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I Belong

Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Of TritonTitle: Of Triton

Author: Anna Banks

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: The Syrena Legacy (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 246 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250003334 (Mac Teen Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1250003331 (Mac Teen Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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?

Quick & Dirty: Fun read full of action, devotion, and interesting mythology. I didn’t quite like it as much as the first book, but it was still a really great story!

Opening Sentence: My eyes won’t open.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I want to start by saying that while I try to make my reviews as spoiler free as possible this is the second book in this series. This picks up right where the first book ended so it is impossible to make this review spoiler free. If you don’t care about that then go ahead and drive right in, but I would suggest that you read the first book before reading this review.

Emma’s life has just turned upside down. She recently learned that her mother is Natlia, the long lost Poseidon Princess. Years ago her mother left the sea because she thought that she had killed her betrothal, Grom, the king of the sea. She ran away fearing that her life was in danger and has never returned. Now that her and Grom are reunited Natlia decides to go back home, but it causes the Syrena Kingdoms to turn against each other. Emma’s gift might be the only thing that can stop them from killing everyone she loves.  But she is a half-breed and the Syrena law is that all half-breeds are to be put to death instantly.

Emma doesn’t know what to do or who she can trust. Her mother has spent her whole life lying to her and the boy she loves would have to give up everything to be with her. Can she stay on land with the humans where she is an abomination, but she can stay hidden? Or should she turn to the Syrena and hope that they will be willing to change tradition and accept her?

Emma is a funny girl full of spirit and spunk. At the beginning of the story she does feel sorry for herself quite a lot but she owns up to it. She knows that she is being ridiculous at times but she can’t help how she feels. There were moments where she started to bug me a little bit, but overall, I found her to be a very likable character. I love that she doesn’t take crap from anyone and she will always speak her mind. She is an admirable person and I enjoyed being inside her head once again.

Galen was very different in this book. Instead of fighting his feelings for Emma he has fully embraced how he feels for her. Instead of letting tradition dictate how he should feel, he decides to follow his heart and it belongs completely to Emma. I loved seeing this more serious side to Galen, it made me respect him more. He still has the adventurous flirty side as well so he felt like a very well rounded dream boy to me. I loved watching him and Emma together and I am interested to see where their relationship goes in the next book.

Of Triton was a great read full of action, romance, and wonderful characters. The one thing that I felt was missing was the humor. Of Poseidon was so funny and quirky that it made the book just fly by. This one was a lot more serious and I missed that lighter tone. But I still enjoyed learning more about the Syrena world and watching the characters develop more fully. The pacing was spot on and I never felt that the story never lagged, it kept me interested the whole way through. The ending of this book was very satisfying and I was actually really surprised that there was a third book coming out. I felt that everything was resolved and all of my questions were answered. I am still going to read the next book, but it will be interesting to see where Bank’s decides to take the story. Overall, this was a great read and I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys young adult paranormal books.

Notable Scene:

But what she’s really saying is she belongs with Grom. What she’s really saying is that she should have never left. And if she should have never left, then I should have never been born. Is that what she means to say? Or am I seriously freaking out? “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 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. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. How I should feel about that.

The Syrena Legacy:

0.4 The Stranger

0.5 Legacy Lost

1. Of Poseidon

2. Of Triton

3. Of Neptune (May 13, 2014)


FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Of Triton. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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