Shore. He looks for emotion on Grom's face, maybe a glint of happiness or gratitude or excitement. Some hint of reassurance that he made the right decision in bringing his brother here. Some sign of encouragement that he didn't completely unravel the cord of his life by telling Grom where he's been. Who he's been with. And why.

But as usual, Grom is like a stingy oyster, all rigid exterior and sealed shut, protecting everything inside. And as usual, Galen has no idea how to shuck him. Even now, as they reach the shallow water, Grom floats like an emotionless piece of driftwood making its inevitable journey toward shore.

Galen retrieves a pair of swimming trunks bunched up under a familiar rock — one of the many hiding places he has around Emma's house — and hands them to Grom. He leaves his brother to stare at the Hawaiian-style fabric while he and Toraf find their own pairs of shorts and slide them on. Before Galen switches to human form, he takes the time to stretch his fin, kneading his fists into the length of it. Ever since they left Triton territory, his fin has ached nonstop because of all the tension leading up to this, up to Grom reuniting with Nalia.

Up to the answers they've all been waiting for.

Finally, Grom changes to human form and eases the trunks up as if the leg holes were lined with shark teeth. Galen wants to tell him that putting on a pair of shorts is the easy part. Instead, Galen says, "The house is just a short walk up the beach."

Grom nods, tight-lipped, and plucks a piece of seaweed off his nose as his head emerges from the water. Toraf is already on shore, shaking off the excess water like a polar bear. Galen wouldn't be surprised if Toraf broke into a run to get to the house; Galen had insisted on leaving Rayna behind. Given their current standing as outcasts to both kingdoms, Grom was more likely to believe Toraf than either of his own siblings at the moment. Luckily, Yudor had reached him first, and had already informed the Triton king that he himself had sensed Nalia's pulse. Yudor is the trainer of all Trackers, and Toraf's mentor. There is no arguing with Yudor.

Still, it would have been a lot easier if Nalia would have just accompanied Galen and Toraf to Triton territory. Convincing Grom she was alive was almost as difficult as convincing him to come ashore. But just like Grom, Nalia had closed herself off, unwilling to offer even the slightest explanation for what happened all those years ago. The only words they could finally extract from her were a strangled "Bring Grom to me, then."

Short of dragging her to the water kicking and screaming — and destroying Emma's trust in him — Galen made the snap decision to leave them both in Rayna's care. And the word "care" can be very subjective where his sister is concerned.

But they couldn't waste any more time; with Yudor's head start on them, a search party might have already been dispatched, and if not, then Galen knew it was coming. And he couldn't — wouldn't — risk them finding Emma. Beautiful, stubborn Half-Breed Emma.

And he's a little perturbed that Nalia would.

The three of them plod holes in the sand reaching up to Emma's back porch, alongside a recent trail of someone else's — probably Emma's — footsteps leading from the beach. Galen knows this moment will always be burned into his memory. The moment when his brother, the Triton king, put on human clothes and walked up to a house built by humans, squinting in the broad daylight with eyes unaccustomed to the sun.

What will he say to Nalia? What will he do?

The steps creak under their bare feet. Toraf slides open the glass door and ushers Galen and Grom in. And Galen's heart plummets to his stomach.

Whoever tied Rayna to the bar stool — the same bar stool occupied by Nalia last time he'd seen it — made sure it would be a painful fall if she tried to move too much. Both of her hands are bound behind her with an electrical cord, and each of her ankles are cinched to the stool with a belt. A broad piece of silver tape over her mouth muzzles all the fury bulging in her eyes.

Toraf runs to his mate. "My poor princess, who did this to you?" he says, tugging gently at a corner of the tape. She snatches her face away from him and chastises him in muffled outrage.

Galen strides to them and promptly rips the tape from Rayna's mouth. She yelps, raking him over with a scalding look. "You did that on purpose!" Galen wads the tape into a sticky ball then drops it to the floor. "What happened?" Rayna squares her shoulders. "I'm going to kill Nalia for good this time."

"Okay. But what happened?"

"She poisoned me. Or something."

"Triton's trident, Rayna. Just tell me what hap —"

"Nalia kept saying she needed to go to the restroom, so I let her use the downstairs bathroom. I figured it would be okay because she seemed to have calmed down since you left, so I untied her. Anyway, she was taking a long time in there." Rayna points to the bathroom below the stairwell. "So I checked on her. I knocked and knocked but she didn't answer. I opened the door — I should've known something was off since it wasn't locked — and the bathroom was dark. Then she grabs me from behind and puts something over my face. The last thing I remember is Emma standing in the doorway screaming at Nalia. Next thing I know, I wake up in this chair, tied up like some common human."

Toraf finally frees her. She examines the red lines embedded into her wrists. Rubbing them, she winces. "I'm going to do something bad to her. I can be creative, you know." Rayna clutches her stomach. "Uh-oh. I think ... I think I'm gonna —"

To her credit, she does try to turn away from Toraf, who's now squatting on his haunches to unstrap her feet. But it's as if he were the target all along, as if Rayna's upchuck were attracted to him somehow. "Oh!" she says, vomit dripping down her chin. "I'm sorry." Then she growls, baring her teeth like a piranha. "I hate her."

Toraf wipes the wet chunks from his shoulder and gently lifts Rayna. "Come on, princess," he murmurs. "Let's get you cleaned up." Shifting her in his arms, he turns to Galen in askance.

"Are you serious?" Galen says, incredulous. "We don't have time for that. Did you not hear what she just said? Emma and Nalia are gone."

Toraf scowls. "I know." He turns to Grom. "Just so you know, Highness, I'm upset with Princess Nalia for tying Rayna up like that."

Galen runs a hand through his hair. He knows how this works. Toraf will be useless until Rayna is sufficiently calmed down and happy again. Trying to convince his best friend of doing anything otherwise is a waste of time they don't have. Unbelievable. "There's a shower on the third floor," Galen says, nodding toward the stairs. "In Emma's room."

Galen and Grom watch as Toraf disappears up the stairwell with their sister. "Don't worry, princess," they hear him coo. "Emma has all those nice-smelling soaps, remember? And all those pretty dresses you like to wear ..."

Grom cocks his head at Galen.

Galen knows this looks bad. He brings his brother to land to reunite him with his long-lost love and the long-lost love has tied up his sister and run away.

Not to mention how else this looks: illegal. Rayna wearing human dresses and taking showers with human soaps and upchucking human food. All evidence that Rayna is much more familiar with the human way of life than she should be.

But Galen can't worry about how anything looks. Emma is missing.

It feels like every nerve in his body is braided around his heart, squeezing until it aches incessantly. He stalks to the kitchen and flings open the garage door. Nalia's car is gone. He grabs the house phone on the wall and dials Emma's cell. It vibrates on the counter — right next to her mother's cell phone. Dread knots in his stomach as he dials Rachel, his human assistant. Loyal, devoted, resourceful Rachel. At the beep he says, "Emma and her mother are gone and I need you to find them." He hangs up and leans against the refrigerator, waiting with the patience of a tsunami. When the phone rings, he snatches at it, almost dropping it. "Hello?"

"Hiya, sweet pea. When you say Emma and her mother are 'gone,' do you mean —"

"I mean we found Rayna tied up in their house and her mother's car is gone."

Rachel sighs. "You should have let me put a GPS tracker on it when I wanted to."

"That's not important right now. Can you find them?"

"I'll be there in ten minutes. Don't do anything stupid."

"Like what?" he says, but she's already hung up.

He turns to Grom, who is holding a picture frame in his hands. His brother traces the outline of Nalia's face with his finger. "How is this possible?" he says softly.

"It's called a photograph," Galen says. "Humans can capture any moment of time in this thing they call a —"

Grom shakes his head. "No. That's not what I mean."

"Oh. What do you mean?"

Grom holds up the picture. It's an up-close black-and-white photo of Nalia's face, probably taken by a professional photographer. "This is Nalia." He runs a hand through his hair, a trait he and Galen inherited from their father. "How is it possible that she's still alive and I'm just now learning of it?" Galen lets out a breath. He doesn't have an answer. Even if he did, it's not his

place to tell his brother. It's Nalia's place. Nalia's responsibility. And good luck getting it out of her. "I'm sorry, Grom. But she wouldn't tell us anything."

CHAPTER 3

THE MORE I stare at it, the more the popcorn ceiling above me resembles an exquisite mosaic. Yellow rings from a leaky roof add pizazz to the imperfect white mounds; the reflection of a parked car outside the hotel room highlights the design in a brilliant, abstract pattern. I try to find a name for this provocative image and decide on "Cottage Cheese, Glorified."

And that's when it becomes obvious that I'm distracting myself from thinking about the U-turn my life just took. I wonder if Galen is back yet. I wonder what he's thinking. I wonder if Rayna is okay, if she has a killer headache like I do, if chloroform affects a full-blooded Syrena the way it affects humans. I bet that now she really will try to shoot my mom with her harpoon, which reminds me again of the past twenty-four hours of craziness.

The scenes from the previous night replay in my head, a collection of snapshots my memory took between heartbeats:

Beat.

Galen reaching his hands in the dishwater. "You've got a lot of explaining to do, Nalia."

Beat.

A flash of Galen grabbing Mom's sudsy wrist.

Beat.

An image of Mom growling as Galen turns her around in his arms.

Beat.

A still life of Mom flinging her head back, making contact with Galen's forehead.

Beat.

A shot of Galen slamming into the fridge, scattering a lifetime's motley collection of magnets onto the floor.

Beat.

Beat, beat, beat.

The still shots become live action.

Mom attaches to him like static cling, the knife poised midair, ready to fillet him like a cod. I scream. Something big and important sounding shatters behind me. The sound of raining glass drowns me out.

And it's that one second that Galen needs. Distracted, Mom turns her head, giving Galen a breadth of space to dodge the blade. Instead of his flesh, she stabs the blade into the fridge. The knife slips from her soapy hands and clinks to the floor.

Beat ... Beat.

We all watch it spin, as if what happens next depends on which direction it stops. As if the blade will choose who will make the next move. It feels like an intermission from delirium, a chance for sanity to sneak in and take hold. Ha.

Toraf passes me in a blur, bits of what used to be our bay window sparkling in his hair like sequins. And just like that, sanity retreats like a spooked bird. Toraf tackles my mother and they sprawl onto the linoleum in a sickening melody of wet squeaking and soft grunting. Galen kicks the knife into the hallway then belly flops onto them. The tornadic bundle of legs and arms and feet and hands push farther into the kitchen until only the occasional flailing limb is visible from the living room, where I can't believe I'm still standing.

A spectator in my own life, I watch the supernova of my two worlds colliding: Mom and Galen. Human and Syrena. Poseidon and Triton. But what can I do? Who should I help? Mom, who lied to me for eighteen years, then tried to shank my boyfriend? Galen, who forgot this little thing called "tact" when he accused my mom of being a runaway fish-princess? Toraf, who ... what the heck is Toraf doing, anyway? And did he really just sack my mom like an opposing quarterback?

The urgency level for a quick decision elevates to right-freaking-now. I decide that screaming is still best for everyone — it's nonviolent, distracting, and one of the things I'm very, very good at.

I open my mouth, but Rayna beats me to it — only, her scream is much more valuable than mine would have been, because she includes words with it. "Stop it right now, or I'll kill you all!" She pushes past me with a decrepit, rusty harpoon from God-knows-what century, probably pillaged from one of her shipwreck excursions. She waves it at the three of them like a crazed fisherman in a Jaws movie. I hope they don't notice she's got it pointed backward and that if she fires it, she'll skewer our couch and Grandma's first attempt at quilting.


(Continues...)

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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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Of Triton 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
MAMABookasaurus More than 1 year ago
Technically 4.6 rounded to 5 --- I have waited for this next installment for so long. The pain of it was excruciating. You can imagine my excitement when I obtained an early copy. My eyes danced, my heart sang and my fingers itched to grab hold and read every delicious syllable.  The book started off with a bang and only expanded from there. I held my jaw off the floor the whole way through. Anna Banks delivered a whale of a novel, packed to the gills with romance, intrigue, action and tactile characters. What I loved most about her writing are the snap-crackle-pop, snarky personalities that jump out of the book. The intensity left my nails in tatters. I fell in love with the characters all over again. Bravo to Banks for writing such a well crafted novel. She made everything so organic and believable. The storyline was rock solid, the plot was convincing, the writing style was consistent and well developed and the  character development was outstanding. She is a master of detail. Combine those with her boiling hot romance, perfect pace and quick-witted humor and the result is the best catch of the summer reading lot!  Anna Banks didn't pull punches in this second installment. I found the story made even more intense by the various points of view. Emma's and Galen's viewpoints created an enriched, flavorful depth to the story that wouldn't have existed otherwise.  One of the aspects to Banks' writing style that I loved is her ability to drop the reader into the middle of a character's head. I felt what they felt and experienced everything they did. Sigh.... brilliant. Emma got her game on and showed everyone just what she was made of in this installment. I felt so proud of her for stepping up to the plate and trying to make a difference.   Banks unloaded a dump truck of surprise information in this second book that left me with a whole new appreciation for several characters.  She threw so many twists and turns at me that I was holding onto my sofa for dear life. All I have to say about her characters is that if you think you have them pegged, think again. They morphed into completely different persona. One transformation was eye raising. Another had me trying to yell into the book, thinking they could all hear me.  Along with the humor and intense scenes, Banks included some resolutions that had me up doing my victory dance (but I assure you it was not in an orange track suit.) Banks had me in complete shock and awe for several scenes. One in particular left me talking to the book asking, "Are you joking?" My husband has continued to threaten counseling for me as I talk to inanimate objects.... aka books... way to much. Seriously though... it was mind blowing, heart stopping and I just didn't want to believe what happened. I have unanswered questions. One of which occurred in the very last paragraph. (No cheating people, don't skip to the last page!) If you've had questions regarding the mythology specifically, you should be pleased with the explanations added in this book.  We get introduced to characters only hinted at before and got a much closer look at some of the other merfolk. I applaud Banks on an outstanding second installment that was meaty, juicy, flavorful and super filling. I anxiously await what delicious goodness Banks has in store for book three. If you have not read OF POSEIDON, I HIGHLY recommend it. This is excellent reading, especially for summer. ENJOY! TWITTER: @MamaBookasaurus 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I literally read this book in a day. Less than a day. I really like this series. :) But im a sucker for romance and mermaids, so of course this reeled me in. I hope you enjoy it too!
IceyBooks More than 1 year ago
There's something about Anna Banks's writing that is genius. It's funny, yet at the same time serious, and paints a picture so vividly that you can't help but wonder if you need an oxygen tank for when she takes us beneath the surface.  In one sentence: OF TRITON is incredibly good.  In her sophomore novel, Anna Banks continues the story that began with a gigantic (unputdownable) splash in OF POSEIDON. I've said this before, but I'm a huge fan of mermaids, and this series takes the cake. And while I first had a feeling it might falter with a case of second-book-syndrome, it didn't. It blew my fears away with unexpected twists, character banter (which I ADORE) and a story that was just as good as the first.  The stakes felt higher in OF TRITON. With scandal and treason going against the Royals, Emma's life was pretty much on the rocks. Which reminds me: Emma was as awesome in OF TRITON as she was in OF POSEIDON. And if you haven't read Anna Banks's debut, get on that. ASAP.  While some people found the dual point-of-view of first-person and third-person confusing, I found it genius. Switch to the author's point of view and think about how difficult it could be to get voice in third-person that differs the first. Yep, it isn't easy. Yet Anna Banks makes it seem effortless, and while switching POVs may seem unnecessary, believe me, it is.  There isn't much to say about OF TRITON other than: it is so good, you need to pick it up. Because that's just what it is. I don't usually pick up novels that are more humor than serious. But OF TRITON, and its predecessor, OF POSEIDON, aren't more humor than serious - they combine both into a completely unbelievable must-read series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. First off i would like to say, if you havent read the books then why are you reviewing them!?!? And second, dont think that this book is like the Percy Jackson series,bevause its really not. Neither of them are even that similar except for the kids lenieage and the whole "this happens in the ocean" thing. Now, if you do think they are alike, please dont be aggresive towards me. Everyone has their own opinions, its just that I've read all of both books and dont find them that similar. It just kinda upsets me that the somw of the fans of Percy Jackson,I'm a fan too,dont worry, are trying to judge a book, literally, by its summary. But for the book, I THOUGHT IT WAS EXCELLENT. ANNA! GIRL YOU HAVE DONE A MAGNIFISENT JOB WITH THIS. OH MY. I LOVED IT!!! I FELT AS THOUGH I WAS EMMA ALMOST THE ENTIRE TIME. EXCEPT FOR WHEN IT WAS GALENS POV. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first one last summer and didnt know the second came out. When I found out I went and got it! I LOVED IT!!! I read the book on my vacatation finishing it!!!! I really hope she writes more!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never saw the ending coming. I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. If u havent read Of Poseidon u definetly should. Anyways Of Triton leaves off at where Galen figuers out that Emma's mom is Princess Nalia. Of course i cant say much else if not i will spoil the book but i can say that Nalia should have payed attention to Emma's feeling because i mean how could she just tell her only daughter that she was made in the spur of the moment. AND that she never loved Emma's father. Also i so hope that Emma and Galen r true mates i mean they r perfect for each other. And if u have read the book can u tell me what the next book will be called? I want to mark it on a calender so i remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book was so amazing! I loved the first book and I couldn't wait for the second! I must admit that I had very high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. I would have appreciated more scenes between Galen and Emma but there weren't as many as I'd wanted. However, there were enough to make me feel satisfied. I know this sounds like I'm criticizing the book but I'm not. To prove my point I got the book on iBooks and it was about 250 pages. I finished the book in one day. Kudos to Anna Banks for writing another fantastic book!
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
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. Even though Anna Banks' tweets about it have me terrified.
DarkHart More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sequel. Kind of a guilty pleasure, I think, as I always secretly wished to be a mermaid. The ending seemed a little bit rushed. Maybe I'm just not ready for the story to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first one so will love this one
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying reading about the Syrena (mermaids) in this series. While this is a YA series and has the paranormal romance thing going on, there is so much more to the story than that. There's royalty and betrayals and injustices. There's tragedy and joys. It's really a roller coaster ride of emotions and it keeps you riveted through to the last page. I'm already eager to start on the next book. In this volume, with a Syrena long thought dead returned, the Syrena must decide if their laws and way of life are still the best for the species in this new era. They must weed out the dishonest of their kind and find the truth to their gifts and heritage. And through it all there is three different romances going on. If you enjoy paranormal romances, mermaids or under the sea creatures, and good stories, you're going to love this book.
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valesbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series, the second book had so much drama in it. Kept me on the edge of my seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the origionality of the insults halarious and i love the story so far but i swear if she cant change and doesnt end up with galen im gonna be upset.,!!!! Never stop writing
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Cuanam More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in The Syrena Legacy picks up roughly 12-24 hours after Of Poseidon ends. It's really a non-stop  roller-coaster ride of emotion and events. From Nalia's return to the tribunal Jagen sets up against the  royals, the reader really has little want of putting the book down. A couple of aspects of the story are predictable especially when it concerns Rayna, though a few of the  twists will definitely through the reader for a loop and make them question where their loyalty lies. I look forward to getting to read Of Neptune, the third book in this series. I do hope it's truly not the  final book in this series. In the short time it's taken me to read Of Poseidon and Of Triton, I've grown to  love these unique and some times quirky characters and would hate to say goodbye so soon. I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!  Okay, I picked up this book from Audible since I knew I had the first book in audiobook form from SYNC.   First, I love that it is the same narrator because I was already use to her style and voices for her of the characters :)  I really like listening to audiobooks as a way to get my book fix when I’m busy doing other things and can’t focus on reading.  I get to multitask this way.  I usually have two audiobooks going as the same time.  One I listen to in the car with my son, and another I listen to from my computer. Anna has created a beautiful world, but it does have its perils that must be transverse.  She does a wonderful job weaving her words in a great story.   Emma is a great heroine in the story, and she is always protective of life which I love.  She won’t let people railroad her and always sticks to her guns when it is something she feels is important.  Her gift is amazing.  Of course new things are happening in the Syrena world.  Some things I loved and could see coming, and other things, I was screaming and yelling Nooo!!!  Lots of action, turmoil, drama, and so much more!  I can’t wait to listen to book 3 which I already have!! I recommend this series to YA lovers who like fishy tales ;)
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Being the reason for starting a war between the two kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton isn't the worst there can be about your life, right? Finding out that your mother is the long-lost Princess of an underwater kingdom is worse. You are forbidden to be with your love, a true Prince. And what about learning that as a Half-Breed both kingdoms want to see you dead? OF TRITON might fill the spot next to OF POSEIDON on your book shelf, but barely adds progress to the actual story. What happened to Anna Banks' brilliant plot of the first book? Couldn't see it continuing in this sequel. As Emma's mother's past is very important for the story in this second book, parts of her history are recapitulated and reconstructed and with that the story took a direction I couldn't enjoy that much anymore. Her mother's infuriating temper doesn't allow any discussions at all. And so she couldn't very well count on me to feel any kind of sympathy towards her. Then Emma and Galen's relationship isn't as fresh and as adventurous as in OF POSEIDON (which I loved). Can we please just abandon the adults in this story and let the teens have their sexy times? 3,5/5 ***/* OF TRITON - Not as much splashy underwater fun as the first book offered. This is probably the shortest sequel ever. OF TRITON is weaker in story-building and romace-wise than the first book in the series. Nevertheless it felt great to be back with our awesome sea crew, because Emma, Galen and their friends sure provide entertainment. I'm setting all my hopes on OF NEPTUNE to be the worthy and epic conclusion to OF POSEIDON.
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